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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 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 & 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-North-West/
http://yogahikes.co.uk/

Some reviews from 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 (5+)

Skye Hiking Week – May Bank Holiday Hiking the Isle of Skye

Manchester Piccadilly station

Price £595 Skye is one of the top locations in Scotland to visit for its spectacular hiking, stunning scenery and landscapes that will take your breath away. During this spectacular Skye hiking week we will aim to visit all the highlights of this amazing island. During our trekking week, we cover hiking trails from the North to the South, a Cuillin summit, the Quiraing, visit the famous Fairy Pools, the Old Man of Storr, hike the whole of the famous Trotternish Ridge and visit the glorious Camasunary Bay. We also stay at the Sligachan bunkhouse which is ideally placed for the famous bar at the ‘Slig’. The Island has a rich history and is a great destination for wildlife with the White Tailed Sea Eagle at the top of bird watchers lists. Otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer are just some of the other impressive creatures that can be seen on and around the Isle of Skye. This will be a hard hiking week for experienced and fit hikers. Some days we will be hiking over rough moorland with indistinct paths with significant ascent and descent. We will also hike to one of the summits on the famous Cuillin ridge which gives us stunning views of the whole of the island. On some days we will use local minibus transfers to the start or finish of our walks and the overall price is inclusive of these transfers. You can find more information by clicking the link to our website for full details and booking: https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/tours/isle-skye-hiking-week/ _______________________________________________________________________ Overview Skye is a world class destination for walkers and climbers. The Island of Skye is 50 miles long and the largest of the Inner Hebrides and the capital is Portree. The Cuillin mountain range and ‘The Trotternish Ridge’ offer mountain hiking routes the equal of anywhere in the world. The Cuillin Range itself offers 12 Munros - peaks above 3000ft (914m) and is the most stunning mountain skyline in the UK. We will be using Portree as a base to hike and explore the northern part of the island during the first part of the Skye hiking week. This will include hiking sections of the Skye trail which takes us through the stunning landscape of the Quiraing and to the Old man of Storr. We will then transfer to the Sligachan Inn bunkhouse for the next three nights where we have sole us. From here we can hike to the Fairy Pools and explore close up the famous Cuillin ridge. The Sligachan Inn is also famous for its Scottish hospitality, great atmosphere and its huge range of Scottish Whiskies and local beers. The final leg of our Skye hiking week then takes us southwards and we finish at Broadford hostel with views of the sea and glorious coast in the south. _________________________________________________________________________ Important Additional Information As well as spectacular, at times this will be a hard hiking week. The first two days in particular are long days over poorly marked trails, which may be boggy, uneven and difficult walking. You should therefore be an experienced and fit hiker when signing up to this trip. Scottish weather is also unpredictable and wet. You should therefore have fully waterproof jacket and trousers and worn in waterproof boots as an absolute minimum for this trip.

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - Weekend Break

Manchester Piccadilly 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 small 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 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-weekend/

Hike Ben Nevis Bank Holiday Weekend - Glencoe, Scotland

Manchester Piccadilly station

Price £235 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 our May 2017 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 recent trip here: 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 22. 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. _______________________________________________________________________ More information and Booking For full details and to book please go to our website booking page below: https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/tours/glencoe-hiking-weekend/ Note: An RSVP will not confirm your booking, you need to go the website to confirm you please.

