Cross Lakes Ramble

Self-guided walking holiday in England

From £ 299.- / 5 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Adorable pine forest in the middle of a lake in England People staing on a rocky hill, great mointains in the background, a walking path in front People walking on a path among huge trees

Self-guided walking holiday from East to West through the beautiful English Lake District.

The English Lake District is one of 15 National Parks in Great Britain, and fully justifies its status on account of its outstanding scenery. It is sometimes compared to a wheel, with a central point, and spokes (or valleys) radiating outwards. These valleys are lush and green, and many of them contain lakes. The mountains include Scafell Pike, the highest summit in England, at just under 1000 metres. You’ll also see varied examples of history and heritage, unrivalled in such a small area.

Accommodation in the Lake District

Accommodation is available in two categories:

A: Standard. Guest houses, bed and breakfasts or farms, with twin or double occupancy (private bathrooms may be available some nights and are booked if available, but are not guaranteed). Breakfast is included. Dinner is not included but is always available within easy reach of the accommodation base.

A cozy guest house among beautiful flowers in English Lake District
A beautiful guest house with a patio in English Lake District
A guest house, nice rolling hills in the background
B: Superior. It’s possible to upgrade to ‘superior accommodation’ at additional cost. In this category you will stay in small hotels, inns or luxury bed and breakfasts (rooms with private facilities en suite available every night) with twin or double occupancy. Again breakfast is included every day, and dinner may be included (except for night(s) spent in Windermere at the beginning of the tour). Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.
People walking a trail on a nice green field in English Lake District
Delicious pudding

Walking in the Lake District

This walking holiday can be done at two levels of difficulty, moderate or strenuous. The strenuous applies if you walk literally from door to door every day, and involves one day of 20 kilometres (12 miles) with 800 metres (2600 feet) of height gain. But every day, there is the option of terminating the walk at the midway point**, then completing it by public transport (on the one day when public transport is not available we can arrange a taxi pick-up, which is at no extra cost provided it’s set up in advance).

Beautiful lake in England with trees all around
Walkers admiring the view of Lake district

** The midway point is between half and two thirds of the daily distance, but ensures that on no day is it necessary to cover more than a moderate distance, which we take to be up to 11 kilometres (7 miles).

Height gained on the walks is mainly up to 300 metres, but up to 600 metres on one day. Some previous hiking experience is advisable.

Cross Lakes Ramble walking holiday itinerary

The schedule of the Cross Lakes Ramble is flexible and extra days can be added at any point for sightseeing or further walking.

People walking on a path in a forest next to a lake
An amazing lake view in English Lake District

Day 1 – Arrival in Windermere and meeting with a representative of English Lakeland Walks.

Day 2 – Walk to Coniston via Hawkshead and picturesque Tarn Hows, with public transport available from Hawkshead if required (7 miles or 12 kilometres to Hawkshead, 11 miles or 18 kilometres to go the whole way, with 350 or 500 metres respectively of height gain).

Day 3 – Walk to Eskdale via Seathwaite in Dunnerdale, which many regard as the most beautiful and peaceful of the Lakeland valleys. A taxi rendez-vous can be arranged if required at Seathwaite around lunchtime (7.5 miles or 13 kilometres to Seathwaite, 12 miles or 20 kilometres to go the whole way, with 600 or 800 metres respectively of height gain).

Day 4 – Walk to Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast, from where it is possible to take a train on the Cumbrian Coastal line, either northwards to Carlisle, or southwards to Barrow-in-Furness, Lancaster and destinations further south. The walk can be done mainly in the valley floor, or by following the scenic ridge of Muncaster Fell.

Dates and Availability

Prices for this walking holiday are from £299.- for 4 nights/5 days in standard accommodation; from £395.- for 4 nights/5 days in superior accommodation.

The Cross Lakes Ramble walking holiday can be booked to start on any dates after Easter and up to mid October, subject to availability of accommodation. Tours “straddling” Bank Holidays are not normally possible.

Another amazing lake in the Lake District
A walking path going up a hill

The price per person for this walking holiday is for up to 4 people travelling together. For larger groups, a special package with a group rate can be put together. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information and prices for larger groups.

The nearest airport to the English Lake District is Manchester. From Manchester airport it is possible to reach Windermere by train in around 2 hours. Liverpool Airport is a similar distance, but the journey from there to the start of the walking tour is more complicated. From the train station in Windermere to the first accommodation is 15 to 20 minutes walk, or a taxi can easily be picked up at the station.

Personal guiding can be provided on a day by day basis (at extra cost), but would need to be booked in advance.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form below, for more information.

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    Holiday Type:

    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Bed & Breakfast


    From £ 299.- / 5 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing


    • Luggage transport
    • + Multiple accommodations

    What's included:

    • 4 Nights accommodation with English Breakfast
    • Luggage transport
    • Map sections with the recommended route highlighted
    • Personalized route descriptions
    • The option of traveling with the luggage if required

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

    Walking Grade:

    low and high mountains
    • Low to high mountains
    • Moderate walking
    high mountains
    • High mountains to alpine
    • Moderate to challenging

    Best time to go:

    End of April – mid October

    Contact Details:

    Cross Lakes Ramble, a Self-guided walking holiday in England by English Lakeland Walks

    Contact: Alan Heppenstall
    Telephone: +44 (0)15395 34793
    +44 (0)7795 693662

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    Languages spoken:

    English, Italian

    Getting there:

    • Manchester Airport (142 km)
    • Liverpool Airport (142 km)
    • Windermere Train Station (2 km)

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