Walking Short Break – The Lake District

Walking Short Break in the Lake District

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:  €519 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€180

Tour Dates: 2024

Tuesday, 26th March to Friday, 29th of March.

 Tour Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Group Option:

For a group of 6 or over, alternative dates can be arranged subject to availability. For further information please contact us.

Included / Excluded

Day 1 - Belfast to Keswick

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).

Day 2 - Scafell Pike

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, crossing 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

Day 3 - Ambleside to Grasmere

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

Day 4 - Back to Ireland

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. 

A few words from our customers...

Dear Chris & Teresa,
Just a short message to thank you both very much for a wonderful weekend in the Lake District. Everything was simply perfect and you both done such a wonderful job on looking after us all, even managed to make the sun shine 🙂
Until the next time, Margaret, John and the wild ones
Dear Christopher & Teresa, This was my 4th tour with Footfalls and I have enjoyed everyone of them. Teresa and Christopher do such a wonderful job on looking after every littel detail, it's a pleasure to be on your tours. See you next year, Joan