Wainwright's Way
123 mile walk from Wainwright's birthplace to Haystacks

A 123 mile long-distance route linking the place where he was born, a Victorian terraced house in Audley Range, Blackburn, with his final resting place on Haystacks, his heavenly corner of Lakeland.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Day 1: Blackburn to Hurst Green (15.5m)
Day 2: Hurst Green to Dunsop Bridge (11.4m)
Day 3: Dunsop Bridge to Arkholme (19m)
Day 4: Arkholme to Milnthorpe (12.6m)
Day 5: Milnthorpe to Kendal (9.5m)
Day 6: Kendal to Windermere (12.8m)
Day 7: Windermere to Patterdale (15.5m)
Day 8: Patterdale to Grasmere (7.3m)
Day 9: Grasmere to Rosthwaite (13m)
Day 10: Rosthwaite to Buttermere (8m)

 

£1,420 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,205 per person (based on two sharing)
£1.135 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,100 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Blackburn to Gibbon Bridge (22.2m)
Day 2: Gibbon Bridge to Arkholme (25.7m)
Day 3: Arkholme to Kendal (22.1m)
Day 4: Kendal to Troutbeck (17.9m)
Day 5: Troutbeck to Grasmere (19.3m)
Day 6: Grasmere to Buttermere (21m)

 

£915 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£780 per person (based on two sharing)
£735 per person (based on group of 3)
£715 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Blackburn to Hurst Green (15.5m)
Day 2: Hurst Green to Dunsop Bridge (11.4m)
Day 3: Dunsop Bridge to Arkholme (19m)
Day 4: Arkholme to Prizet (19.3m)
Day 5: Prizet to Troutbeck Bridge (18.2m)
Day 6: Troutbeck Bridge to Grasmere (20.8m)
Day 7: Grasmere to Buttermere (21m)

 

£1,050 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£890 per person (based on two sharing)
£840 per person (based on group of 3)
£815 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Blackburn to Hurst Green (15.5m)
Day 2: Hurst Green to Dunsop Bridge (11.4m)
Day 3: Dunsop Bridge to Arkholme (19m)
Day 4: Arkholme to Heversham (14m)
Day 5: Heversham to Gilpin Mill (17.2m)
Day 6: Gilpin Mill to Troutbeck (10m)
Day 7: Troutbeck to Grasmere (19.3m)
Day 8: Grasmere to Buttermere (21m)

 

£1,160 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£990 per person (based on two sharing)
£935 per person (based on group of 3)
£905 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Blackburn to Hurst Green (15.5m)
Day 2: Hurst Green to Dunsop Bridge (11.4m)
Day 3: Dunsop Bridge to Arkholme (19m)
Day 4: Arkholme to Milnthorpe (12.6m)
Day 5: Milnthorpe to Kendal (9.5m)
Day 6: Kendal to Troutbeck Bridge (14.8m)
Day 7: Troutbeck Bridge to Patterdale (13.5m)
Day 8: Patterdale to Stonethwaite (19.3m)
Day 9: Stonethwaite to Buttermere (9m)

 

£1,355 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,120 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,050 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,015 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

£430 (single)
£215 per person (based on two people)
£145 per person (based on group of 3)
£110 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£275 (single)
£140 per person (based on two people)
£95 per person (based on group of 3)
£75 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£320 (single)
£160 per person (based on two people)
£110 per person (based on group of 3)
£85 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£245 (single)
£175 per person (based on two people)
£120 per person (based on group of 3)
£90 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£430 (single)
£215 per person (based on two people)
£145 per person (based on group of 3)
£110 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

  • Holiday Options
  • Walk Info
  • Maps & Guide Books

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £65.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September. For walks outside those dates, please contact us. We provide a reduced out of season service, but still manage to meet the needs of most customers who contact us during this period.

Walk Information

Ideal for followers of Alfred Wainwright, the Wainwright Way is a journey on foot through Alfred Wainwright’s life from Lancashire to the Lakes.

A 123 mile long-distance route linking the place where he was born, a Victorian terraced house in Audley Range, Blackburn, with his final resting place on Haystacks, his heavenly corner of Lakeland.

The walk, literally follows in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright at work. It links the sights he sketched and wrote about in Lancashire and Westmorland, taking in Kendal, before entering the Lake District, the territory made so familiar by his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

The climax of the walk follows the final journey of Wainwright himself, as his ashes were carried onto Haystacks from Honister Pass to be scattered by the side of Innominate Tarn. From here, the walker drops down to the shores of Buttermere and visits the final memorial to Wainwright the window onto the fells in the tiny roadside church of St. James. It is a fitting end to both a memorable walk completed and a memorable life fulfilled.

OS Explorer Maps
OL2 - Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western areas
OL4 - English Lakes - North-western area
OL5 - English Lakes - North-eastern area
OL6 - English Lakes - South-western area
OL7 - English Lakes - South-eastern area
OL41 - Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale
287 - West Pennine Moors

Guide Books
"Wainwright's Way" by Nick Burton - Published by Frances Lincoln - ISBN: 978-0711233218

Mobile Digital Mapping
Digital maps can be viewed on most modern smartphones using an appropriate app, downloaded from the app store associated with your device. Brigantes recommend that whichever app you use, it should support Ordnance Survey 1:25k or 1:50k scale maps. There are many apps to choose from, but the two main providers are Ordnance Survey and Memory Map.

Each provider’s app has its own benefits, but both provide all-important offline navigation, meaning your device does not need a mobile signal to work effectively on the trail.

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