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Welcome to Mountain Hikes! Sociable & Friendly Guided Hiking Breaks & Holidays

We are now close to 10,000 Mountain Hikers including several Meetup groups, Facebook and Website followers and all weekends and treks are still personally run by Samantha Yen Yau and Kevin Blissett.

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We focus on smaller group breaks of around 15 to 20, because we believe this is the ideal group size to manage safely and give everyone the opportunity to meet each other and make friends. We have run larger groups, but we feel they can become impersonal and more difficult to manage safely.

We also specialise in areas that we know well and love, as we think this gives us the ability to give a more personal view of the areas where we are walking. We live in the Lake District and so we organise several breaks every year to this beautiful part of the country. We also know and love Scotland, so run several breaks to our favourite places there as well.

Kevin is a fully qualified International Mountain Leader, so this allows us to lead groups to some of our favourite and best known locations in Europe including the Alps and Spain.

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Tea & Homemade Cake
A popular feature of all of our weekends has become Yen's homemade cakes. This is a delicious and rewarding way to finish all of our hikes.

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Fitness
We welcome people of all nationalities and backgrounds, the only requirement is a love of the outdoors and a good level of fitness. Our hiking weekends, treks and yoga hiking weekends are aimed at people who are already reasonably fit and are happy to walk for most of the day in hilly and rocky environments.

RSVP numbers
You may notice that some breaks and trips are showing with more people booked than you can see on the Meetup page. This is because we also have other Meetup groups and our own website (www.mountainhikes.co.uk) where we take bookings.

Other ways of following us and keeping up to date
We have a Facebook page so you can keep up to date with our latest events, activities and updates and the address of this page is:
https://www.facebook.com/lakesmountainhikes/
This is where you can read our latest reviews by going to the reviews section of our Facebook Page.

We keep our Blog page on the website fairly up to date with our latest trips and you can browse through these to read about previous weekends and trips.
http://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/blog-classic/

Yoga Hikes
We also run yoga hikes breaks for those who enjoy yoga and hiking and you can find out more about these trips on our yoga hikes pages.
https://www.meetup.com/Yoga-Hikes-Midlands/
http://yogahikes.co.uk/

Some reviews from other previous meetups are below:

"A Fantastic hiking weekend; big thank you to Kevin leading the hike and great routes with beautiful scenic views......The group was lovely, friendly people to talk too and lots of laughs......I will never forget this wonderful walking break...... well planned and friendly Hosts." - Mark

"I enjoyed every minute of this weekend! Nice hostel, great walks in beautiful nature, good weather and most of all fantastic company! Thanks to everyone for making it such a lovely trip but an extra huge thank you to Yen and Kevin for looking after us so well. " - Malin

Upcoming events (2)

