Inspiring lakeland views and majestic hills on a sociable weekend in the Lake District
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple walk options available See itinerary below
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This sociable guided walking weekend lies right at the heart of the English Lake District, former home of Wordsworth and an excellent starting point to explore fells both big and small. It’s also the home of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread, which is enough reason to go!
We will be based just outside the village of Grasmere, nestled where the River Rothay meets Grasmere lake; the hillsides are dotted with fantastic viewpoints and a great collection of paths. The village is a winding stony maze of tearooms, local shops and pubs, where we can while away the afternoons and evenings in one of the places that has inspired poets for over a hundred years. Be aware that after visiting Grasmere, you may want to live here!
In a nutshell
- Head out for two guided walks in the heart of Lakeland. Whatever the route, the scenery is magnificent.
- Relax in one of the many tearooms or pubs of Grasmere during the evening, or kick back in the hostel.
- Enjoy some excellent meals in the company of a great group of people.
- Have the option of taking a day to explore Grasmere and the historical sights, including Wordsworth’s house and the Georgian villa of Allan Bank.
A bit about the area:
The Central and Eastern Fells of the Lake District
Grasmere lies between the Central Fells, which run from the Langdale Pikes all the way north to Keswick, and the Eastern Fells, which includes the whole Helvellyn ridge and the nearby mountain of Fairfield. To the north of Grasmere the land rises up to the mountain pass of Dunmail Raise, and to the south the valley winds its way eventually to Ambleside and England’s largest lake, Windermere.
The hills are a dramatic mixture of wide rolling ridges and steep rocky crags, with a number of tarns (mountain lakes) accessible from the village, including Easedale Tarn and Grisedale Tarn, both of which have waterfalls nearby. Two of the Lake District’s most beautiful lakes, Grasmere and Rydal Water, are just a short walk away.
A Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you, and soon the whole group of walking companions will have assembled in the lounge area, or at the nearest pub, which is only 400 metres away.
Dinner will be followed by a cheese board, and a short talk about the plans for the next two days, an update on the weather forecast, and a bit of information about the area.
There will also be time to ask questions about equipment, food and water, and whatever else you’ll need for the walk.
We’ll confirm the walking options and answer any questions you may have. The emphasis on all walks is having a nice day out and appreciating the scenery rather than force-marching people to a summit, so don’t be too anxious if this is your first time.
Ingredients are provided to make your own packed lunches; alongside the bread and sandwich fillings are a good selection of biscuits, crisps and fruit to get you through the day.
Our qualified mountain leaders will then decide on the day’s walk. We have several options to choose from, as it’s such a great venue, and if the group is big enough then we may have different walk options for you to choose from. Just to give you an idea of the kind of walks we’re considering, here are some ideas:
Late afternoon onwards
You are welcome to explore more of the village, visit the pubs and tea rooms with your new walking friends, or relax in the social rooms at our accommodation, named by the Guardian as ‘the Lake District’s finest independent hostel’.
Later in the evening we’ll head out to dinner in an excellent local pub, so don’t eat too much when out in town! After dinner we’ll run through the plan for the next day. From this point on you’re free to stay in the pub or get some well-earned rest (the hostel also has a sauna)!
After breakfast, it’s time to pack up and assemble into groups for the second walk. It’s likely that we’ll be walking straight from Grasmere, and options include:
After the walks, we’ll assemble for Sunday lunch at one of the local pubs before saying our goodbyes. Feel free to take more of the afternoon to wander round Grasmere and pick up some treats for the journey … and don’t forget the gingerbread!
Grasmere Independent Hostel, our 4 star hostel for the weekend (5 stars on Trip Adviser) has been exclusively hired for our use and is a beautiful building, just outside Grasmere and very close to a pub. There is a drying room, large lounge with great views, and did we mention the sauna…
Grasmere Independent Hostel
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...
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
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