Walking the Tour of the Lake District

The Tour of the Lake District is a nine-day walking route exploring many of the best fells and valleys of the Lake District National Park. The tour covers nearly 150km with high level options on five of the nine days, providing opportunities to climb to the top of iconic fells including Helvellyn and Scafell Pike.

There is a prologue stage from Windermere to Ambleside, but then the nine stages of the Tour of the Lake District begin and finish in Ambleside and are:

  • Ambleside to Coniston
  • Coniston to Eskdale – low and high level alternatives
  • Eskdale to Wasdale – low and high level alternatives (via Scafell Pike)
  • Wasdale to Buttermere – low and high level (via Great Gable and Hay Stacks)
  • Buttermere to Keswick – low and high alternatives
  • Keswick to Rosthwaite
  • Rosthwaite to Grasmere
  • Grasmere to Patterdale – low and high level (via Helvellyn)
  • Patterdale to Ambleside – low and high alternatives (via Red Screes)

Highlights include Tarn Hows, Hardknott Roman Fort, Britain's favourite view (Wastwater), Castlerigg Stone Circle, traditional villages, tiny packhorse bridges, traditional welcoming inns and superb views.

See the guidebook page for more details and overview maps.

Walking the Tour of the Lake District Guidebook

Walking the Tour of the Lake District

A nine-day circuit of Cumbria's fells, valleys and lakes


Guidebook to a 145km (90 mile) circular walking route from Ambleside around the Lake District National Park, visiting all the main valleys and local centres. Described in 9 stages, with 5 high-level alternatives to climb the highest mountains in this World Heritage area. Includes a prologue from Windermere. Suitable for most walkers.

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