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Lake District: The High Adventure Tour from Keswick

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Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day High Mountain Passes tour from Keswick. Traveling in a small group, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes!
About this activity
Duration 8.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Easy cancellation
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the Langdales, picturesque valleys surrounded by mountains
  • Enjoy the journey over Hardknott and Wrynose mountain passes, the steepest in England with stunning views
  • Experience a train journey on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, a narrow gauge heritage railway
  • Explore Wastwater, once voted Britain’s Favourite View
  • Stroll around Muncaster Castle Gardens
Full description
Your tour will depart from Keswick and head into the western swathes of the Lake District. On route you will drive alongside the beautiful Thirlmere, Grasmere and Rydal Water before driving through the little town of Ambleside. As you drive through Ambleside you will be able to see the Bridge House, which stands over Stock Beck and has been around since the 17th century. From Ambleside, you will travel through the Langdale Valley, a favourite of rock climbers and walkers, as your guide shares information about the region and its culture. Ascend both the steep Wrynose and Hardknott Passes and soak up the spectacular views of the remote fells as you trace the narrow, twisting roads through the peaks.

Stop briefly at the top of the pass, take the opportunity to marvel at the awe-inspiring views towards Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountains. Arrive in the Eskdale Valley and take a memorable ride on the heritage Ravenglass and Eskdale railway, affectionately nicknamed La’al Ratty or Little Railway. Trundle through picturesque woodlands and countryside then stop for lunch at one of the quaint valley inns.

Afterward, continue to Wastwater, a beauty spot once voted as commanding Britain’s favorite view. Look out on the panoramas that encompass Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and the surrounding high screes and mountains, including epic Scafell Pike. Then, stop at 14th century Muncaster Castle, owned by the Pennington family. Stretch your legs around the castle's gorgeous, 18th century gardens, famous for their azaleas, camelias and rhododendrons. If you wish, pay a visit to the Hawk and Owl Centre, home to a variety of prize owls and hawks, it is also located on the grounds. Then, relax on your return journey to Keswick, passing the beautiful Loweswater and Crummock water.
Includes
  • A ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway
  • Entry to the grounds & gardens at Muncaster Castle
  • Transport in a small mini-coach
  • English commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Food & drinks
  • Additional entrance fees
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Tour departs at 9.30AM from the Central Car Park Keswick CA12 5DF Behind the Oldfellows Arms

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children must be 5 years or older
• Children must have their own seat
• 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
• The vehicles are not currently wheelchair accessible