Lake District

High Fells and Summits of the Lake District

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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Trip code: 
TUC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–16
Ages:
16+

Tackle some of the highest and most famous walking routes in England

The Lake District may have only been a National Park since 1951, however the area has been attracting not just walkers but poets and novelists alike for much, much longer.

The majestic landscapes and dramatic routes transport visitors over fells, dales, and of course those magnificent lakes. This trip is designed to take in some of the most memorable summits the area has to offer.

In just four and a half days we set out to explore and conquer, leaving the inimitable Scafell Pike to the very end. Basing ourselves in Keswick there’s easy access to some of the most cherished routes such as Striding Edge, many leading us right the way back down to end the day enjoying typical Cumbrian hospitality, be it around a roaring fire or over a refreshing drink.

Highlights

  • England’s largest National Park and World Heritage Site
  • Explore some of the best walking routes in Britain.
  • Summit Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak

Key information

  • 5 nights The George in Keswick
  • 4-and-a-half-day centre-based walking
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
  • Altitude max. 978m
  • Moderate/challenging walks, with qualified mountain leader
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

What's not included

  • Transport to Keswick
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
Call for general departures:
+91 98866 81381
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

There are some steep and demanding sections. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. 

Day by day breakdown
Day 110.3km/6.4miles
Day 212.7km/7.9miles
Day 312.9km/8.0miles
Day 417.1km/10.6miles
Day 514.2km/8.8miles

Itinerary

Keswick
to
Keswick
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Keswick. Half day walk; climbing up Catbells to warm up.

    Arrive in Keswick on day one of the tour to meet your leader at 2pm at the George Hotel where we will be staying all week. We strike out from the hotel for a relaxed and easy introduction to the lakes by climbing Cat Bells. At 451 metres (1,480 ft) it is one of the most popular fells in the area and a great way to stretch the legs.

    In the words of the writer "It is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved.”

    A great introduction to our week in the fells.

    AccommodationThe George

     

    The George

     

  • Day 2

    First big day tackling Skiddaw

    A short transfer of 10 minutes to the northern side of Skiddaw where we climb the fell from the north eastern route, having a picnic on the top before descending in the afternoon back into Keswick for a well-deserved pint and dinner in the town. The walk is known for its 360 views towards the Irish Sea, Scotland, the Cheviots in the North East and into Yorkshire. It is the first of our big days on the fells and a wonderful long-distance walk.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Helvellyn and England’s Greatest Walk

    We transfer 25 minutes to Patterdale for the walk voted #1 in Julia Bradbury’s Great British Walks. Not for the faint hearted, we take Striding Edge on the way up and Swirrel Edge on the way down, the result of which is a walk that will remain with you forever.

    AccommodationThe George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Two of the highest fells: Pillar and Great Gable

    A day of dual ascents: Pillar and Great Gable. We transfer to the Honister Slate mine and attack the fells from the northern side, reaching Pillar first. Great Gable, one of the most well-known fells in the lakes, gets its name from its pyramid shape when viewed from Wasdale Head (it is dome-shaped from most other directions) From Great Gable we enjoy great views of Scafell (our goal for the next day) and the rest of the Northern Lakes. We head back to the Honister Slate mine, where we can visit the amazing underground mines and amphitheatres (prior booking required) before heading back to Keswick.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    The Big One – Scafell Pike, via the Corridor Route from Seathwaite.

    Our final day and the big one, Scafell and Scafell Pike where, for a fleeting second, we will be the highest people in England. We head from the Seathwaite carpark up the corridor route and onto the summit plateau, before looping back down to celebrate a job well done. We dine together in Keswick in the evening after a wonderful week in the majestic Lake District.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    End in Keswick

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included. 

A hearty breakfast is served each morning at the hotel. Continental options as well as porridge, full Cumbrian breakfast or salmon and scrambled eggs, you will find everything you need to set you up for the day ahead.

Each day we will pick up provisions for a packed lunch in the morning from a local bakery or shop.

Dinners will typically be taken in local restaurants, as Keswick offers a variety of options.

Vegetarians can be catered for, please advise of any other specific dietary requirements at time of booking. 

Weather

The weather in the Lakes can change rapidly, from one day to the next but even in a matter of hours. Summer season (the best time for walking) in the Lake District runs from March to October. Rain can come at any time of the year; however, the driest season tends to run between March and June. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. 

Is this trip for you?

This is a Moderate/Challenging grade walking trip (level 4). There are some steep and demanding sections. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. Anyone of reasonable fitness and with prior walking experience should find no real difficulties. As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace.

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximates. The exact itinerary (and therefore the length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary when necessary.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However, if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
+91 98866 81381
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

The George

Situated in the centre of Keswick, the George is a traditional Lake District hotel, one of the oldest in the area, built in 1665. With comfortable en suite rooms, it is the perfect place to relax each evening after our day walks.

Call for general departures:
+91 98866 81381
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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