Lake District Explorer (From Manchester) 2024

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3 Days / 2 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : Year Round
Start: Manchester, England
End: Manchester, England

Lake District Explorer (from Manchester): 2 nts Keswick

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

The Lake District is where you see the top ten tallest mountains in England. It’s where you discover the deepest lake in the country. And it’s where you can visit 1,779 listed buildings and 16,510 archeological sites.

For a place that’s famous for its poetry and quaint cottages, it certainly boasts some of England’s biggest and most brilliant destinations.

You learn about the poetry of Wordsworth, admire the serene views over Lake Windermere and Derwent Water, and wander through market towns collecting stories and photos as you go.

Join this tour and experience the best of the Lake District.

If you love this itinerary but want to start somewhere else, have a look at this tour departing from Edinburgh.

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Ullswater – The second largest lake in the English Lake District is famous for its sublime, tranquil beauty.

Aira Force Waterfall – Our favourite waterfall in the Lake District lies in a forest and boasts a beautiful stone bridge crossing.

Castlerigg Stone Circle – The dramatic mountanous surroundings of this neolithic site are as fascinating as the history.

Lake Windermere – You can choose to wander the shores or put on your sailing hat and go for a cruise.

Derwent Water – This gorgeous location was used in Star Wars – The Force Awakens. But the lasers and spaceships seem a million miles away from this peaceful area.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Manchester  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 09:45 (tour departs at 10:00) – Manchester Piccadilly (Store Street) Pick Up, Coach parking bays, Store Street (Boad Street intersection), Manchester, M1 2WD

Drop off Location & Time

Manchester
6:30pm

Price Includes

  • 2 nights Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full English breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • 45 minute islands cruise on Lake Windermere

Meals

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1 Manchester - Ambleside - Kirkstone Pass - Aira Force Waterfall - Friar’s Crag - Keswick

  • See the power of the mighty Aira Force waterfall for yourself
  • Take as many photographs as you can at ‘England’s most beautiful lake’, Ullswater
  • Relax in the market town of Keswick

Leaving Manchester, we drive north into Lake District National Park and head to one of the most popular towns in the Lake District, Ambleside, hugged by some of England’s finest scenery. Here you’ll have time to explore and grab a bite to eat.

We then drive to Kirkstone Pass for some photos. This is the Lake District’s highest pass that is open to motor traffic, and you’ll just love the views.

Next up we journey along the shores of Ullswater. This lake is often described as England’s most beautiful lake, and it’s here we give you the chance to take a forest walk and see the mighty Aira Force waterfall.

The final stop of the day is another incredible view as we take you to Friar’s Crag, an amazing promontory that overlooks the lake of Derwentwater.

You have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you’re dropped off at your accommodation and free to explore the charming town.

Day 2Keswick - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Grasmere - Bowness-on-Windermere - Langdale Boulders - Hawkshead - Keswick

  • Stare in wonder at the views on an optional boat trip, Lake Windermere
  • Wander around the cosy village of Hawkshead
  • Enjoy the peace of the Wordsworth Memorial Daffodil Garden

Your first stop of the day really is one of wonder. The mysterious Castlerigg standing stones were thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and were once a lively hub of ancient pagan rituals.

After exploring the past, you take the narrow country lanes towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’.

There’s free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, taste the legendary gingerbread, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy.

Time for lunch in Bowness-on-Windermere, a town sitting snuggly alongside Lake Windermere. This area is filled with adorable villages and surrounded by beautiful scenery. You might enjoy an optional boat cruise on the lake, a truly wonderful way to take in the sights.

That afternoon you continue to explore this wonderful region, including a stop at Langdale Boulders where you might spot some prehistoric rock art.

After a stop in the cosy village of Hawkshead, you return to Keswick in the early evening. (B)

Day 3Keswick - Honister Pass - Bowder Stone - Keswick - Ullswater - Kendal - Manchester

  • Enjoy a leisurely walk along the shores of Ullswater
  • Learn about the slate mines at the Honister Mountain Pass

Last day of the trip, but don’t despair. There’s still plenty of adventure to be had today. You journey along winding lanes, past the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere, and towards the Honister Mountain Pass.

Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to see old slate workings, where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living.

Next up is something that will stop you in your tracks. The enormous Bowder Stone fell 200 metres from the Bowder Crag more than 10,000 years ago. The stone is an estimated 2,000 tonnes, around 9 metres high and 15 metres in diameter. Imagine the sound it would have made upon impact.

You head back into Keswick for a nice bite to eat before heading to the lovely shores of Ullswater for a walk.

Your last big stop of the day is in the market town of Kendal. Here you have time to explore and enjoy the cobbled streets and heritage to be found. From here you return to Manchester. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Monday & Thursday $700 $800
2024: June to September – Monday & Thursday $760 $860
2024: October – Monday & Thursday $700 $800
2024: November to December – Monday $670 $770
2025: January to March – Monday $670 $770

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Monday & Thursday $880 $970
2024: June to September – Monday & Thursday $940 $1,030
2024: October – Monday & Thursday $880 $970
2024: November to December – Monday $850 $940
2025: January to March – Monday $850 $940

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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