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 £556 - £650 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 £404 - £460 Full Info Book

Client Feedback

As previously we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and felt secure knowing that it had been well organised and that there would be someone to contact if we had any problems. Thanks again for a lovely holiday.

North Lakes Traverse, April 2017
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This was our second trip with you, and this time friends came with us. We are already talking about another trip! It’s just such a nice way to see the English countryside.

Cumbria Way, May 2019
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We would like to compliment you on your service and your information. Everything went very well. There were no (negative) surprises on the way. Accommodations were perfect, your information about restaurants was good, the transportation of our luggage was perfect and we really enjoyed the walk.

Cotswold Way, August 2019
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