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A High Adventure

Discover the Western Lakes in a day

With breath-taking views at every turn you’ll ascend to the heady altitude 393metres (1,289 ft) on a route pioneered by the Romans. You’ll travel through picturesque Lakeland villages in the Langdale valley, cross Hardknott and Wrynose - two of the steepest mountain passes in England, visit the deepest lake in England Wastwater with its view of high mountain Scafell Pike, take a ride on Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and visit Muncaster Castle Gardens, a 14th Century Castle with extensive beautiful grounds.

Sit back and relax as you’re taken on a tour of the Lake District with a difference. There are plenty of places to stop for picture opportunities and to simply take in the stunning scenery and fresh air around you.

Wasdale
You can choose to start your tour from the main tourist information centre in Windermere, or the company also offer a range of pick points from various hotels and guesthouses in the nearby areas of Ambleside, Backbarrow, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Kendal and Staveley, Keswick Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere.
Right from the start you are welcomed into the luxury mini-bus by your friendly and highly knowledgeable tour guide and driver.
The fascinating history of the landscape is brought to life by your guide as they take you along a key trading route from East to West used by the Romans. There are two remains of forts that you pass on your way, the first is Galava in Ambleside and the second, far more impressive site, is Mediobogdum which you reach by going up and over Hardknott mountain pass.
Hardknott Pass
Hardknott Pass shares the title of the steepest road in England at 1 in 3 (33%) gradient. You might spot the occasional hardy cyclist making the ascent, the route is very popular and listed in the UK’s top toughest hill climbs with sinew straining switchbacks and the extreme gradients. It’s certainly not a drive for the fainthearted! But from the security of the mini-bus you can enjoy the tight winding road and the spectacular landscape. The view from the summit of Hardknott Pass is amazing, reaching for mile, on a fair day you can see the sea. It gives a vast sense of scale and expanse you don’t often see from the lower level roads in the Lake District.
Hardknott Roman Fort
You’ll get to see experience the iconic Langdale Pikes which are some of the most recognisable peaks in the Lake District and pass Loughrigg Tarn which has featured in the recent Peter Rabbit film, pass old gunpowder works and hidden distilleries amongst many other fascinating points of interest picked out by your driver.

Delight your inner train lover with a trip on the charming miniature Ravenglass & Eskdale railway, affectionately known as ‘La’al Ratty’ meaning little railway in olde Cumbrian dialect, these tiny steam trains take you on a journey that was one of Alfred Wainwrights favourites. It’s just a taster of the full rail experience which goes all the way to Ravenglass, as you hop off at Irton station to re-join the minibus.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
In the afternoon you go onto the see ‘Britain’s Favourite View’ at Wastwater, England’s deepest and most dramatic lake with steep imposing scree slopes at one edge. The view up the valley takes in the lake with the mountains of Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell behind. It forms the basis for the National Park's logo. Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, lies at the top of Lingmell.
 
Rounding off the day is a trip to the magnificent 14th century Muncaster Castle. Where you can enjoy the internationally acclaimed gardens with splendid rhododendrons and azaleas bringing a riot of colour from April and May. Depending on the timings you can might also have the chance to watch an exhilarating bird of prey flying displays by the Hawk & Owl Centre. There’s a café in the old stables to refuel with afternoon tea and cake before getting back on the minibus for the return journey.
Muncaster Castle
From Muncaster Castle you cross over the railway line of La’al Ratty and follow the A595 providing views out across the West coast of Cumbria to the windfarms in the Irish Sea, and on a clear day you can see the Isle of Man too. A quick stop at Coniston Water offers a leg stretch and a view of the site of the world water speed record bids of Donald Campbell which culminated in his tragic death in 1967, whilst attempting to reach a speed of 300 mph. On the east bank of the lake stands Brantwood, home to the famous Victorian artist and critic, John Ruskin.
 
Back on the minibus and the short journey back to Windermere completes your tour. You’ll be sure to have many memorable images and fascinating facts to share with friends and the sense of achievement of having conquered some of the most dramatic roads in the UK.
Coniston Water



Things to bring with you

  • A camera to capture the breath-taking scenery and the attractions of the railway and Muncaster Castle
  • Sturdy outdoor shoes for hopping on and off the bus to explore the scenic points of interest
  • Motion sickness tablets or bands if you are prone to feeling a bit woozy on bendy roads!
  • A woolly hat, it can be ‘fresh’ up on the tops of the mountain passes
  • Your sense of adventure to discover the best of the Western Lake District

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