The High Adventure From Windermere

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  • Take a ride with this award-winning tour company and explore the western Lake District in all its natural glory.
  • This Roman-pioneered tour will take you past impressive fort remains, England’s deepest lake and highest mountain and through the beautiful grounds of a 14th-century castle.

Mountain Goat’s High Adventure tour focuses on the western side of North England’s stunning Lake District which includes the area’s most famous mountain passes, Hardknott and Wrynose. As some of the steepest mountains in the UK, these high peaks give the tour its name for good reason and offer breathtaking views for you to enjoy and snap a family photo in front of. The High Adventure tour also lets you admire Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, which was previously voted ‘Britain’s favourite view’ under the impressive Scafell Pike mountain.

Starting at Windermere Tourist Centre, this classic tour from Mountain Goat uses a route which can be traced all the way back to the Romans, so is a great one for big or little history buffs. Your tour bus will take you past the incredible Hardknott Roman Fort, which dates back as early as the 2nd century and still includes remains of the headquarters, bath house and commandant's house. You will also be able to visit the spectacular grounds of the 14th-century Muncaster Castle during your tour, entry to which is included in your ticket.

As well as the castle grounds, your High Adventure tour ticket includes transport in a 16-seater minibus (with a maximum group size of 8), onboard commentary in English by an expert guide, passing by the Hardknott Fort and viewpoints around the Western Lake District. Lunch is not included in the tour, but a stop will be made where you can purchase food at a traditional country inn or at Muncaster Castle if you require. The Mountain Goat High Adventure tour is a great way to visit some of the more hidden gems with the Lake District National Park as well as seeing some of its most famous and oldest sights.

What to know before you go

  • You can cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before your visit date and get a full refund if you select this option.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the departure time at Windermere Information Centre and let yourself known to a member of staff when you get there.
  • You do not need to print your e-ticket - just show it on a mobile device to the guide at Windermere Information Centre and have your booking reference to hand.
  • Concession tickets are available for seniors and students with a valid ID.
  • The minimum age for this tour is 5 but it's more suitable for slightly older children.
  • All passengers must have their own seat.
  • The tour lasts for 8 hours starting at 9.45am, with a maximum group size of 8 people.
  • Lunch is not included in your ticket price, but entrance to the Muncaster Castle gardens is.
  • Toilet stops will be made throughout the tour.
  • Large luggage and bags are not permitted on the tours due to space. Please only bring hand luggage or day backpacks, or you can store your luggage at Windermere Information Centre for £4.
  • Please note that dogs are not allowed on this tour, unless they are assistance dogs.

Getting there

  • The tour starts from Windermere Tourist Information Centre.
  • If arriving by car then follow signs for Windermere and head to Broad Street Car Park for the closest all-day parking. Allow 15 minutes to walk from the car park to the pick-up point.
  • The closest main railway station is Oxenholme, where a small local train will then take you to Windermere in 20 minutes.
  • Windermere is accessible by bus via the number 6, 555, 556, 508 and 599.
  • Windermere Information Centre is a 100-metre walk from Windermere Train & Bus Station.

Read more about Mountain Goat’s tours here.

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