Mountains, Lakes and National Parks

Summer 2025

Number of Travellers: 14
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

Overview

Explore the lesser know fells in the Lake District, following the footsteps of English language’s greatest poet before travelling north in Scotland to explore the vast waters of Loch Lomond. Finish with a visit to Scotland’s compact, hilly capital.

Highlights

  • Visit the lesser known Lake District
  • Explore a loch by boat
  • Forage along Scotlands Coastline

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to the Lake District

Arrive in Penrith and meet your guides, a short transfer takes us to the shores of Ullswater to embark on a walk up the hillside to see Aira Force waterfall, a stunning 65-foot waterfall surrounded by lush woodland. As you follow the winding beck you’ll see flora and fauna typical of the Lake District, including heather, grasses, and various bird species. Afterward, arrive at your hotel by the lake.

Overnight: Glenridding | The Ullswater Inn Or Similar
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Hiking on the Eastern Fells

This morning, board a ‘steamer’ and cross the width of Ullswater to Howtown where we’ll embark on hike to summit one of the quieter peaks in the region with incredible views over the Helvellyn range. Spend some time taking in the panoramic 360° views of the surround hilltops.

Overnight: Glenridding | The Ullswater Inn Or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Wordsworths Childhood Home

Visit the Georgian townhouse home to the boy who grew up to be one of the world’s best-loved nature poets and a pivotal figure behind the creation of the National Trust and the global conservation movement. We will learn about William Wordsworths early years in Cumbria, an unforgettable chance to experience life in 1770’s.

Overnight: Western Lakes | Hundith Hill Or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Hiking in the Loweswater Fells

This morning we’ll head to the Loweswater Fells and hike to a summit with incredible views of both Buttermere and Crummock Water below. A route Alfred Wainwright documented in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells in 1966. Enjoy some time at the summit to relax and enjoy the views and the changing landscapes as you look out in all directions, from the coastline out West to the jagged and sheer side valley in East with the flatter lands of the Scottish and English border to the North.

 

Overnight: Western Lakes | Hundith Hill Or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - Derwentwater and Afternoon Tea

Spend the morning in the bustling market town of Keswick, take a tour of the lake by boat and visit Lingholm Kitchen for Afternoon Tea, The gardens at Lingholm are credited by Beatrix Potter as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

This afternoon we’ll stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle, a perfect place to sit, stand or lie down to take in the views of the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. This stone circle is one of the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.

Overnight: Grasmere | The Swan Or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Dove Cottage and Grasmere Gingerbread

Continuing with the Wordsworth theme we’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to William and Dorothy Wordsworth between December 1799 and May 1808, where they spent over eight years of “plain living, but high thinking”. we’ll also learn about the local delicacy of Grasmere Gingerbread before a tasting. We’ll spend some time walking in the footsteps of Dorothy and William Wordsworth on the fells above Grasmere, perhaps even summiting their favoured Loughrigg Fell, a fell that may not be the highest in elevation but certainly offers a panoramic vista of both the north and south lakes.

Overnight: Grasmere | The Swan Or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

This morning we’ll transfer across the borders and into Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. A journey of approximately 3 hours, we’ll arrive shortly after lunchtime and delve straight into our surroundings to enjoy a serene exploration of Scotland’s largest freshwater loch aboard a Canadian canoe. Paddle through calm waters, discover hidden islands, and enjoy abundant wildlife or, simply sit and draw in the tranquility and the water lapping against your boat.

Overnight: Loch Lomond | Lodge on Loch Lomond Or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 - An Iconic View

No trip to Scotland would be complete without climbing a hill!

Standing at 358m, offering awe-inspiring views is Conic Hill. We’ll begin the forest before the views open up as we ascend to the summit providing one of the best views across Loch Lomond in Scotland. After descending, we’ll experience Loch Lomond from the waters once again, this time aboard a small boat, taking us to the island of Inchcailloch. A perfect place to experience remoteness, wildness and mindfulness amongst the trees before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon.

 

Overnight: Loch Lomond | Lodge on Loch Lomond Or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - Edinburgh

This morning we’ll make our way across the Scottish countryside to the capital, Edinburgh. After lunch, we’ll meet up with our local tour guide with a difference. We’ll learn about the city through their eyes and their experiences, giving plenty to ponder and discuss as you enjoy a few free hours to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia or enjoy a drink at one of Edinburgh’s many characterful pubs. Tonight we’ll dine together in a local restaurant.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Bruntsfield Hotel Or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 - Coastal Foraging and Folklore

Today we head further east, out of the city and toward the shores of the North Sea. We’ll join an expert guide for an expedition along the coastline to discover and harvest the very best in seaweeds, shellfish and coastal plants and herbs. Along the way learn about the history and folklore of these fantastic ingredients and how best to cook and enjoy them whilst enjoying some wild snacks and drinks throughout.

Tonight we have our final evening meal together to celebrate a trip to remember across National Parks, forests, mountains and lakes.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Bruntsfield Hotel Or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 - Day of Depature

This morning, after breakfast we’ll say our farewells. From our location there is quick access to Edinburgh Airport and train stations allowing you to continue with your onward travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More

10 nights accommodation in  3/4* small hotels and inns, on a twin share basis.

All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 11 (excluding dinner on day 5 & lunch on day 7)

Wine or beer with dinner on day 1 and day 10 (welcome and departure drinks)

Drinks and snacks while hiking

1 Free place for Root Adventures leader

The services of a qualified and experienced guide(s) throughout (1 guide for groups 4-7 and 2 guides from 8- 14)

All transfers from starting at Penrith Train Station on day 1 and finishing in Edinburgh the morning of day 11.

Guided hikes per the itinerary, plus the following visits and activities:

  • A journey on the Ullswater Steamer
  • Visit to Wordsworth House and Gardens
  • A journey on the Keswick Launch (Derwentwater)
  • Visit to Dove Cottage
  • Talk and tasting with Grasmere Gingerbread
  • Canoeing on Loch Lomond
  • Boat transfer to Inchcailloch
  • Local guided walk in Edinburgh
  • Summer coastal foraging

All gratuities except for the lead guide(s)

Trip design and delivery

24/7 in-country support

Notes Read More

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the guides and operations team with regards to weather conditions and forecasts in the run-up to and during departures.

Pricing Read More

4 Travellers – £5,500 pp

5-7 Travellers – £5,250 pp

8 Travellers – £5,000 pp

9 Travellers – £4,750 pp

10 Travellers – £4,500 pp

11 -12 Travellers – £4,250 pp

13 Travellers – £4,000pp

Maximum paying travellers 13 as total group size will be 14 with Root Adventures Leader.

 

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