Best of the Lakes

Ideal for visitors with only one day to see the Lake District National Park, the Best of the Lakes tour takes in the highlights of the area, combining two of our most popular tours, the Ten Lakes Spectacular and the High Adventure. 

Combining the best parts of both our classic High Adventure tour and our best-selling Ten Lakes Spectacular tour, this is an excellent way for those with limited time in the Lake District. 

The day starts in the Southern Lake District as we drive through the dramatic Langdale Valley. After spending the morning on the infamous Hardknott and Wrynose passes, we reach the Western and more remoter parts Lake District, with time to take in 'Britain's Favourite View' at Wastwater, the deepest lake in England.

After lunch we take in the 4000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle, believed to be older than Stone Henge. Before returning back to Windermere, there is chance to view the historic village of Grasmere, former home of Wordsworth. 
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
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  • The Langdales
  • The Langdales 2
  • Wastwater
    • Times: 9.30 to 17.45. From April 8th 2017 to October 1st 2017.


      Official start point is Windermere Tourist Information Centre. 
      Tour pick-ups from select accommodation and locations in Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
      All seats £50

      Please note that each customer must have their own seat onboard the vehicle. 

      How To Book: You can instantly book by selecting your preferred date on this page.

      Included Extras A great overview of the Lake District in just one day!

      Please Note: A minimum of 4 passengers is required for this tour to operate

      We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.

      For more information please browse the Full Itinerary, Additional Information and the Route Map. If you would like a Daily Tour brochure or further information regarding our Best of the Lakes Tour please contact us.

    • The day starts by driving north along the shores of Windermere, the largest lake in England at 10.5 miles long, towards Ambleside. From here we travel along the Roman Road through the dramatic Langdales and onto the infamous Wrynose and Hardknott passes.

      After ascending over the passes we continue on to Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, voted 'Britain's favourite view'. Our next stop is for lunch at the Fox and Hounds at Ennerdale Bridge, a community owned pub. We continue on through Buttermere and ascend Honister Pass passing by the famous Honister Slate Mine through Borrowdale and onto Keswick.

      On the return to Windermere we visit the 4000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle and drive alongside peaceful Grasmere and Rydal Water before ending the tour back in Windermere.
    • Tour Type
      This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or a point of interest.  
      Lunch Stop
      You will stop at a local pub or cafe for approximately 1 hour. 
      Clothing & Footwear
      We suggest you wear comfortable and sensible footwear, we also recommend bringing a light raincoat.  
      Assistance Dogs
      We are happy to accept assistance dogs only on this tour. Please contact us to advise us in advance.  
      Please Note: We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.
      For full terms and conditions please see here.

    • *Please note our route maps are a guide only

    Recent Traveller Photos

    • The Langdales
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    • Ullswater
    • Wastwater

    Tour Highlights

    The Best of the Lakes Highlights include:

     We take you to the best scenery in the Lake District, seeing the stunning lakes, mountains and views.

    You will enjoy:

    • The Langdales & Blea Tarn - Dramatic scenery and views of the Langdale Pikes. 
    • Castlerigg Stone Circle - Walk around the 4000 year old circle, surrounded by fells.
    • Wastwater - The deepest lake in England, voted 'Britain's Favourite view'.   
    • Ennerdale, Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere - Untouched and unspoilt lakes with more sheep than people.