Ultimate Full-Day Lake District Tour: 10 Lakes, Amazing Scenery & Lake Cruise | La Vacanza Travel

Ultimate Full-Day Lake District Tour: 10 Lakes, Amazing Scenery & Lake Cruise

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Windermere

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Best full-day tour for scenery. This is a stress free, easy way to see a lot of the Lake District in a day without feeling rushed. You have time during the day to soak up the views and even paddle in a lake if you are brave enough. It is a great way for getting an overview of the Lake District, its culture, history and of course, its amazing scenery.

If you come to the lakes, you should see it from a boat so you also have an included lake cruise, unique to this tour only.

You will get plenty of variety, see magnificent scenery, eat gingerbread and get all the facts, figures and fascinating stories from our friendly, knowledgeable guides and drivers who know the area well.

Travelling in a comfy mini-van with air con, Wi-Fi & phone charging ports as one of only 6/7 passengers you will find it is easy to ask questions and join in the conversation (if you want to). There are lots of stops for photos and fresh air. It is a great day out and we can't wait to share it with to you.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Lake Windermere, Windermere England

You won’t be able to miss this one, England’s largest and most visited lake, it rarely fails to impress. Named after a Norse hero, Windermere is the most famous of them all and has had an almost magnetic pull for nearly all visitors to the area for the past 300 years or so. From its rocky inlets, secluded bays, grassy banks and wooded heights, to the northern skyline, indented with volcanic peaks, the southern shore heavily wooded with broadleaf trees, Windermere is what most people imagine the Lake District to look like. Keep listening to your guide and you will hear how it was created, what the Romans did here, the arctic fish who made the lake its home, things about boats and why the local “boggle” stopped the ferry running at night time.

Pass By: Brothers Water, Penrith CA11 0NZ, UK

This small body of water may once have been connected to the bigger Ullswater lake situated further down this valley which is filled with dramatic scenery. Around the western shore the path dips under the canopy of some of the oldest oak woodland in the Lake District but, as you will find out, it is the tragic tale of two brothers which gives this little scoop of water its romantic name.

Stop At: Ullswater Lake, CA11 0JH England

At almost eight miles, this is the second longest of the lakes, with a dramatic serpentine shape overlooked by soaring fells, none higher than the challenging reaches of Helvellyn. The leafy shores are stippled with woods of oak, birch and hazel – one of the best examples of pre-plantation Lakeland scenery. As you will see, this is a special place to be.
William Wordsworth declared Ullswater “the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the Lakes affords” and who are we to argue with that? You don’t have to take his word for it though, you can decide for yourself on the included boat cruise down the lake.

Here you join a 1 hour cruise on Ullswater to relax and see the stunning fells as the boat cruises the full length of the lake.

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Stop At: Derwentwater, Keswick CA12, UK

Shimmering and sparkling just south of the market town of Keswick, you will find Derwentwater. Studded with islands and craggy fells, this is undoubtably one of our prettiest lakes. Known as “the Queen” of the English Lakes, your drive along the shoreline you will glimpse the evocatively named Cat Bells and gaze towards the dramatic Jaws of Borrowdale. You will hear tales of hermits, hedgehogs, squirrels and mock sea battles, all part of the history and folklore of this enchanting lake.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Buttermere Lake, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA England

You can tell from the meaning of the name, “the lake by the dairy pastures” that Buttermere is something special. Even by the high standards of the Lake District, you will find the scenery around here breathtaking. Ringed by crags and peaks, Buttermere is surrounded by some of the most impressive mountains in the Lakes which is why this perfect little lake was known to the early tourists as “the quintessence of natural beauty”. When you see it, you will understand why - even in the rain!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Crummock Water, Buttermere, Cockermouth England

Way back in the ancient geological past, this lake was connected to Buttermere but since then, they have been separated by a narrow half mile strip of lush, green meadowland. Crummock Water is almost twice as long and half as deep again than her sibling body of water with fewer visitors and a more tranquil feel. The name of this quiet haven is derived from the Celtic language meaning crooked or bent lake, and you will be able to judge for yourself how accurate that description is when you stop here for a few moments to soak up the atmosphere, take in the splendid views and capture those unmissable photos.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bassenthwaite Lake, A66, Bassenthwaite, Keswick England

