Kickstart the New Year with a stellar gathering in the Lakes...
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Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions, being surrounded by the Lake District fells as you head into January is a sure fire way to ensure you’re taking on the next 12 months with optimism and a certain chirpiness.
So with that in mind how about spending a four-night walking break with a great bunch of people where you can fill your boots with views across to Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells and let the Lake District magic do its job?
For this special occasion we have exclusive use of YHA Windermere which is located in four acres of grounds in an idyllic setting just two miles from Windermere itself. All-in-all a pretty perfect place for a gathering.
We follow our trusted formula – put together a fun group of people, provide them with lashings of good food and a variety of great walks and the party atmosphere just naturally happens!
We have high peaks such as the Langdale Pikes or High Street nearby for those looking for good leg stretching hikes, or gentler circuits such as Wansfell Pike and Loughrigg Terrace for guests wanting a more leisurely walking day.
For those who want to mix it up a bit with some different excursions then there are plenty – from walking with alpacas to sauntering along to a gin distillery.
Each afternoon there’s time to simply enjoy the surroundings and have a bit of ‘me-time’ while some will probably head to local pubs such as The Queen’s Head at Troutbeck for a cheeky pint before we serve dinner.
Then on New Year’s Eve we pull out all the stops to lay on a feast before the countdown begins to 2021.
In a nutshell:
- Revel in a real winter-warmer of a break with good walks, food and company.
- Rev up for 2021 with a New Year’s party Large Outdoors-style.
- Relish all that is great about the Lake District surroundings.
Lake District – New Year’s Eve Dates:
- Wednesday 30th December – Sunday 3rd January 2021
The earlier you book the less you pay, unlike Early bird tickets the cheeper prices are not limited you simply pay the final price based on when you book. You can book your place and reserve your price by paying our standard 50% deposit.
Please note all private rooms will always be at the standard full price.
- Book by midnight 31st July and pay £275
- Book by midnight 30th September and pay £295
- Full price thereafter will be £325.
As you arrive (anytime after 5pm) at the YHA and step out of the car, you’ll immediately breathe in the pure Lakeland air and sense the craggy fells around you.
Then as you walk through the door to the cheery smiles and bonhomie of the other members of the group, you’ll realise that it’s going to be a good place to spend New Year.
Once we’ve all gathered, your Large Outdoors host will then prepare the evening meal while you make the most of socialising in front of the log fire.
Over dinner we go through the plans for the coming days including the pre-booked excursions.
31st December, 1st & 2nd Jan.
On each of these days, we head out for a day’s exploring.
We’ll be organising two-three 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 Crinkle Crags, High Street and the Fairfield Horseshoe as well as low level walks along Lake Windermere, 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.
Please note on most days there will likely be a short drive to the start of the walks, we don’t include transport and people normally car share.
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 bit later after preparing a delectable five-course feast to get the ball rolling (although we know it will already be rolling) for the evening’s fun and festivities, no doubt ending with a glass or two raised in honour of 2021.
Sunday 3rd Jan
This is time to say our farewells as we stride into 2021 with new friends.
Good to know:
Good to know:
- You’re welcome to bring your own drinks to the hostel or pop to the local pub.
- 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 Windermere Train Station. We will be collecting at 4pm. 5pm, 6pm 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.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of 2 – 8 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s – 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