Hiking England's Lake District

Destination: Lakes District, England

| Activities: Hiking and Culture

The Lake District of England, with its myriad of hiking trails, glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fells, charming small villages, and outstanding beauty, has been a favorite of hikers and vacationers longing to escape for over a century. Its beauty and serenity inspired both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and in 1951 it became England's second protected National Park. This trip starts in the Southern Lakes, finishes in the Northern Lakes and meanders through the heart of The Lake District. Along the way, we visit England's highest peak and hike off the beaten trail. We’ll visit some quintessential lookout points, explore a dramatic cave nestled under the hills, and stop by a local pub or two. Maximum group size: 14.


  • Hiking on un-crowded paths through lush green valleys with distant summits bordering our view
  • Explore the quaint market town of Keswick, situated in the northern lakes
  • Visit quintessential local viewpoints and caves
  • Meander through bluebell forests and verdant meadows with roaming herds of sheep greeting you along the way

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  • 1-2 local guides and an AGC guide (Depending on group size, there may not be an AGC guide on this trip)
  • 8 nights double occupancy lodging
  • All meals from dinner on the first day through breakfast on the day of departure (except lunch on your own on Day 5)
  • All transportation from the Oxenholme Train Station at 12pm on Day 1, to the Penrith Train Station at 12pm on Day 9, and within the Lakes District. Vans will be smaller than a 15-passenger.
  • Water and snacks while hiking
  • Two ferry transfers (Days 5 & 7)
  • All gratuities for activities

Not included: Transportation to the UK, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for the AGC guide and local guide(s), optional activities not on the itinerary, and any meals not included on the itinerary.

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Trip Info

This trip is an excellent choice for women in very good physical condition with prior hiking experience. We have rated this trip a 4 as we will hike 5 to 8 hours a day with significant elevation gain and loss on several days, on paths that can be boggy, rocky, or smooth and/or slippery.Rating: 1 2 3 [4] 5

This trip is designed for those who want to explore the hilly valleys, stunning peaks, and charming towns of the Lakes District.

We will spend the first 4 nights at The Ambleside Inn in the town of Ambleside in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The Ambleside Inn has a charming, dim-lit lobby that looks to be inspired by Shakespeare. Our rooms are cozy and comforting, which may inspire a glass of tea upon arrival. From here, we will then move to The Borrowdale Hotel near the lake "Derwentwater" for the following 4 nights. We will have double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The Borrowdale Hotel features classic English architecture with a posh interior. The rooms feel like a home-away-from home with English countryside charm.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.


Welcome to England! We will meet as a group at the Oxenholme Train Station at 12pm from the Manchester Airport. After a short introduction, we’ll take a 30 minute transport to our hotel for the evening. We’ll wind our way through the idyllic landscape, enjoying the stunning views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding mountainous peaks, before arriving at our charming hotel. Nestled at the entrance of the breathtaking Langdale Valley, it's the perfect base to explore this beautiful, wild region of England! There will be plenty of time to settle into our rooms before we enjoy a lovely welcome dinner, orientation, and mellow evening.

Overnight: Ambleside Inn, Ambleside, Lake District (D)


After a relaxed breakfast, we’ll depart our cozy hotel to hike the quiet, heather-cloaked peak of Lingmoor Fell. We’ll take a short drive leading us into our first sights of Cumbia. Lingmoor Fell, while only 1,540 feet tall, has spectacular and uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape. From the summit, Coniston Fells, Crinkle Crags, and the Langdale Pikes dominate the skyline. Meanwhile, the valleys of Great and Little Langdale provide a beautiful expanse of contrasting color below. Later this afternoon, enjoy a visit to Cathedral Quarry – a fascinating network of twisting tunnels and eerily lit caves that lead to a cavernous chamber known as the ‘Cathedral.’ Upon completing this marvelous hike, we’ll return for dinner together before resting for the adventure tomorrow.

