SHORT N STEEP
Departs at a time to suit you and lasts around four hours
1 to 4 passengers - £30.00 per hour
5 to 8 passengers - £40.00 per hour
Troutbeck and Kirkstone Pass, Grasmere village, the Great Langdale valley, Skelwith Force waterfall, Wray Castle, Hilltop Farm, Windermere ferry.
Troutbeck is a traditional Lakeland village along the long-established, narrow and hilly coach road from Windermere to Penrith. Townend House presents a unique insight into the life of one Lake District family through the centuries. The house was built in 1626 for George Browne, a ‘statesman’ (wealthy yeoman) farmer and his new bride, Susannah Rawlinson. It remained with the family until 1943 when it transferred into National Trust ownership. Townend is now the most famous of the statesman’s houses in Cumbria.
Kirkstone Pass, with truly breath taking views, has an altitude of 1,489 feet and is the highest Lake District pass open to vehicles. Close to the summit stands the Kirkstone Pass Inn, formerly an important coaching inn which now caters primarily for tourists. It is the third highest public house In England. The Struggle, or summit, is a challenge for walkers and cyclists, but you will experience this in the comfort as we travel down into Ambleside passing the ever tranquil Rydal Water on our way to Grasmere.
Grasmere village was once home to the poet William Wordsworth. We make a short stop at his most famous house Dove Cottage, then it’s time to experience this beautiful Lakeland village, see St Oswald’s Church and perhaps relax in one of the village’s many exceptional cafes and tearooms for lunch.
No Lakeland trip would be complete without tasting Sarah Nelson’s world famous Gingerbread.
From Grasmere we climb the wonderfully short and steep Red Bank stopping at Loughrigg Fell for photos of Great Langdale valley, before descending on a short drive to Skelwith Force waterfall, a relatively unknown area, lightly visited. The sheer volume of water can be impressive, especially after heavy rain.
Wray Castle is a medieval castle-style 19th century house with spectacular views and grounds, built by Dr James Dawson, a retired surgeon from Liverpool. Doctor Dawson commissioned the building of Wray Castle using his wife’s inheritance from a gin fortune.
Throughout the years Wray castle has received many famous visitors, including writer Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsworth, both drawing inspiration from this stunning setting.
We now follow leafy lanes with wonderful views, on our way past Hawkshead onto Hill Top, the first Lakeland home of Beatrix Potter. Here we discover more about the writer’s life and how she experienced rural Lakeland life.
We stop for photographs of the house and the lovely gardens, staying long enough for you to browse the National Trust gift shop.
Entrance to the house is available at extra cost and time is allowed on the tour for this.
From here we take the short and steep drive down to Lake Windermere, where we cross the lake on the ferry (conditions permitting) and our tour ends in Bowness on Windermere.