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)

 

£970 per person (based on two sharing)
£905 per person (based on group of 3)
£870 per person (based on group of 4)
£855 per person (based on group of 5 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)

 

£615 per person (based on two sharing)
£575 per person (based on group of 3)
£555 per person (based on group of 4)
£545 per person (based on group of 5 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)

 

£705 per person (based on two sharing)
£660 per person (based on group of 3)
£640 per person (based on group of 4)
£625 per person (based on group of 5 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)

 

£780 per person (based on two sharing)
£730 per person (based on group of 3)
£705 per person (based on group of 4)
£700 per person (based on group of 5 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)

 

£885 per person (based on two sharing)
£825 per person (based on group of 3)
£795 per person (based on group of 4)
£780 per person (based on group of 5 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.

£200 per person (based on two people)
£135 per person (based on group of 3)
£100 per person (based on group of 4)
£8.50 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£120 per person (based on two people)
£80 per person (based on group of 3)
£60 per person (based on group of 4)
£8.50 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£140 per person (based on two people)
£95 per person (based on group of 3)
£75 per person (based on group of 4)
£8.50 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£150 per person (based on two people)
£100 per person (based on group of 3)
£75 per person (based on group of 4)
£8.50 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£185 per person (based on two people)
£125 per person (based on group of 3)
£95 per person (based on group of 4)
£8.50 per person per day (based on group of 5 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 £50.00 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

ViewRanger Digital Maps
Digital Maps can be viewed on a modern smartphone using an appropriate ‘app’, which is usually provided as part of any map purchase. Brigantes are happy to recommend ViewRanger for all your digital mapping and mobile navigation needs.

The ViewRanger Shop provides Ordnance Survey maps for all parts of the UK, as well as the National Trail and selected Long Distance Paths. Map segments can also be purchased ad-hoc, allowing you to cover any walk you plan to take.

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