This was a disaster. Luckily no one got seriously injured on the hike with Kevin and the guide on the other bus.
Our driver took the “long way around” apparently because we were late for the cruise on the lake, and those who wanted this had to wait an hour for the next boat. The rest of us had a little over an hour to look around, go to the restroom, and find something to eat. I literally jogged back to the bus to be sure we were not left. This apparently was not really a lunch stop. We never stopped for a restroom break in either direction. When customers were offered the hike, I thought about going because I do regularly walk but fortunately I did not go. When those not going on the hike returned to the bus after walking in another town, the driver was on his phone discussing another tour and the fact that a particular bus would not be appropriate for that route due to its size. Then he got off the bus and continued to talk on his phone. The time past the appointed return grew and grew. Some men got off the bus and sought info about the hikers and the much longer time it was taking for a scheduled 45 minute walk. We found out from those men passengers that the group was lost. We did not know if someone had a heart attack or broke a leg etc. We did not know if emergency staff was available to rescue the group. When the group finally returned, we learned that Kevin had never been on the walk and despite the other guide having been on the hike and both having maps, they got lost and some passengers had physical difficulty and slight injuries. We were never told the route or details of the stops related to the map when we started the tour. The map given us for purchase for $3 did not show the beginning point of Liverpool or the exact cities and places we would tour. We assume we missed some places that should have been included on this tour. By the time we began to return we were 2 hours late. The driver obviously knew a faster route to return than he took to the Lake District, since we got to the ship an hour late rather than 2 hours. Thankfully this tour was the first day the ship was in port. Kevin tried to fluff the problems over and one man on the hike rightfully told him to stop and described it as the hike from hell.
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