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England & Wales Lake District to Snowdonia Hiking Tour

Spectacular National Park Trails & Summit Yr Wyddfa


Explore the breathtakingly romantic countryside of the Lake District, England's largest National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel to Wales where Snowdonia National Park will astound you with its rugged landscapes and scalable peaks. Begin with picture-perfect Glenridding's grassy fells and ribbon lake, and Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. Hike the hills, cruise a lake, and be inspired by this magical place. Crossing into northern Wales, ride trains or trams to mountain summits or reach them on foot. Either way, the wild scenery is a delight. Discover castles and coastal trails. This captivating journey through two of Britain's most stunning regions promises a perfect blend of outdoor exploration and cultural discovery, with options for both relaxed and avid hikers.

8 Days

From: $6,295

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Highlights


  • Discover the wonders of England's Lake District, hiking fells from Ullswater to Wordsworth's Grasmere
  • Summit Snowdon, known as Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, for enchanting views of Snowdonia National Park
  • Experience warm hospitality at a perfectly located lakeshore inn and a boutique country house

England & Wales Lake District to Snowdonia Hiking

Start: Penrith, England  End: Manchester, England

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Penrith, Journey to Ullswater & Hike to Aira Force

    Day 1

    Welcome to England's idyllic Lake District! Arrive in Penrith and transfer to Glenridding, on the shores of Ullswater, a long slender glacial lake. Enjoy lunch with your group and guides, before setting out on a local walk to see Aira Force, a trail that will take you from the shores of Ullswater to the 65-foot drop waterfall surrounded by lush woodland. Afterwards head back to your hotel on the shores of the lake. England's Lake District is a UNESCO-listed mountainous land sculpted by glaciers and draped in heather and grasses. The region was revered by 18th century painters and poets for its natural beauty.

    Accommodation: The Inn on the Lake-Glenridding, England

    Activity: 1 hour/1.5 miles hiking to Aira Force with 275' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 25-minuite private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Experience Wordworth's Grasmere

    Day 2

    Travel into the heart of the Lake District arriving at Grasmere, once the home of the revered poet William Wordsworth. Visit Wordsworth's former home at Dove Cottage, where he fell in love with the landscapes of the Lake District, penning the renowned poem “Daffodils,” often referred to by its opening stanza “I wander'd lonely as a cloud.” Taking inspiration from Wordsworth's love of the lakes, set out for a hike around Grasmere Lake itself, with sloping fells (hills) reflected in its waters. Many of the words used to describe landscapes in the Lake District are derived from the Old Norse! For those looking for a longer hike, head up to Alcock Tarn (a tarn is a small lake), located high in the fells on Heron Pike (a pike is a peak) above Grasmere. Return to your lakeside inn at Glenridding.

    Accommodation: The Inn on the Lake-Glenridding, England

    Activity: 1.5-2 hours/4 miles hiking with 450' elevation gain & loss (level 2 option) OR 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,365' elevation gain & loss (level 3 option)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise Ullswater & Hike to Askham Fell

    Day 3

    After breakfast, board one of the Ullswater “steamers,” beautifully restored heritage vessels, for a scenic cruise to Pooley Bridge and a stop for lunch. Then embark on a hike onto Askham Fell, a popular place for birding and breathtaking views toward Matterdale Common, an open expanse of rolling grassland, and the sharp ridges of flat-topped Helvellyn Fell. Descend to the hamlet of Howtown and board one of the steamers back across the lake to Glenridding. If you're up for more hiking, trace the winding shores of Ullswater back to your accommodation, arriving in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation: The Inn on the Lake-Glenridding, England

    Activity: 2.5 hours/5 miles hiking to Howton Pier with 650' elevation gain & 680' loss (level 2 option) OR 5 hours/10 miles hiking to Glenridding with 1,245' elevation gain & loss (level 3 option)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Castles in Wales

    Day 4

    After breakfast, begin your journey by road to North Wales. Before leaving England, stop at Tatton Park, a stunning neoclassic historic estate with an elegant mansion and 50 acres of landscaped gardens. Stretch your legs with a walk around the grounds and enjoy lunch before continuing the final leg of travel into and across the dramatic landscapes of northern Wales. Arrive in time to cap off your day with a rewarding visit to Caernarfon Castle, a medieval fortress located in Gwynedd. One of Wales' most impressive and well-known castles, it has a rich history dating back to the late 13th century sitting directly on the banks of the Seiont River, reflecting in its tranquil waters.

