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 $1011 - $1184 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 $735 - $838 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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The walking holiday exceeded our expectations – excellent! While everything was so well organised, we could carefree enjoy the whole day. The good organisation gives also confidence in the next B&B. The price/quality ratio was perfect.

Dales Way, July 2019
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This is the fourth time we went on a Mickledore holiday and for the fourth time it was excellent! Everything is well organised, very good B&Bs, luggage transport and other services are spot on. Keep up the good work!

Cumbria Way, April 2019
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