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The best way to discover the Lake District

Get the most out of your stay in the Lake District on a guided tour. The Heart of the Lakes Tour with Mountain Goat is undoubtably the best way to discover the delights and hidden gems of the Lake District.

This half day Lake District tour is ideal for those who want to enjoy the National Park's spectacular scenery but are short on time.

Hop on board on of the luxury 16 seat minibuses at Windermere and travel along winding country roads to the picturesque valleys and surrounding mountains of The Langdales.

From there you go through the Yewdale Valley bounded by craggy fells and the location of Yew Tree Farm, which was once owned by children's author Beatrix Potter, she purchased the farm back in 1929 and left it to the National Trust when she died.

You might also recognise Yew Tree Farm from the 2006 movie, Miss Potter.

Venture to the traditional Lakeland village of Coniston to enjoy the view at the lake famous for Donald Campbell’s water speed records, before rounding off with a trip to Tarn Hows a tranquil Lake District beauty spot and lastly, a quick stop in the charming mediaeval village of Hawkshead before returning to Windermere.

By taking out the stress of trying to navigate tiny country roads and disconcerting mountain passes in your own car, you can focus solely on soaking up the spectacular views and fascinating facts. 

Sit back and relax as your friendly, knowledgeable guide brings to life the history, nature and the stories of the influential people who have lived and worked in the area through the ages.

There are plenty of stopping points on route for you to capture the all-important photos and videos of the many picturesque views. 

Don’t just take our word for it, TripAdvisor users give Mountain Goat Tours a 5 stars, with nearly 90% of visitors rating their experiences as ‘excellent’ and glowing comments about the quality of the drivers including comments such as:

“phenomenal from start to finish”

“we went to places that we would never have found on our own”

“incredibly stunning scenery brought to life”

“our driver, Derek was nothing short of fantastic”

“great commentary all during the tour, extremely knowledgeable”

All guests staying in Heart of the Lakes cottages receive a special 50% discount, details of how to access this will be in your check-in pack, long with host of other special offers and vouchers.

You can choose from being picked up from the main departure site at Windermere Tourist Information Centre, or there is a hotel pick-up service for those staying in the Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside area.