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Highlights

  • Walking in the footsteps of Wainwright through the English Lake District
  • Breath-taking panoramic views over Ullswater from the Grisedale Valley
  • Traversing dramatic mountain passes with vistas over pristine lakes
  • Charming and iconic village of Grasmere, once home to William Wordsworth
  • The very special warm and inviting Cumbrian hospitality

This route through the English Lake District follows trails along rugged fells, up dramatic mountain passes and past peaceful lakes and tarns. Every day includes exhilarating walks with spectacular views in every direction.

Wainwright described Grasmere, one of the charming villages en route as, "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found" and not only is this true here, but of many other places you will come across on this tour.

Climb up to Orrest Head for fantastic views over Windermere and witness glistening Ullswater, arguably Britain’s most beautiful lake. Delight in the multitude of sublime landscapes that have inspired many writers and artists over the centuries.

Day 1: Arrive in Ambleside and overnight

Ambleside is a bustling lakeside town and a great starting point for your adventure in the Lake District.


Tonight you may wish to venture into town from your B&B and find a local pub in which to have dinner.


Overnight: Lacet House B&B, Ambleside


A warm welcome awaits you at Lacet House Bed & Breakfast where Catherine & Graham offer 4* accommodation for you to enjoy and help to make your visit to Ambleside a memorable one.


Day 2: Ferry to Bowness. Walk to Ambleside.

Board an early ferry from Ambleside to Bowness-on-Windermere and admire the gorgeous views over the lake, before heading into the hills on beautiful footpaths. Today you will see some of the most breath-taking views in the Lake District as you reach the high point of Wansfell Pike and Orrest Head (described by Wainwright after completing this walk as the “introduction to a dream”).


Overnight: Lacet House B&B, Ambleside


Day 3: Walk to Patterdale

From Ambleside the trail heads north through Rydal Park and impressive Rydal Hall. Gently undulating through trees the trail passes Rydal Mount, home of Wordsworth and at White Moss Common the views ahead to Grasmere are spectacular.


Following the trail down into Grasmere you arrive at famous Dove Cottage, home to Wordsworth, and you may also visit his final resting place at St Oswald’s Church. Next the trail follows the Grisedale Pass up to a tarn and the impressive craggy heights of Helvellyn fill the skyline to your left as you descend along the valley into Patterdale.

Overnight: Old Water View  Hotel, Patterdale

Situated in the delightful village of Patterdale, and surrounded by some of Lakeland's most magnificent scenery, Old Water View has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years, including Wainwright himself. All the rooms are tastefully decorated and furnished.


Day 4: Walk to Keswick

Today you will be surrounded by the mountain peaks, crags and cliffs which epitomise the Lake District. Walking up Glenridding and away from Ullswater you are rewarded with views back to the lake. Later a steep descent brings you out to St Johns in the Vale, an arable area in a wide glacial valley at the head of Thirlmere.


A real highlight of the day’s walk is the Castlerigg Stone Circle just east of Keswick, described as “one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain”. Finish this exhilarating day upon arrival in the market town of Keswick, situated next to Derwentwater.


Overnight: Avondale Guest House, Keswick


Enjoy your stay at this unique guesthouse  where quality, comfort and attention to detail are paramount. The rooms offer a contemporary touch and are pleasantly decorated. Complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities add to its appeal.  


Day 5: Onward travel

Make your journey from Keswick home as you bid a fond farewell to the amazing Lake District.


Accommodation

Overnight in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses, specifically chosen to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers and traditional hospitality. See some examples of accommodations below.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This tour is not available to solo walkers for logistical reasons, but if you require single rooms within your party we will try our best to accommodate your request. A single supplement is payable.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most guesthouses and B&B’s offer a continental and full cooked breakfast, which should keep you going for hours.


Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.



 

 

 




Lacet House B&B - Ambleside

A warm welcome awaits you at Lacet House Bed and Breakfast where Catherine and Graham offer 4* accommodation for you to enjoy and help to make your visit to Ambleside a memorable one.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Old Water View Hotel - Patterdale

Situated in the delightful village of Patterdale, and surrounded by some of Lakeland's most magnificent scenery, Old Water View has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years, including Wainwright himself. All the rooms are tastefully decorated and furnished.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Avondale Guesthouse - Keswick



Avondale Guesthouse - Keswick

Enjoy your stay at this unique guesthouse where quality, comfort and attention to detail are paramount. The rooms offer a contemporary touch and are pleasantly decorated. Complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities add to its appeal.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your Lake District Short Break tour anytime between April and September.


Time of Year

This tour can be enjoyed in the spring, summer or autumn/fall. Spring is great as it's no too busy and the flowers will be blooming. Summer is a bit busier, but still pleasurable and autumn/fall will again be quieter. September can be beautiful! Rain can occur however at anytime of year in the Lake District so come prepared with good waterproofs! You can start on any date that suits your travel plans.


Experience & Fitness

This tour is graded moderate to strenuous. A variety of terrain will be covered including some rocky mountainous terrain, boggy sections  plus lakeside and woodland paths. Most days will involve a couple of steep ascents and descents. In order to fully enjoy this walking tour you need to have excellent physical fitness and also have experience of completing previous walks with elevation gains and losses.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Lake District Short Break is not waymarked but you be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps, so you will have no problem following the route on each day. GPX tracks are also accessible on the Macs Smartphone App, so you can simply follow the route on your phone if you wish.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 17kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Ambleside

By Air The closest regional airport to Ambleside is Manchester. (approx 3H by train and bus via Windermere.) You could also fly into any of the London Airports or also Glasgow.


