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The Lake District inspired some of the greatest poems of all time — once you see it, you’ll want to scribble a sonnet or two yourself. Head to Kendal, a historic English market town, and spend the start of your summer among castles, woods, and wildflowers. You’ll roam the Cumbrian hills for five days with a friendly fellowship of adventurous women. Heading out from your base—a 300-year-old riverside hotel with spa facilities—you’ll follow rivers, explore limestone escarpments, visit medieval hamlets, and uncover ancient Roman fortresses on day-hikes oozing with history.
Visit fascinating historic sites, including medieval castles and Roman forts
Uncover the rivers, hills, and limestone landscapes of the Lake District
Sleep in a traditional English town, in an 18th-century hotel with spa facilities
Trek the trails less traveled winding around the historic town of Kendal on a 5-day journey through England’s Lake District. Explore Roman fortresses, ancient castles, wildflower-packed nature reserves, and many more impressive sights on hikes designed to ensure the greatest views imaginable, accompanied by seasoned hiking guides and a group of like-minded and adventurous women.
Arrive at the 18th-century Riverside Hotel in Kendal, your home base for this hiking tour. After getting settled in, enjoy an introductory afternoon walk around the Kendal town market, where you’ll get to meet the other guests, stretch your legs, and enjoy the history-dense atmosphere.
Setting out from the hotel, trek towards the limestone escarpment of Scout Scar, with soaring vistas of Kendal and the surrounding area. Then, drop down to Sizeargh Castle for a picnic lunch, before returning to Kendal along the banks of the River Kent, passing an ancient Roman fort along the way.
Hiking: 10.5 miles/ 16.6 km
Elevation gain: 926 ft/ 282 m
Take the local bus to Ings village, then take a hike up Kentmere valley, with its horseshoe of mountains surrounding you. As you reach the source of the River Kent, follow it down to Staveley and leave the valley. Enjoy a welcome “cuppa” before returning to Kendal by bus.
Hiking: 9 miles/ 14.5 km
Elevation gain: 983 ft/ 300 m
On day 4 of your journey, you will climb Whitbarrow Scar, a limestone escarpment to the west of Kendal and a National Nature Reserve famous for wildflowers, including orchids. Following its ridge, you get to admire panoramic views of the central Lake District, Morecambe Bay, and the Yorkshire Dales. Then, return through some woodland and travel back by bus.
Hiking: 9 miles/ 14.5 km
Elevation gain: 1.340 ft/ 408 m
Walking from your hotel, say your farewells to the Lake District’s gorgeous and diverse landscapes from the top of Cunswicke Scar. Then, drop down through some ancient woodland and hiking trails, before returning to Kendal by 2 pm. Leave Cumbria with grand memories and a desire to return!
Hiking: 6.5 miles (10 km)
Elevation gain: 1,100 ft/ 335 m
I’ve been on 5 holidays with WW so far. They’ve always been well-planned. Always had great walks with knowledgeable guides and very good accommodations. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, and generally very enjoyable.
Easy to pick the right holiday for the level of walks required. Great women for company and kind, knowledgeable walk leaders. Good locations, accommodation, and food. I’ve been on several over the past 14 years and still planning more.
Great holidays in fantastic places, and sharing with other women.
Bridget was amazing. She was patient, kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable. She made the trip the best! Gorgeous views! Beautiful countryside – just enough of a challenge .
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
This tour can be done by beginner hikers, but you need to be decently fit. You will be hiking for 4-6 hours daily, covering 6.5-10.5 miles (10.5 – 17 km) a day with regular refreshment stops. You also need to be able to handle up to 1,300 ft (400 m) of steady ascents, all the while carrying a pack filled with the things you’ll need throughout the day. However, with light preparation and enough willpower, you should be able to handle this tour no matter your age or skill level.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking the Lake District can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A $250 USD (£200 GBP) deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
To get to Kendal, the starting point and home base for this tour, most people fly into Manchester International Airport 1.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car, take a bus, or take a train to Kendal.
You will be meeting your guide in the Riverside Hotel in Kendal, a short walk away from Kendal train station, at a pre-arranged time. If you’re using Google Maps or Sat Nav, enter LA9 6FS as the destination postcode to find the hotel.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Kendal and the Lake District, United Kingdom, please refer to the UK Government’s official guidelines on travel during COVID-19.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!