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Welcome in the spring on a gentle walking weekend in the stunning southern Lake District

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 3

Join us in the fantastic south Lake District, where we’ll head out from our base near Hawkshead to explore the local area. There will be walks on offer to suit all abilities, visiting the nearby Grizedale forest, wandering along the lakeshores Windermere or Tarn Hows, and gazing up at the peak of the Old Man of Coniston.

Winter has come to an end, the flowers are out, and the days are longer; there’s no better time to discover the joys of walking in the countryside with a friendly group on gentle walks where you’ll really appreciate all that nature has to offer.

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We’re staying just a short distance from Beatrix Potter’s old home at Near Sawrey, and not far from Coniston Water, the setting for Swallows and Amazons, so it’s the ideal location for all those childhood images of what the idyllic English Lake District should be.

We’ll also have extra activities on offer on the Sunday, so you can complete your weekend by learning something new, or finding a different way to enjoy the countryside.

In a nutshell:

  • Enjoy a weekend away in the beautiful South Lakes when the spring flowers are in bloom.
  • Meet a friendly bunch of people, who are all here to get out for a gentle guided walk and enjoy the scenery.
  • Let us worry about food, navigation and the weather while you relax in the lounge and enjoy the landscape.
  • Explore the area made famous by Beatrix Potter and Swallows and Amazons.

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You’re welcome to arrive from 5pm, where the Large Outdoors team will welcome you and introduce you to your companions for the weekend. You’re welcome to help yourself to the endless hot drinks on supply, or of course settle down with a glass of something stronger.

Dinner is served at 8pm, and we’ll go over the plans for the weekend, confirming walking routes and options.


After a leisurely sit-down breakfast and the chance to make packed lunches we’ll head off on our guided walks. Nearby we have Grizedale forest, Windermere, Coniston Water and the low fells south of Little Langdale, including the stunning area around Tarn Hows. There will be woodland, waterfalls and views of the high hills. Walks will be made clear on the Friday evening, but whatever you choose you’ll be in for a day of fantastic views and exploration, suitable for all abilities.

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We aim to return to the hostel for mid-afternoon, where there’ll be plenty of time to relax before dinner is served. You’re more than welcome to head off to the pub in Hawkshead, or bring some drinks of your own into the hostel with you.

We will be offering at least 3 walk levels today.


After breakfast we’ll pack up and check out of the hostel. Today we will have the option to head out on a half day walk which aims to finish at around 1pm somewhere we can get lunch before heading off. Or for those that wish to explore Lakeland we will be offering another full day out aiming to finish for around 4pm.

There are lots of options for walks today, including heading up into Little Langdale, Loughrigg or around Ambleside, or perhaps over to Troutbeck. We’ll make sure you see somewhere new, so you really get the most out of your time here.

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Good to Know:

Venue Location

YHA Hawkshead,
LA22 0QD

Free Train Station Collection:

We will have a limited number of free collections from Windermere Train Station. We will be collecting at 3pm, 5pm and then again at 7pm. These must be booked and are available on a first come first served basis.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
  • 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.

Useful Links:

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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  • The Basics:

    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.

  • Dietary:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

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YHA Hawkshead,
LA22 0QD
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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!
    Member 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.
    Member 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
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