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Easter - The Lake District - Its Dark Side - Remote & Unforgettable - Join Us

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Price: £195.00 /per person
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Want an Easter Escape where you can truly discover and enjoy spectacular scenery, peace and tranquillity? Join us to walk and explore the wonderful Ennerdale Valley, on the western fringe of the Lake District, one of its most beautiful, least spoilt, quietest and glaciated valleys offering direct access to Lakeland's remotest mountains, valleys and fells.

Easter - The Lake District- Its Dark Side - Remote & Unforgettable


COST £195 Inclusive of:

Quality minibus transport to and from the Lake District (If you wish to bring a car the discount is -£15 per person and if car drivers wish to arrive Friday instead of -£15)

4 X Nights Hostel Accommodation in shared rooms (allocated by gender) - we advice you to read hostel facilities description prior to booking. If you prefer privacy a camping option with you own equipment is available (sorry no discount possible)

4 X Continental Breakfasts Fri/Sat/Sun/Monday

3 X Packed Lunches (Fri, Sat, sun)

3 X Evening Meals (Fri,sat, Sun)

3 X days of Guided walk - option of high or low level or simply relax or sketch and simply do you own thing in this superb location

You will need to bring along your sleeping bags or duvet, pillowcase, towels and a head torch or torch.

Does not include:

Food whilst travelling

Alcoholic or soft drinks - you need to bring your own supplies and do remember this is a very remote location - we are miles from the nearest pub!

Personal Insurance

Note: On London Escape weekends to keep costs as low as possible we will share the chores but these will be well organised and we will make it part of the fun.


I know your escape time is precious and on London Escape weekends I like to maximise your time away in beautiful locations and this weekend will offer you four nights and therefore 3 full days of walks in the Lake District. The downside is that it is 315 miles from London .... probably 6/7 hours but it is a very special location.

We encourage green travel and seats are available on comfortable mini-coach/minibus and these will depart at 2pm or 6:00pm. Exact numbers on each departure will depend on demand but please do remember the 6pm departure will arrive at Ennerdale very late! But three wonderful days lie ahead!

The Lake District

The Lake District has many beautiful lakes, mountains, walks and beauty spots such as Grassmere, Ambleside, Windemere and Kendal. But I promise you Ennerdale once visited can never be forgotten.

I seek to take London Escapees to wild, remote and stunning locations. Staying here in the Lower Gillerthwaite Field Centre in the Ennerdale Valley, in the heart of beautiful Ennerdale I promise you will experience remoteness!

So remote in fact that the Field Centre hostel ( (registered charity) where we will be staying is now an accredited Dark Sky Discovery ( site, part of the UK Dark Sky Discovery Partnership, and the first in North-West England. This is a network of national, local astronomy and environmental organisations which aims to engage people with the night sky.

You will be miles away from the nearest street lamps, so it really does get very dark outside. So dark in fact, that the Milky Way is easily visible with the naked eye on a clear dark night . . . so why not bring a telescope with you?

On this escape I aim to keep you away from crowds and queues, help you to be free, to enjoy our guided walks, to explore and discover unspoilt scenery and natural habitats. Direct from our base in an unique outdoor field centre surrounded by mountains such as Red Pike and Pillar Rock and lakes that offer all that one would wish for from our stunning natural environment.

Our weekend home Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, situated at the head of Ennerdale Water (Grid Ref: NY139141), is accessed via a forestry track (closed to the general public) which flanks Ennerdale Water leaving the nearest public road about 2 miles away. It has its roots as an 17th Century Lakeland farmhouse, and was once one of the largest and most important sheep farms in England.

The centre provides central heated, bunk house accommodation with all the usual outdoor group facilities including kitchen, dining room, hot showers, drying room and lounge with open fire.

It also have a number of unique features which include atmosphere, as the Centre has to generate its own electricity, a few years ago in late evening the generator would go off and visitors revert to more traditional means of lighting. However now thanks to its own hydro-electric plant power is more reliable.

It is an an incredible location and venue and has been described as "what staying a hostel used to be like". It has a fabulous rustic and rural appeal but it is a hostel with shared rooms so please do read the facilities description prior to booking.

Around the centre we have assorted wildlife including Galloway cattle, Red Squirrels, Owls, Voles, Foxes, Roe Deer and Arctic Char.

Walking itinerary

We will offer both high and low level guided walks but please remember on our London Escape trips walking is never compulsory, encouraged of course but if you feel like doing your own thing, sketching, relaxing and not even putting on a pair of boots that is OK with us.

We will have a chat each night to discuss the next day’s walks and you will be able to opt into the walk of your choice. The walk routes themselves will be influenced as always by the weather.

One of the walks will always be suitable for the less experienced or new walkers, but you do need to be walking fit and happy to walk at least 5/6 miles before the trip.

The importance of good boots and waterproof clothing has to be stressed.We do have a small equipment store if you need to borrow any waterproof clothing or boots, just let me know and I will try and help.