From the viewpoint of Surprise View, you will see Bassenthwaite sparkling in the distance. Later in the day, you will get closer for a photo stop looking down on impressive views of the lake and its surrounding scenery. This is the northernmost of the major stretches of water with its shoreline being the best protected in the National Park due to its rich variety of plants and animals. More than seventy species of bird and wildfowl winter and breed here, including magnificent ospreys. This is also one of the very few places in Britain where the vendace, a nine-inch fish related to other Arctic species, is found.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Thirlmere, Thirlmere, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

As you will travel south, along the shores of the attractive, tree-fringed expanse of water at Thirlmere, you will hear the sad tale of the villages of Armboth and Wythburn, now lost, deep below these waters. The story is a fascinating one of wealth, industry and the might of the City of Manchester who crushed the rural lifestyle of these unfortunate villagers in the nineteenth century. Beautiful and tranquil, Thirlmere is backed by the mighty Helvellyn, once a favourite walking spot for Wordsworth and his friends. It is also a place of legend with tales of hauntings and big scary spectral black dogs. Good job you are safe in the van and we aren’t visiting after dark!

Pass By: Lake Grasmere, Grasmere England

Cradled snugly in the Vale of Grasmere lies the lake of the same name, ringed almost completely by shapely fells and forever associated with the poet William Wordsworth. As we look out over the water, you will discover that it was here William, his sister Dorothy and brother John would spent lazy days swimming and fishing for pike. They would row out to the island for summer picknicks and walk its shores soaking up the sounds and sights, lying in the grass listening to the wind in the trees and marvelling at the echoes of a bird calling, its voice carrying on the wind. Today, you will still see people wild swimming and colourful row boats bobbing along. Things haven’t changed too much around here.

Pass By: Rydal Water, A591, Rydal, Ambleside England

You will get great views from the road of this reedy little lake, one of the prettiest on a summer’s morning and even on a frosty winter’s day. Tinged in shades of gold and orange on a misty day in the fall, this is a lake to take your breath away. Smaller than its neighbour at just ¾ mile long, ¼ mile wide and 50ft deep, it was a great favourite of the Wordsworth family and for this reason it is usually mentioned in the same breath as Grasmere. Driving along the shore, you will need to pay attention as we pass the rocky knoll with its steps leading up to Wordsworth’s seat, reputedly his favourite place to sit and gaze upon the water, overlooking this often glass-like lake and its shores.
Rydal water was originally called “Rothaymere” meaning “the lake in the valley where the rye is grown” and it has a flourishing population of wildfowl. Gulls roost along the shoreline and if you are really lucky, you may spot red squirrels in the larches or the native Herdwick sheep in the pastures.

Stop At: Surprise View, Borrowdale, Keswick CA12 5UU England

You won’t get many views better than this. Perched high on an oak-lined cliff edge you will enjoy one of the best views in the Lake District. Surprise View is an absolute gem and offers stunning panoramic views across Derwent Water to the Skiddaw mountain range, Borrowdale Valley, the town of Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake, the Solway and even the distant shores of Scotland (on a good day). The photo opportunities are fabulous!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Ashness Bridge, Keswick England

Taking a well-hidden single-track road, you will climb steeply for half a mile up to an old dry-stone packhorse bridge. One of the most photographed locations in the Lake District, Ashness Bridge with its fast flowing, tumbling stream looks out across Derwentwater to the towering peaks of Skiddaw rising above the town of Keswick is a “must do” photo stop.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Moss Force Waterfall, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA12 5TS England

You will be delighted that this is possibly the most accessible waterfall in the Lakes, being barely more than 200m from the roadside. In dry weather the force withers to a trickle but after rain it is an impressive sight. Torrents of water thunder over the rocks and the spray is whipped upwards by the wind
Perched high on the crest of the stunning pass at Newlands Hause, the narrow road to Keswick brushes past this really pretty place with impressive scenery for your photos. And as if this wasn't pretty enough, when you stop here and look around, you will see that the views down the valley in to which Moss Force flows, is absolutely incredible.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Castlerigg Stone Circle, Castle Lane Underskiddaw, Keswick CA12 4RN England

