England’s Lake District (9 Days)

The Lake District is the most mountainous region of England, famous for its beautiful lakes, forests and mountain trails. Our hikes will bring us through valleys with stunning mountain vistas and waterfalls. We may even “bag” a few of the lower mountain peaks. All the land in England higher than 3,000 feet can be found within the National Park, including the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. Also contained within the Lake District are the deepest and longest bodies of water in England, Wast Water and Windermere. Of course we must not forget a visit to the home of William Wordsworth and hiking in Beatrix Potter’s footsteps.

Prices: US$ 4799
EU€ 4199
Duration: 9 days

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Itinerary Information

England's Lake District Tour 2020
Mon 20 Apr to Tues 28 Apr 2020
5 places available
Depart Kendal, Cumbria 9.30 am

Return Kendal, Cumbria 11.00 am

Duration: 9 days
US$4799
EU€4199

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England’s Lake District Tour

Map of England’s Lake District

Tour Highlights

  • 8 days walking in the beautiful Lake District
  • Visit to the home of William Wordsworth
  • Official areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Climbing Catbells – the mountain above Derwentwater
  • 4 nights Borrowdale / Keswick
  • 4 nights in Ambleside / Windermere

Included In Tour

  • Kendal pick-up and drop-off
  • 8 nights 3-4 star accommodation (en suite)
  • All land transport
  • Steamer Ferry at Ullswater
  • 8 guided walks
  • Escort of full-time guide
  • Escort of local guides
  • Guided Tour of Rydal Mount
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 packed lunches
  • 8 evening meals

Field and hillsDAY 1: MEET IN KENDAL, DRIVE TO AMBLESIDE. HIKE SWEDEN BRIDGE

Distance 3.2 miles, (5.1 km), total ascent 741 ft (226 m)

After meeting up in Kendal we drive north west to Ambleside. We will hike directly out of town to the beautiful tiny lake of Lily Tarn. We will be rewarded with fine views of Ambleside and the surrounding fells. We will then return to town where we can check in to the hotel. If you have the energy later there is the option of heading north out of town to hike to the old Sweden Bridges.

Overnight: Ambleside, Cumbria. Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Mountains

DAY 2: HIKE ELTERWATER AND THE CATHEDRAL CAVERN

DISTANCE 7.8 miles, (12.5 km), total ascent 1000 ft (304 m)

We begin this hike at the head of the Great Langdale Valley at the village of Elterwater (the name comes from the Old Norse, meaning “swan lake”). We then visit two waterfalls: Skelwith Force and Colwith Force. Our hike then takes us to the Cathedral Cavern: a spectacular man-made quarry with an amazing echo. One of the tunnels is over 100 m long and requires a torch to see. We will also be crossing the delightful packhorse bridge, “Slater’s Bridge” at Tilberthwaite and Little Langdale.

Overnight: Ambleside, Cumbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Ambleside, Cumbria. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner

Mountain peak

DAY 3: LOUGHRIGG FELL AND A VISIT TO RYDAL MOUNT

DISTANCE 7 miles, (11 km), total ascent 1362 ft, (415 m)

A wonderful circuit of Loughrigg Fell on easy paths with spectacular views. We will enjoy our first glimpse of the Langdale Pikes: a stunning backdrop to Loughrigg Tarn. The return route passes the beautiful lakes of Rydal Water and Grasmere, and we will have time to visit Rydal Mount, the long-time home of poet William Wordsworth.

Overnight: Ambleside, Cumbria. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner

seaDAY 4: A CIRCUIT OF TROUTBECK VALLEY

DISTANCE 6.5 miles, (10 km), total ascent 853 ft (260 m)

We head directly on foot out of Ambleside to via Jenkins Crag viewpoint and Skelghyll Woods. We will call in at Townend: a 17th century farmhouse open for visitors. Return to Ambleside is via Wansfell Pike, enjoying superb views of Windermere and the Kirkstone Pass. Finally we head back to town by the Stock Ghyll Force waterfall.

Overnight: Ambleside, Cumbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Stream, field and hills

DAY 5: FERRY ACROSS ULLSWATER AND HIKE THE LAKESHORE TO GLENRIDDING

DISTANCE 7 miles, (11 km), total ascent 656 ft (200 m)

Today’s journey begins with a ride on the ferry across Ullswater Lake to Howtown. Our hiking route follows the lakeside path below Hallin Fell, Kilbert How, Birk Fell and Place Fell, before arriving at Glenridding. We then drive northwest to our next accommodation at Grange in Borrowdale.

Overnight: Borrowdale, Cumbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fence, fields and mountainsDAY 6: BUTTERMERE CIRCUIT AND RANNERDALE KNOTTS

First Hike 4.7 miles (7.5km), ascent 393 ft (67m), Second Hike 3.5 miles (5.6km)

Two beautiful short hikes in magnificent Buttermere: a quintessential Lake District hike around a lake with fine mountain views all around. There is then the option of the second hike to Rannerdale Knotts: a steep climb initially with the reward of fine views from the ridge of Crummock Water and Rannerdale Valley on the other side. A steep, stony descent brings us back in to Buttermere via the shore of Crummock Water.

Overnight: Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Overnight: Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Door houseDAY 7: GRANGE, CATBELLS AND MAIDEN MOOR

Distance: 6.6 miles (10.7 km), total ascent 1640 ft (500m)

This morning we walk directly from the hotel and trace a route along the edge of Derwentwater, later scaling the summits of Catbells and Maiden Moor: two of the best-loved fells in the Lake District. A rewarding climb with fine views. We then return full circle back to the hotel via the pretty village of Grange.

Overnight: Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8: ROSTHWAITE TO WATENDLATH CIRCUIT VIA DOCK TARN

6 miles (9.7), ascent 1490 ft (454m),

A beautiful hike to complete our Lake District adventures. But a tough one – you’ll be ready for this! The initial climb is steep and stony up through the forest. We are then rewarded with fine views and a rest beside remote Dock Tarn. We make our way across the open moor to the tiny hamlet of Watendlath, perhaps to enjoy refreshment at the tea room? We hike via an easier path back to Rosthwaite.

Overnight: Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

BridgeDAY 9: END OF TOUR, DEPART FOR KENDAL

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: The above scheduled itinerary is subject to change for varying reasons. Any changes made by Joyce’s Ireland and / or the tour leaders will be in the interest and safety of all participants.

Hiking Vacation in the Lake District of England

Joyce’s Ireland Hiking and Walking Women’s Tour of Northern Ireland – The Lakes and Mountains of the Lake District, Wordsworth’s home at Rydal Mount, Beatrix Potter’s former home, 9 day hiking vacation in England’s Lake District