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East Lakes Circuit
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Bold days across the open hillsides of Eastern Lakeland
+ Unusual routes mixed with classic paths
+ Reach your next accommodation following our routecards

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

This exhilarating circular trek takes you from the well-known and civilised scenes of Grasmere and Ambleside, quickly into the wilder terrain of the Eastern Lakes. Good tracks and stony paths lead up impressive hillsides, to passes giving vistas into new valleys.

Because we planned this route to strike far into these Eastern areas, necessarily the days are longer than on the other three Circuits. This daily distance is tempered slightly by the good terrain underfoot, but still the East circuit calls for strong experience and fitness.

Starting in Grasmere and visiting Kentmere, Longsleddale, Haweswater, Bampton, Ullswater, Glenridding and St John's in the Vale, finally the route drops South beside Thirlmere before a last climb to a point above Grasmere. Here the circuit is completed, back amid the bustle of this pretty Lakeland slate village.

Your accommodation is in our varied schedule of guesthouses and inns. We favour warm welcomes and handy locations, as well as good standards. Once there each evening, settle into your home for the night.

Map showing the route of UK Exploratory's East Lakes Circuit self-guided walking holiday

Which Lakeland trek to choose?

We offer four short 4-stage treks in the Lake District:

+ The North Lakes Circuit is an all-rounder involving low passes
+ This East Lakes Circuit has longer distances than the others
+ The South Lakes Circuit is the easiest of the treks and stays low
+ The West Lakes Circuit gives modest distances but difficult terrain

These four short treks fit together to allow a larger circuit:

+ The Lake District Circuit follows three stages of each trek to make a fabulous loop of the whole Lake District.

Key information Summer 2018


4 stages (5 nights) £470 per person
£125 single supplement, £50 per dog
Lake District Circuit (self-guided)

We take 4 stages as the norm; please ask us about a shorter or longer trip

4 days' trekking
Lake District, England
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Grasmere
Ending in Grasmere
Typical walk 22km, 670m ascent
Highest altitude 750m

Research 2017
March 2017 (Keith)

Loughrigg Terrace above Grasmere and Rydal Water
Loughrigg Terrace (Photo gallery)

5 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (4)
Inn (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 1 dinner
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card

Season for self-guided treks
1 May to 23 September 2018
1 May to 22 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Trek on your ideal dates

Helm Crag from Dunmail Raise
Helm Crag (Photo gallery)

Add baggage transfer - please ask
Add an extra day to climb a peak
Walk the route in a faster time
Stay in luxury or in hostels

Find out more

Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
A guide to the trek - our background page
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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