Spring Walking (Harder)
May 19th - 24th 2013
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 is a stroll to Todd Crag overlooking Ambleside.
All will start in Torver and Summiters will make their way up to the ancient pack horse route of Walna Scar Road and onto the ridge, with stunning views toward Morecambe Bay, taking in Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, and finally Coniston Old Man before returning to Coniston Village. 8 miles (13km) Height gain 2630ft (800m)
Striders will climb to the Walna Scar Road and onto Goats Water for lunch. Returning to Walna Scar Road and then descening to Coniston Village. 5.5 miles (9km) Height gain 1500ft (450m)
From Howtown the summiteers will walk up the wonderful Fusedale valley and on to Wetherhill, following the ancient Roman Road to High Raise to Riggingdale, Knott and down past Hayeswater to finish in the hamlet of Hartsop. 8.5 miles (13.5km) Height gain 2420ft (730m)
Striders will walk from Howtown along the Ullswater lakeshore (our 2nd largest lake) heading for our lunch stop at the White Lion Inn, Patterdale. Afternoon option of continuing up valley to Hartsop.
Patterdale 5.5 miles (9km) or Hartsop 8 Miles (13km) Height gain 500ft (150m)
Taking the ferry across from Bowness, a walk along the eastern side of Lake Windermere to Belle Grange. Choice of climbing Latterbarrow or a more gentle path through fields to arrive in Hawkshead for lunch at the Queen’s Head. After lunch we stroll through fields and woodland to arrive at the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows with options to continue a little further.
5.5 miles (9km) Height gain 800ft (240m) 5.0 miles (8km) Height gain 600ft (180m)
All will start at the top of the Wrynose Pass. Summiters will walk to Red Tarn then up and over Crinkle Crags, undulating our way along the ridge and down via Three Tarns to the Old Dungeon Ghyll.
6 miles (9.5km) Height gain 2800ft (850m)
Striders will start on the same route to Red Tarn, summit on Pike O`Blisco before descending down Redacre Gill back to the Old Dungeon Ghyll for a well earned pint. 4 miles (6.5 km) Height gain 1100ft (330m)
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.
are welcome, and the cost for them is £80 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
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.