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Walking in Northumberland and the Lake District

Available Departures: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

7 days from

US$3,130

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

Three days of stunning walking along Hadrian's Wall, Holy Island and the Cheviots followed by three days in the beautiful English Lake District.

Trip Code: WNL
Holiday Grades

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To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Walking in Northumberland and the Lake District

Highlights
  • Soak up the views walking in two of Northern England's most picturesque counties
  • Embrace the contrast between the sweeping coastline and rolling hills of Northumberland, and the high mountains and verdant vales of the Lake District National Park
  • Step back in time with visits to roman and anglo saxon settlements and fortresses
  • Head to Lindisfarne to explore this Holy Island, crossing the causeway on foot at low tide

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 8
  • 6 days walking
  • Join In Penrith

Accommodation & Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • 4 nights Hotel
  • 3 nights Guesthouse
Overview

Spend a week in two of Northern England’s most picturesque counties. This walking holiday is all about hiking through the absolute highlights of Northumberland and the English Lake District. You’ll visit a roman hillfort built into the line of Hadrian’s Wall, and discover the sacked 8th century priory on Lindisfarne. You’ll take in sweeping coastal views, and climb the rolling hills of the interior of the county and wander through the gardens of Alnwick Castle before making your way over to the west coast. Once arriving in the Lake District you’ll head into the dramatic mountain bowl of the Buttermere Valley; climb to the summit of Cat Bells above the shores of Derwent Water, and discover one of the Lake District’s most stunning waterfall, Aira Force.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday is suitable for fit weekend walkers. We hike at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will mostly be on a path but the terrain underfoot may sometimes be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily hikes will involve a mountain ascent of over 500m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 13km but may be longer occasio …

This holiday is suitable for fit weekend walkers. We hike at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will mostly be on a path but the terrain underfoot may sometimes be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily hikes will involve a mountain ascent of over 500m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 13km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary. The weather in Northern England can be unpredictable and at times can make activities more challenging.

Why KE?

With our office headquarters in Keswick we know all about the many wonders of this trip, because quite simply, we all love to live and work here. On our English holidays we pride ourselves on the quality of our meals, the excellence of our local expert guides, and our attention to organisational detail, meaning that you can have a world-class experience in some of the world’s most majestic scenery.

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Itinerary

We meet at the train station in Penrith before transferring to our first destination, Hadrian's Wall, approximately an hour away. Our walk takes in one of the most scenic sections of this ancient Roman structure to eventually reach Vindolanda - one of the best preserved roman fortresses in Britain. After completing our circular walk, we then return to our transfer and on to the Northumberland Coast to settle into our hotel at Bamburgh for the next three nights.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

L D

Ascent

150 M

Descent

150 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs walking

Distance

12 KM

Today is split into two halves depending on tide times. At low tide we'll make the pilgrims crossing to the 7th Century priory on the holy island of Lindisfarne. We'll explore the site of one of the first Viking raids on English soil, and learn how St Cuthbert established this as his home over 1,400 years ago. The other half of the day is spent walking the St Oswald's Way along the sweeping white sands of Bamburgh beach eventually reaching the castle walls that were built to keep guard over this stretch of coastline. Return to our hotel in Bamburgh.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

100 M

Descent

100 M

Time

4 - 6 hrs walking

Distance

7 KM

We'll start our walk today, after a half hour transfer, in the rural market town of Wooler, soon leaving the streets behind for the northern end of the Cheviot Hills. Comprising grassy tops, swathes of windswept heathland, and steep sided glacial valleys, this corner of the county is a departure from the coastline of yesterday's walks. Humbleton Hill is our first target, where a bloody battle took place between the English and the marauding Scots in 1402, the latter being defeated by the superior English long bow. We continue, heading for the craggier top of Watch Hill. Noticeably hillier than the first two days, this route is a proper English hill walk with huge views to boot. Return to our hotel in Bamburgh.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

610 M

Descent

610 M

Time

6 - 8 hrs walking

Distance

15 KM

After three days walking some of the key highlights of this breath taking county, we'll have a more relaxed day in Alnwick. There is no planned walking route today, but plenty of opportunity for sightseeing. After checking out of our hotel in Bamburgh we'll spend the morning discovering Alnwick Castle, home to the Percy family for the majority of the last 950 years. We'll also have time to visit the gardens which surround the castle, highlights including the majestic cascade water fountain, a bamboo labyrinth, and the intriguing poison garden. We'll round out our exploration of Alnwick with a visit to Barter Books, the incredible bookstore seamlessly knitted into the many nooks and crevices of a former train station. In the afternoon we'll board our transfer which will take us across the Pennines to the Lake District and our accommodation in the Borrowdale Valley for the final three nights of our trip.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Today we take a short transfer across Honister Pass through the jaws of the Honister Slate Mine to the stunning mountain bowl of the Buttermere valley. The route will be chosen by our guide based on weather and ground conditions and the desires of the group. A mountainous route will likely include the rocky Scarth Gap Pass, and the summit of Haystacks, one of Alfred Wainwright's favourite fells. A lower level route may take in the lakeshore path, skirting the picture perfect line of scots pines that feature in one of the most photographed views of this corner of the lakes. Round out the day with a pint on one of Buttermere's two excellent pubs if time allows, the perfect end to a day hiking in this spectacular valley.
The numbers below denote the highest, furthest option, lesser options would limit the numbers to:
Ascent/Descent: 610m
Distance: 8km
Time: 6 hrs walking

