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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere

  • Full-day High Mountain Passes Spectacular tour from Windermere
  • Travel over the steepest mountain passes in England
  • Fantastic views of Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike
The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere
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Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day small-group High Mountain Passes tour from Lake Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, two of Britain’s steepest. Ascend through breathtaking fells; visit Roman Hardknott Fort, and ride the heritage Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. After a lunch break, admire spectacular views of Wastwater before returning to Windermere via Coniston Water.
What to Expect
Leave the Windermere area by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, and journey into the western swathes of the Lake District. Admire the rugged scenery, and travel through the Langdale Valley, a favorite of rock climbers and walkers, as your guide shares information about the region and its culture.

Ascend both the steep Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, and soak up the spectacular views of the remote fells as you trace the narrow, twisting roads through the peaks. Stop at the ruins of Hardknott Roman Fort at 1,000 feet (304 meters) up on the fells. Take the opportunity to walk around the crumbled, 2nd century complex, built by the Emperor Hadrian, and marvel at the awe-inspiring views to Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountains.

Arrive in the Eskdale Valley, and take a memorable ride on the heritage Ravenglass and Eskdale railway, affectionately nicknamed ‘La’al Ratty’ (little railway). Trundle through picturesque woodlands and countryside, and stop for lunch (own expense) at one of the quaint valley inns.

Afterward, continue to Wastwater, a beauty spot once voted as commanding ‘Britain’s favorite view.’ Drink in the panoramas that encompass Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and the surroundinghigh screes and mountains, including epic Scafell Pike.

Then, relax on your return journey to Lake Windermere, passing beautiful Coniston Water and the Coniston fells before your tour ends back at the start point.
Reviews (92)
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

Before our trip to the Lake District, I spent a morning reading reviews of trips. I can assure you that what everyone say about this trip is true! Our driver Tony was really knowledgeable, and drove us to the most stunning vistas where photo -opportunities...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ewa T
Reviewed 22 October 2018
Nothing to say but STUNNING!

Absolutely beautiful scenery. We went during rain but managed a few dry spells. The colors of the hills and the water running through was nothing short of breathtaking. Lots of little waterfalls running down the hills after rain.Spectacular views.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kath P
Reviewed 30 September 2018
A Must do Tour

Gerry our driver had great skills and was full of interesting information all along our trip. Always happy to answer any questions. Scenery was made even more spectacular because of the bad weather on the day. The Erskine Ravenglass Train trip was also great to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank AussiesOnTheGo2018
Reviewed 15 September 2018
Incredible Experience for Everyone

This was our first trip with Mountain Goat and it was phenomenal from start to finish. Our tour guide & driver, Derek, was incredibly knowledgable throughout the experience. I cannot recommend the experience more highly

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Simon E
Reviewed 10 September 2018
High Adventure - A Tour Never to be Forgotten

The High Adventure Tour on Thursday 6th September was absolutely stunning. We went to places that we would never have found on our own, learnt about the mountains, lakes, countryside, history and people who live in these astonishingly beautiful surroundings. Chris was excellent, a friendly,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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24 October 2018|
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Response from carter3156 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can but it's a full day trip
11 September 2018|
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Response from pat1010bridgwater | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! The driver that we had was brilliant and made several stops along the way and at some super vantage points as well. A truly brilliant day all round - well worth doing!
Lisa B
26 August 2018|
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Response from Sandro L | Reviewed this property |
tour proceeds as scheduled. We took the high mountain passes on a rainy day, Wear a rain jacket and waterproof boots and you'll be fine