At A Glance

Distance: 11.2 miles
Ascent: 1,112 metres
Duration: 7-9 hours
Group Ratio: 1:10
Price: £37.00 per person


  • The Fairfield Horseshoe is the classic multi-peak walk in the Lake District.
  • This route tackles 8 peaks, all of which are Wainwrights.
  • Immerse yourself in the very best mountain walking that the Lake District has to offer.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Lake District fells and lakes.
  • Our walks are fully guided, allowing you to relax and fully enjoy the experience with no hassle.
  • Join a fantastic group atmosphere with other like-minded walkers.


  • Our expertise lies in organising guided walks for small groups.
  • All our walks are led by qualified, experienced and knowledgeable leaders.
  • We strive to ensure that your experience is truly memorable.
  • We maintain great communication with our clients from the booking stage until the day of the walk.
  • Our mountain walking experiences are characterised by a friendly, relaxed, and enjoyable atmosphere.

Book The Fairfield Horseshoe (8 Summits)

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Event Description

The Fairfield Horseshoe is an stunning multi-peak route that is widely renowned as the most iconic and loved horseshoe walk in the Lake District. This picturesque route involves an eight-summit circuit around the high-level ridge that encircle the stunning valley encompassing Rydal Beck, offering breathtaking panoramic views across the Lake District. This classic route provides an excellent opportunity to experience some of the most spectacular vistas in the Lake District while enjoying an unforgettable day in the mountains.

On this walk you will summit 8 peaks (Wainwrights), with the highest summit being Fairfield at 873 metres. You will be treated to sweeping panoramic views of the Lake District, including all the major summits and stunning vistas over Windermere. The Fairfield Horseshoe is undoubtedly the most renowned of the traditional Lake District circuits. It is a magnificent walk and an experience that will stay with you forever.

The Fairfield Horseshoe Summits:

  • Low Pike – 508 metres
  • High Pike – 656 metres
  • Dove Crag – 792 metres
  • Hart Crag – 822 metres
  • Fairfield – 873 metres
  • Great Rigg – 766 metres
  • Heron Pike – 612 metres
  • Nab Scar – 440 metres


2024 Dates and times:

  • Saturday 6th April 2024
  • Sunday 12th May 2024
  • Saturday 6th July 2024


Where does it start?

The Fairfield Horseshoe starts and finishes in Ambleside. The meeting point will be the main central village car park. We recommend Ambleside for accommodation as well.

Is it for me? 

The Fairfield Horseshoe requires a good level of fitness and you will need to be able to walk for up to 9-hours over challenging mountain terrain and tackle the 1,100m+ of ascent. We highly recommend training for this walk and ensuring you are prepared for a long multi-peak day in the mountains.

How to book a place on the Fairfield Horseshoe guided walk

You can book your Fairfield Horseshoe guided walk anytime through the website.

  • Decide which date you would like to attend
  • Use the booking calendar above to select your date and click ‘book now’
  • You pay a 35% deposit to book your place
  • We email you with all the walk information including kit lists, timings, parking and training plans

    Would highly recommend Mountain Walks, great experience from start to finish. So easy to book with ample information provide upon booking and thereafter leading up to the event. Great experience, thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, so much that I am now looking at the next. Great communication, great event and friendly guides. Thank you.

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