Classic & Luxury itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Arrive in Windemere
We will meet you at Oxenholme station to take you to your hotel near Windemere. This will be your base for the next 2 nights. Settle in, soak up the scenery and take a deep breath of that famous fresh air. Your host will meet you this evening to take you through your itinerary and share his local knowledge. Welcome to the Lake District!
2. Day two
The Beatrix Potter Walk
Today you have a self-guided walk (flexible in terms of distance) following in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. Begin with a visit to the museum about her in Bowness, then cross Lake Windermere by ferry and walk up through the lakeside woods, fells and pastures to her home at Hill Top. There are stunning views of this the longest natural lake in England at 10.5 miles long, and you pass a number of landmarks that feature in Potter’s books – Pigling Bland corner for one. The walk is very flexible with a choice of routes and lake ferries. At the end of the walk you will be transferred from the Bowness on Windermere foot pier back to your hotel.
6-13 miles (10-21 km)
3. Day three
Begin your day with a short transfer to Ambleside a charming town just a short journey away, to start this lovely walk around Loughrigg Fell. A great feature of the walk is that you see all the scenery from the Vale of Grasmere followed by views up Langdale to Bowfell and across to the Coniston Fells, plus a view south the length of Windermere. This walk has some ups and downs with 342 ft of ascent. Finish your walk in Ambleside whose name is of Scandinavian origin meaning a 'summer pasture by a sandy bank' with a private transfer to your hotel for the next three nights in the lovely village of Grasmere, where your luggage will be waiting for you.
8 miles 13 km
4. Day four
Helvellyn-The Big One! (or alternative)
Today we recommend taking a guide (which we have factored into the cost) in order that you can venture a little further or a little higher and we have a choice of routes to suit. If you choose to tackle Helvellyn -England’s 3rd highest mountain at 3,118 ft (950m), there are a countless number of ways to approach and ascend this peak, but our chosen route via Striding Edge and Swirrel Edge gives you a bit of time to warm up with a relatively easy-going first section. Opt for scrambling or non-scrambling routes as you ascend Striding Edge (depending on your preference), pausing to take in the views of Red Tarn below, and then press on to the summit of Helvellyn. Stop for a celebratory biscuit and photo up on top, before making your way back down Swirrel Edge.
6 miles (10 km)
5. Day five
The Wordsworth Walk and Coffin Trail
This circular walk is one not to be missed by lovers of Wordsworth's poetry and landscape enthusiasts. Starting in the village of Grasmere, it passes the Wordsworth family graves in St Oswald's churchyard. From here you pick up The Coffin Trail, a gorgeous low-level walk which goes right past two of Wordsworth's homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, which are both open to visitors, before reaching the shores of Rydal Water and Grasmere. Soak up the scenery that so inspired one of England's most famous writers as the route gently rises and falls, affording fabulous views of Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake down below. Pause and admire the view at White Moss common, and then descending back into Grasmere.
6 miles (10 km)
6. Day six
Starting with a transfer to Keswick, this walk commences with a short boat journey across beauiful Derwent Water to the western shore of the lake. The path climbs through woodland before traversing open hillsides high above the lake and eventually leads us to Grange a small hamlet at the head of the lake, with a chance to stop for a welcome cup of tea and a bite before the second part of the day. From here the character of the walk changes as it enters the steep sided valley of Borrowdale. A steady ascent leads out onto open hillsides once more with glorious views of the valley below before descending to the tiny hamlet of Seatoller where our walk finishes and we transfer you to your next hotel in the vicinity of Ullswater.
7 miles (11km) 2200 ft of ascent
7. Day seven
Ullswater - Howtown to Glenridding
Begin today with a picturesque boat ride aboard the famous Ullswater Steamer from Pooley Bridge to Howtown on our favourite lake. Your route then winds its way to Glenridding combining fabulous views of Ullswater lake with the majesty of the Cumbrian fells. There's a real variety in terrain too, as the path moves through many different aspects of the countryside, from becks to valleys to woods and crags. There's also some pretty impressive local flora and fauna to discover en route too. Return by steamer from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge and a transfer back to your hotel.
7 miles (11km)
8. Day eight
Aira Force and Depart
Make the most of your last day in The Lakes by taking the morning steamer (9.30 am) to Aira Force Pier and head towards the thunderous roar of the waterfalls. This walk will take you up the side of the falls with fantastic views down Aira Force before following the river upstream and out over to the summit of Gowbarrow Fell where – if the weather is clear – you can see bulk of Helvellyn, England’s 3rd highest mountain. Your route brings you back to the Tea Rooms for a light lunch from where we can meet you to take you back to the hotel to collect your luggage and transfer you to Penrith station for your onward journey.
4.5 miles (7km) (or less if you just head up Aira Force and back down).
Stop for a celebratory biscuit and photo on the summit, before making your way back down Swirrel Edge