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August Bank Holiday Weekend in the Lake District
This August Bank Holiday, Love To Hike will be back in the Lake District for its third long weekend based at Glaramara Hotel in Borrowdale. The Lake District is National Park in Cumbria famous for its glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fell mountains. It is spectacularly beautiful. FEEDBACK FROM 2017 This will be Love To Hikes' third long weekend to the Lake District staying at Glaramara Hotel. Here is some of the feedback from the 2017 trip: • 'What a great weekend!' • 'Lovely weekend with an amazing bunch.' • 'Fantastic hiking. Really great company.' • 'A fabulous weekend everyone!' • 'I thoroughly enjoyed the hiking, scenery, accommodation.' • '10 out of 10 experience for my first hiking weekend via Meetup!' • 'A brilliant weekend!' • ' This was another epic L2H weekend - great organisation, lots of exercise, a great variety of scenery, lovely, friendly and positive people, excellent food, lots of moss, ferns, and flowering heather, some waterfalls and crossing streams several times each day. So much beauty, and a healthy dose of adventure. It was great, and well-worth the money :-).' Dates: Friday 24th August – Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018. Start and finish: Surbiton Station, Victoria Road, Surbiton Surrey KT5 4PE. Start: 07:30 prompt - this is the time we leave, so you need to arrive around 0720. Estimated finish: 20:00 but depends on the time we leave the Lake District and the traffic. THE LAKE DISTRICT The Lake District contains all the land in England that is above 3,000 feet (910 metres) including Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain at 978 metres above sea level. The Lake District is also home to the deepest (Wastwater) and longest (Windermere) lakes in England. The Lake District is also famous for its associations with the early 19th century writings of the poet, William Wordsworth. THE LONG AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND The plan for the long weekend is: · To travel by car to the Lake District on the Friday morning. All drivers for the weekend will be leaving from Surbiton station at 0730 prompt. Therefore, please plan to arrive around 0720 at the latest. · Upon our arrival in the Lakes, to do a mid-afternoon Love To Hike of 6½ miles (10 kilometres) from Pooley Bridge on the banks of Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District. The circular route starts along the shore of Ullswater before climbing to the base of the crags under Barton Fell. Our highest point is a modest 325 metres above sea level from where there are glorious views over Ullswater and the Helvellyn range. · We will then drive for about 50 minutes to reach our accommodation, Glaramara Hotel. Glaramara Hotel is located in the Borrowdale valley at Seatoller. Dinner is at 19:30. · On the Saturday, our Love To Hike will start from our accommodation and take us to the top of Scafell Pike (978 meters), England’s highest mountain. Scafell Pike is a bleak rocky wilderness whose naked walls are surmounted by sharp pinnacles. From the top of Scafell Pike, there are glorious views of Wast Water, the deepest lake in the Lake District. The circular route is 12 miles (20 kilometres) starting and finishing form Glaramara Hotel. Our ascent is via Seathwaite and Styhead Pass and our descent via Stockley Bridge and Seathwaite. Depending on when we arrive back at Glaramara Hotel, there may be time for a second short Love To Hike in the immediate vicinity before dinner. • On Sunday, we hike from Glaramara Hotel and head towards the Honister Pass. From the Honister Pass, we start the Newlands Horseshoe which is regarded as one of the finest ridge hikes. The circular route is 13½ miles (23 kilometres) and takes in four summits. It provides magnificent views over Derwent Water, Borrowdale, Buttermere and the Newlands valley. • On Bank Holiday Monday, our final Love To Hike is a circular 8½ miles (14 kilometers) route that explores Borrowdale. Many people consider Borrowdale to be the loveliest valley in England. From Glaramara Hotel, we take the cars heading towards Keswick and park close to Grange village. From here, we head north along the western side of the Borrowdale valley. We continue heading north to reach the southern edge of Derwent Water which we follow to Barrow Bay. We then do a U-turn and head south to the well-known viewpoints of Ashness Bridge and Surprise View. From Surprise View, we continue heading south following Watendlath Beck to reach the isolated hamlet of Watendlath and Watendlath Tarn. From Watendlath Tarn, we continue south west to reach Resting Stone before turning north to return to the cars. • We will then return by car to London. Note: For safety reasons on any given day, it may be necessary to do some alternative Love To Hikes depending on the weather conditions or if visibility is impaired. HIKING ALTERNATIVES On some days, you may prefer a day off from hiking. On such days, you can: • Take a bus from Seatoller to Keswick and then another bus from Keswick which stops in Grasmere (Lake Grasmere and Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth which is now the Wordsworth Museum), Rydal (Rydal Water), Ambleside (picturesque village at the northern end of Lake Windermere where you can take a ferry) and Windermere (lots of ferries). • Take the Honister Rambler Bus from Seatoller which goes to Keswick and stops at the Honister Pass, Lake Buttermere and Whinlatter