Spring Walking (Easier)
April 26th - May 1st 2015
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 of approximately 1.5 hours around Ambleside.
Monday: Striders: Starting in the delightful village of Beetham and detouring to Arnside Tower (a late medieval tower house in an area of natural beauty)and through woodland to Arnside Knott (5 miles / 750 ft)
Strollers: Also starting Beetham we follow an ancient coffin route to the Fairy Steps - following the limestone valley to Hazleslack Tower (3 miles / 500 ft)
Lunch in Arnside then an afternoon walk to Arnside point with stunning views out towards Morecambe Bay, pick up at Bank House Farm. (4 miles / 400 ft)
Tuesday: Striders: Crossing by ferry and climbing to the splendid Victorian viewing station of Claife, we continue towards Moss Eccles Tarn (with connections to Beatrix Potter) and then climb Latterbarrow before descending to Hawkshead village (6 miles / 1250 ft)
Stollers: Taking the ferry across Windermere and stroll along thelake shore to Bell Grange and then to Hawkshead (5 miles / 750 ft)
Lunch will be taken in Hawkshead followed by an afternoon stroll through Walker Ground and Hawkshead Hill for pick up at the Yewfield hotel. (1.5 miles / 450 ft)
Wednesday: Striders: Starts at Wythup Mill follows a very old bridleway to the top of Ling Fell with stunning views toward the southern Scottish hills, and an ancient church. (5 miles / 1400 ft)
Strollers: Starting at Wythup Mill, our walk heads for the delightful summit of Sale Fell 1170’ taking in the remains of an ancient 14c church before descending down to Routenbeck. (2.5 miles / 850 ft)
Lunch at Pheasant Inn then head for Armathwaite Hall and take the Allerdale ramble for pick up at Scarness. (3 miles / 150 ft)
Thursday: Striders: Starting at Four Lane End, heading north we climb steadily up towards the summits of Fell Head 2070’ and the Calf 2220’ (the highest of the Howgills). Descent via Cautley Spout waterfalls for pick up at the Cross Keys. (6 miles / 2100 ft)
Strollers: From the Cross Keys Temperence Inn we head south below Cautley Spout towards Sedburgh, a renowned book town. Time to spend in the town and a splendid short river walk along the Rawthey. Pick up in Sedburgh. (4.5 miles / 500 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 ferrata of the Italian Dolomites. Adrian lives in Windermere and has a special interest in our rich industrial heritage.
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.
Non-participating partners are welcome, and the cost for them is £60 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.