Guided Mountain Walks in the Lake District

Discover the beauty of the English Lake District through a guided mountain walk. With a knowledgeable and Mountain Training Association qualified Mountain Leader you can explore majestic summits, discover tranquil tarns, develop new skills and enjoy your mountain experience.

As specialists in individual and small group guided walks, we pride ourselves on providing a personal service. Your guided mountain walk can be booked at a time that suits you with an itinerary that meets your requirements. We enjoy everything from easy walks to multi-summit adventures and if you are looking for inspiration we provide some thoughts and suggestions below. If your mountain isn’t in the suggested list or you would like to reach the summit via a different route please contact Mountain Explorer to discuss your thoughts and ambitions. We would love to help you achieve your goal and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Guided Mountain Walks – Grades and Terrain

We do not rush around the mountains, preferring a gentle pace with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the hills. However, a suitable level of fitness is required for our guided mountain walks and holidays. Our guided walks include a range of mountain terrains where paths vary from relatively smooth and gentle to steep and rocky. To help you choose a suitable walk we have graded them in three categories – Easy, Classic and Challenging. Please set a realistic objective. If you would like to discuss your choice please get in touch.


These walks are generally up to 6 miles long, include no more than 500m of ascent and take around 4-5 hours to complete. Walking is generally on good mountain paths and easy ground with low amounts of steep terrain. Examples of Easy Walks include:

To book one of the above easy guided walks or a guided route of your choice please contact Mountain Explorer with your preferred dates and requirements

Helm Crag from Grasmere a classice mountain walk in the Lake District. Guided by Mountain Explorer


Classic mountain walks involve up to 1000m of ascent and around 7-8 miles of walking. Walking may include rocky terrain and longer steeper slopes. In general, Classic Days will last around 6-7 hours. Examples of Classic Walks include:

To book one of the above classic guided walks or a guided route of your choice please contact Mountain Explorer with your preferred dates and requirements


Longer days (7-8 hours) that include 10-12 miles of walking and over 1000m ascent. We may not always be on good paths and you can expect rocky terrain, steeper ground and some exposed sections. Examples of Challenging walks include:

To book one of the above challenging guided walks or a guided route of your choice please contact Mountain Explorer with your preferred dates and requirements

One-to-one and Small Group Guided Mountain Walks

Guided Mountain walking is available on a one-to-one or small group basis. This allows me to tailor your guided walk to your specific requirements, fitness and interest. Walking in a small group limits environmental impact, allows us to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the mountains and provides you with an opportunity to ask about the landscape, perhaps develop your navigation and mountain skills or just enjoy the company of friends.  Whatever walk you decide I will do my best to ensure you have a safe, high quality and enjoyable day.

Guided Walking Costs: one-to-one guided walk £160.  Private Groups £220 (2-6 people).

Please e-mail your preferred dates to book your day(s) and arrange payment.

Young people under the age of 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Open Group Guided Mountain Walks

Several of our guided walks are also available as an open group walk through AirBnB Experiences. The group size is limited to 6 people and provides an ideal opportunity to join like minded people, make new friends and have a great time.

Open group bookings are available from £75

At present open group walks include:

Coniston Old Man 


Langdale Pikes

Scafell Pike (this walk starts and finishes from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale)

Sunrise from Helvellyn

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Mountain Exposure. Lake District photography courses. Mountain image of Pen-y-fan

One or More Days Guided Mountain Walking

Walks can be booked to provide two or more days guided walking. This provides greater opportunities for you to explore the mountains, discover new places, develop your skills and fitness and enjoy your time in the Lake District.

If you book two or more days together you will receive a discount of 10% on the combined cost.

Mountain Photography Courses - Pen-y-Fan and cloud refelctions in water


My guided walking does not include accommodation allowing you to choose exactly what you prefer. A large range of accommodation is available in the Lake District and we are happy to help organise this. You could also consider booking a wild camping and walking course on a one-to-one basis. This is especially enjoyable and beneficial in the summer when the sun sets late and rises early. Please visit our wild camping and photography page for more details.

Guided walking beyond the Lake District

If you wish to explore an area outside of the Lake District please contact me by e-mail or phone for an informal chat about your requirements. I am a regular visitor to Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons and just love walking and photographing Britain’s wild places.

Gift Cards

One-to-one and small group guided walks make memorable gifts. If you book a one-to-one or small group guided walk as an inspirational gift or for a special occasion you will be provided with a downloadable voucher containing details of the day.