By Rail/Bus - Ambleside is easily reached by train via Windermere (approx 3H from London, 2H from Manchester or 2H from Glasgow.)


From Windermere, the Lakeslink 555 bus runs regularly to Ambleside or it is just a 10 minute taxi journey. You can find more information on the Traveline website.


Getting from Keswick

From Keswick there are bus services to Penrith or Carlisle and from here plenty of train options to either Manchester, London, or Glasgow. Please visit the Traveline website for more information. The Trainline is also a great resource.


Included

  • 4 Nights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed Information Pack, Route Notes and maps, access to the GPX tracks via the Macs Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Ambleside and from Keswick
  • Ferry crossing to Bowness
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular especially in July and August. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

Most days will involve a couple of steep ascents and descents. To fully enjoy this walking tour you need to have excellent physical fitness and also have experience of completing previous walks with elevation gains and losses

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

Do I need to be able to navigate?

Yes, some navigation skills are necessary as the route is not way-marked. You follow route notes and a map that are provided.

What are the paths like on this trip?

You will cover a variety of terrain including rocky, mountainous terrain, some boggy sections and lakeside and woodland paths. Most days will involve a couple of steep ascents and descents.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

The Lake District is very enjoyable at any time between April and the beginning of October although our favourite time of year is late spring and early autumn.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk/cycle a stage?

You can use local bus services or taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.


There will definitely be a next time!

4

We booked late , so we were not sure we would manage to get hotels, but we did , less than a week before in peak season. So well organised, great info package. Bagage transfer worked in 90 % of the cases, only one time did we not recieve our luggage, due to that we had two different accommodations in one place. That was slightly annoying when you arrive really tired and late. We would definitely do this again and longer next time. GPS map in app great,and most of the written instructions, but sometime they were a bit difficult to understand or not correct. We would have liked to have better info of were to get shops, food or rest rooms, that was not too clear in instructions, and we could have carried less. All accomadation was great until last one, where we alos stayed two nights in Keswick the Keswick Park hotel, that place had no charm at all and was overall on lower level than the rest.

THe Swedish woman

Sweden

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Great hike

5

Wonderful hike, varied, a few directions on first day problematic, accommodation in Ambleside could have been better, walked an extra 3km on last day into Keswick as it wasn't highlighted that B&B wa at the entrance to town.

None

Cape Town

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WELL PLANNED & ORGANISED

5

Our party of 4 enjoyed every minute of our Lake District Short Break. Each of the 3 B & B's were in great locations, the planned walks were excellent and all in all we had a wonderful time.

Linda

Brighton

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Great hike with great support

4

Luggage transfers worked smoothly, booking staff were very pleasant to deal with, maps and info were great. Accommodation was excellent in small B&B's with friendly owners except the last night. ( Large , boring hotel which didn't match the rest of the trip. ) But overall we had a great short break and will highly recommend Macs.

Two plodders.

Australia

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Dreamy Lake District Walking Trip

4

I really enjoyed this trip. It was well planned and I was happy with all the accommodations. The written directions were occasionally challenging to decipher but overall well written

Brenna

Berkeley, CA

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The fulfillment of a lifelong dream

5

This trip fulfilled a lifelong dream of walking where the English Romantic poets did. Ever since studying Wordsworth in school, I have had a dream of doing this. The nearby pubs in each town are an added bonus, and allow a chance to meet the locals.

Dan

Mansfield, Massachusetts

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Wonderful hikes in the Lake District

5

This was our first trip to the Lake District, and it did not disappoint! The scenery was stunning, and the hikes were perfect. Because of a scheduling issue, we stayed in Patterdale for two nights rather than going onto Keswick. But we just spent that second day doing a hike around Patterdale that was part of the longer Lake District tour they offer, and it was great! The accommodations were very nice and in great locations for exploring town after hiking.

Nicky

Nashville, TN, USA

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It really was GREAT! Thanks loads guys!

5

Finding your way with compass and map (and instructions) is fun ... it really is! I had a wonderful time!

Achim

Herne, Germany

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Beautiful Introduction to the Lakes

4

Well thought out routes that give a great introduction to the Lakes. We started with a beautiful boat-ride down Lake Windermere and ended the first day over 400 metres up looking down at it from Wansfell Pike. The second day route past Helvellyn offered great views but the third day over The Sticks Pass from Patterdale into Kewick was best - that was 22k with 600 metres of climb. You have to be fit - but the routes are low-level so you don't need a head for heights. The accomodation was a bit tired on the first two days in Ambleside and chilly - but much more what we expected on the following two. Crookabeck Farm is great. All-in-all, great walking and well organised.

Steve C

Hampshire

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Good walks, timings instructions a bit out

4

The short break walks were a mix of towns then hills. We were itching to get away from the crowds. Some instructions could be clearer, and the km and times more accurate - this was an issue at times e.g. day 1 walk was only possible in the rain for us with a gps. The two B&Bs were lovely, the hotel in Keswick noisy and breakfast so late we couldnt have it. We would have liked one shorter walk if possible? Overall an inspiring thing to do and well organised. Thank you.

Ninia

Australia

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