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B L D

Ascent

910 M

Descent

910 M

Time

8 hrs walking

Distance

13 KM

Starting in Keswick, we'll stride out along the lakeshore to reach the foot of Catbells, our summit target for the day. A classic fell walk, this hill combines breathtaking views and rolling cols with steep open fellside and a couple of hand to rock sections. Short in size but mighty in interest, you'll feel like you've been alpine ascending on a micro scale. After topping out and admiring one of Lakeland's most revered views, you'll descend a steadily stepped path back to the lakeshore and board the launch all the way back across Derwentwater to Keswick. Once back in the town you'll have time to potter around the plentiful shops, cafes and pubs or perhaps visit the Moot Hall, the front door providing the start and finish line for the infamous Bob Graham Round fell running challenge. We'll then return to our accommodation in the Borrowdale Valley for our last evening and a celebratory dinner to round off a great week in the North of England.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B L D

Ascent

420 M

Descent

420 M

Time

4 - 6 hrs walking

Distance

11 KM

We depart our accommodation and make our way East to Ullswater, the Lake District's second biggest lake, surrounded by some of its highest and more precipitous fells. Our final walk of the week is full of drama, starting out ascending adjacent to Aira Force, a powerful waterfall picking its way through the rocks into a gorge with a teetering pack horse bridge over. We then leave the torrent behind and head for higher ground and the eventual knolly top of Gowbarrow. A smaller fell amongst some mighty neighbours and with the sweep of Ullswater below, this summit is a suitable grand finale view to round out a great week of exploring. We'll enjoy a traditional cream tea at the end of our walk before our final transfer returns us to Penrith station for our onward journey.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B L

Ascent

450 M

Descent

450 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs walking

Distance

7 KM
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • A professional and appropriately qualified guide
  • All transport involved in the itinerary
  • Entry to attractions specified in the itinerary

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Drinks
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

This holiday is operated in association with Wilderness England, and they sell their own customers directly on to this trip also. KE acts as an agent for Wilderness England and by booking this holiday you are entering into an agreement directly with Wilderness England under the terms of their booking conditions.

Your Guide will meet you at Penrith Railway Station at 0900 on Day one of your trip.
You will be returned to Penrith Railway Station for 1600 on the final day of your trip.

All meals are included in this trip from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7.

Water is drinkable from the taps on this holiday. Please fill your personal bottles for your day in the morning. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

This trip features welcoming and quality accommodations including a traditional guest house hotel and an elegant Victorian hotel. Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.

A professional and appropriately qualified guide.

There is no weight limit for your luggage on this holiday, however you will need to be able to lift and move your own luggage easily.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

The unit of currency in the UK is (GBP) Sterling.

The UK has a temperate climate. The weather in the Lake District and Northumberland can be unpredictable and it is not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day at any time of year. March to October is great for walking. Late spring/early summer tends to offer the driest weather, with July and August being the warmest months.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

YOU SHOULD BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Hiking boots (trail shoes are not suitable)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack 25 – 35 litres should be sufficient
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, tick tweezers, antihistamines, re-hydration salts

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:

  • Travel shoes / Trainers
  • Gaiters
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Shirts (e.g. T-shirts)
  • Thermal baselayer - leggings
  • Thermos flask
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Travel clothes
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Midge net
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)
  • Reuseable lunch box and water bottles (to avoid plastic waste)

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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DATES & PRICES

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  • Walking in Northumberland and the Lake District
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: WNL /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 22 Jun and ends on Fri 28 Jun
  • This departure is available and departs within 23 days. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement Price: US$610
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$0
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  • Walking in Northumberland and the Lake District
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: WNL /03/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 13 Jul and ends on Fri 19 Jul
  • This departure is available and departs within 44 days. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement Price: US$610
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$0
  • Download Trip Notes

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  • Walking in Northumberland and the Lake District
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: WNL /04/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 3 Aug and ends on Fri 9 Aug
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$765
  • Single Supplement Price: US$610
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$0
  • Download Trip Notes

More Information

  • Walking in Northumberland and the Lake District
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: WNL /05/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 24 Aug and ends on Fri 30 Aug
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$765
  • Single Supplement Price: US$610
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$0
  • Download Trip Notes

More Information

  • Walking in Northumberland and the Lake District
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: WNL /06/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 21 Sep and ends on Fri 27 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$765
  • Single Supplement Price: US$610
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$0
  • Download Trip Notes

Land Only Information

We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis, joining with the group at Penrith train statioin at 09:00 on day 1 of the itinerary.

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Changes to flights

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.

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The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

KE Adventure is a fully bonded tour operator. We hold an ATOL license (No: 2808) and are bonded with ABTA (Membership No: W4341)


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