Outdoor Adventures

7 day Walking Holiday The Inn Way... to the English Lake District

With Mark Reid the bloke who wrote the book!

The Inn Way Lake District guided walk | Mark Reid | TeamWalking

90 miles, 7 days, 44 pubs
A wonderful journey through the heart of Lakeland

The Inn Way Lake District guided walk | TeamWalking


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.

  • 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!

The Inn Way Lake District guided walk | TeamWalking


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. 

Saturday – 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.

Sunday – 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)

The Inn Way Lake District guided walk | Route Plan | TeamWalking


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.

Pubs Accommodation The Inn Way Lake District guided walk | Sun Inn Coniston | TeamWalking




This includes:

  • 7 days guided walk along The Inn Way with Mark Reid
  • Baggage Transfer each day
  • Signed copy of Mark Reid's 'The Inn Way to the Lake District'
  • Use of our waterproof clothing & boots if required.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme


  • Travel to and from Ambleside
  • Accommodation along the route
  • Food (packed lunch, snack food and evening meal)
  • Personal walking clothing and equipment