7 day Walking Holiday The Inn Way... to the English Lake District
With Mark Reid the bloke who wrote the book!
90 miles, 7 days, 44 pubs
A wonderful journey through the heart of Lakeland
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Walk ‘The Inn Way… to the English Lake District’ in the company of Mark Reid, who will share his detailed knowledge of this wonderfully varied route through the heart of the Lake District, with plenty of little detours and extra experiences along the way.
The Inn Way… to the English Lake District was The Sunday Times ‘Travel Book of the Week’ when it was first published.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE…
- Discover the Lake District with Mark Reid
- Explore the history and heritage of the area
- Experience the lakes, dales, fells and mountains in late spring
- Relax in cosy Lakeland country inns each evening
- Forget about map reading, and enjoy the journey instead!
Monday – Braithwaite to Buttermere (11 miles)
Route highlights: The classic glaciated U-shaped valley of Coledale, abandoned mines, crags and cascading cataracts through the dramatic ravine of Gasgale Gill, Lanthwaite Wood and its red squirrels, Loweswater, Lakeland’s highest waterfall, by the banks of Crummock Water and the charms of the Maid of Buttermere.
Tuesday – Buttermere to Boot (12 miles)
Route highlights: Along the shore of Buthar’s Mere, the most remote corner of Lakeland in upper Ennerdale, mountain passes of Scarth Gap and Black Sails, England’s highest mountain, deepest lake, smallest church and biggest liar in Wasdale, a haunted corpse road via Burnmoor Tarn and La’al Ratty railway.
Wednesday – Boot to Broughton-in-Furness (14 miles)
Route highlights: The church of the White Ship in Eskdale, Roman roads and forts, the conical mountain of Harter Fell, the Wonderful Walker of Dunnerdale, Lakeland’s ‘other’ Seathwaite, slate floors teeming with fossils, the Duddon Valley – Wordsworth’s favourite river valley, Lakeland’s best pub and a London market square in Lancashire.
Thursday – Broughton-in-Furness to Coniston (13 miles)
Route highlights: The whistle of a ghostly steam train to Coniston, Bronze Age relics, hidden Beacon Tarn, the first Protestant Church in England, UFO sightings from Walna Scar Road, worshipping the Old Man of Coniston and Donald Campbell’s Bluebird on Coniston Water
Friday – Coniston to Ambleside (15 miles)
Route highlights: Elizabethan copper mines, an old track across the fells, the deep ravine of Tilberthwaite Gill, slate quarries and native woodland, Viking Ting Mound, the blue lake, Little Langdale and Great Langdale, the graceful charms of swan lake and Loughrigg Fell to finish. We will follow the ‘low level’ route from Coniston to Ambleside.
– Ambleside to Rosthwaite (13 miles)
Route highlights: The home of the Lakes Poets, Wordworth’s Coffin Route to Grasmere, breathtaking views across the Vale of Grasmere, hidden Alcock Tarn, ancient packhorse trails across the fells, Greenup Edge & the haunt of the last eagles and a monastic dispute over pastureland in the Langstrath Valley.
– Rosthwaite to Braithwaite (12 miles)
Route highlights: Abandoned slate quarries, one of the finest fell walks in Lakeland across the broad ridge of High Spy (653m), prospecting for gold in the Newlands Valley, the floating island on Derwent Water, the Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle and the surprise view through the ‘door’ towards Skiddaw.
NB: We start this walk at Braithwaite (near Keswick)
BEST PUBS ALONG THE WAY…
The Lake District boasts some of England’s finest country pubs, and this walk calls in to many of them. Mark’s top pub picks include:
- Langstrath Inn, Stonethwaite
- Swinside Inn, Newlands Valley
- Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
- Wasdale Head Inn
- Newfield Inn, Duddon Valley
- Blacksmiths Arms, Broughton Mills
- Manor Arms, Broughton-in-Furness
- Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale
plus another 36 pubs along the route!
Braithwaite – INN / HOTEL / B&B / SHOP / CAMP
Buttermere – INN / HOTEL / B&B / SHOP / CAMP / YHA
Boot (Eskdale) – INN / B&B / SHOP / CAMP / YHA
Broughton-in-Furness – INN / B&B / SHOP
Coniston – INN / HOTEL / B&B / SHOP / CAMP / YHA
Ambleside – INN / HOTEL / B&B / SHOP / YHA
Rosthwaite – INN / HOTEL / B&B / CAMP / YHA
There are campsites and/or Youth Hostels at Ambleside, Rosthwaite, Braithwaite, Buttermere, Boot and Coniston, so it is possible to back-pack and camp this route, although you’ll need B&B at Broughton. The baggage courier can drop your bags at the campsites.
Please contact the accommodation provider directly to book your accommodation. Baggage transfers are included in our price.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 24,000 miles of footpaths over the past 24 years, and has taken over 13,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
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EXPERIENCE, FITNESS, TERRAIN ETC...
- This is a 7-day walking trip in the Lake District based upon the route of The Inn Way to the English Lake District. Some hill-walking experience is required as we will be walking across valleys, hills, fells, moorland and mountains, although full guidance will be given.
- Multi-day walking across the dales, hills, fells and mountains of the Lake District requires a good level of fitness and stamina, as we will be walking between 11 and 15 miles each day for 7 days in succession, with some significant climbs across rocky and mountainous terrain.
- You will need to have completed two back-to-back full day walks prior to this walking holiday (at least 12 miles on a Saturday and on Sunday).
- The terrain includes field, riverside, woodland, moorland, fell and mountain paths and tracks, some of which are uneven, rocky, rough, boggy and steep underfoot. The route also includes lanes and roads, as well as numerous stiles and some stream crossings. We may also experience adverse weather conditions on the hills and mountains.
- Each day there is a sustained ascent and descent across the fells and mountains as we walk from one valley to the next, with mountain passes on most days, such as Greenup Edge, Coledale Hause, Scarth Gap & Black Sail Pass, as well as the mountain summit of High Spy (653m). The route will be flexible, adaptive and dynamic to suit the group’s needs and weather/terrain conditions, therefore we may take a different route on occasions from the route described in the book.
- There will be rest stops throughout the day, as well as 30-mins for lunch. Please provide a packed lunch each day, as it is not a good idea to rely on pubs for lunchtime food. We will call into pubs along the way for refreshments, however, as this is an adventurous activity then we ask you to limit the amount of alcohol consumed whilst on the walk to one drink.
- Mark Reid is an experienced Mountain Leader. Mark has walked over 23,000 miles of footpaths throughout the North of England over the last decade and knows the Lake District extremely well. Since 2007, we have taken over 12,000 people out walking in the countryside.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- Over 18s – this walk is designed for adults.
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