Pre-book some of the activities for our upcoming New Year Trip...
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level1 One
New Years Eve Extra Activities
As part of our New Years Eve walking holiday we are adding some extras to give you a great range of activities to choose from to make up your holiday. Some of these may have an additional cost and any free activities will have limited places and will require pre-booking.
Don’t forget, there is a selection of guided walks on every day already included, but some of these inspiring activities may be just what you need to make your holiday extra special.
One-Day Navigation Course – £10pp
Are you a beginner at navigating and want an introduction to the basics? On this one day course we’ll take you out around the local area, maps and compasses in hand, and introduce you to the art and science of navigation.
On our day out we’ll consider using and orientating the map, planning a route, recognising features, and relating what’s on the map to the land around you. Maps and compasses are provided plus a free navigation book for you to take away.
Yoga – Free but limited places each session
Every afternoon, when the walks return to the hostel, there will the chance to take part in a yoga session lasting between 1-1.5 hours. The classes can be restorative, sports orientated or regular Hatha relaxation classes – any combination of the above would be excellent for post walking legs and bodies. Please note the last session is on the Tuesday morning.
Honister Slate Mine Tour – £15pp
Take a trip deep within the earth and visit the underground caverns, tunnels and labyrinth of England’s only working slate mine. Situated in the west of the Lake District, this fascinating tour is 1.5 hours long, and the group will then stay together for a walk in the local area, which could be around Buttermere or Borrowdale.
Winter Walking with Equipment – Free but limited places
If the conditions are right we are happy to offer you the chance to go on a mountain walk into the ice and snow, as long as you have the correct equipment. Led by a Winter Mountain Leader, this day has the same structure as a day walk, except that you’ll need to bring your own ice axe, crampons, goggles and winter boots. If the equipment is needed on our mountain walk we’ll be able to show you how to use it, combining some skills training with a day out.
As the conditions are so variable, we recommend that you do not invest in winter mountaineering kit just for this trip – just bring it if you have it – it all depends on the weather and the snow conditions. Please just sign up here if you are interested and we’ll pick the best day nearer the time.
The Lakes Distillery Tour – £13pp
Join us on a tour of the Lake Distict’s only distillery, already making their signature gin and vodka, and with a single malt whisky joining the collection in 2018. Find out all about how the spirits are made and then take part in a tasting session! The tour lasts an hour but before hand the group will have enjoyed a morning walking in the local area, which will be near Lake Bassenthwaite or Keswick. Perfect as a winter warmer!
Wildlife and Nature Walk – Free but limited places
Why not use the opportunity of being in the Lake District to head out for the day on a mission to find out all about the wildlife that lives here in the winter? Alongside your walk leader you’ll try and spot everything from birds to mammals, insects to edible plants. This will be a full day walk, structured the same as any other walk, but you may be standing around looking at things so best bring an extra jumper!
What our members have to say...
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012