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Enjoy fantastic hiking in some of the most beautiful locations in the National Parks of the Lake District and Northumberland. Enjoy coastal hikes and exploring the hills and valleys admiring the sweeping views. Get a real sense of the history behind this landscape as you visit some unique sites and hear their stories.
There are views to suit all tastes in this inspiring landscape and your experienced professional guide will show you the very best hikes and hidden gems as you go.
We enjoy delicious meals and relax in two different locations in hand-picked 4* hotels.
We meet this morning at the train station in Penrith on the edge of the Lake District. After a brief welcome from your guide, we will then transfer east to one of the most scenic spots on the famous Hadrian’s Wall – the ancient frontier of the Roman Empire. Our walk takes us on a loop that will follow a section of the wall and take in the ancient fort of Vindolanda – one of the best archaeological sites in Britain. After returning to the van we then continue on to the Northumberland coast and settle into our hotel, overlooked by the famous Bamburgh Castle. (L, D)
Walk details: 12km/ 7.5 miles | 152m/ 500 ft ascent | approx. 4-5 hours.
Just north of our hotel lies the spectacular Holy Island, where a priory was established in the 7th century. In the 8th century, the priory was sacked in one of the very first Viking raids on England. On the island, we will explore the ruins and the museum. The island is reached by a tidal causeway so depending on the tide times we will either head to the island in the morning or afternoon. During the other half of the day, we will enjoy a walk from Bamburgh along St Oswald’s Way, taking us along the shore beneath the mighty castle walls. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 7.25km–13km/4.5-8 miles | up to 107m/ 350ft ascent | approx. 4-6 hours (depending on the route choice)
Heading into the hills and moors of the Northumberland National Park today, we’ll pass through the town of Wooler and into the North end of the Cheviots. Today’s walk visits the nearby hills which give excellent views from their summits. From the Humbleton Hill’s fort to craggy Watch Hill this is a route of ups and downs across open country. Don’t forget cameras today as the panoramas that stretch out across the Cheviots are well worth capturing. (B, L, D)
Walk details: Up to 14.5km/ 9 miles | 610m/ 2000 ft ascent | approx. 6-8 hours. (depending on the route choice)
Today will be a relaxed day as we leave Northumberland, but not without visiting the historic Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Here we’ll spend the morning exploring this iconic castle that was used in the filming of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey and wandering through the impressive gardens, get lost in the maze, swing through the cherry trees and visit the deadly Poison Garden. We’ll also stop in at Barter Books, a famous secondhand bookshop in an old railways station. This afternoon we transfer west to the Lake District and settle into our next accommodation among the lakes and fells of Buttermere. (B, L, D)
Walk details: Exploring Alnwick Gardens
We’ll walk right from the door of our accommodation this morning and go for a walk in the Buttermere valley. The landscape could hardly be more different here than it was in Northumberland, with high crags and fells towering over Buttermere all around. There are several walks we can choose from so your guide will decide based on the conditions and desires of the group, from easy strolling around the Lake to more challenging routes at a higher level. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 8-13km/ 5-8 miles | 610-914m/ 2000-3000 ft ascent | approx. 6-8 hours
(depending on the route choice)
The Borrowdale Valley is often regarded as one of the most beautiful in all the Lakes. Today we’ll have the chance to walk in this lovely area. Starting from the town of Keswick our route takes us south along the shore of Derwent Water before climbing to the summit of Cat Bells, overlooking the whole valley. After drinking in the views we descend again before taking the ferry back to Keswick. We then have some time to look around and enjoy the lively town before heading back to our accommodation for our last night and a celebration dinner. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 11.25km/ 7 miles | 427m/ 1400 ft ascent | approx. 4-6 hours
For our final day we will drive to Ullswater and experience another of Lakelands most beautiful valleys. The 7.5 mile Ullswater, a huge glacial lake formed by three different glaciers is the focal point of the valley, surrounded by rugged peaks and grassy slopes. From the shore, we will head uphill, following the course of Aira Beck uphill past a dramatic waterfall and onto the open fell above. From the summit, we enjoy a final fantastic view of the Lakeland fells and Ullswater before descending. Back at the van, we’ll enjoy a traditional cream tea together before driving back to Penrith to drop everyone off back at the train station. (B, L)
Walk details: 7.25km/ 4.5 miles | 457m/ 1500 ft ascent | approx. 4-5 hours
This walking holiday is based in two welcoming and quality accommodations; a charming traditional inn and an elegant Victorian hotel. Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.
There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you wish to reserve a double room for single occupancy a supplement of £490 is charged.
Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
All meals are included in this trip from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7
Great food is of paramount importance on all Wilderness England trips and we will enjoy excellent regional cooking throughout this all-inclusive trip.
On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.
This trip includes the following:
We do not include drinks or any gratuities you may choose to leave.
Your Guide will meet you at Penrith Railway Station at 9:00am on Day 1 of your trip
You will be returned to Penrith Railway Station for 4:00pm on the final day of your trip
If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.
|Trip Dates for 2022||Availability||Status||Price||Book|
|14th May - 20th May 2022||8 place(s) left||CONFIRMED||£1,795||Book Now|
|3rd Sep - 9th Sep 2022||8 place(s) left||CONFIRMED||£1,795||Book Now|
Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.
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Blue Graded Walking Holidays
Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.