Lake District walks and self-guided walking holidays

Lake District signs
All Lake District self-guided holidays include ensuite accommodation, breakfasts, luggage transfer, maps and route cards or guidebook, and are available throughout the year

Wandering Aengus Treks are based in the Lake District and we are the specialists in self-guided Lake District walking holidays.

On the majority of our itineraries there are at least two route options each day, so you can choose between a moderate walk or a more challenging hike.

Check out our fixed price holidays below (click in the pictures or the titles for more info and prices), or contact us if you would like a personalised itinerary.


Lake District North

3 days / 4 nights

Three full days of sensational walking in the Northern Lakes from two bases on Derwentwater and Ullswater. Each day you have a range of walking options to cater for all tastes and ambitions. Options include climbing England's third and fourth highest peaks, as well as easier alternatives following old coaching roads, along lake shore paths and through pretty villages.

Grasmere. Photo by Dave Willis

Lake District South

3 days / 4 nights

Three full days of walking from bases in Ambleside on Lake Windermere England's longest lake, and the 'Bluebird' Lake of Coniston Water. Walk options include the Fairfield Horseshoe and Coniston 'Old Man', as well as more moderate routes meandering through a landscape of dry-stone walls running impossibly up steep hills, tiny villages tucked into the folds of lofty peaks, quiet mountain tarns, and simply breathtaking views.

Whiteless Pike and Lad Hows, Buttermere

Lake District West

5 days / 6 nights

Within this remote and lesser visited part of Lakeland are the hidden jewels of Buttermere and Crummock Water and the sombre Wastwater, deepest of all the lakes beneath England's highest mountain. This 5 day valley to valley walk also includes options to bag some of the big peaks including Robinson, Grasmoor, Red Pike, High Stile, Haystacks, Great Gable and Scafell Pike.

Langdale Pikes

Heart of the Lakes

5 - 8 days / 6 - 9 nights

This simply superb holiday will take you through the heart of the Lake District from Ambleside in the south to Keswick in the north. A stay in the Langdale Valley makes a perfect base from which to explore the best mountain walking the Lake District has to offer. On this holiday you can choose to spend 2 or 3 nights in each of the three locations.


Lakes Explorer

5 days / 5 nights

The ‘Lakes Explorer’ is a centre-based tour with a variety of self-guided walks in the lesser-visited North and Western sectors of the Lake District. There is a choice of moderate and more demanding walks to enjoy over a five day stay in Keswick, the 'adventure capital' of England, including several Wainwright summits and an option to climb Scafell Pike, England's highest peak.

Over Water

Secret Lake District

1 - 5 days / 2 - 6 nights

The Caldbeck Fells - John Peel country - is an area that sees few visitors, yet its wild and beautiful fells offer superb walking with panoramic views of the Scottish hills, as well as the familiar peaks of Central Lakeland from a unique vantage. We provide details and maps for several walk options from easy to challenging. Be different and visit the lesser known ‘Secret Lake District’ of the Calbeck Fells.


Wainwright Favourites

6 days / 7 nights

A Grand Tour of the Lake District, walking the favourite valleys and mountains of Alfred Wainwright, Britain’s best known ‘fellwalker’ and guidebook writer. For each day’s walk there are at least two route choices including a moderate option and a more challenging alternative, which will take in one or more ‘Wainwights’ (summits described in his 7 volume ‘Pictorial Guide’).


Tour of the Lake District

10 days / 10 nights

This 10-day trek visits all the principal valleys of the Lake District, making use of the ancient trade routes and drovers trails that connect them. By using an occasional short transfer and circular walk options, we are able to showcase a large area of the Lake District without the need to change your hotel on every day. On the majority of days on this tour there are options to follow a low-level trail, or to take a more demanding high-level route, which will take in the summits of some of the highest peaks in the Lake District, including Coniston Old Man, Helvellyn and Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.

Grange in Borrowdale

Lakeland Walker

3 days / 3 nights

The ‘Lakeland Walker’ short break is an ideal choice for those wanting to get away from it all and enjoy being in the heart of the Cumbrian fells. Accommodation will be in ensuite rooms in a comfortable guest house in the centre of Keswick, with breakfasts incuded. On each day you can choose between a moderate walking route and a more demanding option taking in several fell tops.


Scafell Pike and Catbells

2 days / 2 nights

Climb England's highest peak and traverse the picture-postcard Catbells for incredible vistas over Derwent Water. We take care of all the logistics so all you have to do is show up and enjoy a weekend of hiking. You will use different routes up and down Scafell Pike to make a continuously interesting circular walk. On the second day you have an easier hike along the breathtaking ridge of Catbells.

Thirlmere from Steel Fell

Walking the Bob Graham

5 or 6 days / 6 or 7 nights

In 1932 Bob Graham traversed 42 peaks during a single 24 hour period. His incredible feat set a record that remained unbeaten for 28 years despite many attempts and is still one of the most demanding challenges tackled by fell runners. At Wandering Aengus Treks we have taken this gold standard fell-running event and turned it into a superb walking holiday over either five or six days.

Climbinhg to Alcock Tarn on the Inn Way

Inn Way to the Lake District

7 days / 8 nights

This 90-mile circuit through the finest Lakeland scenery, the creation of guide book author Mark Reid, begins in Ambleside and heads via Grasmere to Borrowdale, before wending its way through western Lakeland and returning to Ambleside via Coniston. If you like walking through spectacular mountain scenery and enjoy traditional pubs, the 'Inn Way to the Lake District' will deliver for you.

Sharp Edge, Blencathra

Wainwright Memorial Walk

7 - 11 days / 8 - 12 nights

In 1931 Alfred Wainwright, along with 3 friends from the Blackburn Borough Treasurer's Office where he worked, set off on a 'Grand Tour' of the Lake District which he designed to "lead the walker everywhere worth mentioning in the Lake District", on a route devised to make sure that "every lake, every valley, every mountain, will be seen if not actually visited". We offer various options to follow in his footsteps.

Langdale Pikes and Wastwater

Langdale and Wasdale Fellwalker Special

6 days / 7 nights

A week of walking on the most iconic of Lake District peaks, from bases in the beautiful and remote valleys of Langdale and Wasdale. Using our local knowledge, we provide a variety of route options to get you up onto the fells, and to 'bag' lots of Wainwright summits if that's your thing.

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We are always happy to chat about our trips so give us a call or request information using the email link on the top menu.