This tour takes you to: • Lake Windermere • Kirkstone Inn • Kirkstone Pass • Brothers Water • Patterdale • Glenridding • Ullswater • Castlerigg stone circle • Lakeside at Keswick • Surprise View • Ashness Bridge • Honister Mine • Honister Pass • Buttermere • Moss Force Waterfall • Thirlmere • Dunmail Raise • Grasmere • Rydal Water
Your day starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Pass Inn for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside.From here the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass and descends down to Brothers Water.We stop on the shore of Ullswater for photos and then leave Ullswater and head north and west towards Castlerigg.Castlerigg Stone Circle stands on a superb natural plateau commanding a superb 360 degree view over the surrounding fells. Made up of 38 free standing stones, some up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, it is one of Britain's earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period 4000 to 5000 years ago.Our journey now takes us a short distance to the head of Derwentwater where we stop at Lakeside near Keswick, for lunch.We now travel to 'Surprise View', one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Lake District.The road now rises higher as we climb the fell to the Honister Slate Mine at the head of the pass. We have a brief stop here. We now descend slowly down the steep track as it twists and turns into the Honister Pass and on to Buttermere. Buttermere could not be more of a contrast to the magnificent yet hard scenery of Honister. We are now entering the Vale of Lorton, one of the lushest and prettiest parts of the Northern Lakes. The spectacular scenery continues as we head towards Moss Force Force Waterfall.From here the scenery softens as we head into the Newlands Valley.We now head back towards Keswick and start the journey down towards Ambleside. On the way you will pass Thirlmere, and at the foot of the water, we then head back along your fourth, and last, mountain pass of Dunmail Raise.We pass Grasmere village to drive along the shores of Grasmere. The road winds along the shore until we come to Rydal Water.Please note that this route is subject to change dependent upon the prevailing weather conditions.