Forest Park. • From Ambleside or Windermere take the Coniston Rambler bus to Hawkshead and Coniston (Lake Coniston is the third largest 'lake' and is famous for the Campbell's Bluebird world water speed records in the 1930's and 1950's). • Explore Keswick and then take a boat trip on Derwent Water. • Chill out at our accommodation. ACCOMMODATION Once again, we will stay at Glaramara Hotel which boasts glorious, scenic views of the Borrowdale Fells. Nestled into the hillside, Glaramara Hotel is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape and its serene setting is a haven of tranquility. Glaramara Hotel is located at Seatoller about 7 miles south of Keswick. It is extremely popular and securing accommodation is difficult. Neverthelss, by booking in April 2017, I managed to secure three single ensuite rooms and six twin ensuites. The ensuite rooms have all been recently refurbished to a high standard, are double glazed and equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, towels and free Wi-Fi. FOOD We will be on a full board package which includes three hearty breakfasts, three 'fit for hikers' packed lunches and three three course evening dinners. · Breakfast is at 0815 and is self-service buffet style with the option of continental or full English. · Packed lunches consist of one sandwich (choice of five fillings), a bag of crisps, a bottle of water, a piece of fruit, a muesli bar and a slice of home-made cake. · Evening dinner is three courses and is served at 1930. At breakfast each morning, you will need to specify your choice for each of the three courses. Both the quality and quantity of food is exceptionally good and Glaramara Hotel is able to cater for both vegetarians and vegans. The chef has won numerous awards, cooked form Her Majesty The Queen and his philosophy is ‘keep it local, keep it seasonal and keep up with trends.’ BAR Glaramara Hotel also has a bar. WHAT TO BRING · Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that have been broken-in, ideally with ankle support. No new boots and no trainers. · Waterproof jacket: whatever the weather, we hike. · Water: 2 litres minimum and preferably 3 litres · Pre-packed picnic lunch and snacks for the car journey · Day pack · Sunglasses, sun hat and sun protection · Warm hat and gloves just in case · Gaiters or waterproof over trousers if rain is expected – it is known as the Lake District for a reason! · Torch · Whistle · A light polythene survival bag is essential if the weather suddenly turns adverse · Dry base layer for the journey home on Monday · Camera · Money for the bar and car journeys · Hiking poles TRANSPORT Transport to and from the Lake District will be by car. Public transport is possible but inconvenient involving a train from London Euston to Penrith followed by a bus to Keswick and then a second bus from Keswick to Seatoller. An off-peak return from London to Penrith alone costs over £100 and GroupSave is not available on Virgin Trains. Travel by car is therefore the more convenient, more flexible and much cheaper option. PRICE The price for the long weekend varies by room type: • Single ensuite: £450 - fully booked • Twin ensuite: £415 per person - fully booked The price includes: · Transport by car to and from the Lake District from Surbiton station on Friday August 24th returning to Surbiton station on Bank Holiday Monday August 27th · Four guided Love To Hikes over four days that explore different parts of the Borrowdale Valley and Ullswater · Three nights dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation · Three packed lunches Excluded from the price are: · Picnic lunch on Friday · Travel to and from Surbiton station · Any other incidental expenditure (i.e. drinks at the bar) that are not included within the price above. GROUP SIZE There are seventeen places available. DRIVERS If you are a driver and willing to take up to 3 passengers from a London station of your choice in zones 1 to 6 to and from the Lake District, you will receive a £60 discount and a further £60 discount for each passenger you chauffeur. This offer is available on a first come basis for up to four drivers. Thus, as a driver, the price of the long weekend is reduced by up to £240. BOOKING Upon booking there is a £100 non-refundable deposit with the balance due at the start of July. To book, click on the ‘Yes’ button just below ‘Are you going?’ in the top right hand corner. You can pay from either your PayPal account or with your debit or credit card. Once the long weekend is fully booked, there is a wait list. Some spaces may become available which can be bought privately on a first come first saved basis from anyone posting a ‘space for sale’ comment. DISCLAIMER When participating in any outdoor activity, there is always the risk of injury and death. When hiking with members of Love To Hike, you acknowledge that: · You are fully aware of all of the risks involved and accept full responsibility for whatever may happen to you during or after any hike. · You are in good health, ‘fit to hike’ and capable of keeping the pace for the duration of the hikes. · You shall wear sturdy hiking boots that have been broken-in, are in good condition (not brand new), and clothing that is appropriate for the time of year and any weather conditions that may arise during the hikes. · You shall not hold responsible, nor pursue any legal, injury or financial compensation claim against Love To Hike and or the hike leader for anything that may happen to you during or after any of the hikes.