Set on a hill with a wonderous panorama of magnificent mountains all around are 48 stones, set here over 5000 years ago. This is Castlerigg stone circle, the ancient haunt of Druids, so the romantic Victorians thought. Today its real purpose is still shrouded in mystery but you will see few stone circles in Britain in such a dramatic setting as that of Castlerigg. A short walk and you are in the circle itself where you can soak up the atmosphere and wonder at the breathtaking views.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Kirkstone Pass, Ambleside England

Here, as you twist and climb upwards, you will be on the highest road in the Lake District, as well as one of the most spectacular. On the way, you will drive through some magnificent mountain scenery stopping at the top near the old Kirkstone Pass Inn to admire the panoramic views. Its breezy up here but worth getting out in the fresh air just to be looking down the long valley where Windermere Lake sparkles in the distance and on a clear day, you may see out as far as the sea at Morecambe Bay. Look to the left and the right to catch sight of the native Herdwick sheep roaming among the impressive dry-stone walls and watch dedicated walkers looking like tiny colourful dots weaving about on ancient pack horse trails high up on the surrounding fell sides. On the way down the other side of the pass, you will be able to stop for another opportunity to take fabulous photos down the wide valley with the road winding away towards Brothers Water.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Blencathra [Saddleback], England

As you travel towards Keswick, the road becomes dominated by the mountain known as Blencathra. This is the old name meaning “Saddleback” in the ancient Cumbric language and as you will see from a distance, she does look a bit like one. In summer, she wears a mantle of purple heather while in winter, she often wears a snowy cap. As you approach, you will hear more about her history and the strange tale of an Earl and the Lordship of a Manor in 2014.
Standing at 2,848ft, this is a mountain with six separate fell tops and forms part of the Skiddaw range, some of the oldest rocks in England at roughly 500 million years old. If you look carefully, you may see that she has a distinctive ridge known as Sharp Edge, an aptly named arête which provides one of the most famous scrambles in the area."The crest itself is sharp enough for shaving (the former name was razor edge) and can be traversed only a cheval at some risk of damage to tender parts”. Not for the faint hearted!

Pass By: Skiddaw, CA12 4QG England

You will catch glimpses here and there of this more rounded, less scary, Big Brotherish mountain as we drive along as it is the fourth highest mountain in the Lakes. When you see it, you will understand why, when the Lakes first began to attract tourists back in the 19th century, it was to Keswick, and the peak of Skiddaw in particular, that many of them would visit. Every mountain has its legends and stories so when Skiddaw comes in to view, you will hear tales of poets and picknicks, Waterloo celebrations and the antics of folk on motorbikes, even army vehicles in the last war.

Pass By: Helvellyn, CA11 0PU England

If you suffer from vertigo, you will be pleased that we pass by Helvellyn in a comfy air-conditioned mini-van and you don’t have to get out and climb. This is the third highest peak in the Lake District and popular all year round with experienced walkers, especially the classic ridge route along Striding Edge which is challenging with dizzying drops and some all-fours scrambling. As you sit back and enjoy the scenery, you may spare a thought for the Helvellyn Weather Assessors who climb the mountain every day between December and March to assess the risk of avalanches and record conditions such as wind chill, snow depth and temperature.
You will also discover that it was Wordsworth favourite mountain and hear the tear-jerking story of a romantic artist and his faithful dog Foxie immortalised by Wordsworth in his poem “Fidelity” (Spoiler – Foxie survives. Yay!)

