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4-Day Lake District Discovery

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  • Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 4 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3395SBLH3AC
Explore the rugged Lake District on this 4-day experience from Bowness-on-Windermere, including hotel accommodation and two full-day tours. With the charming 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House as your base, enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a High Mountain Passes tour over epic Hardknott Pass to see Muncaster Castle and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes three dinners at the Lindeth’s award-winning restaurant, plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.


  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Rail Tour
  • All-inclusive tour
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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Windermere railway station or your central Windermere or Bowness-on-Windermere accommodation
Departure Time:
Hotel check-in from 3pm on Day 1
4 days (approx.)
Return Details:
Check out from the hotel at 11am on Day 3

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4-Day Lake District Discovery

4-Day Lake District Discovery

  • Hotel/rail station pickup and drop-off
  • Luxury minivan transport
  • Three nights of accommodation at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Ten Lakes Spectacular tour
  • Lake cruise
  • High Mountain Passes Spectacular tour
  • Entrance to Muncaster Castle grounds and World Owl Centre
  • Ticket on Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
  • Entrance fee to Muncaster Castle
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Maximum tour group size is 16
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair access is required (only fold-up wheelchairs possible)
  • Not recommended for child aged 15 and under
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Dress code in the hotel restaurant is smart casual
  • The check in time at your hotel on Day 1 is 3pm, please time your arrival for after this time
  • Please ensure you advise your preferred bedding configuration (single, twin/double, triple) in the Special Requirements field at the time of booking
Day 1: Bowness (D)
Start your 4-day tour with a pickup from Windermere railway station or, if you’re already in Windermere or Bowness, from your hotel in either town.

Board your comfortable minivan and travel to the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, your base for three nights. This charming 4-star hotel on the edges of Bowness sits in gardens overlooking Lake Windermere, and occupies a Victorian house once owned by Beatrix Potter.

Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the local area, walking into Bowness, or relaxing in the hotel gardens, before enjoying dinner at the hotel tonight.

Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness

Day 2: Bowness – Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour - Bowness (B, D)
After breakfast, meet your driver-guide at your hotel and head out in your shared minivan on your Ten Lakes tour. The tour showcases the best of the Lake District, taking you through magnificent mountain scenery to ten stunning lakes and other beauty spots.

Along the way, admire the surrounding fells and talk to your guide about the history, events and people that have shaped this much-loved National Park. Skirt the banks of Lake Windermere, and stretch your legs in the pretty village of Ambleside. After a photo stop at Rydal Water, continue to Grasmere and Thirlmere reservoir before traveling through the Borrowdale Valley to Bassenthwaite Lake and then negotiating Honister Pass.

Next, visit the village of Buttermere and travel onward to Keswick via Crummock Water. Enjoy free time to walk around and enjoy lunch (own expense) in this charming market town before heading for Castlerigg Stone Circle. Inspect the stones as your guide recounts how they were probably placed here in around 3,000 BC.

Before your tour ends, enjoy a scenic lake cruise and a photo-stop at a picture-postcard waterfall. Then, return to Bowness, arriving at your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness

Day 3: Bowness – High Mountain Passes Spectacular Tour - Bowness (B, D)
Following breakfast, set off on your High Mountain Passes Spectacular tour. Focusing on the western Lake District, this full-day tour follows the path of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s legions in the 2nd century AD, when they built roads through the high passes.

Thrill on the steep ascents of Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass — the latter England’s steepest road — and pass the ruined Roman fort of Hardknott Fort before absorbing epic views of Upper Eskdale and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

Continue to Ravenglass and enjoy a ride on the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow-gauge railway. Gaze at the ancient woodlands and fells of Eskdale from your cozy carriage, and after lunch (own expense) at a country inn, stop to contemplate the famously beautiful views over Wastwater, England’s deepest lake.

Visit Muncaster Castle, a magnificent 14th-century house famed for its flower-filled gardens and World Owl Centre, home to some of the world's most beautiful and rare owls. Stroll around the gardens and visit the center; or if the house is open, enjoy an interior tour (own expense).

Lastly, admire Coniston Fells and Coniston on route back to your hotel, where dinner is served this evening.

Overnight: 4-star Linden Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness

Day 4: Bowness (B)
Your experience ends after breakfast this morning when you check out of the hotel. If you wish, enjoy an included minivan transfer to Windermere railway station or back to your original starting point.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Nicole M A M, October 2015

The trip was very nice, and with good weather we enjoyed it even better.
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Reviewed by: Dennis D, August 2014

Excellent tour and accommodations. I would highly recommend this trip.

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Tour code: 3395SBLH3AC