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 homes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Prices: US$ 4499
EU€ 3799
Duration: 9 days

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Itinerary Information

England's Lake District Tour 2019
Mon 22 Apr to Tues 30 Apr 2019
2 Places available
Depart Kendal, Cumbria 9.30 am

Return Kendal, Cumbria 11.00 am

Duration: 9 days
US$4499
EU€3799

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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 Beatrix Potter
  • Visit to the home of William Wordsworth
  • Official areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • A visit to the Cumbrian Coast
  • Climbing Helvellyn – the easy route!
  • 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
  • 8 guided walks
  • Escort of full-time guide
  • Escort of local guides
  • 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)

We will hike north of the town of Ambleside to High Sweden Bridge. If you have the energy later on there is the option of heading west of Ambleside to hike to Lily Tarn (additional 3 miles).

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

MountainsDAY 2: HIKE GRASMERE AND RYDAL WATER AND VISIT WORDSWORTH’S RYDAL MOUNT:

DISTANCE 5.6 miles, (9 km), total ascent 623 ft, (190 m)

A lovely varied circular route of Grasmere and Rydal. Some of the route is along the old Coffin Road. We can also visit Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth.

 

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

Mountain peak

DAY 3: 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

seaDAY 4: A CIRCUIT OF TROUTBECK VALLEY

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

We head directly out of Ambleside to hike Troutbeck, taking in Townend, a 17th Century farm.

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

 

Stream, field and hills

DAY 5: HEAD FOR THE COAST TO HIKE FROM WHITEHAVEN TO ST BEES

DISTANCE 6.5 miles, (10 km), total ascent 656 ft (200 m)

Today we head west to the Cumbrian Coast. We will take the north to south route from the town Whitehaven to St Bees.

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

Fence, fields and mountainsDAY 6: HIKE LODORE FALLS AND THE BOWDER STONE CIRCLE

7.7 miles (12.5km), total ascent 1496 ft (456 m)

Our hike in the beautiful valley of Borrowdale combines a visit to Lodore Falls and Watendlath

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

Door houseDAY 7: CATBELLS

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

The summit of Catbells is one of the best-loved fells in the Lake District. A rewarding climb with fine views.

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

DAY 8: 2 SHORT HIKES: BUTTERMERE CIRCUIT AND BOWSCALE TARN

First Hike 4.5 miles (7.24km), ascent 393 ft (120m), Second Hike 3.5 miles (5.6km)

Two beautiful short hikes to complete our Lake District adventures.

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