Spring Walking (Second)
May 15th - 20th 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 around Ambleside.
Harder: Starting at Kirkstone pass we meander over Cauldale Moor with wonderful panoramic views all around dropping down to Threshwaite Mouth, before the steep ascent up a rough scree section over to High Street (the highest Roman road in the Lake district). On to Mardale Ill Bell before dropping down to an ancient pack horse to finish at Kentmere church. (9 miles / 2450 ft)
Easier : Starting at the summit of Kirkstone we head in a southerly direction over Idle Hill where the views down Windermere will amaze, with Wansfell Pike as our objective. Descent into Troutbeck for lunch after which we will meander through the 17c village and along Robins Lane back to the Rothay Manor. (7 miles / 1200 ft)
Tuesday: Harder : Starting at Ravenstone Hotel we make our way up Ling How, the long north ridge of Ullock Pike, to be rewarded with splendid views towards the SSE. Along the edge to Ullock Pike and then continue to the summit of Skiddaw (our 4th highest fell). Descent via Jenkins Hill pick up at the Latrigg Car Park. (6 miles / 3000 ft)
Easier: Starting at Scarness Cottages, a walk along Bassenthwaite Lake before arriving at Mirehouse. Then up and over the delightful Dodd Fell (the offspring of Skiddaw) where you may see Ospreys nesting. Descent to Millbeck for pick-up. (5.5 miles / 1500 ft)
Harder : We start our walk in the far eastern part of the lakes, at the far end of Haweswater at Mardale Head. Our ascent takes the ancient packhorse route to Gatesgarth Pass before turning eastwards over Branstree & Mosedale (where we will find a haunted remote cottage) continuing on our way following Mosedale Beck finally arriving at Keld chapel and Shap Abbey where we will hear all about the Premonstratensians. (9 miles / 2000 ft
Easier : Start same as above but meandering around the western (quiet) side of Haweswater (owned by Manchester Corporation) to Burnbanks and through pastures heading for Shap Abbey for pick up. (8.5 miles / 1300 ft)
Harder : Starting from Mill bridge just north of Grasmere we head up Little Tongue Gill to Grizedale Tarn and Hause Gap before heading east to the summit of Fairfield where we should get stunning views towards the Helvellyn massives. Descent down the ridge over Hart Crag and Dove Crag and finally back to Rothay Manor. (9 miles / 3000 ft)
Easier : Starting from near Butharlyp YHA at the northern end of Grasmere and walking through lanes across the road to Michaels Fold then along the forest side and up to the delightful jewel of Alcock Tarn for a stop for our packed lunch. Then descend and continue along the coffin route through Rydal Hall and back to Ambleside. (5.5 miles / 1300 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 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