(East Lakes Circuit) High Street and Blea Tarn
EAST LAKES CIRCUIT (SELF-GUIDED)   4 stages . 5 nights . Lake District   Booking

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 July 2018
There 's still time to book for Summer 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 Alpine Exploratory's East Lakes Circuit Self-Guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
ELCsg East Lakes Circuit (Self-guided)
1 May to 23 September 2018
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
4 stages
(5 nights)

Please ask us
Singles 125
50 per dog
Singles 150
50 per dog
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

Let us deliver your bag to each stop. Each morning simply leave your bag with your host.


We don't have set schedules or start dates - instead we can book your trip to suit you.

Alternative schedules
At 4 stages the East trek is a fast pace and it's tricky to make it faster. Equally at 5 stages there would be a lack of places to stay without taking a bus, so we suggest 4 stages as the ideal.

Rest days
Add a rest day in Grasmere, before or after the trek, to climb local fells.

Which Lakeland trek?

We offer four short treks in the Lakes (each 4 stages). By trekking the outer edge of these four, we make our Lake District Circuit (10 stages):

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

Key information Summer 2018

Trip name: East Lakes Circuit
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ELCsg
Route: LDC Lake District Circuit
(See our background page on the LDC)
(Prefer the full trek, North, West or South?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 4 days' trekking
Start: Grasmere in Cumbria
End: Grasmere in Cumbria
Typical walk: 22km, 670m ascent
Highest altitude: 750m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2018

4 stages, per person:

ELCsg Classic
GBP 470 (singles 125, dog 50)
East Lakes Circuit (self-guided)

ELCsg Comfy
GBP 550 (singles 150, dog 50)
East Lakes Circuit (self-guided)

Research Summer 2018

People at Alpine Exploratory People at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2018 research on the Lake District Circuit will be led by:
Joy O'Flanagan in May
Rob Gale in May

Recces 2018

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

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards ELC1-4 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

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)

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our LDC background page

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