Wandering Aengus Treks is an independent company providing self guided and guided walking holidays since 2001

Our Story

In 2001 Karen and Pete Royall set up Wandering Aengus Treks, offering high quality walking holidays in the UK. Our aim is simple: to provide quality walking holidays to those who love mountains and places of natural beauty. For our self-guided options we offer a personalised service, comprehensive information pack, secure baggage transfer, and we take exceptional care in the choice of accommodation, to ensure you have the best experience possible.

We have established a range of self-guided Lake District walking tours, as well as easy-to-book walking holidays on the major popular Long Distance Paths (LDPs) of Northern England. We are also keen walking route developers so as well as the classics, we have one or two gems you won't find anywhere else!

We don't offer hundreds of itineraries from Lands End to John O' Groats, but our self-guided holidays are well researched, covering ground we walk ourselves and we pride ourselves on our good relationships with our local partners, whether that be your host on a long distance route, the person picking you up from the railway station, or the driver who delivers your luggage. With us you can relax knowing everything will be taken care of personally.

Last year was a difficult year for us as it was for most people, but we are still here and ready to assist you with planning your next UK adventure. Give us a call or write to us at info@WATreks.com.

Wandering Aengus Treks also provide guiding services, particularly in the Lake District using qualified ML or IML leaders. Over the past 20 years we have provided services to schools, walking clubs and team-building groups from the public and private sector.


Quality Guaranteed

In addition to the evidence of our clients' testimonials (please read our reviews), we are long standing members of the Cumbria Tourist Board.


100% Financial Protection

We have the strongest possible protection of your holiday payments in place. All monies paid to Wandering Aengus Treks are held in trust by an independent authority until the completion of your holiday. Unlike other schemes which depend on insurance payouts or bonds with third party organisations such as ABTA, in the unlikely event of our insolvency, getting your money back is a simple one-step process. Details of the independent trustees are provided with your booking confirmation.


Our unique name comes from the poem 'The Song of Wandering Aengus' by William Butler Yeats


Wandering Aengus Treks Directors

Pete Royall

Pete Royall

Pete Royall was born and raised on Walney Island in Cumbria. By the age of fourteen he was spending most of his weekends exploring the mountains and valleys of the Lake District National Park, before travelling further afield to the Alps and the world's 'Greater Ranges'. Between 1992 and 2001, Pete made his living from leading treks and expeditions to the Himalaya, Karakoram and the South American Andes, working for Britain's premier real adventure travel company, KE Adventure Travel. Since 2001 Pete has been settled in the Lake District and can reach the 2000 foot contour in 20 minutes of his back door. Pete’s passion for the mountains and especially the English Lake District, remains undiminished.

Karen Royall

Karen Royall

Karen is our organising genius. Prior to setting up Wandering Aengus with Pete she had a successful career as an Executive P.A. in the City of London. Karen's love of wild places and of the natural world goes back to childhood excursions to North Wales and now extends to far flung places having trekked and climbed in the French and Swiss Alps, the India and Nepal Himalaya, and in Pakistan's formidable Karakoram Mountains under the shadow of K2. In her adopted home of the Lake District, Karen is a keen fell walker and scrambler. It is Karen's commitment to providing the very best for her clients that is the defining principle of our company.