From £ 475.- / 5 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
See the most scenic and interesting places of the famous Lake District National park during this walking holiday to England.
This relaxed itinerary is designed to give you an insight into the Lake District as a whole, exploring it by road, by boat and on foot.
Eeach day will consist of a moderate walk of between 4 and 8 miles. The walking holiday also includes driving over high mountain passes, cruises on Ullswater and Derwentwater, and visits to places of historic and literary interest, as well as a variety of villages which make up the essential character of the Lake District.
You will stay in a 3 star guesthouse or hotel in Keswick, a very picturesque Lakeland market town on the shores of Derwentwater. The holiday provider use a wide range of accommodations, and the pictures here show one example, it is not guaranteed that this hotel is available. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with private bathroom, and all accommodation is on twin share basis. If you prefer a single room this can be arranged at an additional cost of £100.
A farmhouse breakfast and packed lunch is included in this walking holiday.
Participants of this Lake District walking holiday should have a reasonable fitness level, but it is not necessary to be an experienced hiker. The holiday is at a relaxed and easy pace. Except for the occasional short section, the walking is not steep and on good well-maintained trails.
The Lake District Explorer tour takes you to some of the best spots in the Lake District
Day 1 - Afternoon arrival and local walk - Arrive at your hotel in the very picturesque Lakeland market town of Keswick situated on the shores of Derwentwater. Once a place where sheep and cattle were traded, Keswick is today a Mecca for outdoor recreation. Hikers, mountain bikers and paddlers are well provided for here and the towns cobbled main street boasts a wide selection of cafes, pubs, restaurants, and shops. There is also a park and gardens with a 'pitch and put' course, a theatre, a cinema, and a variety of boats for hire to get out onto the lake. This afternoon tea you'll take a short walk up nearby Latrigg for wonderful views over the lake and surrounding fells. Having stretched the legs, the evening is free to explore the many delights of the town. Dining options are extremely varied and include local fish and chip shops, Indian and Chinese restaurants, Italian and Mexican cuisine, the stylish Morrels restaurant and several excellent local pubs where you can eat a traditional English supper in an informal atmosphere with a pint of locally brewed ale. Today's walk is approximately 4 miles with just over 1000 feet of ascent.
Day 2 - The Northern Lakes - After a leisurely breakfast, you'll head down to the lake where we board the Keswick launch for a 20 minute cruise on Derwentwater into the heavily wooded valley of Borrowdale. Lakeland's most famous poet William Wordsworth said of Borrowdale that it was "unique" among valleys "having sublimity on all sides". Another famous son of the Lake District declared that this valley contained the best square mile in all the Lake District. Right in the centre of this square mile is the low lying fell of Castle Crag at an altitude of 905 feet and this is your objective for the day. Disembarking at Lodore Falls you'll walk along the road for approximately a mile to the tiny village of Grange, and here turn onto a rustic track which in olden times was a main route to the Honister mines. Today it is stony and grass covered and provides a way at a reasonable gradient to the foot of Castle Crag. You'll have some steep ground to negotiate now but it is short lived and the tremendous views from the top of Castle Crag are ample reward for the efforts extending north over the lake and south to the highest hills in England. You will enjoy lunch in this lovely spot before making your way down to the River Derwent whose clear waters you'll follow back to Grange. Finally you'll take a footpath along the western shore of Derwentwater as far as the boat landings of Hawes where the launch takes you back to Keswick and the hotel. Approximately 7 miles and 900 feet of ascent.
Day 3 - A Buttermere round - You'll start today with a drive along the impressive road across Newlands Hause which climbs out of the Bassenthwaite valley improbably crossing the high fells which form the west/east watershed. You'll descend to the idyllic village of Buttermere located between the lakes of Crummock Water and Buttermere. From here you'll make a circuit of Buttermere Lake a beautiful walk with spectacular views. Having completed the approximately five mile circuit you'll drive back to Keswick across the Honister pass, one of England's highest and steepest roads. At the top of the pass is the recently re-opened slate mine which has become a Lake District attraction. You'll stop here and anyone who wishes can take an underground tour or you may want to have a go on England's first and only 'via Ferrata' (these activities are extra cost). The shop here is also a good place to buy uniquely Lakeland souvenirs. The road from the top of the pass winds down in a series of switch-backs to reach Borrowdale and passing along Derwenwater to return to Keswick. If time allows you will stop along the way to visit the 'Bowder Stone'. This is a monstrous boulder which was deposited in the valley by the glacier which carved out Borrowdale during the last ice age. Such objects are known to geologists as 'glacial erratics'. Back in Keswick you can try out a different restaurant or perhaps take dinner in the convivial atmosphere of a typical Lakeland pub. Approximately 5 miles walking and 500 feet of ascent.
