+ Bold days across the open hillsides of Eastern Lakeland
+ Unusual routes mixed with classic paths
+ Reach your next accommodation following our routecards
Latest news September 2019
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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.
ELCsg East Lakes Circuit (Self-guided)
12 May to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
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50 per dog
50 per dog
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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.
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.
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.
Our approach to the East Lakes Circuit
This is a bold exploration of the Eastern valleys of Lakeland, taking the walker into wild settings in the course of long days. Set off from Grasmere on paths around Loughrigg Fell, then through Ambleside and around Wansfell to Kentmere. Cross a further ridge to gain Longsleddale, at the head of which is the Gatescarth Pass to Haweswater and beyond it Bampton. Then pick up Ullswater to reach Glenridding in Patterdale. A final long stage takes you to Thirlmere and South to Grasmere, a high finish heralding the return to civilisation.
Our Lakeland trips involve a broad mix of terrain from easy paths across fields to steep rocky paths. Everything is within the context of hillwalking in the UK. A typical path is hard-packed earth (or mud if it has been raining!) with stonier sections and some drops to the side.
How to get there
Your holiday starts and ends in Grasmere. The nearest train station is Windermere from where it's a bus ride to Grasmere. Windermere is on the branch line from Oxenholme which is on the main London-Glasgow line. If flying, direct trains run from Manchester Airport to Windermere.
Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.
Key information Summer 2019
Trip name: East Lakes Circuit
Prices Summer 2019
4 stages, per person:
Research Summer 2019
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