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England: The Lake District

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4 - 6 ½ Miles Daily

England: The Lake District

Rose trellised cottages, ruined castles, sheep pastures, 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 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 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 tarns and thwaites, to fireside pints, we 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.
  • 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 slate mines and along paths built by long-forgotten quarrymen.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,198 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,398 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals except one lunch and one dinner
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • All tour inclusions
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Pre- and post-tour night accommodations
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • Business-class upgrades available

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers England: The Lake District tour

4 miles, easy; 2 miles, easy

Your guides 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.

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 hamlet of Dockray to the region’s most famous waterfall, Aira Force.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

Relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at this privately owned country house hotel. With open log fires, award-winning Lakeland cuisine and warm comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style, this hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.

Day 2

Whinlatter Pass to Buttermere Valley

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 miles easy

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

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

Relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at this privately owned country house hotel. With open log fires, award-winning Lakeland cuisine and warm comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style, this hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.

Day 3

Derwentwater to Keswick, Victorian ferryboat ride

4 miles, moderate; 2 miles, easy

Experience walking as the Victorians did, as we stroll along the Victorian terrace, overlooking Derwentwater, into the town of Keswick. Enjoy a ferryboat ride, on the lake, to Lodore.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

Relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at this privately owned country house hotel. With open log fires, award-winning Lakeland cuisine and warm comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style, this hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.

Day 4

Rydal Mount, The Vale of Grasmere

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 mile, easy

Take a stroll through one of the region’s prettiest dales, skirting the lakeshores of Grasmere and Rydal Water. Visit Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth’s best loved and last family home. In the afternoon stroll to your new hotel, where a warm welcome and delicious dinner awaits.

Accommodation: The Daffodil Hotel & Spa (or equivalent), Grasmere

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of The Lake District and just a short walk into Grasmere village. Originally built in 1855, the newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened in 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 5

Tarn Hows and Coniston Water

6 miles, easy

Today we get to explore the enchanting south west corner of the Lake District.

Following historic paths, hike to Tarn Hows, a wonderfully picturesque lake with incredible views of the surrounding mountains—Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam, Helvellyn, and the Langdale Pikes. Descending to the shores of Coniston Water, enjoy lunch at a lakeside hostelry. In the afternoon, meander along paths by the side of Coniston Water, listening to the lapping waves, singing birds, and tales of adventure from the Water’s past.

Accommodation: The Daffodil Hotel & Spa (or equivalent), Grasmere

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of The Lake District and just a short walk into Grasmere village. Originally built in 1855, the newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened in 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 6

The Langdale Pikes, Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale

4.5 miles, easy; 2 miles, easy

Venture to the scenic Langdale Pikes, the Lake District’s highest mountains. Walk between the hamlets of Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater, 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: The Daffodil Hotel & Spa (or equivalent), Grasmere

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of The Lake District and just a short walk into Grasmere village. Originally built in 1855, the newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened in 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 7

Your England: The Lake District tour concludes

Enjoy a late breakfast before transferring to Penrith train station.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Manchester, England

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Manchester, England

Upon arrival at Manchester Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim 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 is 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 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.

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 hamlet of Dockray to the region’s most famous waterfall, Aira Force.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

Relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at this privately owned country house hotel. With open log fires, award-winning Lakeland cuisine and warm comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style, this hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.

Day 2

Whinlatter Pass to Buttermere Valley

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 miles easy

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

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

Relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at this privately owned country house hotel. With open log fires, award-winning Lakeland cuisine and warm comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style, this hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.

Day 3

Derwentwater to Keswick, Victorian ferryboat ride

4 miles, moderate; 2 miles, easy

Experience walking as the Victorians did, as we stroll along the Victorian terrace, overlooking Derwentwater, into the town of Keswick. Enjoy a ferryboat ride, on the lake, to Lodore.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in- Borrowdale

Relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at this privately owned country house hotel. With open log fires, award-winning Lakeland cuisine and warm comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style, this hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.

Day 4

Rydal Mount, The Vale of Grasmere

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 mile, easy

Take a stroll through one of the region’s prettiest dales, skirting the lakeshores of Grasmere and Rydal Water. Visit Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth’s best loved and last family home. In the afternoon stroll to your new hotel, where a warm welcome and delicious dinner awaits.

Accommodation: The Daffodil Hotel & Spa (or equivalent), Grasmere

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of The Lake District and just a short walk into Grasmere village. Originally built in 1855, the newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened in 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 5

Tarn Hows and Coniston Water

6 miles, easy

Today we get to explore the enchanting south west corner of the Lake District.

Following historic paths, hike to Tarn Hows, a wonderfully picturesque lake with incredible views of the surrounding mountains—Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam, Helvellyn, and the Langdale Pikes. Descending to the shores of Coniston Water, enjoy lunch at a lakeside hostelry. In the afternoon, meander along paths by the side of Coniston Water, listening to the lapping waves, singing birds, and tales of adventure from the Water’s past.

Accommodation: The Daffodil Hotel & Spa (or equivalent), Grasmere

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of The Lake District and just a short walk into Grasmere village. Originally built in 1855, the newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened in 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 6

The Langdale Pikes, Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale

4.5 miles, easy; 2 miles, easy

Venture to the scenic Langdale Pikes, the Lake District’s highest mountains. Walk between the hamlets of Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater, 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: The Daffodil Hotel & Spa (or equivalent), Grasmere

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of The Lake District and just a short walk into Grasmere village. Originally built in 1855, the newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened in 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. The property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands.

Day 7

Your England: The Lake District tour concludes

After enjoying a late breakfast, you’re provided a small-group transfer, via Penrith, to the Radisson Blu Hotel at 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.

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Dates & Prices

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2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 5 - May 11 $4,398 $398
May 19 - May 25 $4,398 $398
Jun 23 - Jun 29 $4,398 $398
Sep 15 - Sep 21 $4,398 $398

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May 3 - May 12 $5,198
$598
May 17 - May 26 $5,348 $598
Jun 21 - Jun 30 $5,348 $598
Sep 13 - Sep 22 $5,198 $598
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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 OHara CW Guide
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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