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On August 14, 2018 we joined the "Lake District Tour from Manchster", organised by Mountain Goat Tours & Holidays. We had booked the tour online from “Get Your Guide”. The tour started at 9 AM and lasted around 7 PM. Our first stop was at the tourist office of the organizers at Windermere, a small but beautiful railway station. Next stop was at hill top and then visited Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse and gardens. Potter a writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now constitutes the Lake District National Park. Lunch time was at a village Hawkshead , famous for its Old Grammar School where William Wordsworth was a student. Finally, but not the least, the cruise in lake Windermere. All in all it was a lifetime experience. The whole tour was well organized and our guide Carl and Mathew mesmerized everybody p
While the tour had more driving time than I had anticipated all the stops were interesting and informative as well as being very diverse. An added bonus, to help with all the riding, was the 2 walks offered; 1 within Snowdonia and the other across the aqueduct. Llandudno was interesting and the Georgian architecture was wonderful. Conwy Castle was a wonderful experience and worth the price alone.
Very reasonably priced cruise and quite informative given that it is only around 30 minutes each way. Get your timings right and this is an easy/pleasant way for visitor's to Manchester to get out to the Quay area and take in the various attractions for a couple of hours
A really great day but the return back to Manchester was very uncomfortable in an unairconditioned and squished van! The trip would have been a 10 out of 10 but this ride home was really uncomfortable and unpleasant,
Overall the Lake District is really quite nice - better than we expected. The tour could have been longer, but we were short of time. The boat ride should be eliminated and replaced with some time in Windemere.