Day 4 - Grasmere, Ambleside and the Langdales - After a hearty Cumbrian breakfast you'll take a 20 minute drive through the heart of the Lake District passing the sombre, tree shrouded lake of Thirlmere and crossing the Dunmail Raise to enter South Lakeland. Descending into the beautiful vale of Grasmere, our exploration today starts with a visit to Dove Cottage, home to William and Dorothy Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808. The cottage retains much of the original furniture and fittings and, save for the addition of electricity, is little changed since it was occupied by the Wordsworths. Nearby is a museum dedicated to the poet with an educative presentation on his life and containing various paintings and original manuscripts (including the daffodils). From Dove Cottage you'll take a stroll into Grasmere and visit the 13th century church of St Oswald where Wordsworth and many of his family are buried. After a pleasant walk through this most picturesque of Lakeland villages you'll make a short excursion into bustling Ambleside to see the 'Bridge House'. Like Keswick, Ambleside is a centre for visitors to the Lake District and a good place to buy gifts and souvenirs of your visit. Leaving Ambleside you'll head to Skelwith Bridge on the River Brathay, the start of this afternoon's walk. Here you'll leave the road behind walking past the Skelwith Force waterfall and the meandering river above, which leads in a little over a mile to the most picturesque Elterwater and its tiny village, where you'll pause for some refreshment at the Britannia Hotel. The walk then continues on a pleasantly undulating trail giving stunning views of the Langdale Pikes at the very heart of Lakeland. From Elterwater it is 2.5 miles of delightful walking to the head of the Langdale valley and a welcome pint at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. You can relax a while here, taking in the magnificent scenery of the Central Fells of Lakeland before boarding the local bus back to Skelwith Bridge. Here the tour bus will bring you across Dunmail Raise and back to Keswick. 5.5 miles. 850ft. of ascent.
Day 5 - Ullswater - Today you'll explore Eastern Lakeland, and the beautiful Ullswater, Queen of Lakes. From Keswick it's a 20 minute drive over the low fells where narrow winding roads are framed by the ubiquitous Lakeland dry-stone walls where sheep graze on the emerald green fields beyond. You'll arrive at the lakeside town of Glenridding where you'll board one of the refurbished 19th century Ullswater 'steamers', the 'Raven' or the 'Lady of the Lake'. You'll take a 30 minute cruise to Howtown pier and the start of a wonderful, meandering walk along the lake shore below sprawling Place Fell. There are spectacular views across Ullswater to St Sunday Crag, Catstycam and Helvellyn. Lunch will be taken in one of the most picturesque spots imaginable, watching sailboats weave across the Lake and the Ullswater 'steamer' ploughs a straight furrow up to Pooley Bridge and down to Glenridding. Continuing the ramble after a leisurely picnic you'll reach Side Farm at the head of the Lake close to the quiet village of Patterdale and a perfect place for refreshment. A short walk along the road past Patterdale Church then brings you back into Glenridding to the tour bus and back to Keswick where this walking holiday ends. It is possible to arrange an extra night or nights accommodation if you do not wish to return home this evening. 6 miles. 950ft. of ascent.
5 April - 9 April 2012 - 5 days/4 nights - £ 475.- p.p.
23 August - 27 August 2012 - 5 days/4 nights - £ 475.- p.p.
This Lake District walking holiday has a few set dates each year, but can also run on other dates on request. Minimum group size is 2 people, prices differ. Single supplement is £100.-. To get to the start point of this walking holiday, you can fly to Manchester airport and take a train to Penrith (2 hours), or travel by train to Penrith. From here it is possible to arrange a transfer at a cost of £10 per person. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information on prices and available dates.
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Half Board
From £ 475.- / 5 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
4 nights Accommodation, Breakfast, packed lunch, 5 guided walking days, all transport during the guided days in private car or minibus, maps of all the areas walked
All other costs, including entrance fees to historical houses and boat fares, and travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.
April - September
Wandering Aengus Treks
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