map and guidebooks of Wainwright's Fells
Hiking toward Cat Bells Lake District
Group at summit of Cat Bells
Crossing Stone footbridge in the Lake District
Hiking through field of ferns on the way to Glenridding
View over Derwent water
Wrought iron fern gate in Grasmere
Hiking along Ullswater Lake District

Wainwright's Lake District Inn-to-Inn

Hike through the heart of England's Lakeland

Trip Details

Location Cumbria, Northwest England
Length 11 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotels, Small Inns
Group size 5 - 8
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

English romantic poet William Wordsworth was so captivated by the Lake District, in 1820 he wrote a guidebook in hopes of enticing more travelers to the area. Alfred Wainwright, creator of the iconic Coast to Coast hike, was so passionate about the area he documented 214 Lakeland Fell hiking routes in seven volumes of pictorial guides. And, in 2017, due in great part to Beatrix Potter’s early efforts to protect and preserve the area’s landscapes and traditions, the Lake District was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Encompassed within the Lake District National Park’s 912 square miles are inspiring landscapes of glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains, and lush green fields checkered with dry stone fences. Delightful villages of homes built of local slate are linked together by an endless network of footpaths leading along spectacular ridges and up to every summit.

During this 11-day trip, we’ll hike inn-to-inn through the heart of the Lake District National Park. Beginning in the charming village of Ambleside we’ll follow in the footsteps of walkers who, for generations have rambled these landscapes with Wainwright’s guidebooks in hand. Each day we’ll aim to summit at least one “Wainwright” as we immerse ourselves in the wild ruggedness of the upper fells and gentler pastures of surrounding valleys. Along the way, we’ll absorb some of Lakeland’s rich culture and heritage.

This is a new trip for us this year and we can think of no one better to introduce you to these icon landscapes than International Mountain Leader Di Brooksbank. Di’s expert leadership, depth of experience, and local knowledge along with her boundless enthusiasm for grounding walkers in the world around them are sure to make this an unforgettable trip.


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Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room, there is a single room supplement fee of $850. Please let us know at the time of registration if you would like a single room. Single rooms are limited.

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share,  a “forced” single" fee  of $500 apply.


  • Group transfer from Manchester Airport to the trip start
  • Group transfer to Penrith train station at trip end
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts (full English)
  • All dinners
  • All group transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and lasting memories!


Airfare, lunches, optional/individual transfers between inns or individual excursions, items not on set dinner menus, beverages, insurance, tips to guides, items of a personal nature.


This hike has luggage transfer each day. You will only need to carry a small day pack with the clothing and accessories you will need for the day. We recommend that you keep your luggage to a size you can easily manage yourself, given our accommodations may have narrow hallways and no elevator. See our sample packing list.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle supported. Participants should be in a physical condition appropriate to the strenuousness of this hike. It is, however, possible to skip a day of hiking and take a taxi to the next hotel. This extra cost is not included in the price of the trip.


Most evenings will be spent in or near small villages or hamlets where there may be limited choices of accommodations. Our accommodations will run the gamut from small, simple guesthouses to very comfortable country inns and hotels. All rooms will be double occupancy with private bathrooms when possible. Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or nearby restaurants or pubs. Lunches are picnic-style along the trail, with the occasional stop at a pub or tea room.


It is easiest to fly to Manchester, England. However, there are frequent trains from London; just be sure to allow for extra travel time.


Manchester Airport at 11:00 am on Day 1 for a group transfer to our hotel near Ambleside.


Group transfer to the Penrith train station. We will arrive at the train station at about 10:30 am. From Penrith, there are direct trains to Manchester Airport, London Euston, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Anyone who has walked our England Coast-to-Coast and gotten a taste of Lake District would appreciate spreading more time wandering its craggy fells and lush valleys of Lakeland. The Lake Districts encompasses England's highest peaks and offers some of the most dynamic hiking in the country. This would be a great trip for those who like the idea of take on more challenging hikes ending each day in the comfort of a local inn. 


If you would like to register for this trip or would like to receive more information such as a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss, and distance), please contact us. We're also happy to provide a list of past participants willing to share honest insights into our guided trips in England.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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