Guided Fell Walks

Fell Walking

Fell walking in the Lake District

Unlike mountaineering, which involves a lot of technical skill and the use of ropes, etc. for ascending peaks, fell or hill walking tends to be a lot gentler, making use of well worn paths that gradually wind up to the peak summit. The word “fell” is a colloquial word used to describe peaks in the north of England.

Almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can try fell walking in the Lake District since, as well as mountains, such as Scafell Pike, there are an abundance of low peaks that offer fantastic views and a sense of achievement.

What Fell Walking Involves

Fell walking typically involves following a planned route along public rights of way that lead up to a summit of a fell. Some routes will require scrambling, which is where you will need to use both your hands and feet to clamber over rocks, but there are plenty of routes that can avoid this. Some peaks will take less than an hour to conquer, others may take four or five hours, depending on your level of fitness and route taken. If you are using an activity company, a guide will take all the stress of planning your route away from you, and ensure that you won’t get lost.

What to Wear and Bring

As with many other outdoor activities, it’s a good idea to wear layers, so that you can add or take away as needed. Remember, whilst it might be dry at the base of the fell, at the top, it could be raining or even snowing, so you will need appropriate clothing. Even if you are walking during the summer, pack a warm jumper and waterproofs in case you do end up lost or stranded. Don’t wear jeans, as they can take a long time to dry out if it rains, instead look for a pair of quick drying trousers. Good sturdy footwear is essential. Flip flops, ballet shoes, etc. are not appropriate.

If you are using an activity company, check with them what is provided, as some will provide refreshments. If you are not using a company, you will need a map and compass and you will need to know how to use it. Do not rely on your mobile phone for maps as the battery may run out and you may not be able to get a GPS signal. You will also need enough food and water for your trip.

Where to Find Guided Fell Walks in the Lake District

There are public rights of way across the Lake District with most peaks having at least one route up to the summit. If you have chosen a fell, then do make sure you research the route before you start. If you are looking for inspiration, then have a look at our list of fell walking routes sorted by difficulty. Also included is a good selection of family-friendly walks that include step-by-step descriptions and pictures to guide you along the way.

Alternatively, you could enlist an activity company to lead you on a guided walk. This has the advantage of knowing that you are in safe hands throughout, and are therefore unlikely to get lost. You can also visit some of the lesser known peaks, and some activity companies include tuition on topics such as scrambling and basic orienteering along the way. Guided fell walks are listed below:

West Lakes Adventure

Routes are tailored according to your requirements and you can also learn new skills such as navigation with both maps and GPS, and emergency rope work. Multi-day challenges such as the three peaks or the Lake District 3000s are also available.

  • Address: Woolpack Farm, Boot, Eskdale Valley, CA19 1TH
  • Tel: 01946723753
  • Website: www.westlakesadventure.co.uk
  • Cost: Prices available on application and vary according to the requirements and route
 

River Deep Mountain High

Experienced instructors can take you on a guided walk on either some of the lesser known peaks or one of the Lake District classics. Complimentary hot drinks are provided.

Address: Lowick Old School, Nr Ulverston, LA12 8EB

Tel: 01539528666

Website: www.riverdeepmountainhigh.co.uk

Cost: From £39.50 per person

 

Keswick Adventure Centre

Using local knowledge, you will be taken on a walk that will include some of the lesser known spots that have outstanding views. Walks can also be arranged to start and end at your accommodation.

  • Address: Keswick Adventure Centre, Brundholme Road, Keswick, CA12 4NL
  • Tel: 01768775687
  • Website: www.keswickadventurecentre.co.uk
  • Cost: Prices available on application and vary according to the requirements and route
 

Lakeland Ascents

Lakeland Ascents cover the Lake District, Snowdonia, and the Scottish Highlands. Guided walks can be tailored to your requirements or you can join them for one of their classic routes.

  • Address: Registered Office C/O Saint & Co, The Old Police Station, Church Street, Ambleside, LA22 0BT
  • Tel: 07702942980
  • Website: www.lakelandascents.co.uk
  • Cost: From £150 (1-4 people), From £300 (4-8 people)
 

Newlands Adventure Centre

Guided walks take place in and around Newlands Valley, which includes the classic summit – Cat Bells. Walks are tailored to your needs and you will learn about local history on the way.

  • Address: Stair, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UF
  • Tel: 01768778463
  • Website: www.activity-centre.com
  • Cost: Prices available on application and vary according to the requirements and route
 

Mountain Journeys

Mountain Journeys specialise in mountaineering techniques. They offer tailored courses and sessions for individuals and small groups across the Cumbrian fells. They will take you to some of the most difficult to reach places in the Lake District.

 

The Lake District Walker

Offering at least two pre-arranged guided walks each day, 365 days a year, with the Lake District Walker you can simply book onto whatever walk is happening on that particular day.