The High Adventure

This classic adventure tour of the Western Lakes uses a route pioneered by the Romans!

The tour focuses around the Western Lake District travelling over the Lake District’s famous mountain passes; Hardknott and Wrynose, which are some of the steepest in Great Britain.  

During your day you will have time to enjoy a narrow gauge heritage train ride, see England’s deepest lake and visit the grounds of the 14th Century Muncaster Castle.  

This tour is a chance to see the real Lake District!

  • Duddon Valley
    11 Photos
  • Half way up Wrynose Pass
  • La'al Ratty
  • Langdales
  • Local Sheep
  • Muncaster Castle
  • Two Goat's on Wrynose Pass
  • Wrynose Pass
  • View of the Langdales
  • Viewpoint
  • Wastwater
    • Times: 9.45 to 17.30 from March 24th 2018 to October 28th 2018.


      Departs Daily from Windermere

      The main pick up point is Windermere Tourist Information Centre, however we do offer hotel pick-ups from select accommodation and locations in Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside & Grasmere. We also offer Kendal pick ups for £5pp (Mon-Sat)

      Prices for 2018:
      Adult = £46
      Child = £37
      Senior = £44

      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 Pickup & drop off from select hotels upon request, A ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway, Entry to the gardens at Muncaster Castle

      Whats Not Included Food & drink, Additional Entrance fees, Driver’s gratuity (Optional)

      Please Note: A minimum of 1 passenger 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 The High Adventure Tour please contact us.

    • On leaving Windermere you will head towards the famous the Langdale Valley, famed for rock climbing and walking. You may even spot a local breed of sheep, the Herdwick, as you make you make your way through the valley.  

      You then begin your ascent of the steep Wrynose & Hardknott mountain passes. The views from the remote and narrow roads towards the fells are spectacular. Make sure you bring your camera, as there will be plenty of opportunities to take those memorable shots throughout the tour. 

      Arriving in the Eskdale valley, you will board the heritage railway affectionately known as La’al Ratty (little railway), as you make your way down the valley you will travel through ancient woodlands. 

      Next you travel to Wastwater, once voted ‘Britain’s favourite view’. This location has the deepest Lake in England with its highest mountain, Scafell Pike in the background. The lake is surrounded by mountains, creating a truly dramatic scenery, an image synonymous with the National Park.   

      You will then have the opportunity to explore Muncaster Castle’s Gardens, which date back to the 18th Century. Where a walk along Georgian Terrace can be enjoyed with fell views in the distance.

      Travelling back towards the central Lake District, we travel past Coniston and through the Yewdale Valley bringing to an end this classic Lake District tour.

    • Tour Type
      This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.  
      Lunch Stop
      You have the opportunity to purchase food & refreshments during the tour. During this tour we will stop either at a traditional Lakeland Pub or local café.
      Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 
      Due to train timetabling we cannot guarantee the type of engine which will be used during your journey. 
      Muncaster Castle Gardens
      Within your tour price you receive entry to Muncaster Castle Grounds. Entry to the Castle itself is an additional cost, payable direct to the attraction on the day. Please note Castle opening times vary and may not coincide with the tour.  
      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.
      Everybody onboard the vehicle must have a booked seat.
      For full terms and conditions please see here.

    • *Please note our route maps are a guide only

    Recent Traveller Photos

    • Blea Tarn
      4 Photos
    • Elliot at Wastwater
    • Muncaster Castle
    • Wastwater View

    Tour Highlights

    The High Adventure Highlights include:

    This is our classic tour, based upon one of our original 1970’s bus routes. We take you to the remote parts of the Lake District, seeing of some of the best scenery in the area.

    You will enjoy:

    • The Langdales, picturesque valleys surrounded by mountains. 
    • Hardknott and Wrynose mountain passes, the steepest in England with stunning views.
    • Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, this is a narrow gauge heritage railway.   
    • Wastwater, once voted ‘Britain’s favourite view’. England’s deepest lake with the high mountain Scafell Pike.
    • Muncaster Castle Gardens, 14th Century Castle with extensive beautiful grounds.