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Guided Walking : Europe

England: The Lake District

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-6 Miles Daily

England: The Lake District

Thatch-roofed cottages, ruined castles, vibrant heath, lively pubs, and shop-lined streets: England is every inch the storybook you’ve imagined. With its views of rolling hills blanketed in pastures, deep forest, dramatic mountains, and plunging dales dotted with lakes, it’s no wonder that this landscape inspired such celebrated figures as the painter J.M.W. Turner and writers William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, and Beatrix Potter. You’ll discover an untamed facet of England while crossing Whinlatter Pass, looking up at the surrounding peaks and catching the blue sparkle of Crummock Water and Buttermere Lake in the distance. Walking past the remains of prehistoric settlements in Lake District National Park, you’ll come to the Celtic-era village of Pooley Bridge, home to welcoming pubs replete with traditional drink, food, and hospitality. Beside Aira Force waterfall, listen to your local guides weave stories from the region’s romantic past. From trailside picnics to fireside pints, we’ll provide everything you need to enjoy it all in style.


Tour Highlights:
  • The Lake District’s literary legacy comes to life during a tour of William Wordsworth’s Rydal Mount country home, complete with a poetry reading in his gardens.
  • After a delightful afternoon walk along the wooded shores of Lake Derwentwater, ride home aboard a Victorian wood-paneled ferryboat.
  • Enjoy a unique perspective on the region’s past with walks through valleys of ancient copper mines and along paths built by long-forgotten quarrymen.
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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival - Penrith. Askham to Pooley Bridge

Immerse yourself in the region’s beauty with a morning walk over the fell from Ashkam into Lake District National Park. After a pub lunch in Pooley Bridge, continue from the lakeside hamlet of Dockray to the region’s most famous waterfall, Aira Force.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 2

Morning walk, Seatoller to Grange-in- Borrowdale

Follow a historic miners’ trail to Grange, a hamlet of whitewashed cottages noteworthy for its 17th-century double-arched bridge. After lunch, traverse woodlands along the shoreline, finishing with a Victorian ferryboat ride from Brandlehow across the lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 3

Whinlatter Pass to Buttermere Valley

Magnificent nature abounds as you cross Whinlatter Pass from the Keswick Valley towards Buttermere, savoring stirring mountain views along the shores of Crummock Water. This afternoon, stroll beside Buttermere Lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 4

The Vale of Grasmere, Rydal Mount

Meander through one of the region’s prettiest dales, skirting the lakeshores of Grasmere and Rydal Water. This afternoon, enjoy lunch in Grasmere—the site of William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage—and tour the poet’s last home at Rydal Mount.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 5

Beatrix Potter's Tarns over Windermere

After a morning ferry ride, amble up an easy mountain path, taking time to appreciate the vistas of Lake Windermere. Pause at Latterbarrow summit for 360-degree views, then descend to Hawkshead for lunch in an 18th-century pub, followed by visits to William Wordsworth’s school.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 6

The Langdale Pikes, morning walk, Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale

Today begins with a walk in the famous Copper Mines Valley. After picnicking beside a mountain stream, visit the village of Coniston or climb to Lever Waters tarn, a small lake backed by the towering mountain known as Coniston Old Man. In clear weather, the latter option affords breathtaking views over Morecambe Bay and the hills of Wales. Afternoon walk along the Langdale Valley. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 7

Orrest Head

Ascend Orrest Head above the village for splendid views of Lake Windermere, then transfer to Penrith train station.

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Day 1

Arrival - Penrith. Askham to Pooley Bridge

Immerse yourself in the region’s beauty with a morning walk over the fell from Ashkam into Lake District National Park. After a pub lunch in Pooley Bridge, continue from the lakeside hamlet of Dockray to the region’s most famous waterfall, Aira Force.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 2

Morning walk, Seatoller to Grange-in- Borrowdale

Follow a historic miners’ trail to Grange, a hamlet of whitewashed cottages noteworthy for its 17th-century double-arched bridge. After lunch, traverse woodlands along the shoreline, finishing with a Victorian ferryboat ride from Brandlehow across the lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 3

Whinlatter Pass to Buttermere Valley

Magnificent nature abounds as you cross Whinlatter Pass from the Keswick Valley towards Buttermere, savoring stirring mountain views along the shores of Crummock Water. This afternoon, stroll beside Buttermere Lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 4

The Vale of Grasmere, Rydal Mount

Meander through one of the region’s prettiest dales, skirting the lakeshores of Grasmere and Rydal Water. This afternoon, enjoy lunch in Grasmere—the site of William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage—and tour the poet’s last home at Rydal Mount.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 5