Hike: 6 miles, 1,300 feet elevation gain, approximately 4 hours.
Overnight: Ambleside Inn, Ambleside, Lake District (B, L, D)


As morning dew lifts from the fields, fill up your water bottles and head out for another rewarding hike in the heart of the Lakes. We’ll make our way to hike the Langdale Pikes. The pikes sit proudly above the Great Langdale Valley, and their craggy domed tops will beckon us from up above. We’ll hike Pavey Ark, Thuncar Knott, Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Loft Crag. After winding through lush, green valleys and peaks, we’ll celebrate the day's hike with a hearty meal in a friendly English pub.

Hike: 6 miles, 2,900 feet elevation gain, approximately 5 hours.
Overnight: Ambleside Inn, Ambleside, Lake District (B, L, D)


For our final day hiking in the Southern Lakes, we’ll take a short drive to the Coniston and ‘The Old Man’. It is an impressive peak that resides prominently above a crystalline lake. Before you go looking for a lost old chap, know that "Old Man" is a linguistic transformation from the ancient Celtic "Alt Maen," meaning High Stone, and Coniston originates from the Norse name Konigs Tun, meaning King's Farm. This peak was heavily mined from the 16th - 19th century for its ‘Coniston Copper.’ After reaching the summit and viewing the unique summit marker, we’ll traverse our way down through the raw and rugged landscape that ‘wows’ at every turn, offering incredible photo opportunities. Upon returning to our hotel for a freshen up, we’ll gather for a local dinner before resting up to make our way to the north Lakes tomorrow.

Hike: 5 miles, 2,000 feet elevation gain, approximately 5 hours.

Overnight: Ambleside Inn, Ambleside, Lake District (B, L, D)


After several days of long and fulfilling hikes, we get to rest our legs this morning with a 45 minute scenic drive through the heart of the Lake District to the market town of Keswick situated in the northern lakes, surrounded by high peaks in every direction. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy some free time to explore the markets and soak in the rich history and culture of the town. Lunch on your own today gives you the chance to try a local pub or 'hubble' (hubbub) cafe; the choice is yours! After lunch, we’ll drive to the Keswick Launch and board a ferry that will take us the length of the local lake, Derwentwater, to our hotel for our final 4 nights. Upon arrival, we’ll be tucked in the folds of the idyllic Borrowdale Valley, framed by valleys, and deciduous trees. After a day through the Heart of the Lakes, we’ll rejoin for dinner and settle in for some downtime.

Overnight: The Borrowdale Hotel, Keswick (B, D)


As we awaken to our first day in the North Lake District, zip up your jacket, lace up your boots, and join your guides to hike up Blencathra. This is one of the most northerly hills in the Lake District that features sweeping views of the valley from above. As we begin our hike, we’ll listen for the electronic call of lapwings and the cat-like ‘kee-yaa’ of buzzards. We’ll take a break just below the summit at ‘Scales Tarn,’ a lovely spot to enjoy a drink and a good snack before the final ascent to the summit. From the top, we’ll soak up the stunning views before descending the impressive ridgeline back down into the green lock of the valley. After the hike, we’ll enjoy an aperitif in the aromatic

gardens and a delicious dinner in good company.

Hike: 5 miles, 2,100 feet elevation gain, approximately 4-5 hours.
Overnight: The Borrowdale Hotel, Keswick (B, L, D)


After a good night’s sleep, we’ll enjoy a point-to-point hike from the doors of our hotel over to a local favorite, Cat Bells. We’ll take a ferry and make the ascent up and onto the Cat Bells ridgeline to take in the panoramic views of the stunning lake, valley, and rolling hillside. Before descending down to Lingholm for a well-earned afternoon tea, we’ll take some photos and overlook the octagonal walled garden. Beatrix Potter crested this garden as her inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. After feeling charmed, we’ll enjoy our tea and the whisper of the wind. When the time is right, we’ll enjoy our dinner together and relax comfortably.

Hike: 4.5 miles, 1,200 feet elevation gain, approximately 3-4 hours.

