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Lakeland Explorer

from £729
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 walkers and writers’ alike rejoicing in the unique vistas. Our week of leisurely half day walks and visits to cultural highlights captures both 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.

We visit sites associated with Wordsworth around Grasmere and Beatrix Potter above Windermere. We walk around Buttermere, beside Derwentwater, Rydal Water and Windermere. On other days we visit the delightful Borrowdale and Eskdale. We pay a visit to the fascinating Honister Slate Mines, ride the picturesque Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway (known locally as the La’al Ratty). We also visit the gardens of Muncaster Castle and take a ferry across Windermere. The drives to and from our day visits are beautiful in themselves.

The views from the lounge and bedrooms of Hassness Country House across the lake to Red Pike are some of the finest in England. There also is a terrace from where you can admire the views alongside the red squirrels and Herdwick sheep roam around the large informal garden. The relaxed atmosphere reminds us of holidays from a bygone age. Start the day with a leisurely full English breakfast, and then end it with a delicious dinner. 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 or Midfulness in the Mountains.

Holiday Highlights

  • Hassness House's legendary hospitality - completely refurbished in 2018, including some en-suite bedrooms
  • A less strenuous and civilised Lakeland discovery
  • Views from lakesides and the high passes
  • Visits to charming Lakeland villages and famous houses
  • Lake 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.

      7 nights accommodation at Hassness House
      All meals except for dinner on Tuesday
      Transport, if necessary for the advertised programme
      Entrance fees and a afternoon tea on one day
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 program, 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

    Independent arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere. Please arrive after 3pm. Dinner is served at 7pm. If you anticipate arriving after this time, we kindly request you telephone Hassness Country House and confirm your arrival time.

  2. Day 2

    Six days of walks, sightseeing and visiting sites associated with Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

    A walk around the beautiful lake of Buttermere, stopping in Buttermere village for an ice-cream or a pint at the famous Fish Inn. About 4.4 miles and 3 hours of walking. 

  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. About 5.5 miles and 3½ hours of walking. 

  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. About 4.8 miles and 3 hours of walking. 

  5. Day 5

    A drive through the fells brings us to just south of Derwentwater. Our path follows the Cumbria Way beneath Cat Bells along the lake shore to Keswick, where we have free time to explore the capital of the northern lakes. About 4.6 miles and 3 hours of walking. 

  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. About 5 miles and 2½ hours of walking.

  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. About 4.9 miles and 3 hours of walking.

  8. Day 8

    Departure from Hassness Country House after breakfast.

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 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 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 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 house.

New to Hassness House is a licensed bar which offers a selection of red and white wines, beer and a small assortment of spirits at reasonable prices. 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 days including a guided walk. If your stay includes a 'free day', picnic lunches are not included however they can be provided upon request for a small charge. 

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.

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