The Lake District route in 7 days

  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Ambleside / Keswick
  • Distance 80 km / 50 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    April - September
  • Price From $967

Overview

Explore England's largest National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, crossing the tops of the most famous peaks, amid waterfalls and beautiful pre-glacial lakes or tarns, which give this route its name through the Lake District.

Discover England's mountain scenery and largest lakes on a journey between the villages of Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere to Keswick, amid moors, picturesque valleys and forest and heather trails, which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

  • Discover Windermere, England's largest natural lake.
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  • Admire Derwent Water, featured in several scenes from Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes

    Extras

    • Travel assistance insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
    • Improved hotel room upgrades (if available)

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    To get to Ambleside, the best option is Manchester Airport, although you can also arrive at London Airport or Glasgow Airport. From Manchester, take a bus or train, via Windermere, to the city of Ambleside (approximately 3 hours). 

    For the return from Keswick, take a bus to Carlisle station or Penrith station, and from there a train to Manchester, London or Glasgow.

    FAQs

    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 40 lbs (18 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    The route is available between April and October, so any time you choose between these months will give you an amazing experience, as the weather in spring is pleasant and cool for walking. 

    In summer, the lakes and flowers create beautiful scenery along the route, and in autumn, the trails are not very crowded.

    Considering the typical lake climate, there may be persistent rain or strong gusts of wind, so we recommend taking good equipment such as windproof clothing and sunscreen.

    Whether you're passionate about walking through World Heritage-listed settings, amid valleys, moors, majestic lakes and national parks, or extreme sporting experiences, this is the ideal route for you. 

    If you enjoy outdoor experiences observing natural wonders, you will also love sighting migratory birds, visit villages and taste typical coastal food. In addition, you can enjoy adventure on cruises, motor boating, rowing, kayaking, canoeing or swimming.

    This route is rated as of moderate-strenuous difficulty, with some slightly demanding ascents and descents through steep valleys, mountains or moors and by lakes with rocky or swampy trails.

    We recommend having an active lifestyle and be in good physical condition. If not, we suggest preparing the months before starting the route by walking daily in mountainous terrain. You can also improve your endurance with cardio exercises.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

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