Highlights

  • Hike in England's highest mountain range
  • Discover the secrets of a Druid Stone Circle
  • Walk in one of Englands finest National Parks
  • Enjoy sweeping views across mountains to the Irish Sea
  • Ride a restored steam train and cruise along lakes Windermere and Derwentwater

The romance of the English Lakes that inspired poets and painters is laid out before us on this Walk, which takes us from high fells to gorgeous lakeside towns and villages. Hiking in the Lake District National Park, we ascend mountain trails to discover summits with awe-inspiring views. Highlights include a ride in a steam train, gentle cruises across sparkling lakes, and an insight into the facts and myths of a Druids stone circle. We stay in a hotel which was once owned by Beatrix Potter and visit John Ruskins final home.

Sunday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Meet at Windermere Railway Station for a short transfer to Lindeth Howe, the country house once owned by children's author Beatrix Potter, and our home for three nights. This evening, we meet on the lawn for a Welcome Drink and a chance to admire the views overlooking Lake Windermere and the Cumbrian Fells.

Monday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Walking from our hotel, we follow country lanes and paths across footbridges and fords, stopping at an inn for lunch. We then continue along the ancient byways, resting at the Burblethwaite Pew at a 16th-century Chapel of Ease. A restored steam train carries us to Windermere ferry for a gentle cruise to our hotel.

Tuesday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Today, we ascend the Old Man of Coniston, with spectacular views of Lake Coniston and the Irish Sea. After lunch in the village below, we board a steam yacht and cross the lake to visit Brantwood House, the final home of John Ruskin, the eminent Victorian writer. We explore the gardens before returning to our hotel.

Wednesday Overnight: Lyzzick Hall Country House Hotel

The day begins with a scenic drive to the glacial valley of Langdale. Here we'll join the Cumbria Way for a challenging hike over Stake Pass to the enchanting valleys of Langstrath and Borrowdale. After lunch, we approach Derwent Water known as the ˜Queen of the Lakes', going as far as Keswick, the small town where the poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey once lived. Then we're off to our next hotel with its mature gardens and quiet setting, and where we can enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Lakeland fells.

Thursday Overnight: Lyzzick Hall Country House Hotel

Walk from our hotel along the shore of Derwent Water to the most significant stone circle in the North of England. From here, country lanes lead us to the old mining village of Threlkeld for lunch before continuing to the foothills of Blencathra, also known as Saddleback for its many fells.

Friday Overnight: Lyzzick Hall Country House Hotel

We'll reach the summit of Blencathra this morning. Towering over the Northern lakes, this monumental mountain has fine views to the Isle of Man, the Pennine Hills and Scotland beyond. After lunch, we explore Keswick's museums, galleries and artisan shops. Farewell Dinner at our hotel tonight.

Saturday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers transfer you to Penrith Railway Station.
Energetic
'Join me for a challenging and invigorating Walk in one of the most beautiful parts of England!' Alan Pinkney, Walk Leader
Terrain: Mountain trails and tracks, some steep ascents and descents, some rocky. Meadows, woodlands, lakeside paths, wild uplands and open moorlands. 8-15 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,395.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $675.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,175.00

Dates

From Sep 30 to Oct 6 (more dates)
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Arrival: Windermere Rail Station
Departure: Penrith Rail Station

Activities

Walk Adventure
The Lake District September 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Lindeth Howe is an elegant Victorian building, once owned by Beatrix Potter and where she illustrated some of her famous childrens books. Built in 1879 as a holiday home for a wealthy mill-owner, the house, which commands stunning views over Lake Windermere, is now transformed into a comfortable and luxurious hotel with a pool and leisure and fitness center. All the 34 bedrooms are ensuite, with bathtub, shower, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi, hairdryer, and digital flat-screen TV/radio. The award-winning Lindeth Howe Dining Room prides itself on its fine dining in menus overseen by Head Chef Rob Taylor, using the best locally sourced produce prepared with the season in mind. The dress code is smart.

Lyzzick Hall Country House Hotel

Lyzzick Hall Country House Hotel

A luxury, family run country house hotel, on the lower slopes of Skiddaw, Englands third highest mountain, Lyzzick Hall is far from the crowds. The main house dates from 1845 and is set in mature landscaped grounds with views of the fells. There is a heated pool, sauna and whirlpool bath for guests use. Each of the 31 rooms has a garden view and features a digital flat screen TV, direct dial telephones, hair dryer, and tea, coffee and biscuit tray. Lyzzick Halls restaurant uses produce, meat, game and cheeses from local suppliers for a menu which is a combination of traditional and contemporary British food, often with an international twist.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants