East Lakes Short Break

A circular route from Pooley Bridge visiting some of the Lake District's most famous lakes and fells.

4 nights
32 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £365 per person

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About this route

The East Lakes Short Break explores the shores of Ullswater and Haweswater, along with the fells and valleys surrounding them. The trail begins from Pooley Bridge and follows lakeside paths through meadows, lush pastures and ancient woodland, winding up through the hills and passing drystone walls along the way.

The fine viewpoints of Kidsty Pike and Heughscar Hill offer glorious views over the mountains and lakes, while each little village and hamlet on route offers warm welcomes and glimpses into the local history. Other sites of interest along the walk include mysterious stone circles, the drowned village of Mardale Green and intriguing Iron Age hillforts.

© Contours Walking Holidays East Lakes Short Break map
Circular trail beginning at Pooley Bridge
32 miles (51 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Experiencing the scenery that inspired Wordsworth to write his famous ‘Daffodils.’

Following the shores of Ullswater, the Lake District’s second largest lake and watching the Ullswater Steamers pass back and forth.

Absorbing the peace and tranquillity as you follow the isolated banks of Haweswater.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ELSB A circular trail beginning at Pooley Bridge 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£365

East Lakes Short Break 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Pooley Bridge where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Pooley Bridge to Patterdale. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 2

Patterdale to Bampton/Bampton Grange. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 3

Bampton/Bampton Grange to Pooley Bridge. 8.5 miles (13.5km)


Depart from Pooley Bridge after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday. Whether you spend it writing post cards, or exploring the surrounding area on foot.

If you wish to spend an extra day exploring the Lake District, Patterdale is an excellent base. From this lively little village there are many wonderful day walks with access onto the Helvellyn range of fells. A terrific walk here starts by taking one of the iconic Ullswater Steamers across the lake and returning along the lakeshore path.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 32 miles (51 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Code: ELSB Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Pooley Bridge
End of holiday: Pooley Bridge

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Manchester, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to Pooley Bridge is at Penrith - North Lakes (about 6 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Pooley Bridge.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Penrith. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Pooley Bridge.

Return To The Start - The East Lakes Short Break is a circular tour beginning and ending in Pooley Bridge.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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