Note: This is a two and half day weekend, with arrivals from 4pm onwards on Friday and our first yoga class before dinner, which is at 6:30pm.
We will be based at the historic Rydal Hall, which is beautifully situated in the small village of Rydal, close to the lake and between Grasmere and Ambleside. 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 yoga class on Friday then two yoga classes each day, a guided hike each day, accommodation, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday night in Rydal Hall.
We are based at the very grand and very historic Rydal Hall, just a few minutes walk from Rydal Water, Rydal Mount (Wordsworth’s home) and the picturesque church where William Wordsworth was church warden.
There will be five yoga classes in total led by Yen, a fully qualified yoga teacher and personal trainer and there will be walks on both days led by Kevin, who is a fully qualified Mountain Leader. We both live in the Lake District and are also qualified in outdoor first aid.
The Hall itself will be our home for the weekend and we will be eating and practising our yoga in the Hall as well.
Rydal Hall has plenty of history being owned by the Le Fleming family which can be traced back to 1126. It 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 magnificent 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.
We have our own private room for yoga in the main hall itself. The yoga will be suitable for beginners and those who have practised before. There will be five yoga sessions during the weekend, and these take place on Friday before dinner, Saturday and Sunday before breakfast and after we return from our walks.
The general focus of the morning sessions will be to energise and warm up the body for our walk, and in the afternoon, will be to stretch out those tired muscles and relax the body. There will be an emphasis on the breath and movement, and our priority is for the yoga to be enjoyable and safe for all.
A limited number of mats will be provided for your use but feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer.
Any queries regarding the yoga sessions, please contact us.
We have a great variety of lovely walks we can take directly from our accommodation including the walk alongside Rydal Water to Grasmere and Loughrigg Terrace which we will aim to do on Saturday.
On Sunday we can walk round to the quiet and picturesque Loughrigg Tarn and then over Loughrigg fell on our way back.
The walks may vary depending on the weather conditions at the time but we have lots of options to choose from.
Walks are graded moderate, but please note that the Lake District is not flat, so there will be some steep and maybe rocky sections so a reasonable level of fitness is needed.
Our approximate walking time will be 5-6 hrs and distance 9-10 miles for the Saturday, and slightly less on the Sunday.
Important note: The route is dependent on weather conditions and if the weather is bad, or we believe conditions are dangerous, then we will choose alternative routes. However, we will complete the walk whatever the conditions.
Rydal Hall resides in 34 acres of stunning parkland in the heart of the English Lake District. The main house is a Grade II listed historic house with some parts dating back to the 1600s.
All rooms have been upgraded to provide comfortable en-suite or private facilities. We have a mix twin and single rooms for this weekend. All food is freshly prepared in the kitchen using local and seasonal produce wherever possible and dinner is three courses and is served in the grand dining room.
While staying at Rydal Hall we can explore the beautiful Lake District surroundings and simply enjoy the peace and quiet at the hall and its beautiful gardens.
Costs & Booking
Total cost for the weekend £240
plus optional £10 return transfer from Windermere train station. Must be booked and paid in advance.
Small group size : 17
To book, RSVP now and to pay deposit payment of £50 by paypal to reserve your space. Pleasenote that the deposit is non-refundable.
The balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the trip and this should be done by bank transfer.
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Five yoga classes, two guided walks, 3 course dinner on Friday & Saturday, lunches, breakfast and accommodation in private single or twin rooms. We will also be including tea & cake each afternoon after our walk.
Does not include:
Train or car travel
17:00 - 18:00 Yoga
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 gentle warm up yoga session.
8:30 – 9:00 breakfast
9:30 – depart hike
16:00 – return from hike
16:00 – 17:00 tea, coffee, homemade cake
17:00 – 18:15 stretch and relax yoga session
18:30 – 20:00 dinner
7:30 – 8:30 gentle warm up yoga session.
8:30 – 9:00 breakfast
9:30 – depart for hike
14:30 – return from hike
14:45 – 15:45 final yoga session
15:45 – 16:15 Tea, coffee, homemade cake
Suggested trains from Euston Station to Windermere, the nearest train station which is 5 miles away.
depart 12:30 arrive 15:55
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 after the last yoga class. 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