6 Scenic Railroads in Lake District That You Shouldn't Miss

May 18, 2022 Mollie Coke

Cumbria's valleys and fells (as the low mountains are known) are home to idyllic villages, high moorlands and picturesque lakes. Literary buffs will enjoy Wordsworth's Dove Cottage (go in March to see daffodils), and if you've got kids in tow, visit The World of Beatrix Potter. Or just enjoy a leisurely drive through beautiful scenery.
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1. 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London

Euston, London NW1 2DS, UK Rabbie's
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4.7 based on 3 reviews

Explore the most beautiful and stunning sights of the Lake District with this fantastic 3-day tour. Travel in comfort through spectacular countryside, stop off at some of the region's well-known lakes or enjoy strolls through thick forests. This tour includes a return train journey from London Euston to Penrith. On arrival in Penrith, your driver-guide meets you and takes you through the best of the Lake District.

Inclusions: 2 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast, Professional Driver Guide, Transport by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, 2nd class return rail travel from London Euston to Penrith station, Small-group tour (maximum 16 people)

Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments, Gratuities, Admission fees

Reviewed By mk1956

If this is the Rabies Tour it is totally outstanding !! We enjoyed it immensely. Our guide was Dan from Wales. He was excellent. Next year 2022 we plan to book a Rabies Tour for Scotland and we're going to fill our own bus! Can't wait

2. Overnight Lake District with Afternoon Tea & Cruise from London

London Euston (EUS), London NW1 2DS, UK Evan Evans Tours
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Explore an area renowned for its breath-taking scenery, stunning natural beauty and quaint market towns on this fantastic two day tour to England's largest National Park. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Windermere and indulge in a spot of traditional Afternoon Tea amidst the tranquil surroundings of one of the most beautiful areas in the country. • Panoramic Small Group Tour of the Lake District • Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Windermere • Visit medieval Hawkshead Village • Drive through the stunning Langdale Valley • Tarn Hows – renowned beauty spot • Experience a traditional English cream tea • Return train journey with reserved seating from London • Free day free on Day 2

Inclusions: Breakfast, Return Rail Journey (Standard or First class) , Free Wi-Fi On Board the Train, Culinary Aspect (cream tea on Day 1), One night's hotel stay in the Lake District with Breakfast

Exclusions: Gratuities, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By soumim88

Francesco did a tremendous job for us. He obviously knew his subject very well and delivered it using humour and candour. The only thing that was missing in our opinion was speakers because at times we were at the back and could not hear him...otherwise excellent...and we wish him the best with his Architectural studies Regards Soumi and Lydia Mitra

3. Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

London Euston (EUS), London NW1 2DS, UK Evan Evans Tours
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4.2 based on 59 reviews

Explore an area renowned for its breath-taking scenery, stunning natural beauty and quaint market towns on this fantastic full-day tour to England's largest National Park. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Windermere and indulge in a spot of traditional Afternoon Tea amidst the tranquil surroundings of one of the most beautiful areas in the country. • Panoramic Small Group Tour of the Lake District • Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Windermere • Visit medieval Hawkshead Village • Drive through the stunning Langdale Valley • Tarn Hows – renowned beauty spot • Experience a traditional English cream tea • Return train journey with reserved seating from London

Inclusions: Meet your Expert Guide in Oxenholme, Return Rail Journey (Standard or Fist class), Free Wi-Fi On Board (Train Only), Return Train tickets (between London Euston and Oxenholme Station (reserved seats), Culinary Aspect (Cream Tea)

Exclusions: Gratuities, Hotel pickup and drop off, Lunch

Reviewed By soumim88

Francesco did a tremendous job for us. He obviously knew his subject very well and delivered it using humour and candour. The only thing that was missing in our opinion was speakers because at times we were at the back and could not hear him...otherwise excellent...and we wish him the best with his Architectural studies Regards Soumi and Lydia Mitra

4. Day Trip To The Lake District

Euston Road, Euston Rd, London, UK London Top Sights Tours
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Experience the panoramic views of the Lake District on our extraordinary tour like now other! We begin at Euston Station where we will meet and catch the Virgin train to the Lake district in Oxenholme. The world famous Lake District, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. Moving onto Lake Windermere is one of the largest lakes innorthwest England. It’s surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere, where The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction has modern displays on the children’s writer. Finishing off with a lovely Afternoon Tea The Beatrix Potter House at Healing Manor Hotel. With enchanting mix of delicious savoury and sweet treats designed by Steven Bennett and his team of chefs. Before heading back to Euston station!

