October 19th - 24th 2014
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 packed lunches and pub lunches are included.
The programme will still start on Sunday afternoon with a short introductory walk followed by four full days of walking with time for stops of interest - scenic, architectural, local history, Lakeland traditions, flora etc.
All days begin by travelling by small coach to the start. A typical ‘Easy’ day will involve walking for up to three hours with modest height gains, a stop for coffee and lunch in a local hostelry or café (or a packed lunch). Afternoon will be a shorter length walk. ‘Medium’ walks tend to be slightly longer and higher and involve either a packed lunch or a pub / cafe lunch. ‘Hard’ walks involve much more strenuous walks with a packed lunch on 3 days, taking in the higher peaks.
Prior to dinner each evening there is a meeting in the Brathay Room to reflect on the day’s walking, view photographs taken on the day, order lunch and discuss the routes for the following day.
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 : Starting from Hartsop a steady walk up to Hawswater then a steep climb onto Knott, followed by Kidsty Pike and onto the High St Ridge with stunning views towards the Helvellyn range and far beyond. Following in the Roman Footsteps we continue along the ridge to Wether Hill and down Fusedale to finish at the walkers bar in Howtown. 8.5 miles (13.5 km) / 2450 ft (740 m)
Striders : Starting in Hartsop, a walk along the valley before climbing to Boredale Hause. Route continues down the beautiful valley of Boredale Head and into Martindale with a chance to visit two churches, one of which is very ancient. Finishing in Howtown at the Walkers bar. 6.5 miles (10 km) / 1520 ft (460 m)
Strollers : Starting in Patterdale, taking the famous Lake shore route to Sandwich and Howtown. 5.5 miles (9 km) / 1060 ft (320 m)
Summiteers : From Honister Pass up to the old tramway and then following ‘Moses Trod’ (a mining legend) heading up to Beck Head, before the hard rugged trek up onto Great Gable (well worth the effort). Descent into Windy Gap before short pull up to Green Gable. Exit from mountains via Gillercomb before finishing at Seathwaite. 6 miles (9.5 km) / 2380 ft (720 m)
Striders : From Honister Pass following the Allerdale Ramble down to Grange-in-Borrowdale, with a option of the short sharp climb onto Castle Crag. Finishing at Hawes End on the shores of Derwent Water. 6.5 miles (10.5 km) / 530 ft (160 m) + Castle Crag 330 ft (100 m)
Stroller : Circuit of Derwent Water. Starting from Keswick, Friars Crag and then along the eastern shore of Derwent Water before crossing to Manestey and along the western shore to Hawes End. 5.5 miles (9 km) / 430 ft (130 m)
Summiteers : Drop-off at Sunny Brow to climb to Black Crag and then via Colwith Force and Stang End to Three Shires Inn for lunch.
4.5 miles (7 km) / 1200 ft (365 m)
Striders/Strollers : Drop-off Bettyfold to walk across fields to Tarn Hows. Then by Oxen Fell, Hodge Close and Stang End to Three Shires Inn 4 miles (6.5 km) / 700 ft (210 m)
Afternoon all to walk over Howe Banks towards Chapel Stile, turning left via Baysbrown to take valley path to New Dungeon Ghyll
3.5 miles (5.5 km) / 300 ft (110 m)
Summiteers : From the car park at Fell Gate above Coniston village, take the Walna Scar road (an old drover’s road) to its highest point and then onto the summits of White Maiden and White Pike. Descent to Natty Bridge before heading back to Walna Scar road and finishing at the Newfield Inn in Seathwaite for a well earned pint. 7.5 miles (11.5 km) / 1870 ft (570 m)
Striders : From Stephenson Ground to Jackson Ground, skirting Raven’s Crag before taking Park Head path and Old Park Beck to lunch at the Newfield Inn in Seathwaite. 4.5 miles (7 km) / 730 ft (220 m)
Strollers : From Stephenson Ground taking the Long Mire valley onto Old Park Beck for lunch at the Newfield Inn in Seathwaite.
2.5 miles (4 km) / 330 ft (100 m)
Strollers and Striders have the choice of two circular afternoon walks from the Inn up the Duddon valley, one of 3 miles (200 ft) and a longer 4 miles (900 ft) via Wallowbarrow Gorge.
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.