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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere

Highlights
  • Full-day High Mountain Passes Spectacular tour from Windermere
  • Travel over the steepest mountain passes in England
  • Fantastic views of Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike
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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere
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High Adventure Tour Starts at the Windermere Information Centre
US$56.92
Pickup Kelsick Road Ambleside
Pickup Kelsick Road Bus station Ambleside
US$59.51
Pickup Bowness Pier
Pickup Bowness Pier, the booking office for Windermere Lake Cruises
US$59.51
Overview
Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day small-group High Mountain Passes tour from Lake Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, two of Britain’s steepest. Ascend through breathtaking fells; visit Roman Hardknott Fort, and ride the heritage Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. After a lunch break, admire spectacular views of Wastwater before returning to Windermere via Coniston Water.
What to Expect
Leave the Windermere area by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, and journey into the western swathes of the Lake District. Admire the rugged scenery, and travel through the Langdale Valley, a favorite 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 at the ruins of Hardknott Roman Fort at 1,000 feet (304 meters) up on the fells. Take the opportunity to walk around the crumbled, 2nd century complex, built by the Emperor Hadrian, and marvel at the awe-inspiring views to 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’ (little railway). Trundle through picturesque woodlands and countryside, and stop for lunch (own expense) at one of the quaint valley inns.

Afterward, continue to Wastwater, a beauty spot once voted as commanding ‘Britain’s favorite view.’ Drink in the panoramas that encompass Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and the surroundinghigh screes and mountains, including epic Scafell Pike.

Then, relax on your return journey to Lake Windermere, passing beautiful Coniston Water and the Coniston fells before your tour ends back at the start point.
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1 - 5 of 18 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spectacular panoramas

I took the 'High Adventure' and 'Ten Lakes' tours on consecutive days last week. Both tours were excellent. The High Adventure tour took the group to places that are generally not on most tourist itineraries. It was an outstanding trip, full of lovely scenery. The...More

1  Thank Sandro L
Reviewed 1 week ago
A wonderful day out in the Lake District

A great day on the high passes. Our driver Kevin was charming, funny and very knowledgeable. Not to mention skilled in handling the mountain roads. Wastwater was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The weather was not great but that did not...More

1  Thank Tam1661
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
High Adventure with Mountain Goat

Today my husband and myself went on the High Adventure Tour. It was just perfect. Our driver Kevin was amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable and also very entertaining. We have been visiting the lakes for over 40 years and today we got to see places...More

Thank carter3156
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing

Excellent trip! Our driver Tony handled the mountain roads with utmost ease despite poor weather conditions. He gave clear and informative commentary throughout and was a joy to listen to. Despite awful weather spoiling some of the views there was still plenty to see and...More

Thank Christine R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great coverage of a large (and beautiful) part of the Lakes District

Following rave recommendations from my B&B hosts, Mountain Goat was kind enough to book and join a tour less than 30min before it left (I was talking into my phone while walking to the pickup point). Loved the windy roads, quaint villages, wealth of information...More

2  Thank Polinu
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