Lake District – hiking weekend adventure – 26 May 2017

Date: 26-29.05.2017

For sheer scenic splendour, there are few places in England that can measure up to the outlandishly beautiful Lake District, where Wordsworth, Coleridge and their Romantic compatriots famously sought their poetic muse in the 19th century. The landscape of the Lakes is as breathtaking as any you’ll find in Switzerland or the French Alps – a sweeping panorama of humpbacked mountains, razorblade crags and scree-covered hillsides, strewn with mountainous tarns and some of the largest natural lakes in England.

What’s included: 3 nights hostel accommodation (3-5 people rooms), 3 x light breakfast, 3 packed lunches, choice of 2 walks each day, where one will be easier and the other one harder, admin fee.

Price structure:

Please pay the deposit of £70 + paypal fees today. This will reserve your spot. You can pay the remainder of the money at your convenience, but no later than a month before the trip.

To make second payment, just go back to the website, choose the ‘reminder’ from the list and make the payment.

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Start

2017-05-26

End

2017-05-29

Distance

28.6 miles

Description

For sheer scenic splendour, there are few places in England that can measure up to the outlandishly beautiful Lake District, where Wordsworth, Coleridge and their Romantic compatriots famously sought their poetic muse in the 19th century. The landscape of the Lakes is as breathtaking as any you’ll find in Switzerland or the French Alps – a sweeping panorama of humpbacked mountains, razorblade crags and scree-covered hillsides, strewn with mountainous tarns and some of the largest natural lakes in England.

With such a wealth of natural riches, it’s hardly surprising that the Lake District is one of the country’s favourite places for savouring the great outdoors, but there’s much more to this region than fine views – it’s also packed with history and culture, from the abandoned slate mines around Honister and the ruined abbey of Furness to the literary landmarks of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both former homes of William Wordsworth.

What’s included:

  • 3 nights hostel accommodation (3-5 people rooms)
  • 3 x light breakfast, 3x packed lunches
  • choice of 2 walks each day, where one will be easier and the other one harder
  • admin fee

Single/twin rooms are available. Single room supplement cost £50, twin room supplement cost £25.  If you would like to book it, please email us on admin@curiouskatsadventures.com

What’s excluded:

  • Transport
  • dinners and drinks

Price structure:

Please pay the deposit of £70.00 + paypal fees today. This will reserve your spot.

You can pay the remainder of the money at your convenience, but no later than a month before the trip. To make a second payment, just go back to the website, choose the ‘remainder’ from the list and make the payment.

Our mountain leader-Dean

I am a Lancashire lad, hailing from the once Victorian mill town of Blackburn. I was lucky enough as a child to be immersed in nature and the countryside, thanks to my rural dwelling relatives. My other passion as a youngster was bicycles and motorbikes, so no surprise that I became an Engineer upon leaving school. Eventually, this career took me to Italy for three years, where I learnt many things, most of all how to live and not just work!
I now earn a living as on outdoor pursuits instructor and guide, with my speciality being Mountain Biking. I am based during the summer months in Cumbria, located conveniently between the two National Parks of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. In the winter I like to go on holiday, funnily enough, in the mountains!

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section

Food:

Please note that, while we can cater for vegetarians, we are unable to cater for any complicated diets, so if your requirements are unusual or if you have any severe allergies, you will need to make sure you bring your own food.

Plan of the trip (subject of change)

Day 1 (Friday)

Transfer to Lake District (not included)

Recommended trains: TBP

We will be meeting you at the hostel.

After checking in we may have a quick drink but we will try to go to sleep early to make sure we are ready for the hike on Saturday.

Day 2 (Saturday)

Light breakfast at the hostel included.

You will have a choice of hikes – easy and difficult, as we have two leaders to take you out.

Easy option:

Ambleside to Grasmere via Rydal water

This is a rather pleasant, nicely varied, circular of both Grasmere and Rydal Water even with the unavoidable road walking. Part of the route is along the old Coffin road, so called as it was the route used to take the dead of Rydal to the church in Grasmere for burial. It also passes Dove Cottage which was the home of the Lakeland poet William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808.

The difficult option:

Helvellyn – Nethermost Pike – Dollywagoon Pike

In the evening if we have time we can take boats out for a spin on the lake (not included) or just go to check out the local bars/restaurants, depending on how much energy we have left.

Day 3 (Sunday)

Light breakfast at the hostel included.

A choice of two walks will again be available with different levels of difficulty.

An easy option:

Ambleside – Wansfell Pike via Stock Ghyll waterfalls

This is a popular and beautiful walk. It includes a good climb up to Wansfell Pike overlooking the town of Ambleside, with stunning views of the Coniston Fells, round to the Fairfield Horseshoe and Red Screes. The village of Troutbeck, and a walk back through Skelghyll woods, adds a finishing flourish.

Difficult walk:

Ambleside – Scandale Pass – Red Screes

This walk may for some have a slight sting in its tail: to visit Middle Dodd requires a short section of off-piste ‘make it up as you go along’ exploration. To most folk it should really add to the attractions, giving some stunning views, and makes an excellent change from simply path following all the time.

Day 4 (Monday)

Light breakfast at the hostel included.

You will have to check out in the morning.

A choice of two walks

Fairfield Horseshoe. 16km. 

The route leaves Ambleside at Scandale Bridge and heads through Rydal Park before dropping briefly into Rydal itself. This is where the real ascent begins, rising above Nab Scar and up to Lord Cove and beyond to the first summit of the day Heron Pike at 612 meters above sea level.

There are a couple of undulations in the ridge line before scaling the summit of Great Rigg at 766 meters above sea level. The route here climbs up to the main summit of the day, Fairfield sitting 873 meters above sea level. This position offers views North over towards St. Sunday Crag and Patterdale. To the South there are magnificent views towards Ambleside and over Windermere.

From here we start to change direction and turn towards Hart Crag which is 822 meters above sea level, then on to Dove Crag 792 meters above sea level. The descent into Ambleside begins here with the final two summits High and Low Pike, sitting 656 and 508 meters above sea level.

Scandale Horseshoe, 14km.

The route leaves Ambleside near the University and heads North towards Sweden Crag before hitting the summit of the day Low Pike at 508 meters above sea level. It is then on to High Pike at 656 metres above sea level before turning above Thack Bottom Edge and over Scandale Head.

Passing Bakestones Moss and Scandale Tarn the route drops to cross Scandale Pass and then climbs to the main summit of the day Red Screes at 776 meters above sea level. The return descent then begins above Raven Crag, over Snarker Moss and Snaker Pike before meeting Kirkstone Road.

TRAINS: TBP

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