+ A short trek in the bold Northern Lakes
+ Walk over passes and through valleys
+ Detailed route notes and trekking advice
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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.
NLCsg North 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 North trek is a moderately fast pace and it would be hard to combine stages to make it faster. To add a night and make it 5 stages would be possible, but would need a bus to reach accommodation.
Add a rest day in Buttermere, after the first stage, or Borrowdale half-way, to relax in these particularly pretty valleys or to walk local routes.
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):
+ The East Lakes Circuit has longer distances than the others
+ This 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: North Lakes Circuit
Prices Summer 2019
4 stages, per person:
Research Summer 2019
At Skiddaw House (Photo gallery)
Alpine Exploratory's service
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