The Lake District Explorer 3 Day Tour
~ Aira Force Waterfall
~ Castlerigg Stone Circle
~ Lake Windermere
~ Wordsworth’s Cottage
~ Derwent Water
~ Honister Pass
3 Days spent discovering the secrets of the stunning lakes and mountains of Cumbria. Highlights include Aira Force Waterfall, Ullswater, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Lake Windermere, Wordsworth’s Cottage, Derwent Water and Honister Pass. For the variety of landscapes and history packed into three days this tour is difficult to beat.
Stay 2 nights in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District. (**During July/early August this tour may stay in the lakeside town of Windermere instead).
If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.
Concession Prices: £129.00 - £149.00
Returns: 18.00 approx
Departing: Mondays (Apr - Oct 2017), Thursdays (May - Oct 2017)
Important Information about your Accommodation on TourYour tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you. We will always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.
The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.
Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.
*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependent on the length of the tour.
Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available.
Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.
We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.
Day 1 Travel south into the Scottish Borders through the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, stopping mid-morning in the Victorian spa town of Moffat. You then travel to the famous Cumbrian market town of Penrith in time for lunch. The afternoon to gives you the opportunity to explore some of the highlights of the Lake District, including visits to Ullswater, described as England’s most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall, and Castlerigg standing stones. Finishing the day, you arrive in the charming town of Keswick, your base for the next 2 nights.
Day 2 Gives you the chance to travel through the heart of the Lake District. In the morning you once again pass by Ullswater, cross the majestic Kirkstone Pass over the fells to Boness on Windermere. Here you will have options to take lunch and a boat cruise on Windermere. The afternoon will be spent exploring Beatrix Potter country, Coniston water, Hawkeshead and the charming village of Grasmere.
Day 3 Gives you time in the dramatic Whinlatter Forest Park, the quiet back roads of the western Lake District, Crummock Water, Buttermere and the Honister mountain pass, famous for its old slate mines. Your tour continues through the forest of Borrowdale, along Derwent Water and back to Keswick for lunch and some free time, before returning to Edinburgh in the early evening.
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.
Return to Waterloo Place
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
~All ferry and bridge crossings.
~Meals and refreshments.
~Entrances to all Visitor Attractions.
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here
*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. The English Lake District and the Scottish Borders can be very wet! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.
We're a family of four from Singapore. We booked two tours with Rabbie's on the internet - the Whiskey & Highlands Tour (3 May) and the Lake District Tour (7 - 9 May).
We are indeed delighted with the service we received from its two two resentatives, Alan and Mav respectively. Both gentlemen were knowledgeable, service-oriented and friendly. We learnt so much about your beautiful country from them. We had such a great time that we have already informed our friends and relatives back home to travel with Rabbie's when they visit Scotland. Well done Rabbie's!
Govendram Premchand - 09/05/2014
We joined 2D1N to Bath and Oxford, and 3D2N to Isle of Skye. It was very good! The place, the service provided by our tour guide cum driver, and etc. Especially to Isle of skye, We were constantly entertained by Gus throughout the journey with his music, story-telling, his driving skills, politeness, and etc. Everything is just so, so, so good!
Jenny Tang - 06/11/2012
We went on the 3 day tour to the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall with Pete. Pete was an excellent guide, historian and storyteller, and he made sure that we all had a fabulous tour.
Marcus & Anette Schmidt - 20/07/2012
A great time!
Hallo you all in Edinburgh. Sorry, I couldn't write earlier because work caught me faster than I had expected.
My daughter Jana and me went on the 3 Day tour down to Hadrian's Wall and the Lake District.
What a great tour with our guide Peter! He was very friendly, helpful and not bored by answering my endless questions. It was a tour through an amazing countryside, through Scottish history.
We learned a lot and were able to recreate in places we would never have seen on our own.
Autumn is a wonderful time: all the bright colours and the peaceful places without any hustle and bustle.
Back to Edinburgh we had another day to spend. What to do because we saw a lot last year on our trips to the western Highlands and Loch Ness and on our stay in Edinburgh? Having passed your office, we decided to ask for a day tour. And we got one to St. Andrews. Thanks to Sarah who took us there and made our Scotland experience perfect.
We are planning to come back next year to explore either the Isle of Skye or the Orkney Islands.
Scotland has us calm in its hand.
GertraudeFreche - 08/11/2011
Wow –we had three wonderful days – 24 – 26 Aug. My sister and I have just returned from the 3 day English Lake District Tour with Ally. We admired Ally’s knowledge of the geology of the Lake District, the history and relevant dates, all told with a lot of humour. He is a mine of information, history, poetry, geology, music etc. We learned a lot and laughed a lot. It was great. The group consisted of a wide variety of nationalities and ages but Ally managed to get everybody involved and nobody felt ‘alone’. If you have not seen the English Lake District, book a tour with Rabbies and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. A big thank you to Ally and to Rabbies. Hope to see you again next year.
Monika Bowditch - 03/09/2011
Ally Rocks.. comments anyone?
Viral Sodha - 24/09/2010
I just had gr8 tour at lake district....our guide Ally was soooo good and he got excellent knowledge of everything...and he is funny aswell..i would love to go to another tour with him...this is my second tour with ribbie's.... and i can say rabbie's is the best of the best...i will definitely coming back to scotland again and next time and and and of course i will take rabbie's tour again. Again thanks to rabbie's team and specially Ally for the great tour....
Khandoker Jelani - 18/09/2010
Angela - 29/05/2010
Recorded in May 2010 by my camera.
Memories to treasure.
Liz Stayner - 25/05/2010
Hey, a few pics of happy tourers!! Also one of the hidden valley - for those who didn't make it up.
Aw ra best, Angela
Angela - 23/05/2010
Here are the latest customer photographs from this tour - click an image for enlargement and slideshow.
Full Itinerary (English)
Day 1 Depart Edinburgh at 08.30 and travel South through the Scottish Borders, with stunning views the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, on our way to the first stop of the day, the Victorian Spa town of Moffat,. From Moffat you continue south over the border into England and head to the historic Cumbrian Market town of Penrith. Here you will have the chance to get lunch and explore the ruins of Penrith Castle, which played a key role in defending the border from invading Scots. After lunch you travel into the Lake District National Park, along the northern shores of Ullswater described as England’s most beautiful lake where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside of the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. You then have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town. (**During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere).
Day 2 After breakfast you head along the winding country lanes to travelling along the southern shores of Ullswater, taking stops to take in the majestic views of this beautiful lake. Continuing south you journey over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass you stop at Lake Windermere where you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After free time to explore the village you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There is free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon you return to Keswick.
Day 3 You will be collected from your accommodation and you head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter pass and into some of the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. Your journey takes us through the rural village of High Lorton, along the quiet winding lanes to the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere and on towards the Honister mountain pass. Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to visit the old slate workings where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. Following refreshments, you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water on your return to Keswick where there is free time for lunch and shopping. Following lunch, you begin your return journey by heading towards Penrith and then north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland you take a stop in the town of Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415. From here it is a leisurely drive through the rolling border hills back to Edinburgh. Arrival approx 19.30.
VisitBritain: Rod Edwards (Derwent Water, Keswick, Hadrian's Wall), Joe Cornish (Honister Pass).
Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts, Robma (Moffat).