Arriving into Penrith, we will make a short transfer to the market town of Keswick, situated below the mass of the Skiddaw mountains and the beautiful Derwentwater to begin our valley exploration to Catbells for our first fell walk. We will then tackle the heights of the Buttermere ring, Helvellyn and Scafell Pike, with sunrise hikes and more dawn and dusk wild swims. We will be ticking off a few Wainwrights, exploring the magic that inspired Wordsworth, and trial some of the Lake District’s foodie delights. All travel is on public transport and with zero use of plastic and food sourced in as locally as possible we’re delighted to operate this tour in as sustainably as possible.
For those guests who don’t want to scale the higher fells there are alternative routes each day for any guest who wants a slightly less challenging walk. These walks are available on days 2 through to 5.
Highlights of Your Guided Lake District Walking Tour
Destinations – Helvellyn, Scafell Pike, Keswick, Buttermere and Langdale Pikes
Sunrise Walks up Helvellyn
Evening picnics and walks
Wild Swims in Lakes and Tarns
Hotel and Food – Cosy tried and tested hotels and B&B’s and local restaurants for group dinners. We are working towards a 20 mile menu for all meals
Guides – Fully guided tour with a local mountain leader with first-hand experience of the routes who go above and beyond for our guests.
Public Transport, zero used of plastic and other measures working towards a greener future
Day 1 Arrive in Keswick and Catbells
We will meet you at Keswick at 1.00pm situated below the mass of the Skiddaw mountains and alongside the beautiful Derwentwater. From here we walk towards the beautiful and one of the most famous of the lot – Catbells for an introductory walk of no more than 5 miles. There’ll be time for a late afternoon dip before heading back to Keswick and our first evening together.
3 / 5 miles Fell Walking
Day 2The Buttermere Ring
It’s easy to see why the movie stars from across the globe have settled at Buttermere, we will take to the fells to see it from above and to start ticking off our Wainwrights by climbing Hay Stacks, Fleetwith Pike and Whiteless Pike. We will trial the Lakes Gin in the evening at The Bridge Inn pub and eat some well-earnt Cumbrian dishes, before transferring back to Keswick for an early night before our sunrise hike.
up to 9 miles Fell walking
Day 3Sunrise on the Summit of Helvellyn
Dawn is a magical time of day wherever you are, but a dawn hike to catch the sunrise at the top of Helvellyn with a picnic breakfast on the fell, is an experience not to be missed. Following our climb up the third-highest point in England, we will make our way back to Keswick, for a relaxing early lunch and afternoon tea at Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden. For those that want to continue ticking off their Wainwrights, there is an optional 4 mile hike up to the Castlerigg stone circle, before dining at The Royal Oak in Keswick, known as Wordsworth’s favourite hideout.
up to 10 miles Fell Walking
Day 4The Langdale Pikes
After a later start to enjoy the delights of Keswick, we will grab lunch from the local’s favourite Relish sandwich shop and make our way to the fantastic circuit of the Langdale Fells where Wainwright stated, “no mountain profile arrests and excites the attention more…”. We will have the opportunity to claim 8 more Wainwrights by climbing to the familiar tops of Pike of Stickle, High Raise, Sergeant Man, Tarn Crag and Blea Crag. After a good day of fell walking we will finish with an early evening stroll to the Wainwrights pub for a well earnt pint!
up to 8 miles Fell Walking
Day 5Scafell Pike - the Big One!
Today is the day we tackle Scafell Pike; at 978 metres it’s England’s highest and most prominent mountain. We will confront it from Great Langdale valley armed with Relish sandwiches, Kendal mint cake and Grasmere gingerbread. Following the most scenic spot for our picnic lunch we will track gently down before heading back to the Royal Oak for a celebratory dinner.
Up to 8 miles Fell walking
Farewells and on-going travel
After a leisurely breakfast and the potential for a dawn dip in Derwentwater, you’ll transfer to Penrith for farewells and help with ongoing travel.