Stop At: Honister Slate Mine, Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN England

There is nothing quite like standing at the top of Honister pass looking at the road as it winds down the pass, chasing the stream as it goes. Breathtaking – literally as it is usually quite breezy up here. You will find it is worth it though as we stop to breathe in the fresh air and take those essential photos. If you are lucky, you may see intrepid adventurers on the Via Ferrata at the slate mine or the adrenaline junkies traversing the stomach-churning Infinity Bridge, the longest high wire bridge in Europe at 1000ft above sea level.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Bridge House Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN England

You won’t believe the story of the family who lived in this teeny-weeny little cottage. It has a long and varied history as you will hear when we slow down for a quick photo and pass the famous Bridge House in the heart of Ambleside. One of the most photographed buildings in the Lakes, it is a delightfully quirky, 300-year-old little house that straddles the clattering brook of Stock Ghyll.

Stop At: Whinlatter Forest Park Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5TW England

High up on the heights to the west of Keswick lies the extensive plantations of England’s only true mountain forest. Rising sharply to 490m it encompasses 4.6 sq. miles of pine, larch, fir, cypress and spruce as well as native broadleaves including birch and oak. This is Thornthwaite Forest, planted in 1919 which we reach via the Whinlatter Pass, one of the easiest passes to traverse in the Lakes. The forest park is a designated red squirrel reserve and nearby Bassenthwaite Lake is home to magnificent nesting ospreys in the summer months. Roe deer, badgers, foxes and buzzards all live here too so keep a look out, you may be in luck and spot one of these beautiful, elusive creatures. On the way back down from the summit, you can stop, get out and gaze down on dreamy Bassenthwaite and the majestic surrounding hills. Great photos on a clear day..

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Wordsworth Grasmere, 591 Dove Cottage A, Grasmere LA22 9SH England

Dove Cottage. William Wordsworth found this tiny cottage while on a walking tour of the Lake District. It is a richly evocative place, especially for poetry lovers. He lived here quite contentedly with his sister Dorothy and his wife and children when he was writing his famous poems. You will be able to snap a quick photo of this famous little whitewashed house as we pass by.

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, Church Cottage, Grasmere LA22 9SW England

We stop here; we have to. There would be a rebellion on the bus if we didn’t so don’t worry, you will have time to get that delicious, moresome, gingery treat everyone loves. Created in 1854, only a handful of people know the secret recipe for this deliciously unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake. When you enter the shop, you will be greeted by the wonderful aroma of freshly baked Grasmere Gingerbread hanging in the air. But it doesn’t stop there, the shop also sells its own award-winning rum butter and a variety of ginger-themed goodies, as well as toffee, fudges, chocolates, conserves, Cartmel Village Store Sticky Toffee Sauce, Kendal Mint Cake, conserves, ginger beer, ginger themed gifts, and much, much more. Just one thing though, please don’t feed the drivers and guides, we’ve only just managed to wean them off it all!

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Borrowdale, Borrowdale, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

At the southern end of Derwentwater you will see the wonderfully named “Jaws of Borrowdale” where high crags on either side of the valley almost meet, squeezing our road and the river together, giving it a unique, almost otherworldly air. Fortunately, we all get through ok and you will find yourself in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District, lush and heavily wooded as befits its name, which could be straight out of a Tolkien novel. As you pass through the valley you will find that the trees seem taller than elsewhere, the crags higher, the fells soar above and the valley bottom is dense with enormous ferns, yews and oaks. Relax, watch the progress of the bubbling River Derwent tumbling off the mountains, skittering along beside you as it heads towards the majestic Derwentwater and make sure you capture it all with great photos as we pass by.

Pass By: Newlands Valley, Newlands Valley, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

You will find it hard to believe that this valley with its rolling fields, tiny hamlets and scattered farms was once a busy industrial mining community. Beatrix Potter wandered here as a young woman using the landscape and the aptly named village, Little Town, as the inspiration for her children’s book “The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle”. As you look around, you will find few traces of the copper and lead mines on the valley’s eastern slopes as today, the landscape has returned to nature, a gentle, green landscape nestling in its own valley.

