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North Lakes Circuit
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ A short trek in the bold Northern Lakes
+ Walk over passes and through valleys
+ Detailed route notes and trekking advice

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

This ingenious 4-day circular walk takes you on a journey through the Northern Lakes. Start in Keswick, the handy base at the top of Derwent Water, and venture through Buttermere, Borrowdale and Threlkeld on your way round.

As a first stage, head out of Keswick and reach the village of Buttermere. The scene here is quite different, enclosed within two mountain ridges and with Buttermere and Crummock Water on hand. Next a rough path takes you over to Rosthwaite in Borrowdale. Carry on the journey across the fells to Threlkeld sitting underneath Blencathra, before the last stage that follows the classic Lakeland route towards Skiddaw House and back to Keswick.

The theme of this short trek is an exploration of the area's less well-known tracks and trails. Many walkers will have climbed the high fells that line the route throughout, but might not have ventured into the quiet valleys and over the high passes. This route lets you put into perspective any previous visits, gaining a proper feel for what's where in this classic outdoor region.

Your accommodation is in our schedule of friendly guesthouses, B&Bs and inns. As always, we favour a handy location in the village and a good welcome. Each night brings new surroundings and a chance to relax.

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

Which Lakeland trek to choose?

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

+ This 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 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 Keswick
Ending in Keswick
Typical walk 14km, 500m ascent
Highest altitude 530m

Research 2017
March 2017 (Keith)

Wild scenery at Skiddaw House
At Skiddaw House (Photo gallery)

5 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (2)
Inns (2)
Small hotel (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
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

Buttermere from Warnscale Beck
Buttermere (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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