Walking Hiking

The Lake District – Walking Short Break

  • Short Break Lake District
  • Short Break Lake District
  • Short Break Lake District
  • Short Break Lake District
  • Short Break Lake District
  • Short Break Lake District
  • Short Break Lake District
  • Short Break Lake District

Walking Short Break – 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.

Tour Pricing & Dates


4 Day Short Break €390 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€112
Tour Dates


Friday 1st of May to Monday 4th of May 2020

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Friday 30th of April to Monday 3rd of May 2021

Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse





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, 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

Day 3 / Ambleside & 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. 


  • 3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 guided walks
  • All transport
  • Return ferry trip

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals


  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.


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