Hike Ben Nevis & Explore Glencoe, Scotland - August Bank Holiday

Birmingham New Street Railway Station

A strenuous, but spectacular long weekend hiking in the historic and majestic Glencoe to climb to the summit of Ben Nevis and explore the surrounding area. The Hostel is a wonderful old building which has been modernised throughout and now offers 4 bedrooms which sleep up to 24 guests. The building itself dates back several centuries and is built in traditional crofting farmhouse style. The outlook from around the hostel is magnificent with sweeping views of the glen. We are close to the famous Clachaig Inn where you can pop in for a drink or listen to live music. All meals will be provided, accommodation and guiding are also included and there is an optional pickup from Glasgow airport. The area is famous for its rugged mountain landscapes, stunning sea lochs and beautiful glens and Glencoe is at the centre of this region and offers some of the most spectacular views, walks and landscapes in the UK. We will be staying at the Glencoe Independent Hostel, which is in the heart of Glencoe and surrounded with spectacular scenery and is just a short walk from the Clachaig Inn. The highlight of our long weekend will be a hike to the summit of Ben Nevis, but we will also take in other mountain walks around Glencoe. Glencoe really is one of the most iconic and memorable places you’ll visit in Scotland and whilst you are here we will fully explore the mountains, glens, forests and waterfalls – it’s a wonderful playground for those who love the great outdoors! We are quite likely to come across some wildlife during our stay too, as its often possible to see roe and red deer in the grounds as well as pine martens, buzzards and many other birds. So join us for a great long weekend of hiking in the area around Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Just a few reviews from a previous Ben Nevis Weekend: “Thank you all, with extra special thanks to both Yen and Kevin, for such a brilliant weekend away – not just a weekend of hiking but of good food and company xx ” – JH “Thanks for an amazing weekend! Great to meet you all :)” – MH “Best weekend! Thanks so much everyone xxx” – TA “Thanks Kevin. It was a fantastic weekend. Lovely people, great company and we were very lucky with the weather which was an unexpected bonus.” – TF You can also read the Blog write up of a previous trip here: Website Blog update on previous trip (https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/climb-ben-nevis/) ____________________________________________________________________ Accommodation The Hostel is a wonderful old building which has been modernised throughout and now offers 4 bedrooms which sleep up to 24 guests. Our maximum group size for this trip will be 20. The building itself dates back several centuries and is built in traditional crofting farmhouse style. The outlook from around the hostel is magnificent with sweeping views of the glen. The hostel provides warm comfy beds with all bed linen provided and there is heating in all bedrooms as well as a welcoming open log fire in the cosy lounge. There are hot showers, as well as a well equipped kitchen, separate dining room and a fantastic drying room with commercial de-humidifier. There is no need to be separated from the world of work and friends at home (unless you want to be!) as there is a metered internet terminal available for use and free wi-fi in reception. _________________________________________________________________ Walks The walking for this weekend is graded hard and therefore you need to have a good level of fitness and experience of hill and mountain walking in order to make the most of this weekend. We will aim to hike to the summit of Ben Nevis on the Sunday but we will be keeping an eye on the weather forecast so may decide to move the days around depending on how this is looking. We will arrange a group pickup from the hostel to the base of Ben Nevis where we will take the direct route to the summit. The summit is at 1344m and as we start virtually at sea level the route takes us up the full 1344m of ascent in order to reach the top. To climb Ben Nevis, the main path breaks into three main sections. The first part of the climb heads up from Glen Nevis and tracks above the Glen for a while before veering left and up above the Red Burn towards the Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. This gives a convenient place for a break and re-group and check up on how everyone is coping. The second section is the famous zig-zags. Here the trail switches back and forth as it climbs the western flank of the mountain. Its a good trail and goes up at a steady gradient and so we stop at several points on the way up. Once we reach the top of the zig zags, the final stage of the climb begins. The path flattens out a bit and takes a more direct route towards the summit over a large boulder field. The track is well used and is not a technically difficult walk but it is steep and will take a full day of 7-9 hours to complete. On Saturday (our first days hiking) we will hike to the summit of the Pap of Glencoe. This is a great local hike, with some steep sections, but it is about half the height of Ben Nevis. So it is an ideal training day out, to get your mountain legs moving, check your gear and enjoy some great scenery all at the same time. It is quite a rocky summit, with a little bit of Scrambling, but the views from the top are magnificent. We get views of the full length of Loch Leven and out to sea and we can even get a view of the summit of Ben Nevis. On Monday, we still have time for a good half day walk. For those feeling fit there will be the option to hike up the Lost Valley from Glencoe. This walk gives superb views of the main Glen, but is also a great hike up a narrow ravine following a tumbling river. At the top the valley opens out into a magnificent view of the Lost valley surrounding by steep cliffs and high mountains. There will also be a less strenuous option to do a lovely scenic walk to the village of Glencoe and the Loch, through woodland and beside lochans (small lake). Notes : 1) Depending on numbers, we will have two hike leaders each day 2) If the weather looks more favourable for hiking Ben Nevis on Saturday, then we may switch around the Pap of Glencoe and Ben Nevis hikes. _______________________________________________________________ Costs and Bookings Total cost for the weekend £235 plus optional £50 return transfer from Glasgow airport to Glencoe (must be booked and paid in advance, only 16 spaces available) Small group size : 20 To book, RSVP now and pay your deposit of £75 by clicking on the link below to confirm your place. https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/tours/ben-nevis-hiking-weekend/ The balance will be due 8 weeks before the meetup date, and you should arrange a bank transfer for this. Bank details are below : Bank Account Mountain Hikes Sort Code[masked] Account No[masked] (please quote ‘Aug Ben Nevis’ plus your name) Your place is only confirmed once full payment is received. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Refund Policy If we cancel or reschedule the meetup, refunds will be made. If a member cancels in advance of the meetup, a refund will only be made if the place is re-filled. We pre-book and pay for all of the accommodation months in advance, so appreciate prompt payment of the deposit and balance. Our full terms and conditions can be found here : http://www.meetup.com/Lakes-Mountain-Hikes/files/ ______________________________________________________________ Includes: Guided walks on all days, all meals, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner on all days and accommodation in private bunk rooms. Local transport on Ben Nevis day Does not include: Travel to Scotland, optional airport transfer _______________________________________________________________ Planned Schedule for the weekend Friday 18:30 pick up from Glasgow Airport 20:30 arrive at Glencoe Hostel 21:00 dinner at the hostel Saturday 8:00 – 9:00 breakfast 9:30 depart for walk(Pap of Glencoe) 14:00 return from walk, tea and cake available The afternoon is free to relax/rest or visit the Clachaig pub before our Ben Nevis day tomorrow 19:00 dinner Sunday 7:30 – 8:30 breakfast 8:30 transport to Fort William for Ben Nevis 17:30 transport back to Hostel 19:30 dinner Monday 7:30 – 8:30 breakfast 9:30 depart for day walk (two options) 14:00 return from day walk 14:30 Depart for Glasgow Airport Travel Getting There You are free to make whatever travel arrangements you wish in order to arrive at the hostel, or meet with the group transfer from Glasgow airport. We will arrange a group pick-up and return from Glasgow airport at 18:30, direct to the hostel for £50 each. It is about a 2hr journey, so we can only do one pick-up and we only have 16 spaces available for the transfer. Also, Virgin trains operate a service direct to Glasgow where you can then transfer to the airport for pick up. It is also possible to get an onward train or coach to Glencoe where you could then walk to the hostel. On Monday the return group transfer leaves the hostel at 14:30 approx with a view to getting to Glasgow airport at approx 18:00. Important Note: The return traffic on Bank Holiday Monday can be very busy. We therefore make sure we leave plenty of time for the transfer to catch the return flight back. Please do not book a flight at an earlier time than recommended as you may risk missing your flight. _________________________________________________________________________ Clothing and Boots The weekend will include all day walks in potentially wet conditions, so as a bare minimum, please ensure you have the following items : - waterproof boots - waterproof jacket - waterproof trousers A few more reviews from previous Glencoe and Ben Nevis Weekend “Thanks for a wonderful weekend all! Truly amazing walks, incredible weather, and fantastic company. I haven’t laughed so much in ages. Thanks Kevin and Yen for a super time.” “Ben Nevis was wonderful including the other stunning hikes and nice people. I just loved the weekend, thank you both Kevin and Yen!”

