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Escape London this Bank Holiday to the Lake District - England's largest and best-loved National Park and World famous UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site
Welcome to the magnificent Lake District - a truly mountainous region spanning over 2200km sq. Here rugged mountains, sparkling lakes, mountain ridges and lush valleys embellish endless hiking trails.
Let us show you why the Lake District is the birthplace of British mountaineering, attracts 13.8 million visitors annually and why it's an area that's inspired artists and writers such as Turner, Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter
To make this trip really special we've hired exclusively just for our group a large country mansion in the best location in the heart of the Lake District - right next to Derwent Water with fantastic hiking from the hostel door!
• A superb Victorian country mansion hostel set remotely in lush grounds on the banks of Lake Derwent
• Probably the most dramatic and breathtaking landscapes you will see in the UK
• Three Spectacular Mountain Peak hikes - we will explore Great Gable (899m), Grasmoor (852m) and Cat Bells (451m)
• A fully catered trip with some delicious food to satisfy our appetite after the hikes
• A 3 night trip so longer than usual to take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend
Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips
Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc1jLUjVgoc
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The Lake District provides England's best hiking, its highest mountain, its deepest lake plus its most stunning and dramatic mountainous landscapes. It is a green, lush and pure National Park dotted with quaint towns.
We are staying in an old country mansion hostel set in a remote rural location in the woodland on the edge of Lake Derwent, nestling at the base of Catbells hill. We'll hike some of the classic and best loved mountains in the Lake District with 3 hike leaders each day so we can split into smaller groups.
You can also set off on a gentle self-guided walk from the hostel if you prefer for a day or it's easy to catch a boat around the Lake and into Keswick from the hostel garden.
TOUGHNESS. Please remember, these are tough mountain hikes of 5 to 7 hours per day and are not for beginners and require a good level of fitness.
Friday 23rd August
Arrive in the evening to our hostel and we have time for drinks and socialising.
Saturday 24th August
Saturday's hike: Great Gable
Distance: 6.5 miles (11km)
Grading: Mountain (tough) - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings
Hiking time: About 5.5 to 6 hours of actual hiking
In the evening we shall return to the hostel for a delicious group dinner and drinks.
Sunday 25th August
Sunday's hike: Grasmoor Circular
Distance: 8 to 9 miles (13 to 14km)
Grading: Mountain (tough) - click here for details:
Our hike gains height steadily through the valley as we head past Force Crag mine - the last working metal mine which closed in 1991. We then ascend past waterfalls and following rivers and valleys up to the summit of Grasmoor where we are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. On a clear day we can see Crummock Lake, most of the Lake District mountains as well as the sea and across the sea to the Scottish Mountains. This is one of the finest views in the Lake District.
Monday 26th August
Monday's hike: Cat Bells
Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km)
Grading: Mountain - click here for details:
Hiking time: About 2.5 to 3.5 hours of actual hiking
Today we have a gentler and less demanding but equally magnificent trail. We hike to the stunning Cat Bells summit blessed with incredible scenery over Cumbria and the Lake District. The summit reveals glorious views towards Bassenthwaite Lake, Skiddaw, Derwentwater, Keswick and Blencathra. We follow a dreamy path as it gently follows and caresses the lakes shores.
A relatively small in size hill, but a brilliant hiking day that leaves us at the hostel early afternoon with time to make the journey home.
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Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time
The trip starts at the venue and you will need transport to, from and during the trip to the hikes. Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help members arrange this, we have set up the trip specific lift share discussion below where you can offer/request lifts:
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The accommodation address is listed at the top of this event page along with the start time. The start time is the earliest time when you can arrive at the accommodation although you are welcome to arrive at any time after this or throughout the evening.
Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Dinner on Saturday and Sunday night is also provided. You will need money for drinks for the trip.
We have healthy options for breakfast typically porridge with fresh fruit, berries nuts and seeds, fresh fruit salad and cereals, free range eggs, yogurt, toast and coffees, teas etc.
For lunch we provide a range of options to make your own sandwiches typically tomatoes, cucumber, houmous, peanut butter, honey, jam, ham, cheese and salami.
After the hike we enjoy our signature treat of Cream Teas - an English delicacy consisting of scones, clotted cream and jam, a very tasty treat!
All of our main courses are meat based, but we will have a vegetarian option as standard too. We cannot provide alternative courses to meet other dietary requirements, intolerance, allergies, preferences, dislikes etc. If you would like to find out if the food being provided meets your intolerance/allergies/preferences/likes etc, please email us, you are of course welcome to bring your own favourite items and there is a fridge you can use.
The price includes:
• 3 nights hostel accommodation (mainly 4 and 6-bedded single gender rooms with 1x8)
• Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Tea (including herbal) and coffee
• Packed lunches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Dinner on Saturday and Sunday evenings
• Hikes by trained guides (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum) and are qualified Outdoor First Aiders)
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection
The price doesn’t include:
• Transport to, from and during the trip
• Drinks and personal expenses
The hikes are led by trained hike leaders - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aiders. We detail our hikes to help you choose, but in rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf
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