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.
All of the tickets offer the same in terms of shared single sex room accommodation, meals and walks, but the tickets will get more expensive as more people book on so save by booking now. You can secure your place with a 50% deposit on all tickets.
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, 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.
As part of the New Years break we’re putting on some extra trips to make your day that bit extra special! if you’re interested in joining one of the experiences below, you can sign up on this page (places must be booked in advance). Please note that each event needs a minimum of 8 to run.
Ullswater Steamer (30th December)
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. 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.
Alpaca Walking (31st December)
Spend the morning 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! After the experience we’ll explore the local town of Keswick and perhaps go on an amble down to the lakeshore for a fantastic view of the hills.
Please note that the Alpaca Walking excursion may involve a drive to get there. It is approximately 30 mins away from Patterdale.
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, hopefully with some wonderful Lake District memories to take with you into 2019. Check out time is 10am, and the shuttle for the train station will leave at around 10:30am.
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 2019 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.
Free Train Station Collection:
We will have a limited number of free collections from Penrithl Train Station. We will be collecting at 5pm and then again at 7pm. These must be booked and are available on a first come first served basis.
- 4 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 3.5 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- All evening meals including the NYE celebratory dinner, breakfasts, packed lunches.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
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: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
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.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
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