Spring Walking (Easier)
May 5th - 10th 2013
The Lake District is particularly beautiful in the spring, with the lambs and spring flowers, as well as the rugged landscape. The pace of this holiday will be a relaxed one and will allow plenty of time for interest stops and photography.
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: Our introductory walk is a stroll to Stock Ghyll Waterfalls in Ambleside.
Monday: Two start points and two alternative finishes. From Staveley on the Dales Way to Potters Tarn, meandering through fields and woods before arriving back in Staveley for lunch at The Eagle & Child. Afternoon will be on easy terrain & low fell following the Dales Way to Outrun (near Windermere).
Striders: 8.5 miles (13.5 km) Height gain 1000ft (300m) Strollers: 5.5 miles (9 km) Height gain 500ft (150m)
Tuesday: Starting at Crummock Water, Striders will walk up and over Rannerdale Knotts with stunning views to the North Western fells descending into Buttermere, whilst the Strollers will take the lakeside path to meet for lunch at the famous Fish Hotel (with its association with the Maid of Buttermere). All will then take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful shoreline of Buttermere, finishing at Gatesgarth Farm.
Striders: 5 miles (8 km) Height gain 1000ft (300m)
Strollers: 5 miles (8 km) Height gain 200ft (60m)
Wednesday: Starting at Yew Tree Tarn, the Striders route takes in Holme Fell with fantastic panoramic view in all directions, onwards to Hodge Close and a peep into the spectacular Cathedral Quarry, Slaters Bridge and then lunch at the Three Shires Inn. Strollers will start nearer to Hodge Close and then the same route as Striders. Afternoon Striders will walk via Blea Tarn and Strollers via Langdale valley to meet at the New Dungeon Ghyll.
Striders: 10 miles (16 Km) Height gain 1000ft (300m) Strollers: 6 miles (9.5 Km) Height gain 500ft (150m)
Thursday: From Peter House Farm, Back of Skiddaw, Striders will take the Cumbria Way to Whitewater Dash Waterfalls, through an ancient forest to arrive at Skiddaw House, once a shooting lodge for Lord Lonsdale. Heading east to follow the Glenderaterra Beck with fine views towards Derwent Water and back to Threlkeld. Strollers will traverse the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake, passing Mirehouse for a lunch-stop at the Old Sawmill. Afternoon is a contoured walk on the slopes of Dodd and Lizzick Woods for pick-up at Applethwaite.
Striders: 7 miles (11 Km) Height gain 1500ft (450m)
Strollers: 5.5 miles (9 Km) Height gain 400ft (120m)
The holiday begins on the Sunday afternoon and finishes on Friday morning. Prices are per person for the 5 nights and include full Cumbrian breakfast, 3-course dinner and VAT @ 20 %. Lunch is provided Monday to Thursday, as well as all transportation.
are welcome, and the cost for them is £80 less than above.
A deposit of £150 per person is required for the holidays, which can be made by cheque or credit card. This is non-refundable unless the room is subsequently re let; cancellation insurance is available
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.