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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.
  • Full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour from Windermere
  • Visit Borrowdale, Buttermere Valley and more
  • A stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle
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Transport in a small mini-coach
On-board commentary in English
Food & drink
Additional Entrance fees
Drivers gratuity (optional)
  • Mountain Goat Tours , Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD, UK

    We meet passengers who who select this option at the Windermere Information Centre is approximately 100m from Windermere Train Station at the top of Victoria Street.

  • Bowness Bay , Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HQ, UK

    We meet passengers who select this option at Bowness Bay Pier 3, next to the ticket office.

  • Kelsick Road , Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22, UK

    We meet travelers who select this option at the bus stop opposite the Ambleside Library.

  • Oxenholme Station , Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7RB, UK

    We meet travelers who select this option at the ticket office in the Oxenholme Railway Station.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England and this full-day tour introduces you to just that; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north.

    As you travel, admire the rolling countryside and craggy fells, and hear interesting facts from your guide about the Lake District's history and geology, and the people and events that have shaped this much-loved region. Follow the banks of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake; and make your first stop in the lovely village of Ambleside. Stretch your legs around the pretty streets and then continue to Rydal Water for a photo stop.

    After capturing the scenery around this mirror-glass lake, continue through the picture-postcard village of Grasmere and ascend Kirkstone Pass, the region's highest pass, on route to Thirlmere, a reservoir formed from the merging of two natural lakes. Admire this picturesque expanse of water, and then travel through the lush Borrowdale Valley and past Bassenthwaite Lake.

    Climb the rugged slopes of Honister Pass to the chocolate-box village of Buttermere and then drive by Crummock Water to Keswick. Here, pull up to enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and explore this delightful market town as you wish.

     Back aboard your minivan, venture further around the undulating hills to Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient circle of 48 stones. Take photos of this age-old site and learn how the stones were probably set here in around 3,000 BC to form a ceremonial site. During your trip, visit one of the area’s pretty waterfalls, and relax and take in the awe-inspiring views of the high fells, woodlands and villages, and absorb the sense of timeless beauty around you.

    Your tour ends with drop-off back at the original start point.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Mountain Goat Tours
    Start the tour and meet all passengers at the main pickup point.
    Stop At:  
    Glenridding
    The first stop is in the beautiful village of Glennridding, nestled in the Ullswater valley.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Ullswater Lake
    Stop by the shores of Ullswater for photographs.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Castlerigg Stone Circle
    Visit the ancient stone circle of Castlerigg, thought to be 4,000 years old.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Keswick
    Stop in the charming town of Keswick and explore.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Ashness Bridge
    Ashness Bridge
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Honister Slate Mine
    Stop at Honister where you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views in the Lake District.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Buttermere Lake
    Buttermere is well known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the national park.
    Pass By:  
    Thirlmere in the Lake District
    Pass by the man made reservoir nestled in the shadow of Helvellyn.
    Stop At:  
    Grasmere
    Stop in the charming village of Grasmere and pass by the Lake.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Rydal Water
    Pass by the stunning Rydal water.
    Pass By:  
    Mountain Goat Tours
    End your fantastic day tour at your drop off point.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be over the age of 5 to travel on this tour
    • There will be a designated lunch stop where you’ll be able to purchase lunch
    • There are toilet stops on route
    • Minimal walking is involved
    • Our vehicles are not currently wheelchair accessible
    • Luggage storage is available at the Windermere Information departure location
    • Seats cannot be reserved
    • Each passenger must have their own seat
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    • OPERATED BY The Mountain Goat
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District .
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District .
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District .

