Stay with us in a 16th Century cottage for a very special Lake District yoga hiking weekend. Nab Cottage is a traditional cottage, standing alone on the side of Rydal Water, in the centre of the English Lake District. The cottage was once the home of opium-smoking Thomas De Quincey, an acquaintance of the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth. The situation is idyllic; surrounded by mountains in the heart of the valley, yet only 2 miles from Ambleside and Grasmere.
The weekend includes 5 yoga classes from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, breakfast and packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Friday and Saturday and each day we have a hike through the beautiful scenery of the Lake District.
We have a wonderful converted barn for our yoga practice, and our accommodation is steeped in history and has plenty of areas to find peace and solitude to read, contemplate or just enjoy the stunning views. All meals are included and vegetarian only, they are prepared for us by the owners of the cottage and are organic and fairtrade where possible.
All rooms are mainly twin share and have ensuites or private bathrooms.
The Lake District yoga hiking weekend starts with a yoga session at 6pm followed by dinner later, so it is advisable to leave work early on Friday. There will be a total of 5 yoga classes over the weekend and we will have guided walks on Saturday and Sunday. You will leave us feeling rejuvenated in mind, spirit and body, and extremely fortunate to have spent time at Nab Cottage.
The cottage dates from 1556 and the bedrooms are cosy with beautiful views across the lake or up the fell at the back.
Downstairs is a sitting room with log fire, dining room with computer and piano, and small TV room.
We have the house on a sole use basis and the house sleeps up to 18 in a mixture of twins and a few singles, the majority having ensuite bathrooms. Next to the cottage is a beautifully converted Lakeland barn which we will have for our yoga practice.
There is an outdoor hot tub with views onto Rydal Water which we are free to use and a small sauna in the converted barn.
The house and gardens have plenty of spaces and sitting areas for reading, relaxing and quietness.
Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner are included and all meals use fresh and largely organic and fairtrade ingredients. Mealtimes are eaten together in the farmhouse kitchen and all meals are vegetarian only.
These were just comments from one of our recent Hiking and Yoga breaks:
“Really enjoyed the weekend; walking and yoga were great, good accommodation in a perfect location, a lovely group of people, and even a bit of sunshine! Thanks Kevin and Yen :)”
“Thank you Yen and Kevin for the lovely and well organised weekend and to everybody else for being such a good company. It was great meeting you all and hope to meet you again in future”
“It was a great weekend – well organised, good group of people, etc..”
The weekend will offer an opportunity to learn about yoga, improve and develop your practice and get out walking to enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the Cottage. There will be six yoga classes led by Yen Yau, who is a fully qualified yoga teacher and personal trainer and there will be walks on both days led by Kevin Blissett, who is a fully qualified Mountain Leader.
The yoga will be suitable for beginners and those who have practised before. We have also included a session on Friday evening after dinner, and this session will be a relaxing and restorative ‘yin’ style class with breath work to get you in the mood for the weekend. Yoga and hiking are a great combination, mobilising, energising yoga with some flow in the morning, followed by some more restorative and static yoga after our hiking. Evening sessions will a mixture of meditation, visualisation and breathwork to encourage calmness and peaceful sleep.
Mats and a limited number of props will be provided for your use but feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer.
If you have any queries regarding the yoga sessions, please contact us.
The location is perfect for a variety of walks along the shores of Grasmere and for exploring the village itself.
Spring can be a lovely time to explore the Lake District as the trees are coming into leaf and the spring flowers are out and full of colour.
On Saturday we are likely to walk from the cottage along Loughrigg Terrace and down into Grasmere, where we can then extend our walk up to Easedale tarn, or just head back to the cottage.
On Sunday we are likely to head the other way along the ancient “Coffin” path towards Ambleside and then return back alongside the river Rothay and the shore of Rydal Water.
Costs and Bookings
Total cost for the weekend £250
plus optional £10 return transfer from Windermere train station (must be booked and paid in advance)
Small group size : 16
To book, RSVP now to pay your deposit of £70 to reserve your place.
The balance will be due 8 weeks before the start of the weekend, and you should arrange a bank transfer for this. Your place is only confirmed once full payment has been received.
Bank details are below :
Bank Account : Yoga Hikes
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(please quote ‘May Nab plus your name)
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
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 :
• breakfast each morning, packed lunches and dinner on Friday and Saturday provided by the cottage
• guided walks Saturday and Sunday
• sole use accommodation in mostly twin rooms with ensuite or private shared facilities/a few single rooms are also available
• homemade cake and tea each day after we return from hiking
• five yoga classes
• use of hot tub and sauna
Does not include:
• travel to and from station
Important note: All meals are vegetarian only
Planned Schedule for the weekend
Please note that this weekend starts with yoga at 18:00 on the Friday evening, so please plan to arrive between 16:00 – 17:30.
If you would like to arrive earlier in the day, we cannot guarantee a transfer from Windermere train station, but it is possible to use the bus service to get to Nab Cottage where you can enjoy exploring the house and gardens.
16:00 – 17:30 arrivals
19:30 welcome dinner
7:30- 8:30 gentle warm up yoga session.
8:30 – 9:15 breakfast
9:45 depart for full day walk
16:00 return from day walk
16:30 tea and cake available
17:15 – 18:30 cool down and stretch yoga session
20:45 – 21:30 relaxing yoga session
7:30 – 8:30 gentle warm up yoga session.
8:30 – 9:15 breakfast
9:45 depart for day walk
14:00 return from day walk
14:15 – 15:30 final yoga session
15:30 – 16:00 tea and cake available
Getting There From London
Suggested train from Euston Station to Windermere train station (This same train can also be picked up from Manchester and other stops) :
depart 1330 arr 1641
A return pick up from Windermere station for this train will be arranged – please book and pay in advance. Cost is £10.
depart 1648 arrive 2013
We can drop you off at Windermere station after the last yoga class. Please book and pay in advance.
Please note that recommended train times may change closer to the time.
Train tickets are best bought in advance online and cheap tickets are usually issued 12 weeks before travel 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. It is approx 6hr drive from Brent Cross, London
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
Love yoga and the great outdoors. Fuelled by good food of course
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.