Overnight: The Borrowdale Hotel, Keswick (B, L, D)


After enjoying our breakfast this morning, we’ll gather to hike up Haystacks. Our circular route will take us from the breathtaking sheer-sided valley of Buttermere up to the sizable undulating summit. The first part of the hike climbs quickly and is marked by little cairns. After reaching the ridge, you'll be treated to expansive and breathtaking views, with hazy mountain tops tinged with lavender in the light. We’ll celebrate a week of exciting summits at the top before descending to our cozy hotel for a final celebratory meal. Alas, we'll toast to our woman-powered accomplishments of the week.

Hike: 5 miles, up to 1,200 feet elevation gain, 4-5 hours.

Overnight: The Borrowdale Hotel, Keswick (B, L, D)


Enjoy the scenic views that unfold beyond the window as you wind your way back through

Borrowdale Valley and the northern fells, towards Penrith. Arrive at Penrith station at noon to depart anytime after, and say goodbye to your guides and fellow participants. Hop on the train for a 2-hour journey home. Flights can be booked to depart anytime after 5pm.



(15 reviews)
4.9 Food
4.7 Lodging
5 Safety

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "What made this trip special for you?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

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Mary K.
5 years ago

Each day of hiking was challenging and well paced with wonderful views. I loved seeing all the wildflowers and the sheep everywhere. The mid-week easy hiking day was fun with the boat ride and the visit to Lingholm.

Nancy K.
5 years ago

Great hiking, good places to stay, well organized, great guides

Melinda P.
5 years ago

Patty B.
5 years ago

Judy B.
5 years ago

Both guides did an A job. Hikes were great.

Michelle K.
5 years ago

The hikes were the perfect blend of a bit challenging and beautiful scenic views. Having some choices was great, and the trip seemed well thought out to provide a blend of more difficult and easier hikes.

Lori M.
6 years ago

Barbara R.
6 years ago

I have visited The Lakes many times but never hiked there, so this was the trip that was going to allow me to do that. I had some trepidation about my ability to hike in the region, mostly resulting from what a close hiking companion told me about it. Although I was challenged on a couple of the hikes, I did it (!) and enjoyed myself greatly. I also thought the group of women taking this trip really meshed well together, and as I've come to expect from AGC, the guides facilitated a comfortable intimacy among us.

Frederique O.
6 years ago

Local guide and our host at Swineside we’re super. A great hike everyday

Suzanne S.
6 years ago

The hiking was amazing and the scenery was better than I expected. The accommodations were quite comfortable (though I'm glad I had a single supplement -for me, having that option is very important as my introverted self really needs space and alone time in the midst of a trip with a group of strangers). I really liked Diana's energy at High Swinside. She was so warm and welcoming and wise and knowledgeable and interesting and on and on. It was so peaceful at her place. So glad we had 4 nights there.

Monica C.
6 years ago

Immersing myself into a new environment without having to worry about all the details of planning a trip.

Carola S.
6 years ago

I enjoyed every minute, but would like to have had more time during the hike for photography.

Anne A.
6 years ago

The Lowefell Hike was a spectacular day - the vistas, the variety of terrain, the Shetland ponies! It was perfect. The accommodations were great...the Glenthorne, especially because we could walk out/back and being surrounded by lambs was enchanting. The only drawback was the compressed window for breakfast....a little tight for those of us who need extra bathroom time in the morning. High Swinside was my favorite of the two locations. Could have stayed there for a week. The view is amazing, the chickens are entertaining, and Diana is solid gold. I preferred hiking in that region but perhaps I appreciated it all the more in comparison to Grasmere.

Karen H.
6 years ago

Everything! Great group of women, great leaders, hikes were challenging and interesting, scenery beautiful...

Miriam K.
6 years ago

Varied hiking locations and difficult hikes alternating with easier hikes

  1. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  2. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    You only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room. Otherwise we’ll pair you up with someone and then switch roommates every time we switch lodging.