Escape London this Easter to the Lake District - England's largest and best loved National Park
Stay in a converted rural mansion on the banks of Lake Derwent, be catered for by our group chefs Andy and Tracie and let us take you on some breath taking hikes with spectacular views.
The Lake District is England's only truly mountainous region and contains the most beautiful scenery in the country. Discover quaint towns, spectacular mountain ridges, lush valleys and sparkling lakes.
We are staying in an old country mansion hostel that's been converted into a hostel and is set in a remote location in the woodland on the edge of Lake Derwent, nestling at the base of Catbells hill with the picturesque town of Keswick just a few miles away. We'll hike some of the classic and best loved mountains in the Lake District.
We'll have two hike leaders each day so we can split into smaller groups and can have 2 slightly varying routes (both will still be very tough).
You an also set off on a gentle self guided walk from the hostel if you prefer for a day or it's easy to catch a boat around the Lake and into Keswick from the hostel garden.
Please remember, these are tough mountain hikes of 5 to 7 hours per day and are not for beginners.
Friday 18th April
Arrive in the evening when we shall have a barbecue from which will be a great opportunity to get to know everyone and enjoy the hostel and it's setting by Lake Derwent.
Saturday 19th April
Saturday's hike: Skiddaw
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Grading: Mountain >click here for details<
Walking time: About 5.5 to 6 hours of actual walking
Standing proud at 931m Skiddaw is the 4th highest mountain in England. It's location and separation from the other high peaks gives it the most fantastic views out over the Lake District. In the evening we shall return to the hostel for a delicious home cooked meal.
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
Sunday 20th April
Sunday's hike: Helvellyn
Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) dependant on route chosen on the day
Grading: Mountain/Technical >click here for details<
Walking time: About 5.5 to 6.5 hours of actual walking
At 950m Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in England. We will take a classic route up from Ullswater Lake and along Swirral/Striding Edge (weather dependant) which provides some good scrambling and then on to the Glenridding Skyline and the Helvellyn range, taking some stops to admire the views that have made Helvellyn such a legendary hike.
We'll then head into Keswick to sample the local delicacies for dinner - we should be there by 7:30pm, but safest to book your table for 8pm
Please note: If it's wet, there is low cloud or the weather is not good, we cannot take the scrambling route for safety reasons. Scrambling carries a risk of injury or death in any weather and is probably the most dangerous of all mountain activities. For more info please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrambling
Monday 21st April
Monday's hike: Cat Bells
Distance: 4 to 6 miles TBC on day
Grading: Mountain >click here for details<
Walking time: About 2 to 3 hours of actual walking
We will have a gentler and less demanding hike over the stunning Cat Bells hill which has impressive and panoramic views of Lake Derwent.
Cost and Payment
All payments are non-refundable and non transferable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled. Once full payment has been received you may sell your space to a member of the same sex.
For details of how to make payment and the account details as well as details of how to pull out/buy a space, please see the link below:
Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost for Saturday, Sunday and Monday and dinner will be provided for Friday and Saturday evening. Essentially this is a fully catered trip except for Sunday night where we will head into Keswick to sample the local cuisine and enjoy this enchanting town.
We can cater for vegetarians if ordered at least 3 days in advance. Any other dietary requirements, intolerances or allergies need to be checked and confirmed with us before booking a space on this trip.
You will need transport to, from and during the trip. We cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help you arrange this, we have set up the following lift share discussion. Please contact people via this forum and post here if you can offer or need a lift:
The price includes:
• 3 nights hostel accommodation (mainly 6 bed rooms with 1x8 and 1x10)
• Breakfast and packed lunches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Dinner on 2 nights (1 night will be a barbecue)
• Two main hikes by a trained guide (Walk Group Leader (MTE), Mountain Leader (MTE) and a qualified First Aider). One additional hike leader on each day too who is very experienced and a trained Outdoor Activity First Aider
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.
The price doesn’t include:
• Transport between London and the Lake District and during the trip (please contact us if you would like help arranging a lift share/transport options
• Drinks and personal expenses
• Dinner on Sunday night where we shall eat out in Keswick
Your safety is very important to us and the main hikes are led by a very experienced and also trained hike guide - both Walk Group Leader (MTE), Mountain Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. In addition we will also have another hike leader who has lead a number of hikes for the group and is a qualified First Aider. We detail our hikes so you can see what you're signing up for, but in the rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury and you need to come equipped for the activity you've chosen to participate in.
Appropriate walking clothes and footwear. Hiking boots are strongly advisable for safety as well as warm clothes as are waterproof trousers. A waterproof jacket should be considered essential - >for more info please click here<
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