PENINSULAS AND PEAKS
Departs at a time to suit you and lasts 6 / 8 hours
1 to 4 passengers - £30.00 per hour
5 to 8 passengers - £40.00 per hour
Gummers How viewpoint, Cartmel Priory and village, the Duddon Valley,
Hardknott Pass, Great Langdale, Windermere Lake Cruises.
The Peninsulas and Peaks tour offers spectacular views. We start by travelling through the stunning Lythe Valley through the hamlets of Winster and Bowland Bridge, leading to Gummers How viewpoint. From this lofty perch we see Windermere and the Langdales, Coniston Fells, Claife Heights, Grizedale Forest, and on a clear day, the mountains of the northern Lakes.
We continue to the lovely village of Cartmel, home to the famous 12th century priory, with its neat streets and delightful properties and known for its famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. We spend an hour here giving time to relax, wander and explore.
We continue through the Peninsulas region and the lovely Kent Estuary, before heading inland with views of both the coast and the mountains, heading for the tranquillity of the Duddon Valley – a jewel in the crown of Cumbria. Situated between Coniston and Eskdale, it is remote, unspoilt and perhaps the most idyllic corner of the Lake District. Here we stop for refreshments at the delightful Newfield Inn, a traditional Lakeland inn, then climb steeply into the heart of the central volcanic region onto the Roman road now called Wrynose pass.
Stopping at spectacular viewpoints along the way, we rapidly descend this famous pass, into Little Langdale valley, climbing steeply to Blea Tarn, stopping to take in the view of the Langdale Pikes.
The tour continues through Great Langdale on into Ambleside. Though there has been a settlement since pre-Roman times, Ambleside is largely Victorian. A fort beside Borrans Park – named Galava – was built in Ambleside by the Romans, housing some 500 soldiers. These soldiers patrolled the dangerous lands along the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, reinforcing supply routes over Wrynose and Hardknott passes to the port town of Ravenglass. Ambleside has now become a major tourist resort with shops, hotels and restaurants, and is one of the best town bases for exploring the Lake District.
Many well-known characters have been connected with Ambleside, including William Wordsworth, Hardwicke Rawnsley, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter.
We conclude the tour heading out of Ambleside to Waterhead where there is an option to board one of the cruise boats on Lake Windermere (cruise tickets incur an extra cost) from Waterhead to Bowness-on-Windermere.
At the end of your lake cruise the driver will be waiting for you at Bowness pier to take you back to your accommodation.
Alternatively, if you would rather not take a cruise you can spend the remainder of your time exploring this beautiful village Ambleside.