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    • "Driving around the lake district can be quite daunting with tiny one-track roads, steep grades, few passing places and little parking once you get to your destinations." See review
    • "Excellent driver too which is a necessity on the narrow roads." See review

    Reviews

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    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-4
    Ten lakes
    Ruth_C
    , May 2022
    Every part of the tour was awesome 👌 Duncan our guide tour is a blessing 🙌 friendly and he knows the area very well definitely recommend mountain goat tour
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hi Ruth, Thank you for your kind review of the Ten Lakes tour with our driver guide Duncan! We are ecstatic that you found every part of the tour awesome and thank you for the recommendation We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Excellent tour and a very good introduction to Lake District
    Swapnil_W
    , Apr 2022
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Lake District and his commentary was an absolute treat.. He took very good care of everyone on board and was very engaging.. This was a delightful experience and we enjoyed a lot..
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you for your great review of our Ten Lakes tour. We are ecstatic to hear that you had a excellent time with us We hope to see you again in the future! Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Informative and relaxing tour
    Tabitha_C
    , Apr 2022
    We enjoyed the day with Mark seeing the ten lakes. The tour is a great way to see and learn a lot about the area. We enjoyed having many stops, some brief photo opportunities and others 30 mins to an hour to get out and explore in an area. The bus was very comfortable and super clean. It is a full day, about 8 hours in length. Definitely recommend to someone who has never been to the area.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you for your 5* review of our Ten Lakes Spectacular. I am pleased you enjoyed the tour and felt comfortable onboard. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Perfect Start to the Lakes
    Mark_E
    , Apr 2022
    The Driver (Tony) was excellent, he was good with the commentary and his driving was good, We would recommend this as a "must-do" if you are in the area for a few days. Thanks Again Tony, you were great to meet!
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hi Mark_E, I am delighted to hear you enjoyed our tour with Tony & would recommend it as a must-do whilst in the Lake District. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Fantastic tour of the Lakes district
    Kerry_R
    , Apr 2022
    The distance covered and the views were just amazing , I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was very informative showing us 10 of the lakes. Must mention the yummy ginger bread from Grasmere. I can highly recommend the value for money tour
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hi Kerry, Thank you for your review, We are happy that you had a fantastic tour of the Lake District with our driver guide Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Excellent
    JOSEPHAWM_T
    , Apr 2022
    Gorgeous scenery and glad with Dukan be our guide who is knowledgeable and helpful. Definitely great to join this excursion. Thank you!
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thanks for your review! We are glad to hear you had an excellent time with our driver guide Duncan on our Ten Lakes tour. We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    The moody beauty of the Lake District
    Brigette_M
    , Apr 2022
    Mark was a wonderful tour guide who brought the Lake District alive with his quirky stories and history. The continuous rain meant we got to see the moody beauty of the area. We had interesting stops along the way and ample opportunity to take photographs.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you for your review! We are very happy to hear you still enjoyed the beauty of the Lakes despite the weather! Look forward to seeing you again Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Perfect
    Fahimeh_B
    , Apr 2022
    The views were amazing. I absolutely recommend this tour to everyone. our tour the leader was perfect.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you for your kind review! We are glad you had amazing time on our Ten Lakes tour and that you driver guide was satisfactory We hope to see you again Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    A driven tour guided trip that was well worth the money, lots of views and knowledge.
    PAUL_H
    , Apr 2022
    Elliot was our driver, a very cheerful and funny chap with loads of knowledge of the area and the surrounds. There were plenty of stops to stretch your legs and to take photos. I think we visited at least 7 of the 9 lakes, a slate mine, the circle of stones, and lots of breath taking views, and little hideaway tracks and off beat roads that Elliot knew about.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Good afternoon Paul, Thank you for your kind review! We hope you can join us on another tour as soon as possible Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Wonderful, amazing and heartwarming adventure in Lake District.
    REINA_K
    , Apr 2022
    I joined this tour on 31th/March. We stopped by lots of beautiful Lakes and Valleys. The weather was a bit changeable: it hailed a bit but after 5 mins, the sky was cleared up, which was good for us to know how the weather changes quickly in that area. The driver (If I remember correctly.. Jerry ??) was really knowledgeable and I enjoyed his detailed explanations about Beatrix Potter etc as well. Thank you very much for the amazing experience. I really enjoyed this tour!
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you for your very kind review! We are delighted to hear that you had a heartwarming adventure with us on the Ten Lakes Tour with our driver guide Gerry! We hope that we can provide another amazing experience for you in the future. Best wishes Mountain Goat

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