Lake District Highlights Day Trip From York With Lake Cruise

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  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Duncombe Place, Duncombe Pl, York YO1, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
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This fantastic tour allows you to tick off Britains two most popular and famous National Parks in one day. The Morning section take you for a gentle drive through the Yorkshire Dales. You will enjoy fantastic Dales views including the Medieval Castles of Middleham and Bolton, Aysgarth waterfalls and beautiful villages before arriving in the unofficial capital of the Dales, Hawes. Enjoy a brief stop to sample some Wensleydale cheese, enjoy a brew or just potter around the town. After our stop we head out of the Dales and into the Lake District where you will start the Lake District section of the day.
After arriving in Windermere we set off to enjoy views of Wray Castle before heading to Beatrix Potters House, Hill Top. You are given time to visit her old home before heading for lunch in Hawkshead. After our lunch stop we enjoy a scenic drive to the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows and then onto board the ferry for a cruise across England's largest lake, Windermere.


Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Excellent value for money

Small group ensures personal service

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Small-group tour by minibus

Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

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  • Explore the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Explore the Lake District
  • Hill Top
  • Tarn Hows
  • Lake Cruise of Lake Windermere

We depart York bright and early and head west toward the Yorkshire Dales. This scenic drive brings us to the edges of the Dales where we can expect views of both Yorkshire National Parks, The Moors and the Dales. Heading into the edges of Wensleydale we soon start to pick up views of the famous landmarks of Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III and Bolton Castle, Prison of Mary Queen of Scots.

There will be a brief photo opportunity at Aysgarth Water Falls before we head into the unofficial capital of the Dales, Hawes. Here we will enjoy a short stop of approx. 30-40 minutes where you can stretch your legs, explore the town a little and grab a morning coffee in one of the many cafes. Alternatively you may wish to see head to the Wensleydale Creamery and sample the famous cheese. Made in the area since monastic time it is protected by law so it can only be made in the area. They also have a fantastic gift shop full of all thing Yorkshire.

From Hawes we head for another scenic drive out of the western edges of the Dales and into Cumbria and the Lake District. Here you will get a brief comfort stop and join the Lake District part of the day.

Following Lake Windermere (Englands Longest Lake) the tour heads into the stunning scenery of the Lake District with views of Wray Castle before arriving at Hill Top. Hill top is famed for being where Beatrix Potter penned many of her Peter Rabbit Tales. The House is now part of the National Trust estate and is open to the public. You will have time to see the house (additional 10.50) or if you prefer the gardens to the house are open and free of charge or have a meander through the picturesque village of Sawrey.

From here we take a short drive past Esthwaite water and on for Lunch to Hawkshead. This beautiful white washed village is where William Wordsworth was educated. It has a host of cafes and tea rooms and pubs to choose from as well as plenty of shops to buy that important Peter Rabbit souvenir.

After Lunch we head to the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows. A tranquil lake surrounded by steep volcanic rock faces and high mountains. Not to be missed. You will get time to take in the scene and capture a few photos before heading down towards Coniston water and onto catch the ferry for a lake cruise across Lake Windermere.

After the Cruise you will have some time to use the facilities and grab a quick drink for re-joining the bus to start the journey home. The Drive back is a direct route back to York skirting the edges of the Yorkshire Dales once more.


Live commentary on board


Lake Windermere cruise

Entry/Admission - Lake District National Park Guided Walks

Entry/Admission - Lake Windermere


Food and drinks

Hill Top house entrance fee (National Trust members free)

Drivers gratuity (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Our tours are not suitable for children under 5 years old

There will be a designated lunch stop where youll be able to purchase lunch

There are toilet stops on route

Minimal walking required,

Confirmation is received at the time of booking

Our vehicles are not currently wheelchair accessible

Luggage storage is available at the York train station

Traveler Reviews

  • 29-Oct-2019

    Enjoyed the trip and wonderful scenery. However, we were disappointed that we could not access Beatrix Potter's home as this was one of the main reasons for going.and It was mentioned on the itinerary.. Both drivers/guides were pleasant and informative. A very long day but I guess it couldn't be avoided as there was a lot of ground to cover.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    Despite the quirky English summer - four seasons in one day, this was an excellent day out in the Yorkshire Dales and the southern Lakes District. Both drivers (JJ and Jane) were very informative without being over the top and had great driving skills, knowing all the back roads to avoid the traffic. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.

  • 09-Oct-2018

    The drivers / guides were very personable and knowledgeable about the Yorkshire area and the Lake District. It was a lot of driving for a day - but worth it. Loved the visit to Hilltop. Too bad the house is closed on Fridays

  • 19-Nov-2017

    Long day!! Would have liked longer visiting!!

  • 30-Oct-2017

    Excellent Tour, my wife and I really enjoyed it, we departed York exactly on time, and spent the morning driving cross country and visiting a small Abbey and town on the way to Windermere. There we went to several spots including Beatrix Potter House, We enjoyed it a lot and the tour ended with a breathtaking trip o a boat on Windermere lake. From York we were only 5 passengers, and it felt very private and personal.

  • 29-Sep-2017

    This tour was very interesting and informative as was the Yorksire Highlands tour that I took the following day. The guides / drivers are helpful and enthusiastic. A great way to see the area. I have not gone on a Viator tour, even though with many different local companies, that I did not enjoy and appreciate.

  • 13-Sep-2017

    This was an excellent tour in a small minibus with tour guide Lee. He gave us plenty of commentary along the way and plenty of stops at small villages. The cruise on Lake Windermere was great and there was time for afternoon tea at Bowness afterwards before the bus trip back to York. A great way to see the Lakes but we will need to return one day to do some of the lovely walks.

  • 30-Jun-2017

    The tour guide was Lee. Great guy, knew the area well. Kept us entertained and well informed. I highly recommend this tour and Lee as the tour guide.

  • 18-Jun-2016

    A wonderful way to see Beatrix Potter sights and Hawkshead. The guide was Richard and he was knowledgable and charming.