Pass By: Ambleside LA22, UK

Ringed by fells, Ambleside has been described as “the hub of the wheel of beauty”, as it sits at the heart of the southern lakes with roads radiating out into the central valleys. As you pass through the centre of the little town, you will see the legacy of the Victorian tourist boom in the splendid slate buildings built by local craftsmen and the tiny Bridge House built over the clattering Stock Ghyll stream. You will hear about the Roman fort, Galava, built on the shores of Windermere Lake and discover why, inside the spired parish church, there is a mural celebrating the oldest custom in the town, Rushbearing. This is a bustling and busy little town so you will get a sense of what it is like living here, the way nature, the landscape and the weather still have an impact on our 21st century lives and how its more famous residents brought the first tourists flocking here over 100 years ago.

Pass By: Grasmere, Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Stopping here, you will find a couple of narrow roads leading to a tiny village green, a cluster of handsome grey-stone buildings and a scatter of traditional whitewashed cottages. This is Grasmere an archetypal Lake District village.
Look up, and all around you will see that the ring of mighty fells surrounding the Vale of Grasmere lovingly cradles this snug little village. At its heart you will find the ancient church looking much as it did in Wordsworth’s time, still crouched beside the babbling river Rothay.
We don’t stop here for long but you will quickly discover that it really is as William Wordsworth described it “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. He should know, he lived here for over a decade returning to be buried in this serene, English country churchyard dotted with yews and ivy strewn monuments.
Literary and gingerbread pilgrims flock here to pay their respects and to purchase the famous local tasty treat.

Pass By: Rydal, Rydal, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

As you pass through this tiny hamlet packed with history, you will discover where William Wordsworth lived for 37 years, the church where he was warden, who “Dora” is and what is so special about the Badger Bar. It is hard to believe that so much happened here in such a sleepy spot!

Pass By: Windermere, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

One of the pick-up locations for this tour - we meet outside the entrance to the railway station.
Windermere village is predominantly the product of the Victorian railway’s arrival in the Lake District. With many of the original villas and guest houses still standing, this village remains the transport hub of the central Lakes. Just as in Victorian and Edwardian times, day-trippers and holidaymakers pour in to Windermere off the train whose line terminates here. There is no shortage of accommodation or places to eat. If you are joining the tour here, you will soon discover why the village changed its name, why William Wordsworth got all steamed up about the railway and why the lake of the same name is a mile or so down the hill.

Pass By: Oxenholme, Kendal LA9, UK

Timed to meet the early morning train as it arrives from London, this is one of the pick-up locations for the tour – we meet outside the ticket office.
Oxenholme is the Lake District railway station on the West Coast Main Line which runs from London to Glasgow and is where day-visitors to the Lake District arrive for our tours. If you aren’t catching the branch line train to Windermere or staying in the Lakes, it is a convenient location to meet one of our full day tours. Should you decide to stay close to the station, there is a guest house and a small hotel within easy walking distance. If you are meeting us by car, there is a car park at the station with a flat rate of £12.00 per day.
While you are waiting for a return train back home, you can get refreshments at Willans shop. It is located next to Oxenholme Lake District Railway Station and sells a wide variety of products, many of which have been made on site.

Pass By: Bowness-on-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

One of our pick-up points for this tour -we meet outside Pier 1 beside the lake shore.
Bowness is a busy, bustling type of place with large and small hotels, bed and breakfast establishments and lots of cafes, bars and restaurants. The settlement is much older than nearby Windermere with the narrow streets clustered behind the parish church dating back over 300 years. If you are staying here, you will find that the history of the village is condensed in to this small part of the village, the cottages here were lived in by boatmen and fishermen, ancestors of George Washington had their coat of arms included in the window of the church and Charles Dickens stayed at the famous “Hole in t’Wall” inn.
A short stroll along the promenade will bring you to the boating area of the village. There are big boats to sail up and down the lake, small boats to hire and explore the islands and inlets and even tiny rowing boats to bob about in on the lake.

Pass By: Troutbeck, Troutbeck, Lake District, Cumbria, England

As you climb up the windy road from the shores of Windermere, passing by elegant Victorian mansions, you will see that the view of the lake changes quite a lot. You will have a quick photo stop to hear about the lake itself and look down on it across the rolling green fields and broadleaf woodland of the nearby farms.
You will fall in love with this tiny village, strung out along the valley side above the Trout Beck (stream) from which it gets its name. One of its most striking features is the fine selection of traditional Lakeland buildings, most of them dating from the 17th century.
As you pass through the village you will hear about Townend, a National Trust property preserved like a time capsule which tells the story of the Brown family who lived here from 1626 for over 400 years. If you gaze across the valley you will start to see the countryside change as we head up higher becoming more bleak and remote as you move into the mountains. Beatrix Potter once had a farm here.

