Hi..........I will be visiting the lake district this summer and wanted to try and do an inn to inn hiking tour. We are from Vermont, USA and love mountains and have always wanted to visit the lake district. Any thoughts anyone may have about planning a 3 or 4 day hiking tour would be fantastic. We would like to be self-guided, not go through a company. Thanks so much!!!!
For a summer trip you will have to book your accommodation some months in advance as it gets very busy, especially mid-July to beginning of September.
Here's some walkers inn's with accommodation:
Central amongst the fells: Old Dungeon Ghyll, or New Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale. The Bridge Hotel or The Fish Inn, in Buttermere. Lots in Grasmere.
West: Wasdale Head Hotel, or just further west is The Strands in Nether Wasdale. In Eskdale is The Woolpack Inn, amongst other pubs in Boot.
East: Various pubs and hotels with accommodation in Glenridding and Patterdale.
The two main towns are Ambleside and Keswick which are on the central strip.
Meandering over the fells to visit them all would be great when the weather is fine, but we rarely get consistent climate here. It could be warm and sunny one day, and absolutely horrid the next. You will need to think of alternative routes if the weather is poor, or whether you could take a taxi/buses if its really bad. Bear in mind that there are companies who will move your luggage to the next destination, for a fee, so you can just take a day pack.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas.