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:

The Lakes Mountaineer

The Lakes Mountaineer offers guided walks with a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and local guide. The walks are completely bespoke so if you had your eye on a particular area you'd like to explore, the Lakes Mountaineer will make it happen. They even offer guided winter walks if you're hoping to experience the winter hills in the Lake District. 

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Full Circle Experiences

Full Circle Experiences offers an array of activities and experiences, including a guided family friendly daffodil walk and bluebell walk in the spring. They also offer an experience entitled 'Taste Wordsworth's Wild Garlic' where you will learn to forage for wild garlic in the woodlands near Rydal Water and then enjoy a feast around a fire later that day. Be sure to get in touch for times and prices.


Lakeland Mountain Guides

The Lakeland Mountain Guides provide plenty of beautiful guided walks throughout the Lake District, including some of the much sought after peaks, such as Scafell Pike and Striding Edge. So, whether you want to check something off on your bucket list, enjoy a sunset walk, or just go out with the confidence that you're with an experienced mountain guide, Lakeland Mountain Guides will help you make the most of your experience.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.



For those less confident using a compass and navigating a trail yourself, Adventure.Outside offers guided fell walks with experienced guides who help you make the most of your walk. You will learn vital skills and tips to keep you safe on future walks.

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