October 18th - 23rd 2015
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 ‘Easier’ 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. ‘Harder’ walks tend to be slightly longer and higher and involve either a packed lunch or a pub / cafe lunch.
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
Harder : Starting at Castlerigg Stone Circle we walk via Rakefoot to climb Bleaberry Fell and High Seat. After the summit we drop down to the hamlet of Wathendlath before returning to the valley floor for pick-up in Grange-in-Borrowdale. (9.5 miles / 2400 ft)
Easier : Starting at Castlerigg Stone Circle we stroll through the beautiful woodland of Springs Wood with stunning views down towards Derwentwater, meandering through part Keswick before continuing along the east lakeshore of Derwentwater to Grange-in-Borrowdale.
(8 miles / 800 ft)
Harder : Starting in Seattle we meander through fields and woodland following the ancient route of the Cistercians monks. We summit Hampsfell with views across to Morecambe Bay, before descending to Carmel for lunch. (5.5 miles / 650 ft)
Easier : From Low Gate, with lots of history about the gunpowder and coppicing works, to Bigland Hall and over Bigland Heights to Cartmel for lunch. (4 miles / 460 ft)
After lunch we all follow the Cumbria Way to Cark and then the delightful Coastal Way for pick up at Sand Gate. (3 miles / 140 ft)
Harder : From Helsington Church near Brigsteer we meander over Scout Scar and Cunswick Scar (wonderful views towards the Southern fells) before heading towards Ellerbeck through farmland for lunch at the Sun Hotel in Crook. (7 miles / 940 ft)
Easier : Starting at Bradley Field house we walk along Gamblesmire Lane before following a similar route to the harder walk across farmland to lunch at the Sun Inn. (4 miles / 530 ft)
Afternoon walk for all through fields and wonderful countryside towards Gilpin Farm and then north to Hag End for pick up.
(3.5 miles / 600 ft)
Harder : Walking in the footsteps of the Romans we start our walk just outside Pooley Bridge and follow the 2000 year old Roman Road up onto Lords Seat and Load Pot Hill, taking in the stunning views down the length of Ullswater, Cumbria’s 2nd largest lake. After the summits we drop down the lovely Fusedale Valley for pick up in Howtown. (8 miles / 1730 ft)
Easier : We start with a look around Barton Church and Vicarage before commencing our walk across fields to Celleron, then onto the moor via ‘The Cockpit’ before taking the path parallel to Ullswater lake down to Howtown.
(7 miles / 950 ft)
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.