Day-long Lake District trips, dog-friendly and definitely do-able walking...
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You have the walking boots, the motivation and possibly a friendly dog looking at you with those ‘take me for a big walk’ eyes and it’s midweek. You look out the window and think: “What I really want to do is go walking for a few days in the Lake District.”
The challenge though is that unless you have similar mates who also happen to have some days off midweek, you’re facing a solo hike in the hills.
Well we have the answer my friend: our guided midweek day walks in the Lakes.
Having introduced the midweekers last winter, they’ve proved so popular that we’re now running them year-round.
Over three consecutive days you can join our guide and a small group of fellow walkers for moderate hikes into the fells to summit peaks such as Blencathra, or follow gentler terrain along the beautiful shores of lakes such as Derwentwater.
We leave you to organise your own accommodation but we provide a pick-up either from Ambleside or Keswick (depending on the dates) in our minibus to take you to the start of each day’s walk.
For those of you bringing a dog all we ask is that you follow the minibus to the start of the walk as we’re unable to transport pooches, and then keep Rover on a lead throughout the day.
In a nutshell:
- Fantastic walks when the Lake District is at its quietest.
- Flexibility as you arrange your own accommodation.
- Friendly, expert mountain guides that do the map reading and route-finding
- Fab opportunity to bring a dog
Lakes Day Walk Package Dates:
- Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th February 2020
- Monday 16th – Wednesday 19th March 2020
- Monday 6th – Wednesday 8th April 2020
- Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th May 2020
- Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th June 2020
- Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd July 2020
- Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th August 2020
- Monday 7th – Wednesday 9th September 2020
- Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th October 2020
About the Area
Lake District National Park
The mountains, lakes and deep valleys that make up the heart of Cumbria in the north-west of England make up the Lake District National Park. Every valley has a unique character and each hill its own history and identity. You’ll find miles of exquisite walking trails, dozens of tea rooms and welcoming pubs, and secret views of stunning natural beauty. Though it contains England’s highest mountains, there are plenty of options to summit the lower hills, and the area is well known as somewhere for all abilities. Created as a National Park in 1951, The Lake District was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017.
Depending on the dates chosen, we’ll meet either in Keswick or Ambleside (we’ll tell you the location when you book) at 9am where our guide will talk you through the day’s walk which will be tailored to suit the weather.
From there we then hop into the minibus and drive to the start of the walk (those with pooches can follow the minibus as we’re unable to transport dogs).
As you know there’s an almost infinite number of walking options in the Lakes, but we’ve outlined some below to give you a flavour of what to expect. All our walks are moderate in length and degree of challenge and we aim to spend pretty much a full day outside so you’ll need to bring a packed lunch and any other snacks and water to keep you going.
When we’re back from each day’s yomp (around 4-5pm), the evenings are your own. We can recommend places for meals and often members of the group move seamlessly into the nearest hostelry for some pub grub but you can just as easily head off under your own steam before meeting us back at the same point the following morning.
Some possible walk options could include:
Derwent Water – The closest of the lakes to Keswick, Derwent Water is surrounded by hills and contains several islands. You’ll probably recognise it from countless photos of the Lake District! Our aim is to walk all the way around the lake, following woodland trails and possibly summiting the small hills of Cat Bells and/or Walla Crag if the group is up for it. We’ll also be able to visit the famous Lodore Falls on the way. Expect serene lake views, beautiful wooded shores, and fantastic views of the surrounding hills.
Coledale – Leading deep into the heart of the north-western fells is Coledale, a deep valley providing us with excellent views up to the peaks of Grizedale Pike and Crag Hill. We’ll summit the small hill of Barrow before heading further into the valley to explore the old mines that dot the area. You’ll get a real feeling of the more remote part of Lakeland here, as we’ll feel miles from civilisation.
Blencathra – If the group wants to do a hill, then there are few more impressive than Blencathra, in the northern fells of Lakeland, and a sight you’ll have already seen if you’ve driven in from the east. We’ll be following its easier western slopes up, continuing along the level grassy summit ridge before descending back to the valley.
Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags: Towering above the end of Langdale, these peaks are classic Lakeland giants, and a brilliant day out. We’ll begin by heading up Oxendale before following paths that take us up to the Crinkle Crags. From here we continue along the crags to the high lakes at Three Tarns, before summiting Bow Fell. Our descent will be down The Band. For the whole walk, the views of Langdale, and the surrounding peaks, will be outstanding, and any bits of cloud will only add to the mystery of the knotted landscape of the Crinkle Crags.
The Langdale Pikes: One of the most photographed peaks in the Lake District and instantly recognisable from as far away as Windermere, the Langdale Pikes are a set of rocky towers jumbled together above the torrent of Dungeon Ghyll. We’ll approach them from Langdale, climbing Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark before descending via Stickle Tarn. A great walk if you think a hill only has one summit!
We’ll aim to have you back at your accommodation by 4-5pm each day, buzzing after a day in the fresh air, making the most of the quieter walking conditions!
Good to know:
We do not provide accommodation for this adventure, but we’re basing it out of Keswick, a town in the northern part of the Lake District with plenty of hotel, guesthouse and B&B options.
We will be meeting and collecting everyone from the main Booths car park in the centre of Keswick.
What’s Included/Not Included:
- 3 days of easy guided walks in the Lake District, based near Keswick and the northern hills of Cumbria.
- Your leader will be a qualified Mountain Leader with a first aid qualification.
- Transport to and from the walks.
- We are happy to welcome dogs on the walks, but unfortunately we can’t accommodate them in our minibus. We will ensure you get to the start of the walk either by sending you directions to meet us there, or by going in convoy.
- Food or alcoholic drinks
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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
“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