Lake District As You Please – Lake District Scheduled Day Trips

Better by Goat! Travel the scenic Lake District with the Mountain Goat

A flexible package joining accommodation with scheduled day trips + optional rail tickets & transfers

Lake District As Your Please! Create a holiday break in the English Lake District to suit your schedule. Package can include accommodation for the appropriate number of nights, rails tickets from London, Manchester or Edinburgh, transfers between your hotel and the rail station, your choice of scheduled day trips or independent free days to enjoy walking, boating or relaxing. SGT will give you recommendations and YOU choose the level of accommodation from small b&b to luxury country hotel, YOU choose your day trips and YOU choose how many days. Please let us know your details for a specific rate quote for an overall package. So you can get started now, LAKE DISTRICT SCHEDULE DAY TRIPS ARE LISTED HERE…On the ITINERARY tab.

*Tour A: Ten Lakes Spectacular This full day tour covers the North and South of the Lake District and is a great introduction to the area.

Highlights: • Ambleside • Rydal • Grasmere • Thirlmere • Borrowdale Valley • Honister  Pass • Buttermere • Newlands Valley • Keswick for Lunch • Castlerigg Stone Circle • Lake Cruise • Kirkstone Pass • Windermere

Departure Days: DAILY from Windermere, 09.45 – 17.30 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Includes: A Lake Cruise

The Lake District is renowned for being the “most beautiful corner of England” and this full day tour introduces you to just that. Experience the magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north. The tour includes a lake cruise, a visit to the 4,000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch. You travel over passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls and traditional Lakeland villages. You have plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs. This is a tour not to be missed!

 

*Tour B: Beatrix Potter’s Favourite Countryside This half day tour visits many of Beatrix Potter’s favourite places.

Highlights: • Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm • Hawkshead • Tarn Hows • Cruise on Coniston • Tour through Yewdale Valley • Return to Windermere and Bowness

Departure Days: DAILY from Windermere, 12.00 – 17.00 (Approx)

Cost: $60 USD per person

Price Includes: Lake Cruise on Coniston, & Hill Top Gardens

Optional extras: Entrance to Hill Top House (£8.50 adult, £4.25 child paid directly on the day)

This tour is the ideal way to explore the favourite places associated with Beatrix Potter. Our first part of the journey takes us to Hill Top Farm where she wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this 17th century cottage. You will have the opportunity to go into the house (additional charge), explore the garden and visit the shop. We then continue onto the medieval village of Hawkshead with a little time to explore its many delightful features. Onwards then, to the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows before descending to Coniston for the lake cruise to Brantwood. The final part of the tour takes us through the spectacular Yewdale Valley.

 

*Tour C: The High Adventure A full day journey experiencing the steepest passes, the 14th Century Muncaster Castle and a rail trip on Ravenglass Railway.

Highlights: • Langdales • Hardknott and Wrynose Mountain Passes • Hardknott Roman Fort • Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway • Wastwater • 14th Century Muncaster Castle • Coniston Water

Departure Days: DAILY from Windermere, 09.45 – 17.30 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Price Includes: Ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale

Railway and entry to Muncaster

Grounds & World Owl Trust

This tour focuses around the Western Lake District and is certainly an adventure! Over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes, the steepest in England we drive past the extraordinary remains of Hardknott Roman Fort 1000ft up on the fells. We stop for lunch in Eskdale before boarding La’al Ratty on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. In the afternoon we drive onward to ‘Britain’s Favourite View’, Wastwater; England’s deepest and most dramatic lake. Our next destination is the splendid 14th Century Muncaster Castle surrounded by its internationally acclaimed gardens and famous for its World Owl Trust. The beautiful scenery of the Coniston Fells and Coniston Water bring to an end this classic of all Lake District tours as we drive back to Windermere.

 

*Tour D: Southern Lakeland & Holker Hall A day in the gentler Southern area with a visit to Holker Hall and Gardens.

Departure Days: THURSDAYS from Windermere, 10.00 – 16.30 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Price Includes: Entrance to Holker Hall and gardens

Highlights: • Holker Hall • Cartmel Village and Priory • Lyth Valley • Winster Valley • Gummers Howe

This tour takes you through the gentle limestone country of the Southern Lake District, over hills with wonderful scenic views and the famous damson valleys. We stop off at a 1930’s railway station before heading to the Lord and Lady Cavendish’s Holker Hall where you can tour the house and walk the beautiful gardens. After we stop at the monastic village of Cartmel, famous for its Priory and sticky toffee pudding shop.

