The Lake District Trail

€945 per person
Below only the classic tour version is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for shorter/longer programs.

Enjoy this 7-day long self-guided walking tour in one of the true natural gems in England’s crown – The Lake District. Walk from Lake Windermere to the market town of Keswick and contemplate the amazing scenery and countryside along the way. You will explore breathtaking mountain passes, peaceful valleys and serene lakes. This short hiking itinerary combines a fine selection of the route’s highlights. Savor the lovely local hospitality, cuisine and unique atmosphere.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 (5-8) Days I Level: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    6 nights hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation incl. breakfast; Luggage transportation; Digital access to detailed roadbook, maps and GPS tracks; Emergency phone support from our office in the event of a problem.
  • What is not included
    Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk; Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks; Ferry crossing from Ambleside to Bowness; Travel Insurance; Personal equipment; Transport when you need to skip a stage.
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September
Day 1: Arrive Ambleside
Your independent hiking tour starts at Ambleside - a busy lakeside town with a great location to serve as a starting point for this adventure. It is a 2:30-hour train ride from London to Windermere and a short Lakeslink bus ride to Ambleside from there.
Day 2: Ferry to Bowness/Walk to Ambleside (15km)
Commence with a ferry ride to Bowness on Windermere to reach the starting point for today’s independent hike. You will soon exchange the town footpaths of Bowness-on-Windermere for some of the most astonishing panoramas of the Lake District from well-known viewpoints such as Orrest Head (described by Wainwright after completing this walk as the ‘introduction to a dream.’). Another memorable highlight for the day is the spectacular view from the Wansfell Pike summit. The walk ends back in Ambleside.
Day 3: Ambleside to Patterdale (19km)
You bit Ambleside farewell and head North through Rydal Park and the monumental 19-century Rydal Hall. The hiking trail follows the so-called “Coffin Road” from there passing Rydal Mount, home of the poet William Wordsworth. You can stop and contemplate the view head to Grasmere from White Moss Common on your way there. If you are a William Wordsworth aficionado, you can also visit the famous Dove Cottage and his final resting place at St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere. From there, you follow the Grisedale Pass up to Grisedale Tarn revealing wonderful views of Grasmere and North toward Ullswater. You end the day’s hike with a descent to Patterdale shielded by the Helvellyn mountain on your left.
Day 4: Ullswater Lake and Place Fell circular walk (13 km)
Today’s independent hiking route is one of the most picturesque in England’s Lakeland, circling the Place Fell summit and walking the breathtaking lakeshore path of Ullswater. You begin by climbing the Boredale Hause mountain pass between the mountains of Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes and descend into a stunningly beautiful glaciated valley. The route continues on following the lakeside of Ullswater and revealing marvelous views all the way back to Patterdale.
Day 5: Patterdale to Keswick (20km)
You spend the day surrounded by the peaks and mountain ranges characterizing the appearance of the Lake District. You will walk up Glenridding and through the Sticks Pass contemplating great views of the Lake, the Eastern Fells and the Helvellyn summit along the way. A steep descent will bring you to St Johns in the Vale at the head of the Thirlmere reservoir enclosed by the most beautiful of the Lakeland Fells. You follow the St John’s Beck river to Castlerigg Stone Circle just East of Keswick, one of the highlights of the tour. Your overnight is in the idyllic market town of Keswick on Derwentwater lake.
Day 6: Derwent Water, Walla Crag and Friars Crag circular walk (11km)
The last section of the independent hiking tour of the Lake District begins with a climb of the Walla Crag summit offering one of the most astonishing panoramas in the Lakeland looking down at Derwent Water and the surrounding Skiddaw range. You continue towards the Ashness Bridge, one of the most photographed single arched bridges, a part of a busy packhorse route across the Fells in the past. You will walk back to Keswick through cool woodlands and along wide bays passing a memorial of John Ruskin, one of the admirers of the Lake District, along the way.
Day 7: Onward travel
Your self-guided walking tour finishes with a healthy breakfast in your hotel. Depending on your travel plans, you can opt to hike the peaks of the Skiddaw range to the North of the town.


945 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 285 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pers)
Daily departures between the beginning of April and mid-September. Arrival: By Air - The closest regional airport to Ambleside is Manchester (approx 3h by train and bus). By Rail/Bus - Ambleside is easily reached by train via Windermere (appr. 3hrs from London, 2hr from Manchester or 2hr from Glasgow. Departure from Keswick: By Bus - If you have left your vehicle in Ambleside you may return via the Lakeslink 555 bus from Keswick with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes. There are also bus services to Penrith and Carlisle whereupon there are onward train and bus ravel options. You can find information for travelling to and from the Lake District by visiting the Traveline Website (
We hand pick the guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure you enjoy every minute of your stay. They offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

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