Beatrix Potter's Tarns over Windermere

After a morning ferry ride, amble up an easy mountain path, taking time to appreciate the vistas of Lake Windermere. Pause at Latterbarrow summit for 360-degree views, then descend to Hawkshead for lunch in an 18th-century pub, followed by visits to William Wordsworth’s school.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 6

The Langdale Pikes, morning walk, Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale

Today you venture to the scenic Langdale Pikes, the Lake District’s highest mountains. Walk between the hamlets of Skelwith Bridge and Elsterwater, into the valley of Great Langdale for lunch at Sticklebarn, with real ales and Lakeland food. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 7

Orrest Head

Ascend Orrest Head above the village for splendid views of Lake Windermere, then transfer to Penrith train station.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Manchester, England

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Manchester, England

Upon arrival at Manchester Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggageclaim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the George Hotel in Penrith—a charming town in the heart of the Lake District—approximately two hours away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: George Hotel, Penrith

In the center of the bustling market town of Penrith, the George Hotel is a 300-year-old historic building bursting with old-world charm and English hospitality. With contemporary accommodations featuring in-room Wi-fi, a dapper lounge where afternoon tea is served, and immediate access to the heart of the village, it’s the ideal home base for travelers exploring the Lake District.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers England: The Lake District tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guides and host will meet you at the George Hotel at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guides will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking. Please refer to the England: The Lake District (7-day/6-night) itinerary for full tour details.

Immerse yourself in the region’s beauty with a morning walk over the fell from Ashkam into Lake District National Park. After a pub lunch in Pooley Bridge, continue from the lakeside hamlet of Dockray to the region’s most famous waterfall, Aira Force.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 2

Morning walk, Seatoller to Grange-in- Borrowdale

Follow a historic miners’ trail to Grange, a hamlet of whitewashed cottages noteworthy for its 17th-century double-arched bridge. After lunch, traverse woodlands along the shoreline, finishing with a Victorian ferryboat ride from Brandlehow across the lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 3

Whinlatter Pass to Buttermere Valley

Magnificent nature abounds as you cross Whinlatter Pass from the Keswick Valley towards Buttermere, savoring stirring mountain views along the shores of Crummock Water. This afternoon, stroll beside Buttermere Lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 4

The Vale of Grasmere, Rydal Mount

Meander through one of the region’s prettiest dales, skirting the lakeshores of Grasmere and Rydal Water. This afternoon, enjoy lunch in Grasmere—the site of William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage—and tour the poet’s last home at Rydal Mount.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 5

Beatrix Potter's Tarns over Windermere

After a morning ferry ride, amble up an easy mountain path, taking time to appreciate the vistas of Lake Windermere. Pause at Latterbarrow summit for 360-degree views, then descend to Hawkshead for lunch in an 18th-century pub, followed by visits to William Wordsworth’s school.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 6

The Langdale Pikes, morning walk, Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale

Today begins with a walk in the famous Copper Mines Valley. After picnicking beside a mountain stream, visit the village of Coniston or climb to Lever Waters tarn, a small lake backed by the towering mountain known as Coniston Old Man. In clear weather, the latter option affords breathtaking views over Morecambe Bay and the hills of Wales. Afternoon walk along the Langdale Valley. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 7

Orrest Head

Ascend Orrest Head above the village for splendid views of Lake Windermere, then transfer to Penrith train station.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Windemere

After enjoying your tour’s final walk in Windemere, you’re provided a small-group transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Manchester Airport for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport

Conveniently connected to Manchester Airport’s terminals, the Radisson Blu Hotel is the ideal respite for travelers on the road. With a sleek, modern design, in-room Wi-fi, an indoor pool, fitness center, sauna, and spa, it offers countless amenities to refresh guests in transit.

Departure

Cheerio! This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, a short stroll via an elevated covered walkway brings you to Manchester Airport for your departure flight.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the George Hotel in Penrith and one night at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Manchester Airport*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night England: The Lake District guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Ready to take the next step?

Request A Reservation

OR Call 800.234.6900

Download Full Itinerary
Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Manchester, England

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Manchester, England

Upon arrival at Manchester Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggageclaim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the George Hotel in Penrith—a charming town in the heart of the Lake District—approximately two hours away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: George Hotel, Penrith

In the center of the bustling market town of Penrith, the George Hotel is a 300-year-old historic building bursting with old-world charm and English hospitality. With contemporary accommodations featuring in-room Wi-fi, a dapper lounge where afternoon tea is served, and immediate access to the heart of the village, it’s the ideal home base for travelers exploring the Lake District.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers England: The Lake District tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guides and host will meet you at the George Hotel at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guides will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking. Please refer to the England: The Lake District (7-day/6-night) itinerary for full tour details.

