For sheer scenic splendour, few places in England can measure up to the outlandishly beautiful Lake District, where Wordsworth, Coleridge and their Romantic compatriots famously sought their poetic muse in the 19th century. The landscape of the Lakes is as breathtaking as any you’ll find in Switzerland or the French Alps – a sweeping panorama of humpbacked mountains, razorblade crags and scree-covered hillsides, strewn with mountainous tarns and some of the largest natural lakes anywhere in England.
With such a wealth of natural riches, it’s hardly surprising that the Lake District is one of the country’s favourite places for savouring the great outdoors, but there’s much more to this region than fine views – it’s also packed with history and culture, from the abandoned slate mines around Honister and the ruined abbey of Furness to the literary landmarks of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both former homes of one
Cost: Early bird price £85 including 2 nights at a hostel, 2 walks. There is a paypal fee on top of this, so if you are not paying directly to my account, please make sure you add enough to cover this. Please pay the deposit at RSVP and the remainder of the fee into this account or the entire fee into my account (but please email me to let me know if you decide to do that: http://www.adventureclub.biz/pages/Bank_account/
The early bird price only available if you pay the remainder of the fee by the end of May. If you book after this time, the price will raise to £105. The reminder of the money needs to be paid directly into my bank account by end of July the latest.
Train journey is not included and costs £93.10, at the time of posting the event.
Day 1 (Friday)
Meeting time: I will be going to the lakes early in the morning to check out some more routes and make sure everything is ready for you there. However you could meet up in the station to take a train from Euston together. You will need to change once (at Oxenholme Lake District) and you should arrive in Windermere at 20:34pm. From there you can share cabs to Ambleside YHA hostel (cabs not inclued, but should be around £2-3 per person). I will be meeting you at the hostel.
After checking in we may have a quick drink but we will try to go to sleep early to make sure we are ready for the hike on Saturday.
Day 2 (Saturday)
A circular walk from Ambleside to Grasmere.
Distance: 8 miles/13km
Ascent: 558 feet/170m
Time: 5 hours without stops
The walk is on good level paths with excellent views. It passes two small lakes, William Wordsworth's house, coffee shops, pubs and shops in Grasmere.
In the evening if we have time we can take boats out for a spin on the lake (not included) or just go to check out the local bars/restaurants, depending on how much energy we have left.
Day 3 (Sunday)
A circular walk from Ambleside:
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 3 1/2 hours without stops
Terrain: park land, narrow lanes, stony footpaths. rocky knolls, tarns and bridleways. We will do a short detour to see Stock Ghyll waterfalls.
Coming back: 6:04pm train from Windermere and arrive in Euston Station at 9:21pm.
Hostel: We will be staying at Ambleside YHA (in mixed dorms. (http://www.amblesidebackpackers.com/)
A piece of advice:
What to Bring / Wear:
Waterproof walking boots Jacket and over trousers Hat Gloves Sun cream Camera Rucksack
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