Pass By: Patterdale, Patterdale, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Nestled in the valley on the south end of Ullswater, you will see that this village is a small cluster of buildings hugging the roadside with two pubs a youth hostel and a mountain rescue base. There used to be a shop, but that has recently been sold and we are all waiting to see what happens to it next. That’s how small the village is! The saint’s church, at the northern end of the village, replaced the medieval original in the nineteenth century and is known for the locally made embroidered tapestries that hang inside, created by an artist with the surname of a Shakespeare play.
This is walking territory and a number of good walks start from this village into the high fells surrounding it. As you pass through, you will hear about a local breed of dog, a well-known patron saint and a spring which was once thought to have healing properties.

Stop At: Ullswater, Ullswater, Lake District, Cumbria, England

At almost eight miles, this is the second longest of the lakes, with a dramatic serpentine shape overlooked by soaring fells, none higher than the challenging reaches of Helvellyn. The leafy shores are stippled with woods of oak, birch and hazel – one of the best examples of pre-plantation Lakeland scenery. As you will see, this is a special place to be.
William Wordsworth declared Ullswater “the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the Lakes affords” and who are we to argue with that? You don’t have to take his word for it though, you can decide for yourself on the included boat cruise down the lake.

Here you join a 1 hour cruise on Ullswater to relax and see the stunning fells as the boat cruises the full length of the lake.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Glenridding, Glenridding, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Passing along the leafy road past farms and pastures, suddenly, you get your first exciting glimpse of Ullswater and its fleet of historic steamers as we enter the village.
For centuries this was a busy mining valley but you will find no trace of it now. Lead was discovered in the area in the 17th century and mining here was at its height in the early 19th century with Greenside, hidden among the fells, being one of the best lead mines in the country. The mine closed in 1962 and now the village is a busy little place with some shops and cafes packed full of walkers and hikers. There are also some classy hotels here with grounds stretching down to the lake’s edge. You will discover that one of them, formerly a Regency era family villa, was visited by a famous scientist who stayed here for a week with his family and later wrote of his holiday "This place is magnificently beautiful, and I enjoy the scenery". We agree with him!

Pass By: Keswick, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

At the top of Derwentwater, is the northern tourist capital of the Lakes crammed full of shops, cafes, bars hotels and Victorian guest houses. Despite the genteel feel of the town, mining used to be the reason for Keswick’s existence. It all started in 16th century with expert miners from Germany who settled on Derwent Isle and were employed to find gold. They only found copper and other minerals. Later, as mining declined, tourism grew with the arrival of the railway on 1865. Wordsworth visited the town often, particularly to see his close friend and fellow Romantic Poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge who complained “for two thirds of the year we are in retirement…the other third is alive & swarms with Tourists of all shapes & sizes & characters”. You will find that nothing much has changed.
As we drive through the town, you will see the Moot Hall, hear about a familiar poet who wrote about bears, the antics of saints, a unique museum and what Keswick means in Old English.

Pass By: Rosthwaite, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The straggling hamlet of Rosthwaite with its whitewashed stone buildings, backed by the encroaching fells, is where accommodation has become concentrated for the Borrowdale valley. As we pass through the village, you will see that it is a typical Lakeland village with no pretensions and full of traditional features. The only village shop in the whole of the valley is to be found here, ideal for walkers and spectators of the annual “Borrowdale Fell Race” held on the first Saturday in August which starts in the village. This is an eighteen-mile gruelling, gut-wrenching race for fell runners who somehow manage to clock in at well under three hours despite having been up Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, and Great Gable, the seventh highest in the Lake District. You will be glad that the only effort you need is just to sit back and enjoy the views from the comfort of the bus.