Hike Scafell Pike weekend - Brathay Hall, Lake District

Manchester Piccadilly station

Fully guided and all inclusive 2 day hiking weekend to climb Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. We are staying in the grounds of Brathay Hall close to Ambleside, with extensive grounds and great views of the hills and lake. Our accommodation is on a sole use basis and is in small bunk rooms. We have full use of the bar and dining room at the Hall itself. On Saturday we will hike to the summit of Scafell Pike from the Old Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale. This is one of the most scenic routes to the summit and we should get spectacular views across the whole of the Lake District if it is a clear day. The route is about 14 miles in length and the total ascent is around 1400m so it is a tough hike and you need to be fit to accomplish it. On Sunday will take a more leisurely and scenic hike around Loughrigg Fell and Grasmere to stretch out our legs and enjoy more of the stunning scenery. Scafell Pike is iconic, not only because it is the highest in England, but also because of the history, its position and because of the astonishing views on the way up and from the summit. The route that we use is not the shortest, but we believe it is the most scenic and much less busy than the common route up from Wasdale Head. Our route takes us from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, up Mickleden and Rossett Ghyl to Esk Hause. There are wonderful views down Langdale and across as far as Derwentwater in the North. From here we continue up towards Great End and then over boulders towards the summit. The total distance is around 14 miles (there and back) and the total height gain is around 1400m, so it is a tough and challenging day out. This is the link to read about a previous Scafell Pike Hiking Weekend. (https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/scafell-pike-hiking-weekend/) ______________________________________________________________ Accommodation Our accommodation is in the Lingmoor Lodge in the grounds of Brathay Hall. Brathay Hall is an extensive estate used by outdoor groups and for conferences and we have use of the bar and lounge (picture below) for relaxing and we also eat in the main dining room at the Hall. The impressive Brathay Hall is set in 360 acres of mature woodland and rolling pasture at the head of Windermere, it is a stunning location with spectacular views of the Lake and surrounding hills. It is also set up to support active and outdoor groups like ourselves. Brathay Hall has a wide selection of accommodation and for this weekend, we have the Lingmoor Lodge on a sole use basis. There are bunkrooms sleeping no more than 4 each and we allocate all rooms male or female. All rooms have shared bathrooms and showers. Lingmoor Lodge has a large lounge with kitchen on the upper floor and we will use this for a yoga and stretch session after our hike. The Brathay Hall also has a spacious lounge including a small bar where we can relax. And dining room for our meals with great views out to the hills and down to the lake. ________________________________________________________________ Meals All meals are included. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, plus dinner on Saturday will be in the main dining room of Brathay Hall. There will be a full cooked breakfast option, plus vegetarian and cereal options and it is always a good quality buffet style meal. Lunches will be provided by Mountain Hikes. _______________________________________________________________ Hikes On Saturday we will hike to the summit of Scafell Pike. The route starts from the Old Dungeon Ghyll, so we will get a minibus transport to the start. The hike is a challenging but extremely rewarding way to climb England’s highest summit. We start easily with a flat walk along Mickleden, but soon climb steeply through some of the most dramatic scenery in the lakes, as we head towards the summit of Scafell Pike. On our return route we can take in the additional summits of Esk Pike and Bowfell, before returning down The Band, for some well earned refreshment at the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub, often voted England’s favourite walkers pub. This is a big day out, but one which will remain in the memory for many years to come. The total distance is about 14 miles with an ascent of 1400m and as you would expect is very rocky and uneven walking at times. It should be achievable for anyone who is reasonably determined and hill fit, but should not be underestimated. On Sunday we will take a leisurely hike over Loughrigg Fell to Grasmere and back. It is very scenic and will give us an opportunity to stretch our legs, without being too hard after yesterdays long day out. ____________________________________________________________ Costs and Bookings Cost for the weekend from £185 (We have 4 person bunk rooms and luxury twin rooms available) Optional return transfer to Windermere train station £10 Note: There is sometimes disruption or problems on the Oxenholme to Windermere line. If this is the case we will run the group pickup to or from Oxenholme directly for a small supplement of £5. To book, go to the website below and pay your deposit of £75. https://www.mountainhikes.co.uk/tours/scafell-pike-hiking-weekend/ Please note that the deposit confirms your space and booking is non-refundable. The balance of the payment will be due 8 weeks before the meetup date and this should be done by bank transfer. Your place is only confirmed once full payment has been received. Bank details are below : Bank Account Mountain Hikes Sort Code[masked] Account No[masked] (please quote ‘Scafell’ plus your name) Includes: • All meals – breakfast, packed lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and packed lunch on Sunday • Guided walks to the summit of Scafell Pike on Saturday, and Sunday walk • Accommodation Does not include: Friday evening meal and travel to the Lake District ____________________________________________________________ Planned Schedule for the weekend Friday From 18:00 Arrive Windermere Transfer to Brathay Hall where we can settle in and meet in the bar for drinks Saturday 7:30 – 8:15 Breakfast 8:30 Minibus transfer to start of hike at Old Dungeon Ghyll 9:00 Start of Scafell Pike hike 17:00-18:00 Return from walk for well earned refreshment at the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel 18:00 Return to Brathay 18:15-19:15 Optional stretch and yoga class 19:30 Dinner in Brathay Hall Sunday 7:30 - 8:30 Optional stretch and yoga class 8:30 – 9:15 Breakfast 9:45 Start of Sunday walk around Loughrigg Fell 13:30 Return to Brathay for tea and cake 14:00 Departures __________________________________________________________ Travel Getting there Suggested trains are from Manchester Piccadilly to Windermere, the nearest train station which is 5 miles away. Fri 14/06 depart Manchester Piccadilly and arr Windermere 20:41 A pick up from Windermere for this train will be arranged – please book in advance Getting Back Sun 16/06 depart Windermere 14:55 Please note that recommended train times may be change if the timetable changes. Train tickets are best bought in advance online at http://www.thetrainline.com/buytickets/default.aspx Alternatively if you do have a car and are happy to drive and car share, please send us a message. __________________________________________________________ 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

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