The Lake District Route in 8 days

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Ambleside / Ambleside
  • Distance 122 km / 76 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    April - September
  • Price From $1,163

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 lakes on a tour among the villages of Ambleside, Coniston, Boot, Buttermere, Keswick and Patterdale, amid open moors, picturesque valleys and mixed forest and heather filled trails with literary history.

  • Discover Windermere, England's largest natural lake.
  • Visit Bowness-On-Windermere with the award-winning Beatrix Potter World, which brings classic children's stories to life.
  • Tour Coniston, the town home of writer Arthur Ransome and revolutionary artist John Ruskin.
  • Cross the River Duddon, immortalized by the poet William Wordsworth in "The River Duddon, a series of sonnets."
  • Get to know Eskdale Mill, one of the oldest corn mills in the country.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation
    • Baggage transfer service
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Travel to and from Ambleside
    • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
    • Personal equipment
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Tourist 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 your return from Ambleside, and depending on your next destination, take a bus or train to Manchester, London or Glasgow.

    FAQs

    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.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    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.