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Private tours in the Lake District

Lake District Private Tours provides a premier customer oriented service for individuals and groups who wish to explore one of the most beautiful areas of England.

'Wherever we turn there is nothing more beautiful than we see from our windows' Dorothy Wordsworth

Private tours in the Lake District on a Driver-Guided Tour

A private guided tour will take you on quiet country roads to the best viewpoints, rugged mountains, gentle lakes, historical sites, picturesque villages and the best places to eat local food. We go where the tour buses can't! 

All our tours are carefully planned and our friendly local driver guides are experts at showing you the best of the Lake District. Any of our public group tours can be booked as a private tour for up to 8 people or you can book a general scenic tour and leave it to your guide to show you the best of the Lake District.  
Those tours with the Blue Badge symbol will be guided by Andy, a professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide for Cumbria, who is always available to create that special customised tour for you. Please do contact us with any special requests for a tour and we will provide a tailored quotation. 

Hardknott Pass on the high adventure tour 




'Andy was an excellent tour guide. He picked us up from our B&B on time each day. 

His knowledge of the area was so valuable and not only did he give us a wonderful tour but was helpful in giving us some options to do on our own. 

We did not have a car but even if we had we would not have known (or wanted to drive)

the lovely little roads he took us on. Thank you Andy!


'Having lived here most of his life, Andy definitely is a local master on history and always had a fantastic

and interesting story to share around each corner. 

The Beatrix Potter tour was extremely informative now having a sound understanding of Beatrix Potter's life and many pictures illustrating scenery

of her tales.

It also included a trip on a local steam train and ferry back to Bowness.' 


'The tour and hike was absolutely

brilliant offering breathtaking views visiting the best locations acrossthe Lake District.


With Andy's local knowledge 

highlights included visits to popular town/lake districts plus many visits to "secret" locations

offering the best views to be seen in the National Park - truly remarkable!'


Excellent customer service

Why take a private Lake District tour?

For individuals, families and small groups who like to be free to do as they wish and enjoy a bespoke experience the Lake District is a place that invites you to explore, to slow down and take in this magnificent countryside. Travelling in a small group of like minded people allows you to make the most of your day in the company of a local professional driver-guide. In a smaller vehicle we can access quiet roads, hidden viewpoints, stop more frequently for photos and experience the Lake District in a way that is inaccessible to those travelling in larger tour groups. We have arranged literary tours based around William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, tours tracing distant ancestors, family tours, garden tours, walking tours and tours to 'quiet places of scenic beauty'. 

All private tours receive a complimentary Lap Map of the Lake District on which you can trace the route of your private tour

Where do private tours start and finish?

 On a private tour we can pick up from your hotel in the Lake District or from Oxenholme train station and can return you to either location at the end of the tour. Transfers to and from Manchester or Blackpool airport, York , Edinburgh or even the Cotswolds can be arranged.

How long are the private tours?

A private driver guided half day tour is generally 4hrs with a full day tour starting at 0930 and finishing approx 1700. Multi day tours can also be arranged to  incorporate Hadrians Wall and Edinburgh, York or the villages of the Cotswolds.

Can we visit in a day?

Absolutely! Private tours can be designed to fit in with train schedules to allow a day tour from London or Edinburgh. You can even break your journey between the two cities with a tour of the Lake District. Luggage can be stored on the vehicle though do let us know if you have very large cases!

What do we do for lunch?

Lunch can be in one of our favourite tea rooms, a traditional Lakeland pub, afternoon tea or a self arranged picnic by the lake. We know the best places to eat!

What is the cost of a private tour?

The rate of our example private tours is shown alongside each tour and you can book online. Alternatively we offer a fully customisable tour service to design a unique tour that addresses your interests in the company of a professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide from £450 per day for up to 8 passengers

Private tour planning in the lake District

 To discuss your ideas for a perfect day and for a no obligation quotation email:  


Photographic tour Wastwater high adventure


Meet the locals on a small group tour


Hiking and walking tours tour n hike!


 Family Tours

Why Lake District Tours?



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Your private Lake District Tour Guide is Andy Binns, a professional tour guide who holds the prestigious Blue Badge guiding qualification for Cumbria.
The Blue Badge is Britain's premier guiding qualification - recognised by quality tour operators and travel companies, its professional status being acknowledged and respected by official and unofficial bodies throughout the travel industry.

Blue Badge Guide

Andy is a member of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides the Institute of Tourist Guiding and Cumbria Tourist Guides