Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Tourists at Pier Cottage

Retrace the steps of Victorian and Edwardian tourists on an adaptation of one of the original Furness Railway tours of the Lake District.

Spend a full day touring the Lake District by various modes of transport and experience the Lakes like the early tourists did. You'll be accompanied by a tour guide from the National Trust who will provide an entertaining commentary.

The tour is ideal for organised groups (minumum 10, maximum 30) but enquiries from individuals and small social groups are very welcome too. 


10.15am - Meet at Haverthwaite Steam Railway Station – you will be greeted by a Tour Guide from the National Trust

10.40am - Journey commences on board a steam train from Haverthwaite Railway Station to Lakeside, a 3.5 mile journey

11.20am - Depart Lakeside on board a Windermere Lake Cruises 'Steamer' to sail northward on Windermere, arriving at Bowness at 12 noon

12.40pm - Sail by launch across Windermere, from Bowness Bay to the Ferry House

12.55pm - Stroll from the Ferry House to Claife Viewing Station, where a ‘Ferryman’s Picnic
Lunch’ will be collected from the café

1.45pm - Depart Claife Viewing Station for a short drive by Mountain Goat minibus via Sawrey and Hawkshead to Coniston Pier to connect with Steam Yacht Gondola

2.15pm - Arrive Coniston Pier on the shores of Coniston Water

2.30pm - Board the Steam Yacht Gondola, originally built in 1859 by the Furness Railway Company. Enjoy the ultimate experience of cruising back in time, in the opulent saloons or relax on the open air decks to view the spectacular scenery around Coniston Water on a full lake cruise.

4.15pm - Travel back to Haverthwaite by minibus from Coniston Pier

5.00pm - Arrive at Haverthwaite Steam Railway Station

Tour dates

Scheduled tour dates for 2019 are:
Fridays 10 May, 7 June, 6 September, 4 October

Special tours can be arranged for groups (10 - 30 people) on other dates throughout the year. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


£75 per person - minumum 10 people, maximum 30 people

Further information

To request a booking form or discuss your group's requirements :

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