Great Lake District peaks 2018
Guided classic mountain walks in the Cumbrian fells
Course overview
Tackle one of the famous Lakeland peaks via classic routes. Helvellyn via Striding Edge, the Fairfield or Langdale Horseshoes, Blencathra via Sharp Edge or Halls Fell, Scafell Pike or Coniston Old Man. Many of these days take in summits of Wainwright peaks, so appeal to those collecting the 214 tops.
Icicle offers these guided walks at safe guiding ratios, led by expert qualified leaders, so you don't need to worry about navigating yourself. These days are great for developing your hill fitness and skills, and moving over broken rocky ground safely.
All of the walks are graded from easy to strenuous, and we provide details of all the walk lengths, so you can select a suitable objective that matches your skills and fitness level, while providing a good challenge.
During the day you will learn about the local fells of the Lake District, and to be guided offers way more that just being shown the way. It will be a insight into the region, and to learn mountain skills too if you wish.
We operate these guided walks on every single day of the year, apart from Christmas day! The cost is £40 per person (based on 4 people), and there are discounts for groups of 5 or more people. We recommend that the largest group size per instructor is a 1:8 ratio.
Dates: these days can be booked up until 24 hours in advance, so that the instructors can be scheduled, and we offer this for 364 days each year (not Christmas day). In order to book, imminent dates where we have available instructors are listed on the top right of the page, and when you book online, so you get immediate e-confirmation. If you wish to book within 24 hours (i.e. for the next day), or for dates further ahead, then please call us 01539 44 22 17.
Walk experience and grades
We have graded each of the walks into categories of Gentle, Moderate, and Strenuous. The details are below, so that you can select which type of guided walk is most suitable for you. For all of the guided walks a suitable level of fitness is required, so please select a realistic objective. If you are in any doubt, give us a call.

Up to 500m of ascent, generally this is a half day walk of up to 4 hours long. The walk is over easy ground with low amounts of steeper terrain.

These treks will involve up to 1000m of ascent, and days of up to 7 hours and around 10km in length. There may be some rocky terrain.

Days of up to 8 hours long and over 1000m of ascent and 12km long. There may be exposed sections and steep or unstable ground too.
Remember that you will be guided by a fully qualified mountain professional, who is an expert in the local area, so you don't need to worry about navigation or areas of steeper ground, though the instructor will give you help and tips for your future hill-walking skills throughout the day.
Guided walks overview

Below is a list of our most popular walks, graded as Gentle, Moderate, and Strenuous. Just look for the coloured indicators next to the course name. Please note that in case of adverse weather or conditions, we are sometimes forced to alter the objectives during the day. This is for your confort and safety, so we ask you to be flexible in your approach to these days, as your safety must remain paramount at all times.
Lake District guided walks Metres / km / time Meeting point Price
Scafell Pike
Ascend the highest peak in England, via the summits of Ill Crag and Broad Crag..
Ascent: 1000m
Distance: 14km
c.8 hours
Office at 08:15am, or 09:00am on the roadside parking spaces in Seathwaite. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
Fairfield Horseshoe
The classic full circuit of the horseshoe from Ambleside, with 8 Wainwright fell tops.
Ascent: 1100m
Distance: 12km
c.7 hours
Office at 08:30am, or 09:00am outside the Golden Rule pub in Ambleside. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
Helvellyn Striding Edge
The most famous ridge in the Lakes, above Red tarn to reach the summit of Helvellyn.
Ascent: 950m
Distance: 15km
c.7 hours
Office at 08:15am, or 09:00am outside the Glenridding Visitor Center pay & display carpark. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
The Langdale Pikes
Up to 4 Wainwright fells and rocky summits far above this stunning and remote valley.
Ascent: 1200m
Distance: 11km
c.7 hours
Office at 08:30am, or 09:00am outside Sticklebarn pub at New Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
Coniston Old Man
The Coniston fells and old mine workings provide a rough and beautiful landscape.
Ascent: 750m
Distance: 10km
c.6 hours
Office at 08:15am, or 09:00am at the free parking area at the end of Walna Scar road. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
The Crinkle Crags
These mountains guard the valley head, and you traverse over all of the mountain tops.
Ascent: 1000m
Distance: 11km
c.7 hours
Office at 08:30am, or 09:00am outside the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub, Langdale. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
Circuit of Loughrigg Fell
A great introduction to the Southern Fells, with great views over several of the lakes.
Ascent: 350m
Distance: 10km
c.4 hours
Office at 08:30am, or 09:00am outside White Lion hotel and pub in Ambleside. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
Circuit of Wansfell
If you are Ambleside based, this circuit gives you a a great summit and views all around.
Ascent: 500m
Distance: 9km
c.4 hours
Office at 08:30am, or 09:00am outside White Lion hotel and pub in Ambleside. £40pp
(based on a
group of 4)
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.
Course Prices

Standard course
1 full day UIMLA / ML guiding, 1:8 max ratio
1 day holiday in total
£160 (£40pp based on 4)
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Inclusions: 1) UIMLA / ML guide for the day, 2) Lake District course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Provision of group safety equipment by the leader such as group shelter, rope, etc.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to & from the national park for the weekend, 2) Road transport in Lake District to venues each day, 3) Equipment hire such as poles or waterproofs, 4) Bar / food bills & tips, laundry, telephone calls, 5) Your choice of accommodation in the Lake District if required.
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Guided Lakes Peaks
  • [ 0 ] 04 - January 2019
  • [ 0 ] 11 - January 2019
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For every person who books on this trip, we donate 5 to Fix the Fells. They repair and maintain footpaths in the Lake District. Click logo to find out more.
Our office and shop is in Windermere, in the heart of the English Lake District, and it's here that all our courses and trips are planned. As well as offering mountain adventures around the world, we also run guided classic mountain walks in the Lake District fells, on our doorstep.
Where to meet
The meeting time for all these walks is either at our Windermere office, or direct at the local meeting point for each trek. The meeting times are marked on each walk. All walks depart from the local meeting point promptly at 09:00am, so note if meeting at the Windermere office the meeting time will be earlier.
What to take
Below is a list of all the essential kit you need to take. Most items are available to buy or hire from our Windermere office and shop. Click for details.

- Waterproof hill walking boots
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Rucksack of up to 30 litres size
- First aid kit with blister treatments
- Water bottle / hydration system
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Compass and map (OS or Harveys)
- Head torch (with good batteries)
- Spare warm clothing
- Good hill walking clothing (no demin!)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Suncream and sunglasses

Equipment discounts of up to 20% are offered to all those booked on any of our guided walks for use in our shop in Windermere. Details sent on booking.

Dogs are welcome
On some walks, the terrain is suitable for taking a dog, and these are marked on the walk details. You must ensure that if you take your dog, that is is under control at all times, and you must carry a lead. If you are unsure whether a walk is suitable for your dog, contact us.
Age restrictions
On all our walks the minimum age is 18, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Under 18's must be able to cope physically with the terrain, but of you are in doubt, contact us.

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