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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed by the trip leader(s) and NOT the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for payment details and instructions.

English Lakes Loop, Part 2

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Keswick, England
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 11 2018  5:00 pm >> Thu, Aug 16 2018 9:00 am
Registration Opens: Sat, Jan 27 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 27 2018 8:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Days 16 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:36 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:$848.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Notice: This web page is designed so that you can only put yourself on the waiting list. Once I verify that you satisfy the registration requirements I will move you to the list of participants. See registration requirements below.

The Tour of the Lake District is a 93 mile circular walk starting and finishing in the popular tourist town of Windermere. This trail takes in each of the main Lake District valleys, along lake shores and over remote mountain passes. You will follow in the footsteps of shepherds and drovers along ancient pathways from one valley to the next.

Starting in Windermere, the route takes you through the picturesque towns of Ambleside, Coniston, Keswick and Grasmere (site of Dove Cottage the former home of the romantic poet William Wordsworth). The route takes you through some of the Lake District’s most impressive valleys including the more remote valleys of the western Lake District such as Eskdale, Wasdale and Ennerdale, linked together with paths over high mountain passes. One of the many highlights of this scenic tour is a visit to the remote Wasdale Head in the shadow of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

This is a bare bones description. For more details see

NOTE: We will schedule several meetings to answer questions and organize ourselves for this event.

Day 1 (Saturday, August 11). Arrive in Keswick.

Day 2 (Sunday, August 12). Keswick to Rosthwaite (8 miles).

Day 3 (Monday, August13). Rosthwaite to Grasmere (7 miles).

Day 4 (Tuesday, August 14). Grasmere to Patterdale (8 miles).

Day 5 (Wednesday, August 15). Patterdale to Windermere (13 miles).

Day 6 (Thursday, August 16). Return to Atlanta after breakfast.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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RAIN GEAR, Insect repellent.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

To and from Windermere:
By Air: The nearest international airports are Manchester (MAN), Newcastle (NCL) or Glasgow (GLA). You can travel by train to Windermere.
By Public Transport: Train to Windermere from Oxenholme main line station.
By Road:
From the South: From the M6 take the A65 (Junction35), then the A591 to Windermere. About 20 minutes from the motorway.
From the North: From the M6 take the A66 (Junction 40), then the A591 to Windermere. About 40 minutes from the motorway. 

To and from Keswick:                                                                                                                 The town of Keswick is easy to reach by road, being just 20 minutes along the A66 trunk road from Junction 40 of the M6 motorway.The nearest railway station is at Penrith, which is on the West Coast Main Line. From here there is a regular bus service to Keswick (Stagecoach X50). There is also a choice of taxi services available at Penrith or they may be pre-booked from Keswick. Many accommodation providers will arrange for a taxi to meet you at the station.  

National Express runs regular coach services to Keswick from London and other UK locations. Nearest airports are NewcastleGlasgow and Manchester.






Registration Requirements.
1. You must be either an AOC trip leader or be recommended by an AOC trip leaderThis requirement is in place to verify that you have the necessary level of fitness and, most important, that you are a sociable person that will get along with the rest of the group and will not engage in disruptive behavior. Please put yourself on the waiting list. I will check whether you qualify, and, if you do, will move you to the list of participants ASAP according to the preference rules stated below, provided the maximum number of participants has not been reached.  Under the same preference conditions, people that put themselves on the waiting list before you will have precedence.  

2. After I move you to the list of participants please send me your deposit by PayPal to If I don't receive your deposit by February 10 I will move you back to the waiting list.

3. I will give some preference to those that wish to register for both Part 1 and Part 2.

WEATHER: We may be lucky enough to encounter warm, dry weather over the whole route and enjoy dry paths and tremendous views, but we must be prepared because the weather can change quickly. Remember we are spending time on higher ground, where it will be colder than in the valleys. Good clothing and waterproofs essential!

COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION: Cell phone service in this area is spotty. Although I will carry a satellite phone, satellite signal is not guaranteed either. If for any reason you cannot walk on a given day transportation may be provided to transport you to your next destination at additional cost, but this service will not always be available.

DISCLAIMER: The Trip Leader for this event has elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event, except for the $25.00 user fee. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Member Cost:$848.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Note: If you are doing both Part 1 and Part 2, the cost of this event decreases to 764 USD, since lodging on 8/11 is already included in the cost of Part 1.

*Accomodations for five nights in a shared room, English or Continental breakfast included, in either hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses or family B&B's. Due to limited space, no single rooms will be available for this event, and it is possible that some participants may have to share the same bed.

*Luggage transfer between overnight stops. We leave our luggage at our lodging in the morning and we pick it up at our next lodging upon arrival. We only carry a small pack with the day's necessities.This service is limited to one bag per person, with a weight limit of 20 kg or 44 lbs.

*Packed lunches will be provided for each day's walking, since there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.

*A nonrefundable $25.00 AOC user fee and $5.00 for incidentals.

Cost does NOT include anything not explicitly mentioned above, in particular:

*Meals, except for four breakfasts and four packed lunches. In particular, our evening meals are not included in the package, but we will have full details and recommendations for each evening meal in our itinerary. We will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant; or, where there is good food available at the accommodation, the service provider will book that for us. Allow about 20 pounds per night (without drinks).

*Airfare to and from the United Kingdom and local transportation in the United Kingdom, including transportation to and from Windermere and/or Keswick.

Schedule of Payments:  The trip leader must receive a deposit of $190.00 by 2/10/18 (if you are doing both Part 1 and Part 2, the deposit for Part 2 will be $175.00. The balance must be received by the Trip Leader no later than 5/15/18. Please send your payments by PayPal to

Important: The exchange rate right now is approximately 1.42 USD to 1 GBP. As a buffer against exchange rate fluctuations and to account for credit card fees, the cost of this event has been estimated based on a rate of exchange of $1.50 USD to 1 GBP. Any surplus of at least 10 USD per person will be returned to the participants, otherwise it will be transferred to AOC.



Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

In the event of cancellation, any money that has not been sent to the service provider will be refunded in full (except for the AOC user fee) but once it has been transferred no refund is possible. However if there is another person on the waiting list that is qualified to participate in the event, you may switch with her or him. The Trip Leader will not be involved in your private financial arrangements.