+ Bold days across the open hillsides of Eastern Lakeland
+ Unusual routes mixed with classic paths
+ Reach your next accommodation following our routecards
Latest news December 2018
Booking is open for 2019! Please ask us about a trip. Thank you.
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.
Key information Summer 2019
Trip name: East Lakes Circuit
Prices Summer 2019
4 stages, per person:
Research Summer 2019
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