• Tarn Hows surrounded by mountains with birdsong in the trees, regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man. • Brantwood, the famous house once owned by John Ruskin with spectacular views over Coniston Water to the Old Man. • Coniston village, a bustling Lake District gem nestling between the tranquil lake and the looming fells. • Great Langdale the spectacular U-shaped valley surrounded by breathtaking scenery. • Little Langdale the secluded valley with Neolithic, Viking, Medieval and smuggling connections.
This half day tour will take you around areas full of history and heart stopping scenery in just one morning. Your morning starts with a scenic drive through typical Lakeland countryside to "one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District", Tarn Hows. You will have an opportunity to stop here and admire the view looking over to the Coniston hills and Langdale Pikes, which form the backdrop to this spectacular corner of the Lake District.As we descend back down from the Tarn, the surrounding countryside opens up before us, dropping away from the road down the rolling hills towards the Yewdale Valley. Plunging into a wooded, mossy dell, we emerge back onto the main road at Monk Coniston sitting on the northern tip of Coniston Water. Pausing here, at the very edge of the lake for you to soak up the atmosphere and tranquillity, we then meander along the shore, climbing up to beautiful Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin.We linger at Brantwood long enough for you to take in the panoramic vista of the lake, overshadowed by Coniston Old Man opposite. Brantwood is the perfect spot for photos across the lake. Down below the house, a path snakes through a garden to the lakeshore jetty where you can walk out onto the lake for more amazing photo opportunities.Looking across the lake, you will see the village of Coniston crouched at the foot of the fells. This is our next location and on arrival, your guide will take you on a short walking tour around the village pointing out all of the interesting features along the way.Moving on up the Yewdale Valley,you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter". A little further on, beautiful Yew Tree Tarn.We now leave this lowland area and head up into the fells and some staggering, sweeping scenery. Little Langdale is a hamlet of a few scattered stone houses and a pub in the Little Langdale valley.See spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes, a group of peaks on the northern side of the dale. From below, they appear as a sharp rocky ridge, though they are precipitous only on their southern side; to the north, the land sweeps gently to High Raise, the parent peak of the range.The road now turns as we pass Great Langdale which is known to archaeologists as the source of a particular type of Neolithic polished stone axe head, created on the slopes of the Pike of Stickle and traded all over prehistoric Great Britain and Europe. Great Langdale is a huge U-shaped valley formed by glaciers which opens up to us as we descend back down from the fells. Our journey now ends as we return to your starting point.