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Head for the highest peak in England as part of a sociable weekend in the Lake District

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    3 Three

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, rising above the deep valleys and serene lakes of the south-west of the Lake District. As a day walk it’s an unforgettable journey past deep mountain ravines, along ancient trails, and with views all the way up that reach over Lakeland. Doing it with a friendly and supportive group is just the icing on the cake!

Join us on a weekend where Scafell Pike is our Saturday objective and we also take you out on a gentler Sunday walk to see more of the local area. Enjoy relaxing in our hostel, get to know your fellow walkers, and spend some time in the timeless landscape of Cumbria.

 

In a nutshell:

  • Summit Scafell Pike with a Large Outdoors Mountain Leader on a day in the hills you’ll never forget.
  • Explore the Lake District on a relaxing sociable weekend with a gentler walk on Sunday to finish off Saturday’s adventure.
  • Enjoy local produce as we head to a traditional Lake District inn for a celebratory meal.
  • Relax in the hostel, with hot drinks always on offer and a host to look after you.
  • Meet a friendly group of people and support each other as you aim to become the highest people in England – at least for a few minutes!

 

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Itinerary

Friday

You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and get you settled in. You may want a quick wander around the local area to begin to settle into the peaceful surroundings, or just relax in the lounge with a tea or a glass of wine!

Dinner is served at 8pm and then we’ll go over the plans for the weekend.

Guided day walk on Scafell Pike in the Lake District in aid of Caudwell Children

 

Saturday

Breakfast will be available at 8am and there’ll be time to make packed lunches before we set out between 8:45-9am for the day’s goal, the mighty Scafell Pike.

We will need to drive to the start this morning, transport is not included and we ask people to car share, we’ll be heading to Seathwaite, right at the head of Borrowdale.

The route we’ll be taking is a circular walk, first heading up to Styhead Tarn along rocky mountain paths. From here the path gets narrower as we head along the ‘corridor route’, a fantastic traverse of the Scafell massif which gives us views into the famous Piers’ Gill, and down into Wasdale. The final section up to the summit of Scafell Pike is rocky, but we’ll be able to see the sea, and the rest of the Lake District opening out before us.

A group on the summit of Scafell Pike.

The return journey takes us over the Scafell plateau past the other peaks that make up the range. Once down at Esk Hause, we are on a path that leads down a different valley back to where we started at Seathwaite.

The total ascent for the day is just under 1000m and the walk will take us around 7 hours. The paths are mostly clear but they are rocky, and there are a few rocky steps where you’ll want to use your hands. Our Mountain Leaders will help you across all these tricky bits. Don’t worry though, there’s no climbing!

Once we’re back at the hostel it’s time to celebrate with some drinks and snacks before we head out to dinner at a local pub. You’ll be reliving the day’s adventures and reminiscing about the time you’ve spent on the roof of England!

A guided walking weekend exploring Scafell Pike and Blencathra in the Lake District

 

Sunday

After breakfast at 8am, we’ll have a more leisurely morning and head out for a wander for a few hours, showing you the area local to the accommodation. We’ll aim to finish the walk for 12-1pm and head to somewhere you can get some lunch before the weekend comes to an end.

Some options we’ll be considering for Sunday’s walk are:

Latrigg – Rising above the town of Keswick, Latrigg is a grassy hill surrounded by woodland. We can head through the woods looking out for red squirrels before heading up the gentle slope to the top of the hill. The view of the town and the lake from here, with the famous Catbells behind, is one of the classic views of the Lake District. After wandering back down we’ll head to Keswick for lunch.

Derwent Water – Dotted with islands, and surrounded by hills, Derwent Water lies to the south of Keswick. There are paths running through the wooded shorelines, giving you excellent views of the lake and the hills without having to go uphill at all! We’ll follow one of the many paths here and head back to Keswick for lunch.

About the Area

The Lake District

The mountains and lakes of central Cumbria, in the north-west of England, are one of the most popular walking destinations in Britain. Designated as a National Park in 1951 and made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, the beauty of the landscape here has inspired poets, mountaineers, travellers and walkers for hundreds of years. It contains a vast array of hills, including the highest in England, and England’s only peaks over 3000 feet. Alongside the hills are dozens of lakes, woodlands, snaking valleys, and views that stretch all the way from Scotland to Lancashire. Despite the huge numbers of people that have come to love the Lake District, it is still easy to get away from it all in the hills and enjoy the peace of the countryside. You’ll quickly feel more relaxed in the fresh air!

Good to know:

Venue Address:

 

The Coach House,
Old Windebrowe,
Keswick
CA12 4NT

 

  • Good to know:

    Good to know:

    • This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
    • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip, however there is a cosy Lake District Inn next door.
    • You will need to drive to the start point and we will ask people to car share.
    • I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
    • Please note there is no mobile phone signal or wifi at this venue.
    • This trip is open to anyone over 18 years of age and there is no upper age limit.

    Arrivals:

    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.

    How many walk options are offered?

    On each of our weekends we aim to offer two or more walk options each day, so you have a choice of a harder or easier day out. However, this is not always possible. On weekends where there is a small group, instead of cancelling the weekend, we will all head out on the same walk. This walk will be planned so that everyone can have a good day out, with the aim being a social group exploration of the local countryside.

    Transport during the weekend:

    As often as possible, we aim to walk straight from the door of the accommodation. However, sometimes the best walks are a little further away and we need to drive. For these occasions, we encourage our guests to car-share to get to and from the walk location, so that we fit into as few vehicles as possible. If you are a driver, if would be very helpful if you would consider volunteering for this if required!

    Please also remember to bring some loose change for car park charges, which are sometimes unavoidable.

    Foods and Drinks:

    For this weekend we provide the following meals:

    • Evening meal Friday, for Saturday we will head to a local inn and this meal is not included.
    • Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.
    • Packed Lunch for Saturday – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.
    • Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.

    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.

    We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your 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.

    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.

    If you have further questions please view our FAQ’s page or email the main Large Outdoors office.

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The Coach House,
Old Windebrowe,
Keswick
CA12 4NT
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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!
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    Claire
    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.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
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