Introduction to the Scafell Pike & The Lakeland Fells
Join our group in the bustling Lakeland town of Keswick for 5 days exploring the famous fells of the Lake District. On this walking holiday we will take in some classic fell circuits, bag a few Wainwrights and head up England's biggest mountain, Scafell Pike, from the beautiful Borrowdale. Your guide will share the best of the Lake District hillwalking with you, with routes hand-picked by our guide Harry, who has spent a lifetime exploring these fells.
Highlights of the Scafell Pike & The Lakeland Fells
- Summit England’s biggest mountain from where Wales, Scotland & Ireland are visible on a clear day
- Follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright on the Lakeland Fells
- Explore the shores of Ullswater from Glenridding before returning by water on the Ullswater Steamer
- Visit the quintessentially Lake District valley of Langdale
- A qualified and friendly UK Mountain Leader to guide you all the way
What's Included with this Holiday
- A qualified Mountain Leader as your guide
- A comprehensive Information Pack
- Accommodation for 6 nights in Keswick
- 6x Breakfasts
- Max group size of 8
- Transport between your accommodation and the start/finish of each day’s walk
What to Expect from the Scafell Pike & The Lakeland Fells
You can expect some challenging hiking rewarded with the potential for incredible views of the fells and beyond. The trails are rough and rocky in places, with good footwork required. This will be mixed with some sections of good footpath. Each day, except our day on Ullswater, includes over 1000m of ascent. A good level hill fitness will be required and previous hillwalking experience is recommended.
We have graded this as 4 out of 5 on our hillwalking difficulty scale:
“Harder hill walks that will include longer days and pathless sections. There may be scree and minor scrambling. This includes the bulk of the Munros. Previous hillwalking experience is recommended, and good hill fitness needed for enjoyment.”
Scafell Pike & The Lakeland Fells Guided Walking Itinerary
We will spend 4 days exploring the fells, bagging Wainwrights and enjoying the views from up high. We will take an easier day around Ullswater, to split the hill days and keep energy levels up.
Day 1: Arrival in Keswick
This is the day to make your way to Keswick on Derwentwater our base for the week. If you arrive in good time we recommend taking a stroll down to Friars Crag at the lakeshore for the view down into Borrowdale. Then come and meet your fellow walkers and your walking guide for the week over dinner in one of Keswick's many great eateries.
Day 2: Coledale Horseshoe
Today we will take on the first of our classic fell walks the Coledale Horseshoe. Starting and finishing in Braithwaite a couple of miles from Keswick. Climbing straight up the steep slopes of Grisedale Pike we will soon be enjoying fine open views over the Vale of Keswick. As we work our way around the horseshoe via Coledale Hause and Crag Hill views across the Lakes will hopefully allow us to see some of the other objectives for the week. Returning to Braithwaite down the gentle slopes of Barrow to the welcoming Coledale inn for some well-earned refreshment! Distance: 9.5 miles, Total ascent: 1178m, Time 6-7hours
Day 3: Scafell Pike
The Big One! As the highest mountain in the Lake District and England this is one not to be missed. Approaching from Seathwaite at the head of Borrowdale a short drive from Keswick gives a gradual ascent with stunning scenery and some rough mountain terrain in the heart of the Cumbrian Mountains. A loop taking in Sprinkling tarn and Sty Head gives a superb full day out with the whole of the Lake District to see and Wales, Scotland and Ireland visible on a clear day, so fingers crossed! Distance: 9.5 miles, Total ascent: 1000m, Time 6.5-7.5 hours
Day 4: Ullswater Shore
After two big days in the mountains, we take a more leisurely day today. A short drive to Glenridding and our walk takes us along the beautifully quiet wooded shoreline of Ullswater. We will finish the walk at Howtown from where we will take steamer back to Glenridding. As this is a shorter day there will be ample time for enjoying the village and relaxing with tea and cake or an ice cream. Distance 6.5 miles, Total ascent 180m, Time 3.5 hours
Day 5: Bowfell & Crinkle Crags
Back into the high fells today, with a drive down to the classic Lakeland valley of Great Langdale. This circuit takes in the striking mountains at the head of the dale. We will climb steadily up The Band stopping to take in the stunning views opening up behind us before taking on the rougher final top of Bowfell with its superb views across to the Scafells and Eskdale. Then turning back and crossing the saddle of Three Tarns we traverse the knobbly tops of Crinkle Crags to Red Tarn before descending to a welcome cold drink at the classic walkers' bar of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Distance: 8.5 miles Total ascent 1000m, Time: 6.5-7.5 hours
Day 6: High Stile & Haystacks
Our final day is a real highlight, taking in a classic high ridge above the picturesque Buttermere valley and finishing over the guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright’s favourite fell. From the pretty village we walk down to the lake and then start our steep climb up onto Red Pike. The hard work of the climb is well worth the effort as we stay high over the tops of High Stile and High Crag, enjoying views over Ennerdale to Great Gable and out to the Irish Sea. A dip down to the pass of Scarth Gap leaves us with just the fascinating knobbly Haystacks to enjoy before a steady descent takes us back down to the lake and a couple miles of pretty lakeshore back to the start. Distance: 10 miles, Total Ascent: 1000m, Time: 6.5-7.5 hours
Day 7: Departure
After your final night in Keswick, this is the day to say our farewells and make our way homewards (or onwards). The frequent bus service can be used to access the West Coast Main Line train services at Penrith.
Scafell Pike & The Lakeland Fells Accommodation Options
We will book bed and breakfast accommodation for your in the town of Keswick, which will be our base throughout the holiday. You can expect B&Bs of a very good standard, with single occupancy rooms an option.
Bed & Breakfast – Keswick
This option provides you with very good standard B&B accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within the town of Keswick and so you will be walking distance from local shops, as well as a choice of pubs and restaurants in the evening.
Dates & Prices
The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.
|Date of Trek
|Sunday 8th September 2024 to Saturday 14th September 2024
No Suitable Date?
If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.
If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.
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Price for Bed & Breakfast – Keswick:
The price of this trip is £1099 per person (based on two sharing).
To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.
If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1099.
If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £45 per night single supplement (£270 in total).
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What Happens Once you Have Booked
Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.