Spend the night in the famous Black Sail mountain hut and walk for two days in the remote western Lakes....
DurationMultiple durations available
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty Level3 Three
This is the perfect chance to see the wilder side of the Lake District, all in the company of a small group and an experienced leader. We’ll be spending two days walking in the western fells, and spending a night at one of the few hostels not accessible by road, the spectacularly positioned and remote Black Sail, in Ennerdale.
Our two full days of walking will include the summits of some of the fells, with options to shorten or extend the day depending on the weather and how the group are finding it. Our ‘Plan A’ will be to start in the village of Buttermere (easily accessible from Keswick), and head up and along the High Stile ridge, a grassy wander that stays high for some time, allowing fantastic views all the way from Scafell Pike to St Bees Head. Beyond this ridge, we can either continue onto Haystacks, or drop straight down into Ennerdale for a welcome cup of tea in Black Sail.
It’s worth remembering that we’ll be far from any road, in England’s remotest hostel – why not head out after dark to look at the stars, or to watch sunset down the valley, relaxing with a glass of wine. Ennerdale is in the process of rewilding, so it’s likely we’ll see wildlife. There have been over 100 bird species recorded in the valley!
On Sunday our main goal is Great Gable, which rises at the head of the valley and is one of the most impressive Lake District peaks. From the summit, we’ll continue past Green Gable to the hills around Honister, before dropping back down to Buttermere. This day also has options to extend or shorten the route.
All in all this is an excellent chance to see the ‘wild west’ of the Lakes without worrying about navigation or accommodation; we’ve got it all sorted!
You’ll meet your leader and the rest of the group in Buttermere at 09:30am, where we’ll run through the plan and the weather, and then set off! The pace will be one everyone can manage; this is definitely a walk for those who like to look around and take photos.
Please note that Black Sail hostel will be providing our meals (evening meal, breakfast and packed lunch for Sunday, and they have alcohol available to buy). You’ll need to bring packed lunch for Saturday, as well as any snacks you’ll want for the 2 days. They provide bedding, but not towels. You will want to bring toiletries and a towel in your walking bag.
After breakfast we’ll head back out into Ennerdale, and depending on the weather, head for Great Gable and another fantastic walk. Don’t worry, there are also fine options for bad weather days.
We aim to be out for the whole day and return to Buttermere for 3-4pm, where we suggest a final tea and cake at the café/pub before heading off!
Good to Know:
Where to meet:
Your leader will meet you at the Croft House Farm Café in Buttermere (Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA) at 09:30am. There is free parking in the lay-by near St James Church on the outskirts of the village, where the B5289 is joined by the road to Newlands Hause (CA13 9UZ)
What you need:
Alongside the regular kit list, which you can find here, you’ll want the following:
- Lunch for Saturday and snacks for the weekend
- Wash kit and towel
- Evening clothes to wear in the hostel (for added comfort)
- Flip-flops/sandals/hut shoes (so you don’t have to wear walking boots all evening)
Note: please make sure your evening clothes and wash kit are in waterproof bags – either plastic bags or dry-bags.
What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016