For this hiking weekend, we will be based at the Rydal Centre in the grounds of the historic Rydal Hall, which is situated between Grasmere and Ambleside which are both popular destinations in the Lakes. Rydal has one of the smallest lakes in the lake district, but is in a picturesque and unspoilt corner of the Lakes, offering ample opportunities for walking.
The weekend will include a guided hike each day, accommodation, breakfast and packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a home-cooked dinner on Saturday night in the centre.
Walks on both days will be led by Kevin, who is a fully qualified International Mountain Leader and Yen. We both live in the Lake District and are also qualified in outdoor first aid.
The main building has plenty of history being owned by the Le Fleming family which can be traced back to 1126. Rydal Hall was built in the 16th century and has been enlarged, altered and refaced to what it is now currently, a grade II listed building along with the terraces, bridges, summerhouses and various outbuildings. The magnificient formal gardens are worthy of a visit, and offer a unique example of Edwardian gardening with beautiful lawns and flowers set against the fine architecture of the Hall itself. The Hall is now used as retreat and conference centre and is owned by the Diocese of Carlisle. The grounds of the hall are available for us explore freely for the whole weekend and provide tranquil and scenic gardens for a quiet moment or two.
Rydal Beck and its natural waterfalls flows through the grounds which include The Grot, a summerhouse built to view the waterfalls. The Grot is described in Wordsworth poem, An Evening Walk.
Our accommodation in the Rydal Centre was totally refurbished in 2012 and offers modern and comfortable dormitory style accommodation in the extensive grounds of Rydal Hall and is often used by walking and yoga groups. The grounds of the hall are great to sit in and explore on a summers evening, if anyone feels like an additional stroll.
There are separate showers on the ground floor, a spacious lounge and sitting area, a modern self-catering kitchen and also its own drying room.
We have the centre for our exclusive use and our group size will be 20. The centre itself sleeps 29 in total so we will have some spare space and bunks. Bedding is included for this weekend.
Dinner on Saturday evening will be a home-cooked dinner in the hostel itself.
For those requiring additional refreshment, the popular local pub of the Badger Bar is within a 5 minute walk. It is a typical lakeland pub, with plenty of character, including badgers which come down to be fed each evening and parts of the bar which are actually built into the rockface.
Our Rydal hiking weekend in July 2017, is based at the Rydal Centre in the grounds of the historic and impressive Rydal Hall. We are just a few minutes walk from Rydal Water and conveniently placed for the start of the Fairfield Horseshoe, one the classic Lake District walks.
Each day there will be a fully guided hike taking in many of the summits of the area and therefore this will be a quite strenuous hiking weekend. Expect walks of about 1000m of ascent and around 12 miles, as we hope to get up high and take in some of the best views. There will also be an easier option to hike around the lakes and remain lower.
The area around Rydal and Grasmere is one of the most popular areas because of the great variety of high and low level walks which we can do. Scenic walks around the lakes and then moderate and high level walks amongst the best that the Lake District can offer.
Costs and Bookings
Total cost for the weekend £125
plus optional £10 return transfer from Windermere train station. Must be booked and paid in advance.
Small group size : 20
To book, click on RSVP, to arrange deposit payment of £35 to reserve your space.
Two guided walks, 3 course dinner on Saturday, breakfast, packed lunch on each day and accommodation in private dormitory style rooms.
Does not include:
Friday meal, train or car travel
Please note that the deposit 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 :
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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.
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Planned Schedule for the weekend
Arrive and introductions. Brief about the weekend.
8:00 – 9:00 breakfast
9:30 – depart hike
17:00 – return from hike
17:00 – 17:30 tea, coffee, homemade cake
19:30 – dinner
8:00 – 9:00 breakfast
9:30 – depart hike
15:30 – return from hike
15:30 – 16:00 tea, coffee, homemade cake
16:00 – departures
Suggested trains from Euston Station to Windermere, the nearest train station which is 7 miles away.
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depart 1830 arrive 2132
A pick up from Windermere for either of these trains can be arranged – please let us know
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We can drop you off at the station after the last walk. 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
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.