Be assured the Lake District National Park is a delectable landscape of lakes and mountains, valleys and waterfalls and offers a particular “Englishness” which marks it as different not only from the Scottish Highlands, but even from nearby Snowdonia. From all the major peaks you look down on peaceful, green, wooded valleys, which have a lushness that you might associate with the gentler landscapes further south. The Lake District is remarkably compact, with many lakes, reservoirs, dramatic hills and fells. Chief amongst them are the four 3000 foot (915m) peaks, England’s highest mountains Scafell Pike, Sca Fell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. The ice-age had a striking effect on the landscape as the glaciers moved they scoured out and rounded the main valleys into their present U-Shapes, leaving tributary “Hanging valleys” stranded high up the sides from which water cascades down in spectacular falls.

Quite simply, this escape offers you some unique scenery and a fabulous range of walks.

More detailed information is available below on itinerary, menus, safety responsibilities and items to bring and on these links ( ( http://www.wildennerda ( (

Do join our amazing London Escape to the Lake District and truly discover.

RSVP now and £50 deposit will be payable either by internet banking or credit card.

Deposit must be paid by February 6th 2013 to secure your place.

Internet Banking: Account Number 10111075 Sort Code 162129

or via card Secure payment site ( (

Do remember for both to use transaction reference LELAKES PLUS your initials or name


Thursday 28th March:

DEPART: 2:00pm or 6:15pm Depart Chorleywood Station (Metropolitan Line)

ARRIVE: Expect a 6.5/7 hour journey time. It is 315 miles from departure point - so late arrival and very late for some.

When booking please let me know preferred departure time but note I cannot guarantee booked time until numbers/choices are known.

Friday 29th March:

9:30am Continental Breakfast

10:30am Depart for walks

4/5:00pm Return to hostel (Tea & Cakes)

8:00pm Evening Meal

Saturday 30th March:

8:30am Continental Breakfast

9:45am Depart for walks

4/5:00pm Return to hostel (Tea & Cakes)

8:00pm Evening Meal

Sunday 31st March:

8:30am Continental Breakfast

9:45am Depart for walks

2:30 pm Return to hostel (tea & Cakes)

8:00pm Evening Meal

Monday 1st April:

8:30am Continental Breakfast

10:00am Depart Ennerdale

Tour We will drive through Lake District on way home

8:00pm Approximate arrival home

Further Information is available below on Menus, safety responsibilities and items to bring.


Thursday:Please bring along your own snacks whilst travelling. Note distance from Chorleywood to Ennerdale is 315 miles.

Friday Evening Meal

Pate & Salad


Spaghetti Bolognaise (Meat & Vegetable option)


Gateau or Cheesecake


Saturday is Curry Night

Selection of starters


Kochi Chicken Curry or Prawn & Green Mango Curry


Cauliflower & Potato Curry

Chettiar Aubergine Curry


Indian Sweets


Sunday Dinner

Celeriac & Parsley Soup with crumbled Stilton


Steak Diane with Rice & vegetables


Asparagus & goats Cheese Tart


Italian Bread & Butter Pudding (by popular demand)


Breakfast Menu

Porridge, home-made muesli and a selection of cereals

Orange/Apple Juice & Boiled eggs

Toast with jam/marmalade/butter


Packed Lunch (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

1 x Sandwich

1 x Chocolate Biscuit

1 x Bag of crisps

1 x fruit

Afternoon: Biscuits and cakes on our return from walks & visits

Tea & coffee available

for your flasks


Please feel free to bring along wine, beer or soft drinks to accompany the meals - the pub is many miles away!

Menu may be subject to change and vegetarians including vegans can be catered for but do let me know any special dietary requirements in advance.

Please remember to bring along a duvet or sleeping bag and pillowcase, towel, suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear, (please remember that weather conditions can be bitterly cold and wet even in our summer!), and flasks if hot drinks on walks are required.

Safety Responsibilities

Walks with a leader will be available but I would ask you to carefully note that participation is on the basis of the BMC statement below and that you are personally responsible for your own safety and have a duty of care to all others in the group as you participate on the basis of a “responsible adult”.

Neither voluntary leaders nor Walkfree Breakfree Ltd (supporting this event) have liability in the event of an incident or accident.

A general, informal description of the walk will be given, and if possible this will be related to the Ramblers Association descriptors but it is your own personal responsibility to make the decision to join a particular group taking in account your own physical fitness, medical conditions and general well being. No liability can be accepted.

For those of you who have not yet been on one of our London Escape weekends and perhaps are a little wary I can assure you we encourage and welcome new members to achieve that little bit more in respect of walking (pace will be adjusted to suit). So please, take this opportunity to join us, and remember if you have any concerns or general questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available on 07889165278 or email me

Walk: can be enjoyed by anyone who is walking fit or reasonably active. Our aim is to encourage participation and to be active surrounded by amazing scenery.

Weather: We are blessed in the UK with four seasons - wonderful but it is a shame at least two of them can be on the same day! Do check the weather forecast and come prepared with clothing suitable for the day - if you need any advice do not hesitate to contact me.

What to Bring:

Duvet or sleeping bag

Head Torch


Boots suitable for walking on country & mountain paths (remember they might get wet and muddy)

Waterproof jacket/trousers & warm clothing

Small rucksack for drinks/snacks, camera (sun tan cream - yes it might be sunny)

A little money for refreshments

As always your lovely sense of fun, humour and companionship


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