 

*Tour E: The Yorkshire Dales A full day tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Departure Days: WEDNESDAYS from Windermere, 09.30 – 18.00 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Highlights: • Sedbergh • Settle to Carlisle Railway • Wensleydale • Swaledale • Dent • Hawes • Reeth and Aysgarth Waterfalls

Explore the best of the Yorkshire Dales. We drive to the quaint village of Sedbergh and head up to see the famous Settle to Carlisle railway and the spectacular viaducts. We venture down into Wensleydale and Hardraw before descending into Swaledale through the valley to the small market town of Reeth for lunch. Our next stop is Bolton Castle in which Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned before our journey up the valley to the spectacular Aysgarth Waterfalls. From here we make our way to Hawes for a stop before continuing into the lovely village of Dent, famous for the Dent knitters and brewery. We complete our journey back to Windermere via Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

*Tour F: Eastern Lakes & Lowther Valley

Departure Days: FRIDAYS from Windermere, 09.45 – 17.45 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Highlights: • Kirkstone Pass • Cruise on Ullswater • Martindale • Pooley Bridge • Askham • Lowther Valley • Shap Abbey • Shap • Shap Summit

This full day tour explores some of the remotest parts of The Lake District. We cross over the Kirkstone Pass as we make our way to Glenridding to catch a boat to cruise to Howtown. After the cruise the Goat picks you up and we cross the small pass to Martindale where we visit the 800 year old St Martin’s Church with its even older yew tree in the church yard. We also visit the much younger church of St Peters that is famous for its stained glass windows. From here we drive along the shore of Ullswater to Pooley Bridge and then on to the village of Askham. At Lowther we see the façade of the castle before having a lunch stop in the castle grounds and seeing some of the garden renovation taking place. From here we travel through the Lowther valley to Haweswater seeing the dam and looking right up to the top of the valley. We journey on to Shap Abbey and Shap village before making our way back to Windermere over the famous Shap summit. 

 

*TOUR G: Hadrian’s Wall, Bewcastle Cross, Lanercost Priory & South Tyne Valley

Departure Days: FRIDAYS from Windermere, 09.45 – 17.45 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Highlights: • Hadrians Wall • Roman Army Museum • Lanercost Priory • Bewcastle Cross • South Tyne Valley • Hartside Pass

Leaving Windermere we drive through the heart of the Lakes, beside Ullswater and on towards Penrith and the Scottish Borders. We stop for coffee in the village of Brampton with an opportunity to visit the church and see the ‘Arts and Crafts’ Sir Burne Jones’ stained glass windows. From here we continue into the remote ‘Debatable Lands’ of the Border Reivers to see the 8th century Bewcastle Cross and Church, before heading to Lanercost Priory, with time to see the church built within the priory ruins and more Burne Jones windows. From here we head to Hadrians Wall, following it past ‘Mile Castles’ and ‘Towers’ to our lunch stop at ‘The Roman Army Museum’. In the afternoon we continue along the ‘Wall’ seeing the spectacular Fell End, Sunny Rigg, Great Chesters and finally Steel Rigg. We return via Alston, England’s highest market town and a tea stop at the Hartside Pass and superb views across Cumbria.

 

*TOUR H: Swallows & Amazons

Departure Days: TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS from Windermere, 09.45 – 17.00 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Highlights: • Gummers Howe • Cruise on Coniston • Rusland Valley • Ride on Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

After leaving Bowness (Rio), we climb over Ghyll Head on the way to Gummers Howe, passing Ludderburn where Arthur Ransome lived, and the Mason’s Arms his favourite watering hole. After a coffee stop at Haverthwaite, we board the railway for Lakeside. From here we travel to Coniston (lunch stop) before taking a cruise to Brantwood. We then tour down the east side of Coniston Water and on to Rusland to visit the church where Arthur Ransome is buried before returning back to Windermere. 

 

*TOUR J: Tarn Howes & Southern Lakes

Departure Days: DAILY from Windermere, 09.45 – 17.30 (Approx)

Cost: $75 USD per person

Highlights: • Wray Castle • Hawkshead • Tarn Hows • Coniston • The Landgales • Grasmere • Rydal Mount

Departing Windermere and Ambleside the tour makes its way to view the outside of Wray Castle where Beatrix Potter spent many childhood holidays. Taking the quiet back road from Wray Castle, Hawkshead is soon reached where there is a coffee stop and time to wander around the village. Departing Hawkshead we drive to Tarn Hows for viewing and photos. Coniston is the next stop for lunch and a village wander. Departing Coniston we tour through Yewdale and on to Little Langdale, and then over the Blea Tarn Pass to Great Langdale, We have a quick stop in Elterwater and then over Red Bank to Grasmere. Departing Grasmere we drive the short distance to William Wordsworth’s lovely Rydal Mount. 2013 marked the 200th anniversary of him moving into the house. We view the house and gardens, have tea, and then leave for the drive back to Ambleside and Windermere. A very relaxing day with spectacular scenery!

 

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Cost by Request - Tell us how many travelers, how many nights, what type of lodging & which day trips you want...Just want a day trip? Prices listed on each tour listing.

All pick ups are from Bowness Pier, Windermere Tourist Information Centre. Sometimes it is possible to arrange pick-up from select Windermere accommodation, please check availability of your desired pick-up point at time of booking.