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South Lakes Circuit
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ A logical route for a short, easy trek
+ Charming, tranquil and captivating scenery
+ Link Hawkshead, Coniston and Langdale

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

This beautiful circular walk leads you over 4 days through the heart of Southern Lakeland. Each day, follow the gentle course to your next destination.

The route is a clever one, though we say so ourselves! It links up the area's classic walking destinations including Grizedale Forest and Great Langdale, as well as the quieter tracks and paths. This region of the Lakes is particularly suited to rambling, or easy walking, thanks to its network of trails and the ever-changing landscape.

Starting in Ambleside and linking up Great Langdale, Coniston and Hawkshead in a logical loop, your pace need never be too high. The terrain is low in comparison to the high Lakeland fells, and the paths underfoot are mostly excellent. A mile of path might take you though woodland, across a field, past a tarn on a wide stony track, and along a country lane.

Your accommodation is in our varied schedule of guesthouses and inns. For your three nights 'on the road' you'll spend two nights in small villages - Coniston and Hawkshead - and one night in a more rural location, the rarified atmosphere of Great Langdale. A friendly guesthouse in Ambleside completes the picture for your first and last nights, letting you get to know this bustling centre of the southern Lakes.

Map showing the route of UK Exploratory's South 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
+ The East Lakes Circuit has longer distances than the others
+ This 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.

Happy clients

"The pack was well written and up to date.

Scenery? "Beautiful. Cannot explain how lovely it is whatever the weather.

"Everywhere was so kind to us and the dog. Very good service. Thank you for a different holiday, loved every minute."

Mr & Mrs Lees and Lottie, UK
(South Lakes Circuit)

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 Ambleside
Ending in Ambleside
Typical walk 14km, 300m ascent
Highest altitude 335m

Research 2017
April 2017 (Simon)

Chapel Stile in Great Langdale
Great Langdale (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

Blea Tarn and the Langdale Pikes
Blea Tarn (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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