Windermere Lake District National Park High Mountain Pass TourDiscover the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Lake District without having to go hiking! Enjoy this minibus tour of the national park’s (...)
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Take in the striking mountains and western fells of the Lake District on this guided full-day adventure. Travel steep roads through the Hardknott and Wrynose Passes, and take a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway before seeing Wastwater Lake and historic Muncaster Castle's gardens.
Depart from Windermere, driving through the majestic Great Langdale Valley toward the mountain passes of Wrynose and Hardknott - 2 of the steepest roads in England. Following the line of an old Roman road (the tenth highway). The journey from Langdale take you to Wastwater, the deepest lake in England overlooked by its highest mountain, Scafell Pike in the background. The area features "Britain's Favourite View," it captures the lake surrounded by the sheer, rugged slopes of the Wastwater Screes.
Arriving in Eskdale we stop for lunch at a pub with a light lunch menu, before boarding the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Affectionately dubbed La’al Ratty, the heritage line takes you through enchanting, ancient woodlands down the valley.
After your charming train ride, continue your tour to Muncaster Castle, here entrance to the grounds and Garden is included. The time here varies dependant on the day but you will have time to explore some of the extensive Gardens and view the Valley of which the Castle overlooks. On the way back to Windermere, pass through the beautiful Yewdale Valley as a picturesque end to your tour.
- Transport in a small mini-coach
- On-board commentary in English
- A ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway.
- Entry/Admission - Muncaster Castle
- Entry/Admission - Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
What's NOT inside
- Food & drink
- Additional Entrance fees
- Driver’s gratuity (Optional)
- Refundable up to 4 business days prior to the travel date minus a 7% administrative fee.
- 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
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Other pickups at Bowness Pier (09.20am) and Kelsick Road Ambleside (09.55am).
Please be ready 10 minutes early as the bus cannot wait for late passengers.
01 January to 31 October
Reviews & ratings The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere
"Surprisingly enchanting. Well organised and professionally handled. Showed us a part of England with steep hills, great vistas and (...) "
"Great trip, spectacular scenery despite the inclement weather, tour guide fabulous and his knowledge was excellent, lots of photo opportunities, nice small group, (...) "
"Very friendly and knowledgeable driver and guide including knowledge on ecology of the area, history, farming, buildings, sheep, etc. Very good driving - especially (...) "
"This was an outstanding and well balanced tour. We saw and experienced a lot of different things, with full marks going to our guide and driver for driving up and (...) "
"The tour guide Elliot was informative and friendly. Was delighted with the tour. Thanks. "
"Fantastic tour ,driver / guide was great The roads are a bit hairy but with the experience of our driver we had no fear. "
"We missed the start time due to parking difficulties but the tour team swung into action and shipped us to a meet point with the tour adding the commentary we could (...) "
"Spectacular! Should also do ten Lakes to see the diversity of the slake District. We had sunshine in mid-September. "
"This tour is a fantastic way to see the Lake District. We had an exceptional tour guide/bus driver who knows his stuff. He was able to maneuver the tight corners of (...) "
"Derek, very funny, informative and entertaining. Trip was very good too. "