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WOMEN'S ACTIVITY WEEK




A fun, non-competitive multi-activity week. There’ll be no military people screaming at you to do push-ups in puddles or throwing you around an assault course. But there will be some early starts and stuff happening before breakfast, some exercise that’ll maybe stretch you a little bit, a good range of activities throughout the week. There are introductions to hill walking, Nordic walking and perhaps some aerobics and circuit training, as well as some gentle yoga and Pilates sessions.

The hill walks will be more than a walk in the park but won’t be a race or a struggle to the peaks, the Nordic walking will get you using the muscles of your upper body as well as those in your legs, a little pre-breakfast exercise will get the blood flowing before attacking a Hassness breakfast.

The yoga and Pilates activities will give you a break from all the fresh air of the great outdoors and a little movement and relaxation therapy. Some hardier souls may even take to the lake for a bracing plunge in the tranquil waters of Buttermere.

For others, there are always Ruby’s freshly baked cakes each day to balance the more active parts of the programme. As well as the cakes, there’s some good locally sourced and home cooked food, hot power showers, a comfy bed and somewhere to plug in your hairdryer.

The week includes:
  • A little Lakeland hill Walking
  • Yoga & Pilates sessions
  • Morning jogging & warm up exercise class (becoming increasingly optional...)
  • An introduction to Nordic Walking
  • Aerobics and circuit training
  • (Very) optional morning dips in the lake!
It’ll do wonders for your body, spirit and mind.
It’s just a week, it’s meant to be fun and you’ll be glad you did it!


Planned programme (with approximate daily walking distances):

Day 1 Arrive at Hassness Country House
Day 2 Pre-breakfast exercise class
Loweswater & Scale Force walk
8½ miles, 2,870ft ascent, 6 hours walking
Day 3 Pre-breakfast exercise class
Introduction to Nordic Walking
Afternoon Yoga class
Day 4 Pre-breakfast exercise class
Nordic Walking at Whinlatter
Circuit training
Dinner not included tonight.
Day 5 Pre-breakfast exercise class
Free day!
(or optional guided walk)
Circuit training
Day 6 Pre-breakfast exercise class
Rannerdale Knotts walk
5½ miles, 1,470ft ascent, 4 hours walking
Pilates class
Day 7 Pre-breakfast exercise class
Watendlath, Walla Crag & Keswick
10 miles, 2,333ft ascent, 5 hours walking
Day 8 Depart after breakfast



See also some of our other walking holidays based at Hassness Country House.






WALKING GRADES


Grade D walks are either half or full days, with walks of approximately 3 or 5 hours at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Grade D+ walks will be full days, of up to 6 hours, and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent, paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.


When we visit

Summer


Length of stay

7 nights


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    Hassness Country House

    Hassness Country House provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest. All our bedrooms have stunning views of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water. Looking out across the lake on a still and sunny morning from your room is truly a special sight. At Hassness you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells.  It’s far enough away yet convenient for the main tourist hubs of Keswick; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery. Managers Carole & Brian will make you feel welcome. We know you’ll love it!

    The lounge at Hassness is a delightful place to relax, with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests.

    Accommodation is in very comfortable twin, double and single rooms, all of which have lakeside views. Bathroom facilities are shared but plentiful - there are five modern high powered shower rooms, which cater for a full house of people comfortably. Toiletries are provided together with hairdryers. Towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest. Or you could always take a bracing pre-breakfast dip in the lake!

    Hassness House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and no mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available. There’s no Wi-Fi in the bedrooms, but we do have a Wi-Fi router in the lounge, so if you can’t bear to be completely disconnected during your stay, you can fire up your iPad.

     

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    All transport in conjunction with the activity programme, if necessary, is included.

    Nearest railway station: Penrith (40 miles).
    Nearest bus station: Keswick (9 miles).

  • What's Included
    • Breakfasts each day
    • Lunches on all activity days
    • Home cooked, locally sources dinners*
    • Complimentary tea & coffee in the guest kitchen
    • a freshly baked cake each afternoon
    • Yoga & Pilates sessions on 2 days
    • Use of Nordic Walking poles
    • Services of a dedicated tour leader
    • Reknowned Hassness House hospitality (See our amazing Trip Advisor reviews)
    • Complimentary use of the lake for a bracing morning dip! (Don't do this alone!)

    * except Tuesday - see accommodation section for more details


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    Hassness Haven

    After a strenuous day walking or sightseeing, why not unwind and treat yourself to a well deserved, relaxing, massage or foot spa in the tranquility of Hassness Haven, our treatment room located within Hassness Country House. Ruby, our qualified masseuse, will revive those aching muscles and feet with relaxing Swedish massage techniques using locally produced oils so you can enjoy a great night’s sleep in preparation for another day discovering the local area.

    Prices from £12 for a foot massage, up to £40 for a body massage.

    For more information, take a closer look at Hassness Haven.
    Bookings are made on arrival at the house and are subject to availability.



    See also our other walking holidays and short breaks based at Hassness Country House.





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When we visit

Summer


Length of stay

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INDEPENDENT REVIEWS




Independent Review

Jul 2015

The day started with some exercises before breakfast by our lovely leader Claire. Then a lovely breakfast of your choice. The walks started around 9 AM, lovely walks, lovely atmosphere , We normally got back around 4Pm just in time for some of Ruby's home backed cakes Fantastic holiday , Thanks to Brian Carol and Ruby for your hospitality. If your going on this holiday to lose some we ...
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thoroughly enjoyed myself, group was right size, would not want to be any bigger How about a women's walking week.
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Jul 2015

The day started with some exercises before breakfast by our lovely leader Claire. Then a lovely breakfast of your choice. The walks started around 9 AM, lovely walks, lovely atmosphere , We normally got back around 4Pm just in time for some of Ruby's home backed cakes Fantastic holiday , Thanks to Brian Carol and Ruby for your hospitality. If your going on this holiday to lose some we ...
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