Lake District

High Fells and Summits of the Lake District Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
United Kingdom, Lake District
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TUC
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

6 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

The Lake District may have only been a National Park since 1951, however the area has been attracting not just walkers but poets and novelists alike for much, much longer.

The majestic landscapes and dramatic routes transport visitors over fells, dales, and of course those magnificent lakes. This trip is designed to take in some of the most memorable summits the area has to offer.

In just four and a half days we set out to explore and conquer, leaving the inimitable Scafell Pike to the very end. Basing ourselves in Keswick there’s easy access to some of the most cherished routes such as Striding Edge, many leading us right the way back down to end the day enjoying typical Cumbrian hospitality, be it around a roaring fire or over a refreshing drink.

At a Glance

  • 5 nights The George in Keswick
  • 4-and-a-half-day centre-based walking
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
  • Altitude max. 978m
  • Moderate/challenging walks, with qualified mountain leader

Trip Highlights

  • England’s largest National Park and World Heritage Site
  • Explore some of the best walking routes in Britain.
  • Summit Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak

Is This Trip for You?

This is a Moderate/Challenging grade walking trip (level 4). There are some steep and demanding sections. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. Anyone of reasonable fitness and with prior walking experience should find no real difficulties. As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace.

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximates. The exact itinerary (and therefore the length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary when necessary.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However, if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Map TUC

Land Only

Start City:
Keswick
End City:
Keswick

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Keswick. Half day walk; climbing up Catbells to warm up.

    Arrive in Keswick on day one of the tour to meet your leader at 2pm at the George Hotel where we will be staying all week. We strike out from the hotel for a relaxed and easy introduction to the lakes by climbing Cat Bells. At 451 metres (1,480 ft) it is one of the most popular fells in the area and a great way to stretch the legs.

    In the words of the writer "It is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved.”

    A great introduction to our week in the fells.

    AccommodationThe George

     

    The George

     

    Distance covered: 10.3 km / 6.4 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    452
    Total descent (m):
    429
  • Day 2

    First big day tackling Skiddaw

    A short transfer of 10 minutes to the northern side of Skiddaw where we climb the fell from the north eastern route, having a picnic on the top before descending in the afternoon back into Keswick for a well-deserved pint and dinner in the town. The walk is known for its 360 views towards the Irish Sea, Scotland, the Cheviots in the North East and into Yorkshire. It is the first of our big days on the fells and a wonderful long-distance walk.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12.7 km / 7.9 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    771
    Total descent (m):
    839
  • Day 3

    Helvellyn and England’s Greatest Walk

    As we climb up the stony path and steps where we can enjoy beautiful views of the Skiddaw and over to the centre of the Lake District (Scafell, Great Gable) After the summit, we head back down towards Thirlmere in a loop with time for a well-deserved stop in a local pub.

     

    AccommodationThe George

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12.9 km / 8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    839
    Total descent (m):
    834
  • Day 4

    Two of the highest fells: Pillar and Great Gable

    A day of dual ascents: Pillar and Great Gable. We transfer to the Honister Slate mine and attack the fells from the northern side, reaching Pillar first. Great Gable, one of the most well-known fells in the lakes, gets its name from its pyramid shape when viewed from Wasdale Head (it is dome-shaped from most other directions) From Great Gable we enjoy great views of Scafell (our goal for the next day) and the rest of the Northern Lakes. We head back to the Honister Slate mine, where we can visit the amazing underground mines and amphitheatres (prior booking required) before heading back to Keswick.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17.1 km / 10.6 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    1293
    Total descent (m):
    1278
  • Day 5

    The Big One – Scafell Pike, via the Corridor Route from Seathwaite.

    Our final day and the big one, Scafell and Scafell Pike where, for a fleeting second, we will be the highest people in England. We head from the Seathwaite carpark up the corridor route and onto the summit plateau, before looping back down to celebrate a job well done. We dine together in Keswick in the evening after a wonderful week in the majestic Lake District.

    Accommodation: The George

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 14.2 km / 8.8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    844
    Total descent (m):
    842
  • Day 6

    End in Keswick

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

The George or The Highfield

Depending on the departure, we will stay in one of two sister hotels, the George or the Highfield. 

Situated in the centre of Keswick, the George is a traditional Lake District hotel, one of the oldest in the area, built in 1665. With comfortable en suite rooms, it is the perfect place to relax each evening after our day walks.

The Highfield is located just a few minutes from the centre of Keswick. The Victorian building has many delightful architectural features, such as its high turrets, balconies, big bay windows and a veranda which is perfect for taking in the views. All rooms are en suite. 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £480.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts are included. 

A hearty breakfast is served each morning at the hotel. Continental options as well as porridge, full Cumbrian breakfast or salmon and scrambled eggs, you will find everything you need to set you up for the day ahead.

Each day we will pick up provisions for a packed lunch in the morning from a local bakery or shop.

Dinners will typically be taken in local restaurants, as Keswick offers a variety of options.

Vegetarians can be catered for, please advise of any other specific dietary requirements at time of booking. 

Transportation

We use a private minibus for transfers to and from the start and end points of our walks. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The weather in the Lakes can change rapidly, from one day to the next but even in a matter of hours. Summer season (the best time for walking) in the Lake District runs from March to October. Rain can come at any time of the year; however, the driest season tends to run between March and June. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. 

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Keswick
Location end:
Keswick

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Essential Equipment
  • Walking boots with good ankle support and grip
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket and over trousers
  • Warm hat/gloves
  • A warm jacket & sweater/fleece
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity at least)- Please note that tap water is safe to drink in the area which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list as this will save on wasteful plastic bottles.
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, and lip salve
  • Small first aid kit including Compeed/blister kit.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles
Keswick

Practical Information

Visa

United Kingdom

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Vaccination

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London BST (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.

Money

ATM Availability

ATMs available in Keswick.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

A typical lunch will cost £15

dinner £25

pint of beer £4

glass of wine £4

on the trail towards Great Gable and Scafell Pike

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