Spring Walking (Harder)
May 17th - 22nd 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 around Ambleside.
Summiteers: From Wythburn up Wyth Burn onto High Raise and Sergeant Man, then returning to Grasmere via Coldale & Easedale Tarns. (8.5 miles / 2600 ft)
Striders:From Grasmere an ascent along the Far Easedale valley to Easedale Gap, then climbing Calf Crag and return on Gibson Knott / Helm Crag ridge back to Grasmere. (7 miles / 1980 ft)
Summiteers: From Buttermere village aan ascent to the summit of Robinson (2417'), along Littledale Edge to Hindscarth (2385'). Decsent to the hamlet of Little Town in the Newlands Valley - with connections to Beatrix Potter. (6.5 miles / 2800 ft)
Striders: From Loweswater we follow the shoreline of Crummock Water to the village of Buttermere for lunch. Afternoon walk along the shores of Buttermere for pick-up at Dalegarth. (6 miles / 650 ft)
Summiteers: From Birks Bridge in the Duddon Valley head west through Dunnerdale Forrest to the summit of Harter Fell (2140'). Descent to lunch at the Woolpack Inn. (4 miles / 1700 ft)
Striders: From Birks Bridge take a more souterly route, skirking around Harter Fell and then to lunch at the Woolpack Inn. (4 miles / 800 ft)
Afternoon stroll for all will follow the river Esk to St Catherine's Church, Dalegarth Station with the pick up in Boot. (2 miles / 170 ft)
Summiteers: From Elterwater onto Huntingstile, an ancient coffinroute, making our undulating away towards Blea Crag before (an optional) ascent of Pavey Ark. Then down to the New Dungeon Ghyll via Stickle Tarn. (5.5 miles / 1850 ft or 7 miles / 2650 ft)
Striders : From Elterwater heading through slate quarries onto the summit of Lingmoor through Fat Man's Agony to Side Pike, dropping down into Great Langdale to the NDG. (4.5 miles / 1600 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