This tour provides an excellent introduction to the charms of English Lakeland, England’s most mountainous area that requires no recommendation. Walking is unquestionably the best way to see this celebrated landscape, hailed over the years by the likes of poets, authors and painters. Wordsworth, Tennyson, Arthur Ramson, Beatrix Potter and Wainwright, have all left their mark! The distances covered each day are fairly short so there is ample time to pause and admire the unsurpassed scenery. The route is very much a classic although it largely avoids upland areas where navigation would become a problem in poor weather.
Some long days and steep climbs and descents. Generally however undulating. Mixed weather can be expected. We would not recommend the route for first time walkers.
Make your own way to Ulverston a historic market town close to the shores of Morecambe Bay. Ulverston's most visible landmark is Hoad Monument, a concrete structure built in 1850 to commemorate statesman and local resident Sir John Barrow. The monument provides scenic views of the surrounding areas, including Morecambe Bay and parts of the Lake District.
Accommodation: Your first night is a friendly, family run Georgian townhouse in the heart of this attractive market town. Proprietors Ken & Brenda run this 4star guesthouse and have created a friendly atmosphere and always extend a warm welcome to their guests. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
By the shores of Morcambe Bay and through 'Blawith.' Gently undulating farmland with enticing views of the superb mountains to come. There are frequent stiles and 'kissing gates' along the footpaths.
Accommodation: A traditional british pub. All rooms are ensuite and have a simple modern feel to them.
A pleasant walk along the western shores of Coniston Water. In Coniston from here you can tackle Coniston Old Man or take a variety of scenic walks. You can take a trip on the lake, visit Grisedale forest or simply relax in this pleasant village. This is a classic Lakeland village and the setting for 'Swallows and Amazon's' and an inspiration for Beatrix Potter. Coniston is a superb base for walks and two nights are spent here. Evening meals are available in the many pubs and restaurants nearby.
Accommodation: Situated in the centre of Coniston village. All rooms are ensuite and there is a guests' lounge with TV.
Pass the exquisite little lake at Tarn Hows and enter the beautiful Langdale Valley with its tiny hamlets at Elterwater and Chapel stile. This is Lakeland scenery at its best.
Accommodation: Family owned hotel nestled beneath the Langdale Pikes and Pavey Ark in six acres of mature gardens and pasture.
Hike to the head of Langdale then over the Stake Pass (1600ft) between Bow Fell and the Pike of Stickle. Then it’s down into the remote Langstrath valley and onto Borrowdale.
Accommodation: Stay in a small guesthouse. It is set in a beautiful small hamlet, and offers excellent home cooking. A popular peaceful retreat. There are no ensuite facilities tonight as this is a listed building.
A walk through the delightful woodlands of Borrowdale, then a walk along the shores of Derwentwater to Keswick. A lively and attractive market town at the heart of the Lake District. There is time for an afternoon visit to the Caldbeck ring. If you want to climb Skiddaw the mountain that towers over the town you will need to stay an extra night here.
Accommodation: Our guesthouse is set right on the old market square close to all the towns amenities.
Trip concludes after breakfast.
Per Person, Twin Share