See in the New Year from the stunning surroundings of the Lake District
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For many, the essential elements of a great New Year include having a party atmosphere, stunning scenery to walk in, and the chance to do something different from the norm.
Ta dah – welcome to the New Year’s Eve break we’re organising in the beautiful Lake District surroundings of Patterdale.
Staying in a spacious Scandi-style hostel that has a large lounge area just made for a great group gathering, guests can enjoy a mix of guided walks, good food and the pick of alternative excursions – everything from alpaca walking (yes really) through to a tour of a gin distillery.
In a nutshell:
- Revel in the camaraderie and cheer that comes with spending four nights in the company of a large group of like-minded people.
- Smile as you walk for three days through beautiful scenery – whether it’s a challenging hike up one of the peaks or sauntering along the shores of a lake.
- Relax in the knowledge that all logistics, route planning and meals are being handled by the Large Outdoors team.
- Enjoy taking a break from walking and join one of the optional alternative excursions.
Alternative New Year’s Eve breaks
- North York Moors – Helmsley. A chance to see in the New Year in with a smaller group of people staying in a hostel in the charming market town of Helmsley, and exploring the beautiful North York Moors National Park.
- Snowdonia – Llanberis. If hostels are just not your bag, then join us for a New Year celebration in Snowdonia, staying in a cottage nestled in the foothills of the mountains and accommodating a maximum of 18 guests.
You’re welcome to arrive any time after 5pm, where the Large Outdoors hosts will be there to meet you and help you immediately settle into the hostel by plying you with a hot drink and introducing you to your fellow guests.
We’ll also be running a free shuttle collection from Penrith train station. Please note, this must be booked in advance as places are limited.
Over dinner, we outline the adventures we have planned for the coming days including the walks and the excursions that have been booked (more details on the excursion options will be released in September).
30th, 31st December and 1st Jan.
On each of these days, breakfast is served at 8am before we head out for a day’s exploring.
We’ll be organising several guided walks each day of differing lengths and level of challenge. The exact routes will also depend on the day’s weather but with easy access to higher peaks such as Helvellyn, Red Screes or Place Fell as well as the shores of Ullswater on our doorstep, we have plenty of choice.
For those wanting a tougher challenge and who possess winter gear such as crampons and ice axes, we’ll head high into the uppermost reaches of the Lakes.
However those wanting an easier time of it will be just as well as catered for with some enchanting and beautiful low level walks amid the mountain scenery.
For those wanting to mix up the walking days with the opportunity to do something different there are plenty of options on the doorstep – everything from a lake cruise, gin distillery visit through to rising to the challenge of sampling the cakes in one of the local cafés! Alternatively you might just want to curl up on one of the sofas back at the hostel with a good book.
There are always hot drinks on-the-go in the dining room and then at 7.30pm each evening we serve dinner and enjoy the chatter as the group relives the day’s adventures.
On New Year’s Eve we sit down a tad later in the evening after preparing a delectable five-course feast that befits the special occasion.
By the time the cheeseboard has been passed around and the coffee has been drunk, the group invariably will be in party-mode with music and a high level of frivolity kicking in.
After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. We’ll be running a few gentler three-four hour walks during the morning, giving you one last chance to soak up the Lakeland loveliness and enjoy a final lunch or afternoon tea with the group before heading home.
About the Area
The Lake District National Park
One of the most famous walking destinations in Britain, if not Europe, the Lake District is ideal for all levels of walker, and for lovers of the outdoors. The mix of gentle rolling hills, high craggy mountains, wild valleys and easy lakeside strolls make it a perfect location. It is a mountain range interspersed with lakes and woodlands that would take a lifetime to get to know, but which you’ll relax into immediately. One of England’s first National Parks, and made famous by Wordsworth and generations of walkers, the Lake District’s timeless beauty is the perfect place to spend New Year’s Eve.
Good to know:
For our 2018/19 New Year’s break we are staying at Patterdale YHA. This great YHA is tucked away at the end of Ullswater, surrounded by dozens of fantastic fells. The lounge and dining room make a great communal space, and the rooms are spacious, with views out onto the lawn or the main courtyard.
Good to know:
- Your welcome to bring your own drinks to the hostel or pop to the local pub. There are two pubs a short walk away, in the village.
- Although we do supply a packed lunch each day, some walks may take in a local pub or tea shop. In which case that is not included.
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...
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