Pass By: Braithwaite, Braithwaite, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Nestling at the foot of the Whinlatter Pass is the village of Braithwaite. You will see its magnificent backdrop of the mountains of Grisedale, Causey Pike, High Stile and Barrow, forming the famous Coledale Horseshoe as it curves round the head of Coledale Hause. Coledale beck winds its way down the valley and enters a narrow gorge before tumbling and rushing through the village where it is crossed by two humped backed bridges aptly named High Bridge and Low Bridge. As we drive through the village, you will be able to understand why the area immediately around Braithwaite is some of the best walking country in the Lake District. Its deep valleys are surrounded by mountains, rising steeply from the valley floors, so height is gained quickly for magnificent views all around.

Stop At: Ullswater Steamers, The Pier House, Grisedale Bridge, Glenridding, Penrith CA11 0US, UK

Boat cruise

Duration: 1 hour

  • 1 hour cruise on Ullswater Lake included
  • Relaxed and friendly small-group tour of no more than 7 guests
  • Professional Guides share their expertise of all the fascinating facts and stories in English
  • Departure and return to convenient, centrally located meeting points
  • Comfortable minivans with air-conditioning, WiFi and charging points for most mobile devices
  • Regular photo / refreshment / comfort stops
  • All entrance fees for locations on the itinerary are included
  • Entry/Admission - Ullswater Steamers
  • Entry/Admission - Ullswater Lake

  • Lunch - We do stop for lunch but the cost of the food and drink is not included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The time of pickup from Oxenholme train station is timed to meet the first train heading towards Glasgow from London Euston on Mondays to Saturdays
  • The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As there is a little walking involved on the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes
  • Children under the age of 5 can travel on this tour but we do not recommend it
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • We will collect you from the departure point linked to your chosen option. Please do not change to a different departure point without informing us in advance as we don't automatically go to every departure point. If we don't know you have changed your departure point we may not pick you up for the tour!
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

1: Windermere LA23 1AH, UK
2: Bowness Pier, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HQ, UK
3: 2 Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22 0BP, UK
4: Bell Close Car Park, 16 Main St, Keswick CA12 5JD, UK
5: Station Yd, Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7HF, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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8 hours

User's Reviews


11 May, 2024

Good guide and driver. Great trip. However really was quite expensive. No lunch included. You are paying for transport and information from the tour guide. There is a hop on hop off bus around the Lake District so you may want to compare options.


14 Apr, 2024

Had a private tour in the end as some people dropped out. Personally I found the rain made the mountains more beautiful and the waterfalls more spectacular. Guides were so friendly and informative and as it was just the two of us dropped us off at the b&b instead of the station.


23 Oct, 2023

Thank you to Gillian and Sandra for an amazing day touring the Lake District!! This is the only and best way to see the area. The roads are incredibly small for driving and passing, so a trip with English Lakes Tours allows for a relaxing day to see all of the area. With Sandra driving and Gillian giving both an informative and historical background, the trip was both fun and informative. The boat ride on Lake Ullswater was an added plus with very beautiful scenery. I highly recommend English Lakes Tours!


16 Oct, 2023

Guide was great. Very knowledgeable and fun. Loved all the places we saw. Only downside was getting in and out of the van that was crammed


13 Oct, 2023

We had a great tour with Tim. I was very happy with the beautiful viewpoints we were able to visit. We had many opportunities for taking photos. It was a great day.

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Beautiful, informative, creative


Fabulous daylong tour in the Lake District


Great value for must-see beautiful views


10 lake tour


Wonderful experience with Julian and Sandra


A rainy but fantastic experience!


Great great experience worth having !


Beautiful Lake District


Best way to see the Lakes District!


Lakes District with Tim


Great way to see a lot of the Lake District quickly


Awesome ultimate experience with the English lakes tour with Steven our tour guide


A great tour of the lakes


Brilliant day out


Fabulous tour of the Lake District!


Great day out




Relaxing day enjoying magnificent scenery


Outstanding experience!


Fantastic trip




Easy way to get Overview of Lake District


The lakes and hills are beckoning!


Best Lakes tour


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