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Heart of the Lake District in Comfort

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  • Enjoy gentle walks in the beautiful surrounds of the Lake District
  • Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth
  • Overnight in stylish country house hotels with elegant restaurants
  • Walk to the top of Helm Crag, to see the iconic "Lion & the Lamb"
  • Views over the glimmering shores of Derwent Water from Cat Bells
Enjoy relaxed walking in the heart of the Lake District, staying in stylish country house hotels. From an easy walk along the shores of Lake Windermere to the famous home of Beatrix Potter, to an energising but short walk to the top of Cat Bells over Derwent Water - this is classic Lakeland at its best without too much of an effort! As you discover the landscapes which have influenced many poets and authors including Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge by day, look forward to luxuriating in your wonderful hotel at night - this is a very special Lake District experience you will never forget!

What To Expect

This is the perfect trip if you would like to sample the delights of the dramatic Lake District and tick off some of the popular highlights, but prefer your walking to be slightly easier and would like a little bit of added comfort at the end of the day! With average daily walks of under 10km and involving no more than 400m ascent, you will stay overnight in B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels in the classic Lake District towns of Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 7 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains


  • New
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded easy overall with all of the walks being fairly relaxed. Daily walks include ascents of between 94m and 378m, and are no longer than 13km. You will cover a variety of terrain including rocky terrain, some boggy sections and lakeside and woodland paths. The ascent of Catbells whilst not too strenuous is graded more as moderate, due to the fact that it is a short, sharp ascent and involves some light scrambling towards the top at the summit with a couple of steep drop offs. Of course, you can always turn back if this is not for you! 


Whilst not all of the paths will be waymarked on this holiday, we do provide comprehensive route notes, maps and GPS tracks through our smartphone app, which will greatly assist you in finding your way. All of the walks we have selected are fairly low level and therefore not too difficult to navigate. However, we do recommend that should the weather be inclement you should take extra care and only do the walks if you feel comfortable navigating.

Accommodation Information

You will stay in hand-selected, stylish country hotels of typical Lake District character. Expect extremely comfortable bedrooms, extra touches like fluffy dressing gowns, and restaurants serving the best of food. The warmest of welcomes in these fine hotels will make your stay extra special. 

  • 6 Nights in stylish country house hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office
  • Travel to Ambleside and from Keswick
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Ferry crossings as per itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Entrance fees
  • Additional nights anywhere along the route

When To Go

This tour can be enjoyed in the spring, summer or autumn/fall. Spring is great as it's not too busy and the daffodils will be in bloom! Summer is a bit busier, but still pleasurable and autumn/fall will again be quieter. September can often be overlooked but is quieter and a beautiful time of year in the Lakes! Rain can occur 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 subject to availability.

Getting to the Start

By Air - The closest regional airport to Ambleside is Manchester. From here you can take the train to Windermere (2h15m) and then a local bus to Ambleside (20min)

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

By Car - Parking is very limited in Ambleside but you can buy seven day passes which can be used in a few of the car parks. More details are available here.

For more information on train times and schedules please visit the Traveline or National Rail websites.

Getting from Ambleside to Wray Castle on Day 2 - On Day 2 you need to take a ferry from Ambleside over to Wray Castle with Windermere Ferries. This will be on the Green Cruise which takes approx. 10 minutes. You can just book tickets on the day at the pier office at Ambleside but to be sure we recommend booking your tickets in advance on the website - https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk/cruises-fares/green-cruise

Getting from the End

By Car -  If you have left your vehicle in Ambleside you may return via the Lakeslink 555 bus from Keswick with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes.

By Bus/Train -  From Keswick there are bus services to Penrith (40min) or Carlisle (1h15min) and from here plenty of train options to either Manchester, London, or Glasgow.

You can find more information for travelling to and from the Lake District by visiting the Traveline Website. The Trainline is also a great resource.

Baggage Transfer

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 20kg per person.

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 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.

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Day 1 Arrive in Ambleside Day 2 Beatrix Potter Walk to Wray Castle and Hill Top 8.75 miles / 14 km Day 3 Walk to Grasmere 4 miles / 6.7 km Day 4 Loop Walk to Helm Crag 4 miles / 6.4 km Day 5 Transfer to Keswick, Derwent Water Loop Walk via Walla Crag 6.5 miles / 10.7 km Day 6 Walk to Cat Bells 5.1 miles / 8.2 km Day 7 Onward travel

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