Classic Guided Lake District Walks
A week of Classic Guided Lake District Walks. Staying in spectacular Borrowdale, in the stunning Glaramara hotel with commanding views of the Borrowdale Fells and with walks from the door.
We enjoy some of the classic fells and also some of the less frequented hill walks of this much loved area. As with all of our guided walks and treks we also delve into the social and natural history that has shaped the area. Just don’t get Chris talking about lichens…
Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of mountain experiences and courses. All of our small team are both hugely experienced and highly qualified and will make the week fun, friendly and highly informative. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further adventures and courses.
Whilst in no way compulsory, we try and eat together in the evening. After the three course dinner we often organise a chat about the local area or inspire ourselves with tales from overseas adventures. It’s all part of belonging to the Beyond the Edge family.
As our experienced team are also top class instructors we are happy to help you learn some navigation or other skills as we go along.
Classic Lake District Walks – Week Format
We meet on the Sunday evening to say hello and make sure everyone is ready and raring to go for the Monday. Over dinner we get to know one another and discuss the week and of course the all important weather!
Day 1 – After looking at the weather and a quick session on equipment and emergency procedures we hatch our plan for the day. We often try and start today walking from the door. Perhaps a circuit of Glaramara and Allen crags will suit the weather. Whatever the choice the well maintained paths allow us even walking (frequenters to the Himalaya will know it as Nepali flat!).
Day 2 – Depending on the weather, we may try and head for Scafell Pike. The highest mountain in England is a longer day, but easily achievable. We stop and admire the views down Wast Water and often to as far away as the Isle of Man.
Day 3 – Perhaps we could head into Keswick and take the well worn but iconic path up Cat Bells heading for High Spy. The view across Derwent water and across to Skiddaw and Blencathra is stunning. A short descent sees us back at the hotel.
Day 4 – Today we may choose to tackle Great Gable. The summit is home to war memorial dedicated to members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club that were killed in the first world war. We often approach from Honister Hause, and over Brandreth to give a wonderful ridge walk.
Day 5 – With our last day it’s often hard to decide where to go. We could opt to try Sharp edge on Blencathra or head up an adjacent ridge. Alternatively Skiddaw could be on the cards. There certainly isn’t a shortage of options and like all days we match the route to the weather and the groups desires.
- Location: Lake District
- Cost: from £895 full board
- Duration: 5 days
- Ratio: 1:10
- Level: Introduction
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are no dates suitable and there are two or more of you that would like a guided Lake District walking holiday, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.
The course will meet at 6:30pm in the Glaramara hotel in Seatoller. This has good bus links with Keswick and onwards to Penrith which has mainline train services. Taxis are also available.
There is ample free parking at the hotel.
A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best for Lake District walks is contained in the Joining Instructions. These also contain a host of helpful tips and links to articles and videos to help you get the most out of the adventure.
We can provide maps and a compass, please just let us know if you require this.
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this guided walking adventure. Average fitness is all that is required. We spend between five and seven hours walking each day, and there are usually options to shorten the days if required.
Classic Guided Lake District walks is offered as fully residential including a three course evening meal, hearty breakfast and a packed lunch. The first meal is the evening meal on the Sunday and the last meal a packed lunch on the Friday.
Glaramara house is situated approximately 7 miles south of Keswick in the hamlet of Seatoller. From its patio you can sip a drink and admire the multitude of peaks, or cosy up in the residents lounge around the log fire.
The hotel has been recently refurbished to a very high standard, and all accommodation is en-suite and offered on a single room (no single supplement) or twin shared / double basis depending on your booking. All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries and towels are provided.
The hotel has free wi-fi and a drying room.