Lakeland Three Passes Walk

A circular walk through Borrowdale, Langdale and Wasdale in the Lake District National Park.

4 nights
22 miles
Moderate

From £420 per person

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About this route

This incredibly scenic and atmospheric walk follows old packhorse tracks over three historic mountain passes, visiting three of the most famous valleys in the Lake District. The initial walk through Borrowdale features emerald pastures, crystal-clear rivers, ancient oak woodlands and tranquil villages.

Langdale then follows, boasting dramatic scenery of rocky summits and pretty tarns. Lastly, Wasdale is famed for its mountain scenery, with its imposing peaks and awesome screes adding excitement at every turn. There are both high-level and low-level options at each stage of the Lakeland’s Three Passes Walk, allowing walkers to customise their journey according to their preferences.

Standard
Interactive
Lakeland Three Passes Walk  map
Circular trail beginning at Rosthwaite
22 miles (35 km)
24th March to 13th October

Holiday Highlights

Getting a sense of times gone by while traversing the mountain passes of Borrowdale, Langdale and Wasdale in the Lake District.

Visiting the picturesque villages nestled within the Lake District National Park, including Great Langdale and Wasdale Head.

Admiring some of the highest mountains in England, including the Scafells, Kirk Fell and Pillar.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
L3PWB A circular trail beginning at Rosthwaite 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£420

Lakeland Three Passes Walk 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Rosthwaite to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll. 7.5 miles (12km)

Day 2

Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Wasdale Head. 7.5 miles (12km)

Day 3

Wasdale Head to Rosthwaite. 7 miles (11km)

Finish

Depart from Rosthwaite 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
(please ring for prices)
Single Supplement
£25.00 per person / per night

Due to the high costs incurred by booking a Lone Walker on this trail, we can only provide prices on application. Please contact us for further details.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll)
£60.00 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

Whether you use an extra night to explore the sights and sounds of the Lake District, or to simply rest your weary legs, an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

Rosthwaite is a good choice for a rest day. There are many lovely walks in the hills around Borrowdale or you could catch a bus into the bustling little town of Keswick.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 7 miles (11 km)
Maximum daily distance: 7.5 miles (12 km)
Code: L3PWB Grade: Moderate
Season: 24th March - 13th October
Start of holiday: Rosthwaite
End of holiday: Rosthwaite

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to Rosthwaite are either Penrith - North Lakes (about 24.5 miles away) or Windermere (about 27 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Rosthwaite.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Penrith - North Lakes. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Rosthwaite.

Return To The Start - The Lakeland Three Passes Walk is a circular tour beginning and ending in Rosthwaite.

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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