Watch sunset and sunrise on the longest days of the year, from high in the hills…
DurationSingle Day Event
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty Level2 Two
The summer solstice is the shortest night of the year, with only 8 hours of darkness. The days on either side, the 21st and 22nd June, each has 16 hours of daylight. Also known as midsummer, this is the perfect time to be in the hills.
We’ll take you on a camping trip you’ll never forget, hiking up into the stunning scenery of the Lake District and spending the night wild camping at a remote location, before walking out the next day.
Surrounded by the beautiful fells of Lakeland, you’ll be looked after by an experienced Mountain Leader and truly get the chance to leave the cares of the world behind.
In a nutshell:
- Spend the shortest night of the year wild camping in the Lake District, where we can watch sunset and sunrise high in the hills.
- Enjoy two half-day walks to and from the camping location, walking among the hills and woodlands of Cumbria.
- Enjoy a peaceful sleep far from buildings and roads, with only the birds to wake you in the morning.
- Be part of a small group, and see the Lake District in a new way.
You’ll meet your leader in Booths in Keswick for midday, where you’ll have the chance to get lunch at the café as a group while running through the plans for the days ahead and checking equipment.
Please meet your leader at 12:00 just outside the entrance to Booths supermarket.
From here we’ll all drive to a location where we set off on our afternoon’s walk. This will be a moderate walk, heading into the hills to show you the lie of the land before you reach the wild spot which your leader has identified as a great wild camp. Remember, this is a camp in the hills, so there are no facilities!
After having time to set up camp, you may explore the local area on a short wander, before your leader prepares a simple evening meal on a camping stove. After this it’s time to relax and discover the pleasurable side of wild camping, with no one to disturb us as we watch the sun go down and perhaps have a hot chocolate or two before bed!
Summer Solstice 21st June
After getting up early to watch the sunrise, you’ll probably want to head back to bed again before it’s time to wake for a more sociably-timed 8am breakfast. We are sure you’ll be buzzing from a night under the stars, and just can’t wait for another few hours out in the hills.
Once camp has been packed up, we’ll head out for another half-day walk, aiming to get back down to the cars for 12-1pm. From here we’ll head out for a café so you can get some lunch before our adventure comes to an end.
About the location
The Lake District National Park
Hosting hundreds of hills, miles of walking trails and the kind of solitude that really comes from getting away from it all, the Lake District has been a walkers’ paradise since the 19th century. The hills are interspersed with the famous lakes, ribbons formed by ice age glaciers that lie deep in the valleys, surrounded by woodland, towns and villages, and the wildlife that calls Lakeland home. Situated in central Cumbria, in the north of England, the Lake District is England’s largest, and one of its first National Parks. It hosts the highest peak, Scafell Pike, and the deepest lake, Wastwater, and the miles of open hillside and sunlit valleys would take a lifetime to explore.
A night in the hills...
Please note that you’ll need to provide your own camping equipment for this trip – tent, sleeping bag and camping mat. If you do not own these items you can rent them from Outdoor Hire, where we have a 10% discount – using this code: LAOH966.
Please see our blog on useful hints and tips for getting the right kit.
As well as the regular Day Walk kit list you will also need:
- Spare batteries for head-torch
We provide the following food for this trip: An evening meal and breakfast. Your free to bring along any snacks for walking. Lunch on the first and last day will be in a local pub/cafe and are not included in the price.
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– Please meet your guide for midday on the first day.
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.
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