Best tours in the Lake District
The Lake District is well known for its awe-inspiring natural beauty, serene lakes, and charming villages which have enchanted visitors for centuries. There’s so much to see that it can be hard to choose how to spend your time and money.
One of the best ways to see the spectacular scenery is a guided tour. If you don’t want the hassle of planning your own itinerary, put yourself in the hands of a Lake District expert. Whether you're drawn to tranquil lakeshores, towering fells, or historic sites, there's a tour here for every visitor.
When you stay at Haven Lakeland Leisure Park, you'll be perfectly positioned to embark on many of the best tours of the region. That’s why we've compiled the best tours in the Lake District by destination or theme to help you plan your adventure.
Walking in Bowness-on-Windermere
Bowness-on-Windermere is not only a picturesque lakeside town but also a place steeped in history. To delve into the rich heritage and culture of this charming area, consider joining a walking tour with Lakeland Tour Guides.
Your guide will lead you through the cobblestone streets, sharing fascinating stories and insights about the historical significance of Bowness-on-Windermere and its connections to literary icons like Beatrix Potter.
Cruising Lake Windermere
If walking Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, is not enough for you. Then why not take to the waters of this Lake District jewel? There's no better way to appreciate its grandeur than by taking a cruise.
Windermere Lake Cruises offers a range of scenic tours that allow you to relax and take in the stunning surroundings. Opt for an afternoon tea cruise or an evening entertainment cruise for a touch of elegance on the water. As you glide across the crystal-clear waters, you'll be surrounded by the beauty of the fells and forests that characterise this stunning area.
Romantic Poets Tour
Explore the Lake District's winter charm on a tour tracing the steps of Romantic poets Wordsworth, Southey, and Coleridge. For example, the highlights of the English Lakes Tours itinerary include visiting the poets' residences, such as Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, where Wordsworth penned famous works.
You can discover Southey's resting place, explore Grasmere village, and enjoy the tranquil Rydal Hall Gardens with cascading waterfalls. The tour concludes at Rydal Church and Dora's Field, a testament to Wordsworth's love for his daughter.
Derwentwater, with its serene waters, lush woodlands, and encircling mountains, offers a tranquil retreat for nature lovers. The Keswick Launch Company provides scenic boat tours that allow you to immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the lake. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including red squirrels and ospreys, as you glide across the water.
Guided Walking in Ambleside
Ambleside, with its stunning location at the head of Lake Windermere, is a gateway to some of the Lake District's most beautiful hiking trails. The Lake District National Park Authority offers guided walks that take you through the picturesque countryside surrounding Ambleside.
Whether you're an experienced hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll, these guided walks provide insights into the local flora, fauna, and history while allowing you to take in breathtaking vistas.
Lake-hopping bus tours
A full-day tour of the Lake District by bus, such as those operated by the tour company Mountain Goat, showcases the region's stunning landscapes. Explore the Lakeland fells, valleys, and lakes from south to north and visit the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle for panoramic mountain views.
The longest itineraries stop at as many as ten of the most renowned lakes, offering insights into how human influence and nature have shaped the Lake District, as well as opportunities to photograph waterfalls, valleys, and traditional villages along the way.