    Accommodation: Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Hike the Pyg Track on Yr Wyddfa

    Day 5

    Today choose your path for the ascent of Snowdon, or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, the highest mountain south of the Scottish Highlands at a mere 3,560 feet. The easier route begins with a visit to the National Slate Museum to learn about the fascinating industry that sculpted this area of Wales. Then board a train for a delightful journey to the summit on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, one of the oldest mountain railways in the world. For the avid hiker, transfer to Pen-y-Pass and hike the historic Miners Track that winds up through abandoned copper mines to the summit, where you'll meet up with the group. On a clear day the views are truly spectacular over the stunning natural scenery of Snowdonia National Park and beyond. Together you'll hike back down to Pen-y-Pass via the Pyg Track. Transfer back to Caernarfon and raise a glass to celebrate summiting the highest mountain in England and Wales!

    Accommodation: Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel

    Activity: 2 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 1,200'' elevation loss (level 2 option) OR 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,250' elevation gain & loss (level 3 option)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walk the Llyn Peninsula & Arrive in Llandudno

    Day 6

    After a big day mountain day yesterday, today you'll stretch your legs and breathe in the sea air on a walk along the flat sandy beaches of the Llyn Peninsula, a government-designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are options for shorter and longer hikes, depending on your preference. You'll all set out from the small coastal village of Morfa Nrfyn and split off into two groups, reconnecting at Porthdinllaen. Enjoy a leisurely lunch taking in the seascape, fresh air, and inspiring beauty of the area. In the afternoon, head to Llandudno, a charming seaside retreat full of Victorian elegance and picturesque scenery, including Llandudno's iconic pier and promenade. Settle into your seafront hotel ahead of your final day of exploration in England and Wales.

    Accommodation: Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel

    Activity: 2 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & loss (level 2 option) OR 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & 400' loss (level 3 option)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Conwy Castle & Great Orme

    Day 7

    After a hearty breakfast, journey to the picturesque town of Conwy. Dominated by the imposing UNESCO-listed Conwy Castle, the town is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and stunning landscapes. Meet up with an expert local guide who will take you on a fascinating tour of the castle and Conwy's charming streets lined with historic buildings. Enjoy lunch at a local eatery before heading back to Llandudno. Take a historic cable-hauled tramway, one of the oldest surviving tramways in the world, to marvel at the views from the summit of the Great Orme, a limestone headland. Choose to take one last hike, enjoying panoramic views of Llandudno, the Irish Sea, and the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, head back down the tramway and enjoy some free time on the shores of the Irish Sea before meeting back with the group ahead of a celebratory dinner.

    Accommodation: Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel

    Activity: 1.5 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 250' elevation gain & loss (level 2 option) OR 3 hours/4 miles hiking with 630' elevation gain & 650' loss (level 3 option)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Llandudno & Journey to Manchester

    Day 8

    After a leisurely breakfast, the group will transfer to Manchester Airport and bid farewell. From here you'll be able to catch departing flights or trains onward to your next adventure.

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been operating world-class adventures in the UK for decades, working closely with local expert guides for an immersive and authentic experience.
  • This expertly crafted 8-day adventure has been exclusively designed to include easier and moderately challenging hikes that suit your energy level. All hikes are within areas of stunning natural beauty.
  • We seek out the best accommodations, restaurants, and insider experiences so that you get the ultimate adventure every time. This is the perfect way to explore the Lake District and North Wales.

Dates & Prices


  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2025

Scheduled Dates


Price is per person, double occupancy in USD.

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing: 2025


4 guests from $8,195 per person double occupancy

5 guests from $7,595 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $7,195 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $6,695 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Jeremy M.

Jeremy M.

Jeremy is a top MT Sobek guide, who loves exploring wild places the world over! As well as guiding in his home country of New Zealand for over 15 years, Jeremy leads intrepid adventures in England, Scotland, and Ireland. He has a special passion for summer walks in England, leading England Coast to Coast Hiking and Village to Village Hiking in the Cotswolds. When he's not guiding for MT Sobek, Jeremy enjoys examining maps, planning adventures, and working with school groups near his home in Herefordshire, England.

Ben W.

Ben W.

Ben makes his home in England’s beautiful Lake District, having spent much of his life traveling and leading groups in the wild and remote corners of the world. He has lived in Thailand and Borneo, has led trips throughout Southeast Asia, and now works as a full-time trekking leader. Ben typically spends his autumns in Nepal, his winters in Morocco, and his summers leading MT Sobek treks in the UK.

