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3 Day Lake District Discovery Tour

Follow in the footsteps of writers and artists as you journey through inspiring landscapes. A wonderful three day tour full of magnificent views and delightful picturesque villages. Discover why this delightful area inspired some of England’s greatest writers and poets.

From the stunning mountains, glorious lakes and rugged landscapes, as well as Wordsworth’s quaint Dove Cottage, you’ll have much to experience and see. So, join this tour and write your own history!




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Tour Highlights

  • Castlerigg Stone Circle is set within a beautiful mountain setting and dates back to the Neolithic period
  • Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth, England’s famous poet, barely changed since he inhabited it in 1799
  • Famous for its tranquil beauty, Ullswater is home to the second largest lake in the English Lake District
  • The stunning Aira Force waterfalls can be crossed by a lovely stone bridge.
  • Derwentwater lake was a filming location used in Star Wars - The Force Awakens and is surrounded by hills and woods.
  • Take in the views of the monumental mountains of Honister Pass
  • Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, here you can either wander the shoreline or go for a cruise in these stunning surroundings.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Scottish Borders, Penrith, Ullswater and Keswick

Day 2

Lake Windermere and Hawkeshead

Day 3

Whinlatter Pass and Honister

Day 1

Setting off from Edinburgh and journeying south through the Scottish Borders, you can admire the view of the Southern Uplands and the Galloway Hills, as you travel to your first destination of your tour.

Moffat, is a vibrant, bustling spa town and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills.  famous poet Robert Burns used to frequent the town and it’s home to the Star Inn which was listed in the Guiness Book of Records for being the narrowest hotel in the world!

Leaving Moffat, you cross the border into England and head to the Eden Valley Cumbrian market town of Penrith.  Explore the medieval ruins of Penrith Castle and enjoy some refreshments and its many shops.

Following lunch, we travel onto the Lake District National Park to Ullswater, described as England’s most beautiful lake.  Ullswater is the Lake District’s second largest lake and here you’ll enjoy a wonderful forest walk to see the stunning Aria Force Waterfall with its small arched bridge.

Heading on from Ullswater towards Keswick, our next destination will be the Castlerigg stainding stones, dating from the late Neolithic period.  The standing stones were quoted by archaeologist John Waterhouse as ‘one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain’.

After the delights of Castlerigg, you’ll take a short journey to your final destination of the day, Keswick.  This bustling market town, which is surrounded by mountains is where you’ll spend your first night and here you’ll be able to wander freely.

Please note that during July/early August this tour may alternatively stay in Windermere.

Day 2

Next morning after breakfast, we’ll drive along the southern shores of Ullswater over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass to reach the stunning scenery of Lake Windermere.  Lake Windermere is surrounded by picture postcard views of mesmerising mountains and villages.   An optional leisurely lake cruise may be taken or simply enjoy lunch while seated amongst the glorious landscape.

Following on from lunch, we head on towards Coniston Water with our next stop being the picturesque village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School and Beatrix Potter lived nearby.

After exploring this charming village, we travel through the winding country lanes leading towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth once described as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’.  Here you’re able to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and his Daffodil Garden set beside the River Rothy, before heading back to Keswick in the late afternoon.

Day 3

After a restful night, we’ll pick you up from your accommodation and drive onto the Whinlatter Forest Park.  Discover Honister Mountain Pass and learn about the Honsiter Slate Mine.  Travel to the top of the Whinlatter Pass and take in the breath-taking views.

As well some wonderful photo opportunities, you’ll also get the opportunity to visit old slate workings.

Following on from refreshments, passing via Derwentwater, an attractive lake some 3 miles by 1 mile long, you’ll be able to purchase some souvenirs and enjoy some lunch.

After lunch you begin your return journey towards Scotland. You’ll take in the town of Penrith and some glorious scenery as you take a stop in the historic market town of Biggar.  From here it’s a comfortable journey through the pleasant landscapes back to the city of Edinburgh.

Important Information

Departs 08.30am Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Returns 18.00pm approx.

  • Discounts for Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a professional driver-guide


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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