Autumn Walking Holidays
Harder: October 20th - 25th 2013
The Lake District is particularly beautiful in the autumn, with its colourful woodlands, soft and rugged landscape. The pace of this holiday will be a relaxed one and will allow plenty of time for interest stops and photography.
For our special autumn walking holiday we have included some old favourite routes as well as some new ones. All routes are linear with comfortable transport provided. As usual there will be morning and afternoon options offering leisurely or more energetic routes, and pub lunches are included.
With walking routes of about 5 hours and daily options of between 6 to 11 miles they provide a perfect opportunity for a really enjoyable break, and are well within the capabilities of anyone reasonably fit, although some preparatory exercise would make the days even more enjoyable! Each evening we meet for drinks and discussion of the next days plans, followed by dinner.
Leave the car behind, along with the worries of route finding and have everything arranged for you. All you need are comfortable boots, a small day sack for a camera, spare pullover, waterproofs and possibly a hat and gloves.
Sunday Todd Crag
Summiteers: From the top of Wrynose Pass, a steady climb up Wetside Edge with stunning views all around, taking in Great Carrs, Swirl How before dropping down the prison band. A steady climb up to Wetherlam followed by a stunning ridge walk down into the Coppermines valley.
Striders: Starting at Tilberthwaite Gill following the ravine up and along to Hole Rake, (in the footsteps of the Copper and Slate miners) before dropping into Coniston for that well earned pint.
Summiteers: Starting near Bassenthwaite village, walking through pastures to access the prominent ridge that steadily rises to the summit of Ullock Pike. Fantastic views along the way of Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water. Arriving at Carl Side col, the climbing really begins (steep to start but only for about 30mins) before reaching the summit of Skiddaw. The decent is down the tourist path over Jenkin Hill for pick up at the high level car park.
Striders: From Armathwaite along the shores of Bassenthwaite and then over fields to Bega Chapel and Mirehouse before climbing into Dodds Wood and summiting on Dodd. After lunch strolling down to Applethwaite and finishing at Crossthwaite Church.
Summiteers: Starting in Grange we walk through lovely woodland to the summit on Hampsfell, an elevated ridge of limestone overlooking the Kent estuary on one side and enjoying a wide prospect of Lakeland on the other. The obvious objective is a stone building known as the Hospice crowning the highest point. Continuing through pastures and minor roads to arrive at our lunch stop in Cartmel. Afternoon following the Cistercian Way to Cark.
Striders: Start in Grange following a bridleway through delightful woodland heading for Eden Mount and Fell End, picking up the Cistercian Way (a ancient monk’s route) through pastures before arriving in Cartmel for lunch. Afternoon will follow same as Summiteers to end our delightful day in Cark.
Summiteers: Starting in the hamlet of Kentmere, we take the old Drovers road once frequented by pack mules to Garburn pass, striding out to summit Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick before descending the Roman Road down into Troutbeck Valley Head where Beatrix Potter had a fine farm (now owned by the National Trust)
Striders: From Kentmere to Garburn Pass but continuing down into Troutbeck , visiting the lovely Jesus Church and wandering on into the historic 17th` C village where we will have lunch at the Queens Head. After lunch optional stroll back to Ambleside on the old coffin route.
Anne Strange has been guiding since 1992 and has led guided walks in the Lake District and Scotland. She has been a member of the mountain rescue team for many years and has travelled extensively - walking and climbing in the Himalayas and the Alps. She is a trained mountain leader & first aider, and her other interests are cycling and local history.
Adrian Legge , a former Royal Navy officer, is a qualified Mountain Leader and has been involved in guiding in the mountains since the age of eighteen, mostly in the Lake District but also in Scotland, Wales and Norway. He is a keen skier and has trekked in the Himalayas and in most of the mountainous areas of Europe, including the Tour of Mont Blanc and the via feratta of the Italian Dolomites. Adrian lives in Windermere and has a special interest in our rich industrial heritage.
The 5-night Walking holiday runs from Sunday afternoon through to Friday morning, and the prices are per person and include full Cumbrian breakfast, 3 course dinner and VAT @ 20%. Lunch is provided Monday to Thursday, as well as all transportation.
Non-participating partners are welcome, and the cost for them is £60 less than above.
Non-Residents - A limited number of places is available for non-residents, with all items of the holiday and dinner each evening included.
We ask for a deposit of £150 per person for the holidays, which can be made by cheque or credit card. This is non-refundable unless the room is subsequently relet. Cancellation insurance is available.