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 options for the North Lakes Traverse. We offer the whole route over 5 days of walking, and a 3 day short break covering the section from Pooley Bridge to Borrowdale.

Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.

North Lakes Traverse

Keswick to Keswick 42 miles/68 km

The whole route starting at Dockray near Keswick, visiting the north western 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 $1024 - $1219 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 $743 - $860 Full Info Book

Client Feedback

Thank you Mickledore! This was our 6th trip with you, and it was great.

Tour of the Lake District, September 2023
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Mickledore simply do ‘ what it says on the tin’ and that works for me.

The Ridgeway, September 2023
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Your staff seem really enthusiastic about your holidays and are very helpful when needed. It seems that our enjoyment of our holiday is important to your staff.

Westmorland Way, September 2023
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