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The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour

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Cumbria, United Kingdom

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day small-group High Mountain Passes tour from Lake Windermere. Travelling in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, two of Britain’s steepest. Ascend the breathtaking Lakeland fells without having to go hiking and visit Roman Hardknott Fort. After a lunch break, admire spectacular views of Wastwater before returning to Windermere via Coniston Water.
  • Full-day High Mountain Passes Spectacular tour from Windermere
  • Travel over the steepest mountain passes in England
  • Fantastic views of Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike
Transport in a small mini-coach
On-board commentary in English
Food & drink
Additional Entrance fees
Driver’s gratuity (Optional)

Departure Point

1: Mountain Goat Tours, Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD, UK
2: Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HQ, UK
3: Kelsick Road, Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22, UK
4: Oxenholme Station, Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7RB, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Leave the Windermere area by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, and journey into the western swathes of the Lake District. Admire the rugged scenery, and travel through the Langdale Valley, a favorite of rock climbers and walkers, as your guide shares information about the region and its culture.

Ascend both the steep Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, and soak up the spectacular views of the remote fells as you trace the narrow, twisting roads through the peaks. Stop at the ruins of Hardknott Roman Fort at 1,000 feet (304 meters) up on the fells. Take the opportunity to walk around the crumbled, 2nd century complex, built by the Emperor Hadrian, and marvel at the awe-inspiring views to Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountains.

Afterward, continue to Wastwater, a beauty spot once voted as commanding ‘Britain’s favorite view.’ Drink in the panoramas that encompass Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and the surroundinghigh screes and mountains, including epic Scafell Pike.

Then, relax on your return journey to Lake Windermere, passing beautiful Coniston Water and the Coniston fells before your tour ends back at the start point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mountain Goat Tours
Begin your Lake District adventure tour.
Pass By:  
Hardknott Roman Fort
Travel across Hardknott Pass, past the ancient Roman fort before you descend into Eskdale.
Pass By:  
Wrynose Pass
Travel through the beautiful Wrynose Pass as you adventure into the wild Lake District.
Stop At:  
Wast Water
Stop to take in the views at Wastwater, England's deepest lake.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Scafell Pike Mountain
On a good day you may see the peak of Scafell Pike from your vantage point at Wastwater.
Pass By:  
Coniston Water
Pass by the stunning Coniston Water, famous for its links to Donald Campbell and his water speed record attempts and Swallows and Amazons!
Pass By:  
Mountain Goat Tours
End your fantastic day exploring the stunning Lake District.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be 5 years or older to travel on this tour
  • Confirmation is received at the time of booking
  • 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 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Mountain Goat

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

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

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour.

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  • "Everyone on the bus are pretty good on timings and overall, a very good trip for everyone." See review

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Iram
, Aug 2020
A great day out in the Lake District. Informative and interesting tour and a pleasant driver (Mark - dad jokes aplenty). Get to see a lot of the Lakes.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hi Iram, Thanks for reviewing our High Adventure tour and recommending it. I'm pleased to hear you found the tour informative and interesting. I'm sure Mark will be pleased to read your comments. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
star-5
Beautiful landmarks excellent guide
Abisoye_A
, Jul 2020
Mark our driver was exceptionally accomodating. He was very knowlegible about the lake district and the landmarks. He was so funny and had.little anecdotes to tell us about the area. He was a brilliant driver very assured and kept informed at all times. We got to see so many waterfalls just beautiful. I recommend this trip highly in fact my family are booking the beatrix potter trip for August this year. Worth every penny
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for reviewing the High Adventure Tour, I'm thrilled to hear you had a fantastic tour with Mark. We look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
star-5
The most interesting trip we ever have
Brybaczek
, Sep 2019
Kevin was our driver, he knows a lot of interesting stories about history of Beatrix Potter , and he had sense of humor which create that trip very funny , we had weather we could only dream about , such a wonderful experience, thank you!!!
star-5
Truly Spectacular.
Malcolm B
, Aug 2019
Surprisingly enchanting. Well organised and professionally handled. Showed us a part of England with steep hills, great vistas and beauty.
star-4
Good introduction to the Lake District
Neil L
, Aug 2019
Lake District weather the only real downside to a good day out. Good driver (I’m really pleased I didn’t have to). Good commentary with enough detail to make follow up reading worthwhile. Pub lunch was excellent.
star-5
Perfect trip
beatapiwko
, Jun 2018
I know what I would change about this trip! Absolutely nothing! It was perfect! We have seen in one day what others may need a few days for. The driver/tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and had a great sense of humor!
star-5
Cannot fault our trip. Transport...
Richard W
, Oct 2017
Cannot fault our trip. Transport arrived spot on time and our guide Tony explained the days itinerary and timings. Driving was very professional and Tony's extensive knowledge of the area combined with his wit made it such an enjoyable experience.
star-5
Really glad we made the choice to go...
Nusral
, Oct 2017
Really glad we made the choice to go on this High Adventure. The weather was fair most of the journey, though at some points the sun showed up and we had some showers too. Our driver Jan is very reliable, informative and knowledgeable. When he was told of a road closed and possible queues, he took the option of a bypass through a one lane road and we had a great view of the mountains along the way. Everyone on the bus are pretty good on timings and overall, a very good trip for everyone.
star-5
Our experience started on time and...
Gowthami R
, Sep 2017
Our experience started on time and Jim was our guide throughout the trip. We did have a wet start as it was raining but still managed to catch a glimpse of beautiful mountain ranges and valleys hidden between them. Later in the day the rain faded. We did many stops and went through so many passes whose roads were really narrow and steep edges bordered the roads. Jim handled the drive very smoothly. We got to ride the eskdale train, stopped for Lunch. Had a break at Wast water lake it was a beauty. Then drove around the mountain roads that gave us a glimpse of the Sea , the wind mill farms and Isle of Man at far sight. We visited an iron ore making furnace it was Huge. Then was dropped back at our pick up point. Should say for first time visitors who don't fancy walking or trekking do take a trip to visit the spectacular mountain passes.
star-5
Love this tour! Lots of stops to...
Marcia S
, May 2017
Love this tour! Lots of stops to take pictures of the amazing scenery and to see a variety of things.

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