Spring Walking (Easier)
April 27th - May 2nd 2014
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: Grasmere to Langdale Valley via Easedale, Coledale and Stickle Tarn, ending at the New Dungeon Ghyll.
5 miles (8 km) / 1850 ft (560 m)
Strollers: From Grasmere skirting Loughrigg Fell to Ivy Crag and to Elterwater and afternoon walk up the Langdale Valley to the New Dungeon Ghyll. 5 miles (8 km) / 830 ft (250 m)
Tuesday: Striders: Starting at the the bird of Prey centre, walking through Lowther Castle to Askham Hall and Askham Village, then over Riggingley Top to lunch at Pooley Bridge. Afternoon has a climb to iron-age fort at Dunmallard and then follow the river Eamont to Dalemain House.
9 miles (14 km) / 1250 ft (380 m)
Strollers: Starting at the the bird of Prey centre, walking through Lowther Castle to Askham Village, then over Riggingley Top to lunch at Pooley Bridge. Afternoon has a climb to iron-age fort at Dunmallard and then follow the river Eamont to Dalemain House. 6.5 miles (10 km) / 1500 ft (230 m)
Wednesday: Striders: Starting in Borrowdale valley, walk through the grounds of Barrow House past the fallsand then the path up to Ashness Bridge, Surprise View and Watendlath for lunch. Afternoon descent to Stonethwaite/Rosthwaite via Dock Tarn. 6.5 miles (10 km) / 1500 ft (450 m)
Strollers: From Ashness Bridge, Surprise view and easy walk to Watendlath. Afternoon descent to Rosthwaite. 4.5 miles (6.5 km) / 800 ft (240 m)
Thursday: Striders: Starting near Field Broughton, walking to High Cark Hall and onto Newby Bridge for lunch. Afternoon takes in Finsthwaite and High Dam to finish in the village of Rusland. 8.5 miles (13.5 km) / 1520 ft (460 m)
Strollers: From Seattle a gentle walk to Newby Bridge. Afternoon walk to Finsthwaite, ending at High Stott Park before bus to Rusland.
5.5 miles (8.5 km) / 860 ft (260 m)
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.