Spring Walking (Harder)
May 18th - 23rd 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 around Ambleside.
Summiteers: Starting at Glencoyne on Ullswater, a steady climb to the miner’s cottages at Seldom Seen and onto Raise, Hellvelyn, Brown How and finishing at Thirlspot Inn. 8 miles (12.5 km) / 3450 ft (1040 m)
Striders: Starting at Cow Bridge, a walk along Brothers Water before the ascent to Scandale Pass and onto Ambleside via High Sweden Bridge. 7 miles (11 km) / 1400 ft (420 m)
Summiteers: From Rosthwaite a walk to Stonethwaite bridge and then following the Cumbria Way up Langstrath valley, over Stake Pass to High Raise and Harrison Stickle, finishing at the New Dungeon Ghyll.
8.5 miles (13.5 km) / 2800 ft (840 m)
Striders: Starting in Rosthwaite taking the same route to Stake pass, but then descending into the long Mickledore valley back to the NDG.
7.5 miles (12 km) / 1700 ft (510 m)
Summiteers: From High Nibthwaite taking bridleway to Top ‘O’ Selside, Parker Moor and Lawson Park to Brantwood with its views of Coniston Water for lunch at Jumping Jenny. Afternoon walk to High Bank Ground and Monk Coniston, with pick-up at end of Coniston Water. 7.5 miles (12 km) / 1600 ft (470 m)
Striders: From Dodgewood a climb to Parker Moor followed by moorland on the edge of Grisedale Forest,for lunch at Jumping Jenny. Afternoon walk to High Bank Ground and Monk Coniston, with pick-up at end of Coniston Water. 6 miles (9.5 km) / 1450 ft (440 m)
Summiteers: Summiteers: From Wythburn up Wyth Burn onto High Raise and then with option to either climb Gibson Knott and Helm Crag ridge or Sergeant Man, Coldale & Easedale Tarn, finishing back in Grasmere.
8.5 miles (13 km) / 2550 ft (770 m)
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 (10.5 km) / 1980 ft (600 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 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