North Lakes Traverse

This is one of our own routes, winding around the Lakes of Ullswater, Thirlmere and Derwentwater, then climbing over the mountain passes that separate them. This route takes in the lake shores, fells and mountain passes of the Northern Lake District, stopping in some of the prettiest villages of Lakeland. On the way you will experience quiet woodlands, plunging waterfalls and spectacular views as you climb over the fells.

Wherever possible we have built in high and low level alternatives, so the route can be adapted to suit your ability, or the weather! This route is a fine introduction to the North Western lakes, encompassing plenty of variety.

Our Holidays

We have two different North Lakes Traverse options – one covering the whole route in 5 days walking (6 nights acommodation) and a 3 day short break covering the section from Pooley Bridge to Borrowdale.

North Lakes Traverse

Keswick to Keswick 42 miles/68 km

The whole route starting at Dockray near Keswick, visiting the North West lakes and mountain passes to return you to Keswick.

Code Length Average per day Price range
NL6 5 days walking (6 nights) 9 miles/14 km £464 - £554 Full Info Book

North Lakes Short Break

Pooley Bridge to Rosthwaite 26 miles/41 km

This is a shorter version of the full route for those with less time, but it still takes in all three lakes. It starts at Pooley Bridge, at the head of Ullswater and concludes in Rosthwaite in Borrowdale.

Code Length Average per day Price range
NLB4 3 days walking (4 nights) 9 miles/14 km £342 - £396 Full Info Book

Client Feedback

Always find the staff really helpful and business like, yet friendly. Thank you!

North Lakes Traverse, July 2016
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The routes chosen by you were very nice as well as the accommodations – we got a good insight into the Lake District landscape and people. Thank you very much.

North Lakes Traverse, July 2014
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Having used Mickledore in 2005 (Hadrian’s Wall) and been on worldwide treks with not having a shower for up to 14 days; I decided to go back to Mickledore for a walking holiday with luxury.  I have to say I was not disappointed, the Great Glen Way was wonderful, the variation in the walk from the high routes to the amble along the canal path and lochs was a time to savour.  The Eagle, Red Squirrel and the siting of a giant Scottish Wood Ants Nest brought unforgettable pleasure.  This was made even more pleasurable knowing that a Mickledore chosen B&B, bed and a shower was in store. Never once was I disappointed, with a restful sleep followed by a sumptuous breakfast which was always devoured, to refuel for the day’s surprises and views of the Scottish landscape. Thank you.

Great Glen Way, September 2016
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