Discover beautiful Lakeland shores and valley walks, and maybe a tea room or two!
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Difficulty Level2 Two
Think the Lake District is all about hard ascents and heart-stopping descents? Then think again. This weekend is all about making the most of the Lake District’s gentler side with sociable walks that will lead you along Lakeland shores, through wooded paths and into river valleys overlooked by the big mountain peaks.
Perfect for newbie walkers and those who are wanting to build their fitness level up, we also guarantee a healthy dose of banter and plenty of good food, which all makes for a great relaxing weekend.
In a nutshell:
- Tranquil, varied scenery on easy terrain.
- Plenty of opportunity to relax at our base.
- Banter, a bit of café culture and bountiful food.
As you arrive at the hotel, a lovely traditional stone building in its own grounds with gorgeous sunsets, your Large Outdoors host will greet you and settle you in.
During the evening your Large Outdoors host will be there to help settle you in whilst cookings a group dinner. Its great to get to know our fellow walkers and share plans for the next two days.
On Saturday we head out to explore the shores of Buttermere, one of our favorite spots in the Lake District.. Our walk will see us explore teh lake side and some lovely valleys. Before returning to Buttermere for a well deserved cup of tea.
Today we walk hugging the scenic shoreline of Derwentwater, to reach the village of Grange at the jaws of Borrowdale, described by Wainwright as the ‘loveliest square mile in the district’.
From here, we venture out to ‘bag’ a mini-summit, Castle Crag, 1.5 miles out from Grange following a wooded track along the river Derwent and then an old quarry road before the track zigzags up to the cairn at the top.
Reaching the summit often leaves people wanting more and no doubt there will be plotting amongst the group for future adventures as we make our way back to the hostel.
Good to know:
Derwentwater Independent Hostel
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Saturday’s Walk.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“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
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
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