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - Weekend Break

Birmingham New Street Railway Station

Price from £175 This is an all inclusive weekend break to hike the Yorkshire Three Peaks on the Saturday, with two nights accommodation in a comfortable bunk barn and all food, plus support for the challenge itself. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m), in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This is actually the original Three Peaks challenge. The total cost for the weekend is £175 per person. This includes two nights accommodation, all meals, guiding by professional Mountain Leaders in small groups. We also have a support vehicle for water stops and refreshments at two locations on the route. The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24-miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent, there is no driving involved between the peaks and the aim is to complete the challenge in under 12 hours. Please note that is a fully supported Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge with a support vehicle providing tea/coffee/water and where you can store extra food/clothing etc so you do not need to carry everything. We will also have two smaller groups each with a leader so you can be more closely matched in hiking speed with others, all this means maximising your chances of completing the challenge in 12 hours. ____________________________________________________________________ Accommodation Our accommodation at Broadrake dates back to the 17th century and is a former farm in the Yorkshire Dales National Park lying at the foot of Whernside. Along with other farms and isolated dwellings it is part of the scattered community of Chapel-le-Dale with the nearest village being Ingleton some 4 or 5 miles down the dale. We have sole use of the bunk barn for our group and we have total of 20 places available. This is right on the route so we will start and finish from here. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks is always popular and the busiest place to start is at Horton. By starting from Chapel-le-Dale we will miss all those starting from Horton and avoid the crowds, queuing at stiles and overtaking or being overtaken! We have sole use of the bunkbarn which was only converted a few years ago and so is very up to date inside whilst retaining some of its original features. Originally it was a farm built in the early 1700’s. It sleeps 18 in 4 rooms and is well maintained, nicely furnished and well equipped. There is also a cosy lounge with sofas and a great dining area. The bunkbarn has a farmhouse kitchen that has everything we need and a dining space for us to have our meals. All bedding and towels are provided. There is a suite of showers and toilets on the ground floor. There is also a large drying room outside for us if needed, and also picnic/garden/bbq area outside if the weather is good. It is the equivalent of a small hostel with extremely good facilities. Wi fi is available but please note that mobile reception in the area is not good. Note: We also have a limited number of spaces (8) for this as a day event only , so these people will also be joining us on the hike and for dinner. The day event is ideal if you would like to book your own accommodation eg a local bed and breakfast, or would like to camp, or if you live locally and can drive over in the morning without the need for accommodation. ______________________________________________________________________ The Challenge This is one of the most popular challenges in the UK and can be used as a personal challenge for the pure fun and enjoyment of it, or to raise money for your own chosen charity. It is a difficult challenge and should not be underestimated and you need to be fit to participate. During the day we climb a total of 1,554m as we hike the three highest mountains in Yorkshire and cover a total of 24 miles. _____________________________________________________________________ Full Details and Booking Full Details and Booking are only available on our Website by clicking on the link below: https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/tours/yorkshire-three-peaks-challenge-weekend/

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Birmingham New Street Railway Station

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