Spring Walking (First)
April 24th - 29th 2016
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: Harder: Starting our walk in the heart of the slate mining industry, we stroll via ancient bridleways onto Black Fell before arriving at Skelwith Bridge and Loughrigg tarn - a set in an oasis of outstanding natural beauty - before arriving back at Rothay Manor. (6.5 miles / 1000 ft)
Easier: Starting at Tillberthwaite Gill we take the path through slate mines to Slaters bridge - said to be about 400 years old - through Little Langdale and Elterwater following the Cumbria way back to Skelwith Bridge. (5.5 miles / 650 ft)
Tuesday: Harder : Starting at Maggie’s Bridge take track to High Nook farm and start the ascent of Carling Knott via little used paths. Descent via Burnbank Fell down to Loweswater and walk along lakeside and to the shores of Crummock Water. Pick-up at Scalehill Bridge. (8.5 miles / 1750 ft)
Easier : From High Nook farm taking a route under the face of Carling Knott, looking down onto Loweswater and then back walk along lakeside to the shores 0of Crummock Water. Pick-up at Scalehill Bridge. (7.5 miles / 1100 ft)
Wednesday: Harder: Start at Witherslack Hall through woodland to reach the edge walking along the ridge to the summit of Whitbarrow amazing views back to the Coniston range and beyond, before dropping down to Pool Bank taking a minor road towards Strawberry Bank and the Masons Arms for lunch. (5 miles / 1000 ft)
Easier: Start our walk in the delightful Winster Valley at Witherslack Hall taking the permissive path through High Park Wood towards Fairies cave on minor roads to the Strawberry Bank and our lunch stop. (3 miles / 300 ft)
Afternoon : All heading for Winster house and passing through the delight
Rosthwaite farm rare breeds of duck to delight, for our pick up at Storrs. (4 miles / 750 ft)
Thursday: Harder : Starting in the village of Mungrisedale we take uphill path on the Tongue to Bannerdale Crags with views of Foule Crag and Sharp Edge on Blencathra. The path swings round the cirque of Bannerdale Crags with good views down to Mungrisedale valley. From the cairn a slight drop to a meeting of paths followed by an ascent of Bencathra. Finally the descent into Threlkeld. (6.5 miles / 2500 ft)
Easier : From Mungrisedale a walk up and along the Glenderamackin river, before breasting the ridge above Scales. Descent down Mousthwaite Comb to Scales and then a river walk along the Glenderamackin to finish in Threlkeld. (6 miles / 1100 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.