Walk two of the most iconic Lake District mountains on a weekend up high!
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Difficulty Level3 Three
Scafell Pike is the highest peak in England, a fantastic objective for hillwalkers and an exciting walk right up into the crags and high valleys that crowd round this ancient and massive mountain. Blencathra is a mountain you’ll recognise if you’ve ever driven into the north of the Lake District – it’s wide flowing shape and its steep southerly ridges a key sight that welcomes you to the hills of Cumbria.
We’ll be taking you up both peaks on an excellent sociable weekend of high walks, great company, and evenings of good food and relaxation. Based in the cosy YHA Caldbeck, you’ll be guided on two walks you’ll never forget, and see two very different mountains, and parts of the Lake District.
In a nutshell:
- Explore two fantastic Lake District mountains on guided walks, taking you to the summits of Scafell Pike and Blencathra
- Relax in our exclusive hostel, with the Lake District’s northern fells right outside the window.
- Meet a group of friendly walkers, and experience two totally different sides of the Lake District
- Enjoy freshly prepared food, on this fully hosted weekend away.
About the area
The Lake District National Park
Home to the highest mountains and the largest lakes in England, the Lake District is famous the world over as a walking destination. Made famous by the Lakes Poets, including Wordsworth, the Lake District has been a working landscape for thousands of years, with sheep farms, drystone walls, old quarries and ancient settlements dotting the valleys. The hills are perfect for all levels of hillwalker, from the keen hiker who aims to summit the highest peaks, to low-level wanderers who are happy with the excellent views available from the lower fells. Made a National Park in 1951, the Lake District is protected for future generations to enjoy.
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be busy preparing dinner. After being introduced to your fellow walkers, it’s time to relax for the evening until dinner is served at 8pm.
After dinner we’ll confirm the plans for the weekend, and go through last minute updates such as the weather forecast. We then all normally relax in the lounge with a cup of tea or glass of wine!
Saturday – Scafell Pike
After an 8am breakfast and the chance to make a packed lunch, we’ll set off for Seathwaite, at the end of Borrowdale, to begin our walk up Scafell Pike.
The walk from Seathwaite is one of the best routes up Scafell Pike, taking us up past the flanks of Seathwaite Fell to the raised valley the leads to the high lake of Styhead Tarn. Above us now are the crags of the Scafell massif itself, and we join the ‘corridor route’ which winds its way along a spectacular path flanking the western slopes.
With views down to Wasdale, the Irish Sea, and even on a clear day the Isle of Man, we make our way to the summit, from where the whole of the Lake District, the Scottish Border, and the North Pennines are all visible. On a clear day we can even see Ireland and Snowdon!
Our descent takes us on a different route, over the rocky Scafell Plateau, keeping us high and extending the views in all directions. After dropping down to Esk Hause we join Grains Gill and return to Seathwaite.
After a celebratory pint at the local pub, we’ll head back to the hostel and have time to relax with a cup of tea before dinner.
Sunday – Blencathra
On Sunday its time for another great walk, if your feeling adventurous then you can join our Blencathra walk, or if you would rather have a more relaxed Sunday we will be offering a gentler walk.
We’ll meet again for breakfast at 8am before heading on our respective walks.
Blencathra, just on the other side of the northern fells from where we’re staying. It’s name means the ‘seat of Arthur’ and it was reputedly the place King Arthur used as his base to defend the Britons from invasion. Our task today is slightly less arduous.
This shapely mountain is well-known to everyone driving along the A66 to Keswick – it welcomes you to the Lake District, standing as it does on the very edge of the hills. Because of this, the views are also spectacular, south and west to the Lake District and east to the Eden Valley and the Pennines.
We’ll make our way up via Hall’s Fell ridge, named by Wainwright as one of the finest routes up any Lake District fell. From here we head back down a more gentle path.
After our successful descent, there’s still time for a last pub visit before it’s time to say goodbye. We hope by this time you’ll have developed a life-long love for these two great mountains, and all the peaks of Lakeland.
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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
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