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The Heart of Lakeland - Self Guided
Start and Fininsh in Windermere

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A magical part of England. Start and finish at Windermere, with an option to finish at Keswick if preferred. The Lake District lies in the county of Cumbria, in England's north west corner. It is the largest of Britain's National Parks, and is famous throughout the world for its beautiful and dramatic scenery. The mountains rise from sea level to heights of over 3000 feet, and are intersected by lush green valleys, often containing lakes. There is a wealth of history and heritage unrivalled in so small an area. Can be 8 nights with an optional extension.

Highlights include:

  • 7 nights' lodging in charming country hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bathrooms
  • Lake District National Park
  • Windermere
  • Wordsworth
  • Scafell Pike

Day 1  Arrival in Windermere. Meeting with our representative for a brief overview of the area and the itinerary. Overnight in Windermere.

Day 2 
Walk to Coniston via Hawkshead and picturesque Tarn Hows, with public transport available from Hawkshead if required (7 miles or 12 kilometres to Hawkshead, 11 miles or 18 kilometres to go the whole way, with 350 or 500 metres respectively of height gain). Overnight in Coniston.

Day 3  Day in Coniston. Sightseeing or walking available. Overnight in Coniston.

Day 4  Walk to Eskdale via Seathwaite in Dunnerdale, which many regard as the most beautiful and peaceful of the Lakeland valleys. A taxi rendez-vous can be arranged if required at Seathwaite around lunchtime (7.5 miles or 13 kilometres to Seathwaite, 12 miles or 20 kilometres to go the whole way, with 600 or 800 metres respectively of height gain). Overnight in Eskdale.

Day 5  Day in Eskdale. Sightseeing or walking available. Overnight in Eskdale.

Day 6
Walk to Wasdale Head via Burnmoor (6 miles or 10 kilometres, with 250 metres of height gain). There is a highly scenic (but longer) alternative for a fine weather day, through Miterdale and by the dramatic ridge of Illgill Head. Overnight in Wasdale.

Day 7 Walk to Lodore via Styhead Pass and Seatoller in Borrowdale (where public transport is available if required). At Lodore catch the launch service to Keswick (6 miles or 10 kilometres to Seatoller, 11 miles or 18 kilometres to go the whole way, with 500 or 700 metres respectively of height gain). Taxi service from Keswick back to Windermere, or the final night can
be booked in Keswick by special request.

Day 8  Departure after breakfast.

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

May to October $1,525 per person TBD

What's Included:

Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 7 nights' lodging in quaint and authentic English B&Bs and Inns
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • Breakfats
  • Luggage transfers
  • Trail maps androute notes
  • Local emergeny contact

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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA

Best Time to Go

May through October

Convenient Airport

Manchester Airport (MAN)

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Northern Rail and TransPennine Express Trains offer direct service from Manchester Airport.For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or In the UK call (08457) 484950, or visit Another useful resource is The Train Line at


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