Immerse yourself in the region’s beauty with a morning walk over the fell from Ashkam into Lake District National Park. After a pub lunch in Pooley Bridge, continue from the lakeside hamlet of Dockray to the region’s most famous waterfall, Aira Force.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 2

Morning walk, Seatoller to Grange-in- Borrowdale

Follow a historic miners’ trail to Grange, a hamlet of whitewashed cottages noteworthy for its 17th-century double-arched bridge. After lunch, traverse woodlands along the shoreline, finishing with a Victorian ferryboat ride from Brandlehow across the lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 3

Whinlatter Pass to Buttermere Valley

Magnificent nature abounds as you cross Whinlatter Pass from the Keswick Valley towards Buttermere, savoring stirring mountain views along the shores of Crummock Water. This afternoon, stroll beside Buttermere Lake.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

This property is set on two acres of woodland and located in a valley with beautiful views in every direction. All rooms are well equipped and individually decorated.

Day 4

The Vale of Grasmere, Rydal Mount

Meander through one of the region’s prettiest dales, skirting the lakeshores of Grasmere and Rydal Water. This afternoon, enjoy lunch in Grasmere—the site of William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage—and tour the poet’s last home at Rydal Mount.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 5

Beatrix Potter's Tarns over Windermere

After a morning ferry ride, amble up an easy mountain path, taking time to appreciate the vistas of Lake Windermere. Pause at Latterbarrow summit for 360-degree views, then descend to Hawkshead for lunch in an 18th-century pub, followed by visits to William Wordsworth’s school.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 6

The Langdale Pikes, morning walk, Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale

Today you venture to the scenic Langdale Pikes, the Lake District’s highest mountains. Walk between the hamlets of Skelwith Bridge and Elsterwater, into the valley of Great Langdale for lunch at Sticklebarn, with real ales and Lakeland food. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

A classic country-house hotel, once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 7

Orrest Head

Ascend Orrest Head above the village for splendid views of Lake Windermere, then transfer to Penrith train station.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Windemere

After enjoying your tour’s final walk in Windemere, you’re provided a small-group transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Manchester Airport for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport

Conveniently connected to Manchester Airport’s terminals, the Radisson Blu Hotel is the ideal respite for travelers on the road. With a sleek, modern design, in-room Wi-fi, an indoor pool, fitness center, sauna, and spa, it offers countless amenities to refresh guests in transit.

Departure

Cheerio! This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, a short stroll via an elevated covered walkway brings you to Manchester Airport for your departure flight.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the George Hotel in Penrith and one night at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Manchester Airport*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night England: The Lake District guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Ready to take the next step?

Request A Reservation

OR Call 800.234.6900

Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 14 - May 20 $4,198 $148
Jun 25 - Jul 1 $4,198 $148
Sep 17 - Sep 23 $4,198 $148

Flight + Tour Combo

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Single Supplement
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May 12 - May 21 $4,948
$448
Jun 23 - Jul 2 $5,148 $448
Sep 15 - Sep 24 $4,948 $448

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Apr 15 - Oct 15$4,398$4,198$148

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Rob O'Hara
Rob O’Hara

Rob O’Hara has taught in many different countries, schools, and work environments for 30 years. He loves new challenges and has varied interests from acting and singing in local plays to road running. He was once among the top 20 road runners in England. He is well-known for his keen sense of humor and positive attitude and is looking forward to showing Country Walker guests the beauty of the English Lake District.

Colleen Henshaw
Colleen Henshaw

Growing up in Nottinghamshire, Colleen Henshaw trained to work in the textile trade but the call of the outdoors was too strong and she set off to travel the world! Upon her return she worked as a Countryside Ranger where she met her husband to be, Chris. They eventually moved to East Yorkshire to work on the Flamborough and Spurn Heritage Coasts and in 1997 they moved to the Lake District where she spent most of her time home-schooling their two daughters in the idyllic setting of Bobbin Mill Cottage (where one of Beatrix Potter’s gardeners used to live). Now working at a local outdoor activities center, Colleen is keen to make sure Country Walker guests get the most from their time in the Lake District.

Chris Berry
Chris Berry

After completing a degree in zoology, Chris Berry began work as a Countryside Ranger in Nottinghamshire (Robin Hood Country) before moving to the East Coast of Yorkshire to manage portions of the spectacular Heritage Coast. In 1997 he obtained his dream job working as Lake District National Park Ranger. He lives with his wife Colleen and their two daughters in the isolated Bobbin Mill Cottage in the southern Lake District where he now runs his own business as “The Lakeland Guide,” offering walks and other activities in the surrounding national park. He’s looking forward to telling Country Walker guests all about the landscape, the wildlife, and the people of the Lake District and he’ll do it with humor and a light-hearted touch.

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