Sign up to some extras to make the weekend even better!
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
1 - 5
For the Large Outdoors 10th birthday party we’re putting on some extra events. There will still be several different walks offered during the Saturday, and on the Sunday morning, but if you’re looking for something a little bit extra then look no further! Booking can be done on this page.
Please note that you need to have a place on the Birthday weekend to take part in these events!
This is also the page where you can book yourself onto a free pick-up from Penrith train station, either at 5pm or 7pm on the Friday night; this must be booked in advance. Please note that drop-offs on Sunday will be at 2pm and 3.30pm. If you would like a lift back on Sunday, please email email@example.com with your return train time.
If you cannot make these travel times, consider putting a request on our car-share Facebook group, where someone might be able to offer you a lift, either from where you live, or from Penrith for the last few miles to the hostel.
Ullswater Steamer (Saturday)
Enjoy a cruise on Ullswater as part of today’s walk! We’ll be walking from the door of the hostel on a gentle walk to Glenridding, from where we get the famous steamer on a half-an-hour journey to Howtown. From there we can follow the lakeside trail back to the hostel. If there is enough interest for a bigger group we can also put on a higher level walk back to the hostel from Howtown, but there will definitely be an easy walk on offer. The steamer is a great way to admire the landscape from the serenity of the lake, and you can watch out for England’s only red deer herd on the slopes of Place Fell.
Navigation Day Course (Saturday)
Head out for day on this beginners navigation course. We’ll introduce you to maps and compasses, and take you on a wander where we can pass on some top tips, let you practise navigating the group, and help improve your confidence. No previous experience of navigating is required, just an interest in maps and the landscape.
Helvellyn via Striding Edge (Saturday)
If you want a big adventure on Saturday then come along to Britain’s #1 walk! involving minor scrambling and some incredible views, it’ll be a day to remember on England’s 3rd highest mountain, right on our doorstep. There’s no extra cost for this walk, but the group size is limited to 8 so places need to be reserved.
Alpaca Walking (Sunday)
Spend Sunday morning (start time 11am near Keswick) on the most relaxing walk imaginable, talking an Alpaca for a walk around the Lingholm Estate on the shores of Derwent Water. We’ll spend an hour and a half walking the alpacas, and meet the herd. Alpacas are known for their gentle nature and world-famous softness of their wool. This is a must for anyone who wants a special experience they won’t get in more stunning surroundings!
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