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    [ActivityHighlight] => What makes this trip a Level 2 and Level 3? This flexible trip is perfect for travelers seeking a range of activity levels, from easier Level 2 to moderate Level 3. For those looking for more relaxed Level 2 hikes expect hikes around 3.5 miles. On longer days, the short option could be as long as 5 miles. Options for avid hikers range from 4 to 10 miles (including a summit bid of Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon). Either way, trails may be slippery and steep, and always be prepared for rain. 
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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. What makes this trip a Level 2 and Level 3? This flexible trip is perfect for travelers seeking a range of activity levels, from easier Level 2 to moderate Level 3. For those looking for more relaxed Level 2 hikes expect hikes around 3.5 miles. On longer days, the short option could be as long as 5 miles. Options for avid hikers range from 4 to 10 miles (including a summit bid of Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon). Either way, trails may be slippery and steep, and always be prepared for rain.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

1 hour/1.5 miles hiking to Aira Force with 275' elevation gain & loss

Day 2

1.5-2 hours/4 miles hiking with 450' elevation gain & loss (level 2 option) OR 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,365' elevation gain & loss (level 3 option)

Day 3

2.5 hours/5 miles hiking to Howton Pier with 650' elevation gain & 680' loss (level 2 option) OR 5 hours/10 miles hiking to Glenridding with 1,245' elevation gain & loss (level 3 option)

Day 5

2 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 1,200'' elevation loss (level 2 option) OR 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,250' elevation gain & loss (level 3 option)

Day 6

2 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & loss (level 2 option) OR 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & 400' loss (level 3 option)

Day 7

1.5 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 250' elevation gain & loss (level 2 option) OR 3 hours/4 miles hiking with 630' elevation gain & 650' loss (level 3 option)

Accommodations


A warm welcome awaits at comfortable 4-star hotels with spectacular settings from Lake District mountains reflected in the water's edge to Snowdonia foothills framed in a window.
The Inn on the Lake-Glenridding, England
The Inn on the Lake-Glenridding, England

The Inn on the Lake is an award-winning 4-star hotel, spectacularly situated on the shore of Ullswater. Its 48 en-suite rooms are beautifully appointed and come with modern amenities. Stroll through the hotel's manicured grounds, enjoying sweeping views of the lake, then have a drink at the Rambler's Bar or dinner at the onsite restaurant.

Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel
Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel
Translating to something along the lines of “house on the hearth” Ty'n Rhos is a lovely family-run country house set in the rolling hills of Snowdonia. Although you'll be drawn to the outdoors, the light-filled conservatory and cozy lounge with a wood stove are also inviting. Slip into a comfortable bed after a day of adventuring in the nearby national park. Each of the 19 rooms has its own charms. Sample seasonal fare at the bwyty, meaning restaurant, perfectly positioned at the garden's edge to catch the sunset.

Weather


Temperatures range from 40F to the high 60'sF, with frequent rain and wind. However, occasional sunshine breaks through, so it's wise to be prepared for any weather conditions.

 
Apr
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Llandudno 
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Llandudno
51
39
57
45
64
53
63
53
60
50
Ullswater 
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Low
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Ullswater
53
37
59
42
67
51
66
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61
47

FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?
An MT Sobek representative will meet you at 12:00 noon at Penrith train station on Day 1 and transfer you to your delightful lakeshore hotel in Glenridding.
Can I skip a day of hiking on this trip?
Yes. If we are staying in the same hotel, you may simply relax at the hotel and explore the nearby villages. When we are changing hotels, you would ride with our guide in the minibus.
Can I wear hiking shoes or cross-trainers, or do I need hiking boots?
The best footwear for this trip are waterproof, lightweight hiking boots. Ankle support is a good idea on wet, slippery terrain.
Will I need to purchase equipment for this trip?
You will want to have a daypack large enough to carry your warm, rainproof layers; a packed lunch; drinking water; and personal belongings (phone, wallet, keys.) We also recommend trekking poles for support and balance.
Do I need to train for this trip?
This trip includes easier Level 2 and more challenging Level 3 hiking options. There are also options to skip hikes completely on certain days. We recommend that you arrive with boots that have been well broken in from your previous hikes, and that you are fit and ready for the experience.
When should I schedule my departure flight or train from Manchester?
Our arrival at Manchester airport is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Day 8, so your flight should be planned for no earlier than 2:00 pm.
Why does this trip have multiple activity levels?
Having options for Level 2 and Level 3 hikes allows for flexibility among our guests. Relaxed hikers can take it slower and easier, while avid hikers can do more and go at a faster pace. This allows our guests to mix it up depending on their energy on the day, it also ensures that people who aren't all at the same level can travel together.
What is the best time of year to hike in the Lake District?
The best time to hike England's Lake District is typically during the late spring to early autumn months, from April to October, when the weather is relatively mild and the trails are at its most accessible and picturesque. MT Sobek offers this Lake District to Snowdonia adventure from late April to early September.
What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18 but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

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