Inclusions: Afternoon Tea At The Beatrix Potter House, Fun Local Guide, Virgin Train Ticket, Lake Windermere Cruise

Exclusions: Hotel Pickup/ Drop Off, Food, Drink

Reviewed By 960theat

A healing place for anyone. Great plant species, quite, creative zones with music, friendly birds and lovely sounds. We will come back for events. Definitely a place when you can reflect even by your own or enjoy with friends, family.

5. 3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Manchester

Manchester Piccadilly, Piccadilly Station Approach, Manchester M60 7RA, UK Rabbie's

The Lake District is where you see the top ten tallest mountains in England. It’s where you discover the deepest lake in the country. And it’s where you can visit 1,779 listed buildings and 16,510 archeological sites. For place that’s famous for its poetry and quaint cottages, it certainly boasts some of England’s biggest and most brilliant destinations. On this trip, you take the train from Manchester and head straight there. You learn about the poetry of Wordsworth at his Dove Cottage, admire the serene views over Lake Windermere and Derwent Water, and wander through market towns collecting stories and photos as you go. Join this tour and experience the best of the lake district.

Inclusions: Professional guide/driver, Small-group tour (maximum 16 people), 2 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast, Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini coach, 2nd class return rail travel from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station (or Airport Railway Station)

Exclusions: Gratuities, Food and drinks, unless specified, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Admission fees

Reviewed By marswe

What a great day out. Travelled with a friend on the North Wales/Chester trip in September. From boarding the coach in Manchester to arriving back, we were fed history, myths, legends, jokes and music from our excellent guide Darren. He was so informative, even including history of Manchester and it’s music.The coach was clean and comfortable, the places we visited were stunning. We will definitely use Rabbies again, small group tours an added bonus.

6. Lake District Trip with Cream Tea at Lindeth Howe & Cruise on Lake Windermere

Euston, London NW1 2DS, UK Golden Tours

Experience a wonderful day out in Lake District and get a glimpse of England’s popular vacation destination famous for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains, and historic literary associations. Travel on winding country roads, through picturesque villages and past cute cottages. Enjoy a cruise with spectacular panoramic views on England’s largest Lake, Windermere, so make sure you take your camera! Visit the charming village of Hawkshead, a medieval settlement originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey. Its church dates back to 1300, and famed poet Wordsworth studied at Hawkshead’s grammar school! Photo stop at Tarn Hows- This is a beautiful and peaceful setting with Mountains in the background. You may even see some of the famous Herdwick Sheep grazing. You will then enjoy a deliciously British cream tea at Beatrix Potter’s family home, Lindeth Howe. At the end of the day your guide will escort you to the train station for your return journey back to London.

Inclusions: Guided tour of the Lake District, Roundtrip train tickets between London and Oxenholme with reserved seating, Scenic cruise on Lake Windermere, Afternoon Cream tea at Beatrix Potter's own home Lindeth Howe , Visit to Hawkshead Village, Admission to Beatrix Potter's Hill Top house (summer only), Live Commentary in English, Professional guide in Lake District, Small group guided tour in Lake District, 1st Class train tickets include meals on board (if option selected at the time of booking)

Exclusions: Gratuities (optional), Hotel Transfer

Reviewed By Pam A

It comes with a live tour guide with great stories. Gemma was a brilliant guide - really knowledgeable and very entertaining. First class tour and only £16.

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