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West Lakes Circuit
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Modest distances but demanding rocky terrain
+ Link famous Lakeland valleys on this natural circuit
+ Options abound for side trips to Lakeland peaks

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

Cross from one remote valley to the next on this exhilarating exploration of the Western Lakes. Highlights of this trip include ennerdale and Wasdale, two valleys into which it is almost as easy to arrive by foot as by car!

The terrain in this key part of the Lake District is more consistently rocky than that of other areas. The emphasis is on stony paths rather than grassy or hard-packed ones. This terrain brings stunning views, in clear weather, of the highest Lakes peaks including Scafell Pike and Great Gable, both of which your route passes close by and which make obvious detours off our route for those who wish.

Starting in Great Langdale, the first stage follows the Cumbria Way as far as Borrowdale, linking the orbit of the South Lakes to that of the North. Next, cross intriguing mining areas before dropping to the wilds of Ennerdale, one of the most remote Lakeland valleys. There follow two obvious crossings of passes, first to Wasdale and finally back to Langdale, after a day on some loose and rocky paths.

Your accommodation is in our varied schedule, mainly in small Lakeland hotels plus one hostel in wild 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 West 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
+ The South Lakes Circuit is the easiest of the treks and stays low
+ This 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 Great Langdale
Ending in Great Langdale
Typical walk 10.5km, 520m ascent
Highest altitude 725m

Research 2017
March 2017 (Keith)

Great Gable seen from above Ennerdale
Great Gable (Photo gallery)

5 nights, staying in:
Small hotels (3)
Inn (1)
Hostel (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

Ennerdale and its mountains either side
Ennerdale (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 avoid 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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