An introductory hiking tour through England’s most scenic National park.

A self-guided walking tour.
2023 dates: May to end-September. Start any day.
Duration: 7 nights.
Grade: Easy; around 8 miles/4 hours per day; with extensions possible for those who wish to walk further, up to ‘Moderate’ grade. There are some steep gradients.
Tour prices: See “Tour prices” below.
Tour codes: V7, V7E.

Note for Beatrix Potter fans. Enthusiasts can visit both the celebrated writer’s former home at Hill Top near Hawkshead on Day 2 of this tour, and the Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead on day 2 or day 3.

Note for Arthur Ransome fans. On the V7 tour 2 nights at Coniston are included.  On the intervening day you have an opportunity to explore the woods and ‘fells’ (mountains) surrounding Coniston Water lake, where the Swallows and Amazons series of children’s adventure stories is set.

Note for William Wordsworth fans. In Hawkshead (night 2) you can visit the former grammar school which the poet attended.  In Grasmere and nearby at Rydal Mount you can visit houses where the poet lived.

Tour Map

Images from our Lake District Valleys tour…

  • Hodge Close footpath

  • Little Langdale

  • Coniston, Cumbria

More images of this tour…

Old Man of Coniston
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Hiking Tour Enquiries

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I liked all [the accommodation]. It was very pleasant that they were situated at the outskirts of villages…[the route] was mostly away from the trodden path, so that you were alone a lot of the time, without feeling too lost. The descriptions were very clear and written in a not too dry style, so that it felt as a silent companion.

Ms L. Rijxman

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A wayside halt at Upper Slaughter

Again, a BIG THANK-YOU to The Discerning Traveller for an excellent tour. We enjoyed it immensely. The weather held out, more or less, which made our walks very enjoyable. Our 4th and last day of walking was a beautiful day. Our lunch was a trail snack at the Skelwith Falls. The highlight of the day was the beautiful view of Grasmere Lake from Loughrigg Terrace. [At Grasmere] we had a luxurious and spacious room with a wonderful view. For supper, we decided to treat ourselves to a restaurant meal and dined at the Rowan Tree vegetarian restaurant. We enjoyed a delicious soup and supper and dessert. We would rate this facility as excellent (and we’re not even vegetarians!).

Mr and Mrs. Ozem

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