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You can now take a private plane tour of the Lake District

Passengers will be able to see sights like Lake Windermere and Scafell Pike

Written by
Megan Geall

A boutique flight operator is offering people a private plane tour over one of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes for just £103.

The Lake District National Park is known for its stunning scenery, with around 15.8 million visitors travelling to the area every year. Now, though it may go against the eco-conscious tide, Wingly is giving people the chance to avoid the crowds and take to the skies for a private bird’s-eye tour of the park, reports The Manchester Evening News

Taking off from Blackpool Airport, the route begins by heading north over the Flyde coast and Morecambe Bay. Then customers will get the chance to see the National Park stretch out beneath them, passing famous hotspots including Lake Windermere, Scafell Pike and Coniston Old Man. 

On the return journey, the views are just as impressive as you’ll pass over Arnside and Silverdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Of course, the route may vary depending on the weather and cloud cover (this is Britain, after all) but there’s also a room for adding in detours to landmarks such as Aira Force, Levens Hall and Lancaster Castle and the service will try to accommodate any special requests.

Overall, the journey should last around an hour and 15 minutes, and the pilot will provide commentary throughout so you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at.

While you might be missing out on the hiking part of your trip, the flight does give you – and only two other passengers – a private tour of the Lake District’s best spots in one afternoon. Not bad for £103. 

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