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Lakeland Explorer

from £749
Discover the majestic fells and tranquil waters of England's Lake District.

Guided Walking Holidays - Lakeland Explorer

The English Lakes are beautiful at any time of year. The majestic fells and tranquil waters have attracted lovers of magnificent scenery for more than two centuries with both walkers and writers being inspired by spending time here. Our week of leisurely half day walks together with visits to cultural highlights captures two very different sides of the Lakes. There’s also time to stroll around Lakeland traditional villages and enjoy a cream tea, some locally made ice cream or a Cumbrian pint.

During your week, you will visit sites associated with Wordsworth around Grasmere and Beatrix Potter above Windermere, together with walks around Buttermere, beside Derwentwater, Rydal Water and Windermere. Not forgetting visits to the delightful Borrowdale and Eskdale. A short journey from your idyllic base at Hassness Country House, you will have the chance to pay a visit to the fascinating Honister Slate Mines which is England's last working slate mine and home to the iconic Westmoorland Green Slate.

There will be various modes of transport with a ride on the picturesque Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway (known locally as the La’al Ratty). Before visiting the gardens at Muncaster Castle - 77 acres of arguably the most tranquil historic gardens in Cumbria, we take a ferry across Windermere. The drives to and from our day visits are beautiful in themselves. 

Views from the lounge and bedrooms of Hassness Country House extend across the lake to Red Pike; they are some of the finest in England. There is also a terrace from where you can admire red squirrels and Herdwick sheep as well as mountain reflections on the lake. The relaxed atmosphere of Hassness Country House reminds us of holidays from a bygone age. Each morning you begin your day with a hearty full English breakfast, and end your evening with a delicious meal. This is a special holiday in a special place.

If you really like to stay in our Hassness Country House, you might also be interested in holidays like Navigation & Hill Skills, Great Lakeland Ridge Walks, Women's Activity Week and Midfulness in the Mountains.

Holiday Highlights

  • Hassness Country House's legendary hospitality and stunning lake views
  • A relaxed pace of discovery of the Lakeland area
  • Magnificent Lake District scenery 
  • Visits to charming Lakeland villages
  • Buttermere walking trails - as featured in ITV's Britain's Top 100 favourite walks
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      One week accommodation at Hassness Country House
      All meals except for dinner on Tuesday
      Transport, if necessary for the advertised programme
      Entrance fees and an afternoon tea at the Lindeth Howe Hotel
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 3

  1. Day 1

    We wish you a very warm welcome to Hassness Country House. Your hosts Debbie and Laurie will be there to welcome you and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your holiday starts upon arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere where you are welcome to arrive from 3pm. Your evening meal will be served at 7pm. If you anticipate arriving after this time, we kindly request that you telephone Hassness Country House to confirm your expected arrival time.

  2. Day 2

    Your holiday comprises of six days of walking, sightseeing and visiting sites associated with Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

    Today we enjoy a walk around the beautiful lake of Buttermere, stopping in Buttermere village for an ice-cream or a pint at the famous Fish Inn.

  3. Day 3

    We travel by coach to Grasmere to visit Dove Cottage and the church where Wordsworth is buried. Our panoramic walk goes south past one of Wordsworth’s other houses, Rydal Mount, before returning to Grasmere beside Rydal Water and Grasmere lake.

  4. Day 4

    After a visit to the fascinating slate mines at Honister Pass we drop down into beautiful Borrowdale. We walk between Rosthwaite and Seatoller, through woods and by the River Derwent.

  5. Day 5

    A drive through the fells brings us to just south of Derwentwater. Our path follows the Cumbria Way beneath Cat Bells and along the lake shore to Keswick, where we have free time to explore the capital of the northern lakes.

  6. Day 6

    A day spent in Eskdale, hidden away between the high fells and the coast. We walk along the beautiful river Esk, then take the famous railway to Muncaster Hill, from where we walk to Muncaster Castle. The gardens are splendid, with views beyond down Eskdale.

  7. Day 7

    We drive to Beatrix Potter’s house of Hill Top at Near Sawrey. From here we take a circuitous picturesque walk to the shore of Windermere where we catch the boat across to the eastern shore. On arrival we stop for tea and cakes in the Lindeth Howe Hotel, another house where Beatrix Potter lived. On our way back we’ll stop for a short walk to Orrest Head, the splendid viewpoint where Alfred Wainwright first conceived his idea of walking guides to the Lakes.

  8. Day 8

    After a hearty breakfast, Debbie and Laurie wave you goodbye when you'll leave with memories from your Lake District experience. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. 

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included. So you’ll be ready for your dinner each night! 


See our Holiday Information Sheet for more details on how to reach Hassness Country House by car or public transport. There is ample guest parking outside the house.


Nearest railway station: Penrith (approx 28 miles). Nearest bus station: Keswick (approx 10 miles).

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hassness Country House

Hassness Country House, beautifully located in its own extensive grounds on the shores of Buttermere in the Western Lake District, provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest. 

You can find sheep grazing and red squirrels scurrying around just outside the door. This is one of the remotest parts of the Lake District and has been recognised as offering some of Britain’s finest views.

Following a refurbishment in 2018, 7 of our 11 bedrooms now have en-suite facilities. Accommodation is in twins, doubles and single rooms, accommodating 21 people in total. There is only one single room however twins and doubles for sole occupancy are available at an appropriate supplement. All bedrooms are lakeside with many overlooking the lake and the fells beyond. Some of the rooms have a garden view. All rooms are very comfortable, either with en-suite facilities or sharing high-powered modern shower rooms and toilets, which are located across the hall from the bedrooms. Toiletries and towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest.

All of our bedrooms have stunning views; whether it be of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water, garden views or views of the lake itself.

At Hassness Country House you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells. It’s far enough away yet convenient for the main tourist hubs of Keswick; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery. Our friendly managers, Debbie and Laurie, will make you feel welcome.

The lounge at Hassness Country House is a delightful place to relax, with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests, to read a book or simply enjoy one of the most dramatic vantage points in the world. It’s also a perfect starting point for some truly remarkable days in the hills.

Hassness Country House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and no mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available and Wi-Fi is also available throughout the property.

New to Hassness Country House is a licensed bar which offers a selection of red and white wines, beer and a small assortment of spirits at reasonable prices (payment by card only). You can walk the mile into Buttermere village (a tiny hamlet) for a drink or something to eat at one of the two pubs, but otherwise you can just get away from it all.

The madding crowds don’t come anywhere nearby, and surrounding hills are generally less well stomped than the more readily accessible peaks.


Cooked breakfast, cakes in the afternoon and a three course evening meal are provided every day (excluding Tuesdays when there is a cold buffet breakfast and dinner can be taken in one of Buttermere’s village pubs). Picnic lunches are also provided on each of your walking days. 

Free tea and coffee are available at all times to enjoy in the spacious lounge overlooking the lake. There is also a guests’ kitchen with a large fridge for storage should you need it.