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LOVE TO HIKE caters for more experienced 'long haul' hikers who prefer longer, faster, harder hikes. No other group hikes as far as often as Love To Hike and no other group has such a large a repertoire of different routes as Love To Hike.

All Love To Hikes are set in the magnificent countryside to the west and south of London. All routes start and finish from a train station and include scheduled indoor toilet stops wherever possible. Love To Hikes are a minimum of 15 miles (25 kilometres) and a maximum of 30 miles (50 kilometres). Nevetheless, most of the Love To Hikes are between 15 to 20 miles (25 to 32 kilometres). This means that even in the middle of winter, Love To Hike goes further than the best of the rest manage at the height of summer.

There is a Love To Hike most weekends throughout the year and whatever the weather, we hike. Love To Hikes generally alternate between Saturdays and Sundays. We hike at a sensible brisk pace of around three miles (five kilometres) per hour and ‘hunt the hills’. The maximum number for a Love To Hike is 20.


LOVE TO HIKE's weekends are generally considered to be the best organised hiking weekends around. The weekends already confirmed for 2018 are: Easter in the Gower Peninsula (March 30 - April 2), Big Black Mountains Challenge (May 11-13) and the Lake District (August 24-27).

Previous weekends have included: Big Black Mountains Challenge, Vanguard Way, Isle of Wight Coastal Path, New Forest, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, Jurassic Coast, Snowdonia, Exmoor and Hadrian's Wall Path.

In summer 2018, there will be another opportunity to experience Love To Hike's Western Mongolia Hiking Adventure. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, 15-day, wilderness hiking adventure in the land of blue skies. The dates are Saturday July 21st to Saturday August 4th.


LOVE TO HIKE appeals to lovers of the great outdoors who are already ‘fit to hike’ rather than novices aspiring to walk to get fit. Love To Hike is a mini United Nations attracting a broad mix of hikers with a shared passion for exploring beautiful countryside. Love To Hikers are mainly based in and around Greater London although there are members living as far afield as Australia, Kenya, Mongolia, Singapore and the USA.


LOVE TO HIKE is run by Paul New. Paul has led over 300 day hikes. Paul has hiked on every continent and has a reputation for leading longer, faster, harder hikes.

During the week, Paul is a freelance strategy consultant who works at board level with many well-known blue chips companies. Paul has an economics degree from Cambridge University. In his spare time, he is a ‘hunt the hills’ road cyclist, mountain biker and one of the regulars at his local gym.


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