Full-Day Private Luxury Tour of the Central Lake District

Full-Day Private Luxury Tour of the Central Lake District

This tour concentrates mainly on the delights of the Southern Lakes but we dip into the Western side too. Whilst not far distance-wise it packs a lot in to the day with highlights being the opportunity to experience the dramatic road over Hardknott Pass, a roman fort, an optional lake cruise on Coniston and the haunts of Beatrix Potter and the Romantic Poets. We pride ourselves on customising all our tours to suit your personal requirements. We can spend more time, or less, at places so please use the itinerary as a framework for us to create the perfect day for you. Each tour includes one paid for experience highlighted *

Although some guests actually want to see the Lakes at its wildest it can spoil it for others so, as “Pleasure first, Business second” is our mantra we, unlike most operators, will let you know in advance if we think the weather may be an issue to allow you to make an informed decision as to continue with your trip, arrange an alternative date or request a refund.
* Duration: 8 to 10 hours
* Starts: Windermere, United Kingdom
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




This tour concentrates mainly on the delights of the Southern Lakes but we dip into the Western side too. Whilst not far distance-wise it packs a lot in to the day with highlights being the opportunity to experience the dramatic road over Hardknott Pass, a roman fort, an optional lake cruise on Coniston and the haunts of Beatrix Potter and the Romantic Poets. We pride ourselves on customising all our tours to suit your personal requirements. We can spend more time, or less, at places so please use the itinerary as a framework for us to create the perfect day for you. Each tour includes one paid for experience highlighted *

Although some guests actually want to see the Lakes at its wildest it can spoil it for others so, as “Pleasure first, Business second” is our mantra we, unlike most operators, will let you know in advance if we think the weather may be an issue to allow you to make an informed decision as to continue with your trip, arrange an alternative date or request a refund.

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

On your way to Grasmere we pass the serene waters of Rydal Water, where the most famous of the poets, William Wordsworth, would sit on his “seat” gaining inspiration from the surrounding views.

Pass By: Rydal Mount & Gardens, A591, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LU England

On the outskirts of Grasmere you will have the opportunity to see and photograph Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, the homes to Wordsworth between 1799 and his death in 1850.

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

We arrive at Grasmere, the centre of the Romantic Poets. You will see Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both homes to Wordsworth between 1799 and his death in 1850. You may also visit Wordsworth’s grave or perhaps treat yourself to some famous Grasmere Gingerbread which has been being made here since 1854.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Great Langdale, Great Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The Langdale Valley presents stunning vistas of the highest peaks of the Lakes and, if you haven’t seen them already, you’ll definitely meet the famous Herdwick “Herdy” Sheep. Introduced by the Vikings the Herdys are known for their hardiness to the harsh weather and provide the opportunity for some very cute photographs!

Pass By: Blea Tarn, Little Langdale England

En route to the Langdale Valley we pass this small water. It’s beautiful setting has attracted numerous film makers over the years and has a very “Game Of Thrones” feel to it.

Pass By: Wrynose Pass Road England

Hardknott’s little sister, Wrynose is less severe but just as stunning. Waterfalls and streams pop up everywhere if we have a sudden deluge of rain.

Pass By: Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park, Broughton-in-Furness England

Reputed to be the steepest road in England at a 1:3 incline this thrilling climb is not for the faint hearted! Worry not though as your highly trained driver is more than capable of tackling it no matter what the conditions. The views from the top are breathtaking.

Stop At: Coniston Water, Coniston England

Infamous for the ill-fated world water speed record attempt by Donald Campbell in 1967 but also the setting for Arthur Ransome’s tale of derring do, Swallows and Amazons. Each tour includes one fee incurring experience*. So, you can choose the Coniston Launch as your inclusive experience or, if you would prefer an alternative. such as Hill Top, you can opt for that instead.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Brantwood Brantwood East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD England

Lakeside dwelling of John Ruskin, the renowned social thinker, art critic and Romanticist. Each tour includes one fee incurring experience*. So, you can choose Brantwood as your inclusive experience or, if you would prefer an alternative. such as Hill Top, you can opt for that instead.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ England

This manmade, yet nonetheless beautiful, water is a feast for the eyes as it comes into view over the brow of the road. It really is a classic “picture postcard” Lakeland vista.

Stop At: Hawkshead, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Originally a centre for wool trade Hawkshead is a typical Lakes village with strong connections to Wordsworth, who was schooled here, and Beatrix Potter who’s husband was the local solicitor. The Beatrix Potter Gallery is housed in her husband’s old office building and there are other interesting curiosity shops to peruse.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House, Main St Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0LF England

Famous as the home of Beatrix Potter and the inspiration for many of her literary works, here you will have time to enjoy her beautiful house and gardens if you wish. Each tour includes one fee incurring experience*. So, you can choose Hill Top as your inclusive experience or, if you would prefer an alternative. such as the Coniston Launch, you can opt for that instead.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Claife Viewing Station, Claife Station Cottage Kemble Drive, Far Sawrey LA22 0LW England

Built to attract tourists in the late 1700s this is one of the remaining viewing stations where you have the opportunity to see Windermere as the first tourists did over 200 years ago via the “Picturesque” windows.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

11 miles long and the “centre” of the Lakes we skirt along its shores after leaving the viewing station. You can choose to ride the short ferry crossing across the lake or, alternatively, enjoy the shore drive around the southern tip of the lake.