+ A logical route for a short, easy trek
+ Charming, tranquil and captivating scenery
+ Link Hawkshead, Coniston and Langdale
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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.
SLCsg South 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 South trek is a moderate pace: while the stages from Great Langdale to Hawkshead via Coniston could be combined into one, we feel that 4 days is about right.
Add a rest day at any of the three stops - Great Langdale, Coniston or Hawkshead - for superb walking options locally plus good food and beer in the evenings.
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
+ The North Lakes Circuit is an all-rounder involving low passes
+ The West Lakes Circuit gives modest distances but difficult terrain
+ This 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 South Lakes Circuit
This is a neat, logical and flexible circuit of some beautiful countryside. Set off from Ambleside and take paths around Loughrigg Fell. Undulating woodland paths follow before a stretch of open walled track leads easily through the landscape to Hawkshead. Between Hawkshead and Coniston lies the Northern end of Grizedale Forest and it is here that the next stage’s route lies. From Coniston, cross tracks into Little Langdale and climb past Blea Tarn to Great Langdale. A final, tranquil, walk out of this famous valley takes you back to Ambleside.
Our Lakeland trips involve a broad mix of terrain, within the context of hillwalking in the UK, and within this our South Lakes Circuit sticks to the less challenging end of the scale. Paths are rough and rocky in places but generally stay within the valley on this particular Lakes trip. A typical path is grassy across fields, or 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 Ambleside. The nearest train station is Windermere from where it's a bus ride to Ambleside. 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: South Lakes Circuit
Prices Summer 2019
4 stages, per person:
Research Summer 2019
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