England’s largest National Park, the Lake District, covers an area of approximately 2,259 km sq. and is made up of rugged mountains, tranquil open countryside and peaceful lakes (tarns). Picturesque towns and small villages nestle against an impressive scenic backdrop of glorious countryside. The Lake District has created a walker’s paradise and a perfect destination for a walking short break at any time of the year.
Prices / Dates
Price: €390 per person sharing
Single Supplement: +€112
Tour Dates: Friday, 30 April to Monday, 3 May 2021
Tour Grade: Moderate
Included / Excluded
Our guided walking short break starts with an early morning pickup in Wicklow or Dublin. We will drive north to Belfast, stopping along the way for some refreshments and will take the ferry from Belfast at 11.45 to arrive in Stranraer at 13.45. From here, we will drive through the Scottish Lowlands, down into Northern England and the Lake District, stopping of course along the way to visit places of interest. Our arrival in Keswick, which will be our base for the duration of the tour, will be at approximately 6 pm. (Please note that ferry times may change).
On our first guided walk in the Lake District, we will embark on a walking adventure to "the Roof of England", Scafell Pike. Following the Lingmell Gill river, we will cross Stockley Bridge taking us past Broad Crag and onto Scafell Pike (977 m).
Should we get the prize that we deserve from the summit, we will enjoy breathtaking views of the Welsh and Scottish mountains and back home to our own Emerald Isle. We will take an alternative, but just as magnificent, walking route back down while enjoying even more spectacular views.
Distance: 14 km/8.75 miles, Ascent: 1031 m/3093 ft
Our journey today takes us to the town of Ambleside, better known as “The jewel in the Lakeland’s crown.” The town is situated on the edge of Lake Windermere and has been home to many famous people, one of the most notable being that of Beatrix Potter.
Our walk today takes us out of the town through a small park and onto Deer How. From here we will enjoy lovely views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding countryside around Ambleside. Continuing on our journey, we will be treated to more fabulous views across Grasmere Lake as we descend to Rydal Water. Our trip back takes us out to Rydal, where we will join the River Rothay and follow it back to Ambleside.
Before returning to Keswick, we will visit the town of Grasmere, the birthplace of the famous poet William Wordsworth.
Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles, Ascent: 335 m/1005 ft
After a hearty breakfast, we will depart Keswick at approximately 08.30 and make our way back to Stranraer to take the ferry back to Belfast. We usually arrive back in Dublin at approximately 7.30/8 pm.