Lake District

High Fells and Summits of the Lake District

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$1,779 USD
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5 / 5 from 3 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Trip code: 
TUC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–16
Ages:
16+

Tackle some of the highest and most famous walking routes in England

The Lake District may have only been a National Park since 1951, however the area has been attracting not just walkers but poets and novelists alike for much, much longer.

The majestic landscapes and dramatic routes transport visitors over fells, dales, and of course those magnificent lakes. This trip is designed to take in some of the most memorable summits the area has to offer.

In just four and a half days we set out to explore and conquer, leaving the inimitable Scafell Pike to the very end. Basing ourselves in Keswick there’s easy access to some of the most cherished routes such as Striding Edge, many leading us right the way back down to end the day enjoying typical Cumbrian hospitality, be it around a roaring fire or over a refreshing drink.

Highlights

  • England’s largest National Park and World Heritage Site
  • Explore some of the best walking routes in Britain.
  • Summit Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak

Key information

  • 5 nights The George in Keswick
  • 4-and-a-half-day centre-based walking
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
  • Altitude max. 978m
  • Moderate/challenging walks, with qualified mountain leader
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

What's not included

  • Transport to Keswick
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

There are some steep and demanding sections. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. 

Day by day breakdown
Day 110.3km/6.4miles
Day 212.7km/7.9miles
Day 312.9km/8.0miles
Day 417.1km/10.6miles
Day 514.2km/8.8miles

Itinerary

Keswick
to
Keswick
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Keswick. Half day walk; climbing up Catbells to warm up.

    Arrive in Keswick on day one of the tour to meet your leader at 2pm at the George Hotel where we will be staying all week. We strike out from the hotel for a relaxed and easy introduction to the lakes by climbing Cat Bells. At 451 metres (1,480 ft) it is one of the most popular fells in the area and a great way to stretch the legs.

    In the words of the writer "It is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved.”

    A great introduction to our week in the fells.

    AccommodationThe George

     

    The George

     

  • Day 2

    First big day tackling Skiddaw

    A short transfer of 10 minutes to the northern side of Skiddaw where we climb the fell from the north eastern route, having a picnic on the top before descending in the afternoon back into Keswick for a well-deserved pint and dinner in the town. The walk is known for its 360 views towards the Irish Sea, Scotland, the Cheviots in the North East and into Yorkshire. It is the first of our big days on the fells and a wonderful long-distance walk.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Helvellyn and England’s Greatest Walk

    As we climb up the stony path and steps where we can enjoy beautiful views of the Skiddaw and over to the centre of the Lake District (Scafell, Great Gable) After the summit, we head back down towards Thirlmere in a loop with time for a well-deserved stop in a local pub.

     

    AccommodationThe George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Two of the highest fells: Pillar and Great Gable

    A day of dual ascents: Pillar and Great Gable. We transfer to the Honister Slate mine and attack the fells from the northern side, reaching Pillar first. Great Gable, one of the most well-known fells in the lakes, gets its name from its pyramid shape when viewed from Wasdale Head (it is dome-shaped from most other directions) From Great Gable we enjoy great views of Scafell (our goal for the next day) and the rest of the Northern Lakes. We head back to the Honister Slate mine, where we can visit the amazing underground mines and amphitheatres (prior booking required) before heading back to Keswick.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    The Big One – Scafell Pike, via the Corridor Route from Seathwaite.

    Our final day and the big one, Scafell and Scafell Pike where, for a fleeting second, we will be the highest people in England. We head from the Seathwaite carpark up the corridor route and onto the summit plateau, before looping back down to celebrate a job well done. We dine together in Keswick in the evening after a wonderful week in the majestic Lake District.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    End in Keswick

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included. 

A hearty breakfast is served each morning at the hotel. Continental options as well as porridge, full Cumbrian breakfast or salmon and scrambled eggs, you will find everything you need to set you up for the day ahead.

Each day we will pick up provisions for a packed lunch in the morning from a local bakery or shop.

Dinners will typically be taken in local restaurants, as Keswick offers a variety of options.

Vegetarians can be catered for, please advise of any other specific dietary requirements at time of booking. 

Weather

The weather in the Lakes can change rapidly, from one day to the next but even in a matter of hours. Summer season (the best time for walking) in the Lake District runs from March to October. Rain can come at any time of the year; however, the driest season tends to run between March and June. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. 

Is this trip for you?

This is a Moderate/Challenging grade walking trip (level 4). There are some steep and demanding sections. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. Anyone of reasonable fitness and with prior walking experience should find no real difficulties. As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace.

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximates. The exact itinerary (and therefore the length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary when necessary.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However, if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

The George

Situated in the centre of Keswick, the George is a traditional Lake District hotel, one of the oldest in the area, built in 1665. With comfortable en suite rooms, it is the perfect place to relax each evening after our day walks.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed September 2021

    Truly Amazing Experience

    Chris Berry and Suzy Slaughter are two of the best guides I have had on a trip to date. They both worked so well together and looked after our large group of 14 so very well. Chris was so full of interesting local knowledge and Suzys organisational skills were spot on while always ensuring everyone was enjoying themselves. Both took our safety and level of walking very seriously and we had a lot of laughs and fun throughout the trip. So lovely to eat together in the evenings and the walks were just incredible and gave us a great insight into the Lake District region. Would fully recommend this trip particularly with these incredible pair guiding us through our holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for them and the sandwich lunches were brilliant. The only criticism perhaps would be the current hotel uses need to be more flexible with their breakfast timing as 8.30am was too late on some days as we didn’t get back to 7-7.30pm which ate into the evenings.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery, the walks and our guides oh and our group was all so lovely

    What did you think of your group leader?

    11/10

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather can vary so always pack waterproofs and warm clothing including a woolly hat but don’t forget your sun cream and sun hats

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would fully recommend this trip - more Uk trips should be provided as the Uk is a wonderful place to visit
  • Reviewed August 2021

    Terrific trip exceeded expectations

    My first Exodus trip. Very pleased indeed. Sparky and knowledgeable leaders, great programme which was physically testing but do-able, and above all - wonderful group with excellent chemistry. Had enormous fun and made new friends. Only caveat - weather in the Lakes this week was simply stunning - sunscreen more important than waterproofs - so everything does seem rather marvellous just now! But seriously, I’m confident it would have been pretty much as good in any conditions.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Pick a peak - any peak!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great job Will and Chris - big thanks to you both

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Our group of 13 guests was mostly pretty fit 50/60s, and single, with a smaller number in 30s I think. Don’t know if that is typical but that’s how it was and it was a very happy crowd indeed.
  • Reviewed August 2021

    Terrific trip exceeded expectations

    My first Exodus trip. Very pleased indeed. Sparky and knowledgeable leaders, great programme which was physically testing but do-able, and above all - wonderful group with excellent chemistry. Had enormous fun and made new friends. Only caveat - weather in the Lakes this week was simply stunning - sunscreen more important than waterproofs - so everything does seem rather marvellous just now! But seriously, I’m confident it would have been pretty much as good in any conditions.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Pick a peak - any peak!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great job Will and Chris - big thanks to you both

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Our group of 13 guests was mostly pretty fit 50/60s, and single, with a smaller number in 30s I think. Don’t know if that is typical but that’s how it was and it was a very happy crowd indeed.

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