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(Lake District Circuit) Sheep in Great Langdale (Lake District Circuit) High Street beyond Blea Tarn (Lake District Circuit) Ducks on Rydal Water (Lake District Circuit) Wasdale Head and Wastwater (Lake District Circuit) Great Gable

Lake District Circuit
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Cover the major areas in a huge tour of the Lakes
+ Rocky peaks, charming valleys and hidden, tranquil spots
+ Trek each day to your next place to stay

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

Complete a notable, magnificent circuit of the whole of Lakeland, in the process visiting most of the major valleys and seeing most of the famous lakes. Moving from point to point is a satisfying way to see this charming area.

The terrain in a circuit of the Lake District is bound to be varied. Our emphasis is on good mountain paths, some stony and hard to distinguish, but generally simple enough to follow. On lower-level sections, paths are sometimes forest tracks or country lanes. The highest peaks of the area, including Scafell Pike which is the high point of England, can be climbed on detours from our normal route for those who wish.

Our usual circuit starts in Ambleside, the bustling centre for the South Lakes and easily reached. We set off East to remote valleys, then cross to the Northern hills around Keswick. The Western sections come next with their rocky steps and exhilarating views. Finally the peace of the Southern district gives a new perspective on the whole trip, distant hills rising above the woods and tarns.

Your accommodation is in our varied schedule, mainly in small Lakeland hotels plus one hostel in Ennerdale. For this hostel, no extra kit is needed, breakfast is included as per each other morning, and dinner is available.

Map showing the route of UK Exploratory's Lake District 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
+ The 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 this larger circuit:

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

Happy Clients

"We are very happy with the trip and can highly recommend it to friends."

Anne and Arne, Nairobi
(Lake District Circuit)

Key information Summer 2018


10 stages (11 nights) £1,120 per person
£275 single supplement, £110 per dog
Lake District Circuit (self-guided)

We take 10 stages as the norm; please ask us about a shorter or longer trip

10 days' trekking
Lake District, England
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Ambleside
Ending in Ambleside
Typical walk 15km, 500m ascent
Highest altitude 750m

Research 2017
March 2017 (Keith)

The head of Buttermere from the route to Ennerdale
Buttermere (Photo gallery)

11 nights, staying in:
Small hotels (4)
Gueshouses/B&Bs (5)
Inn (1)
Hostel (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

Tarn Hows, a small wooded lake
Tarn Hows (Photo gallery)

Add baggage transfer - please ask
Add an extra day to climb a peak
Walk the route in one fast week
Start and finish from Keswick

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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