One of the UK’s World Heritage Sites, The Lake District offers outstanding, rugged countryside unlike anywhere else in the country with mountains and of course lakes appearing at every turn. This self-guided walking tour moves away from the tourist traps to immerse you in the tranquillity of the lakes, set against the backdrop of England’s highest mountain peaks.
By Train: The UK has an excellent railway network including both an east coast and west coast main line rail service running from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow. The West Coast Main Line runs from London though Preston to 3 stations in Cumbria.
By Car: The UK’s network of motorways, and other major roads means that Cumbria can easily be reached by car. The M6(from London to Glasgow) travels north through the centre of Cumbria –with junction 36 near Kendal, junction 40 at Penrith and junctions 42-44 at Carlisle.
B&Bs, Hotels and Inns (3*) or Luxury Hotels (5*).
The tour includes transfer of luggage as stated. The tour information pack provided to the clients contains luggage tags from Compass Holidays. The clients name and the hotels used Copeland (Lake District) WalkingSept 2019 V001throughout the holiday will be on these tags. They should be fixed to the luggage. In the morning the luggage should be left at the reception for collection. Luggage is collected after 9.30am and delivered to the next hotel before 4.30pm.
This grade of this tour is moderate to fit.
Daily Distance Range
- Minimum:3.75 miles / 6 km per day
- Maximum:14.25 miles / 23 km per day
This tour has either a 6 nightor 7 night option.
This tour is available from March until September.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation at the stated category with breakfast
- Luggage Transfers
- Full Tour Pack with colour coded routes on local maps
- Smartphone App with GPS routes
- 24-hr emergency helpline
What is NOT included in the tour
- Lunch, Dinner & Drinks
- Entrance to attractions
- Buses and/or Ferries unless otherwise stated
- Tourist Taxes where applicable
The maximum altitude on this tour is approximately 1286 feet.
Arrive in Ravenglass. Stay overnight. Ravenglassis an attractive coastal village and was the main Roman port for northern Britain. There are many Roman remains in the area to explore as well.
A: Circular route from Ravenglass (Full route: 7 miles / 11 km | Short Route: 5.5 miles / 8 km)
Enjoy a circular walk around the Ravenglass coast. During the walk pay a visit to Munster Castle, the stately home of the Pennington family since 1208, complete with its extensive gardens and historic furnishings. You will also be able to visit the World Owl Trust with its collection of over 150 birds.
Stay overnight in Ravenglass. No luggage transfer required.
B: Linear route from Ravenglass to Santon Bridge (Full route: 5.5 miles / 8 km | Short Route: 3.75 miles / 6 km)
Walk from Ravenglass to SantonBridge, a traditional and tranquil Cumbrian Hamlet. Follow the River Esk upstream where it flows from the steep rugged flanks of Scafell Pike down through woods to broad green pastures near the coast. This walk encompasses the full range of Lakeland scenery from rural to rugged to enjoy.
Stay overnight at Santon Bridge. Luggage will be transferred.
C: Circular Route from Santon Bridge (Full route: 10 miles / 16 km | Short Route: 6 miles / 9 km)
Enjoy a circular walk from Santon Bridge exploring Wasdale, the Lakeland's most secluded and unspoilt valley. It is bleakly beautiful and is surrounded by England's highest mountains, the Scafell's, Great Gable and Pillar. Wasdale also has England's deepest lake and also England’s smallest church. The classic view across Wast Water to Great Gable is used as the logo for the National Park and is often missed by visitors arriving by car so keep your eyes peeled.
Stay overnight at Santon Bridge. No luggage transfer required.
D: Linear route from Santon Bridge to Boot (Full route: 8 miles / 12 km | Short Route: 7 miles / 11 km)
Leave Santon Bridge on a linear walk to the totally undiscovered and unexplored tiny village of Boot. Boot is the most populous village in the Eskdale Valley and was an important local Copeland (Lake District) WalkingSept 2019 V001centre for ore mining in the 19th century. Eskdale Mill in the village provides a working example of a corn mill. The walk makes a gradual climb past the picturesque Blae Tarn to a high point with traditional Lakeland views.
Stay overnight in Boot. Luggage will be transferred.
E: Circular Route from Boot (Full route: 14.25 miles / 23 km | Middle Route 7.75 miles / 12.5km | Short Route: 6.75 miles / 10 km)
Take a circular walk from Boot up Hardknock Path to a Roman fort. The walk then drops down into the valley and joins part of the grim route between Boot and the smallest church where the villagers took their dead.
Stay overnight in Boot. No luggage transfer required
.F: Linear route from Boot to Ravenglass (Full route: 9.25 miles / 14 km | Short Route: 4.75 miles /7 km)
Enjoy a final linear walk from Boot to Ravenglass via Muncaster Fell. The joys of Lakeland walking in miniature as the terrain looks deceptively mountainous but only rises to 750 feet.
Stay overnight in Ravenglass. Luggage will be transferred.
The routing will be as follows using the Route letters above:
The 7 day, 6 night holiday will be routed B C D E F (misses A)
The 8 day, 7 night holiday will be routed A B C D E F
The correct clothes are important to ensure comfort during each walk. We suggest avoid anything with seams and buttons in sensitive areas. Clothing should take moisture from the body to the outside. Sweatshirts, thin pullovers and breathable jackets are ideal companions during the cooler days. Take light, waterproof jackets and trousers in case there is rain. On hot days we suggest a cap or hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun.