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The Beautiful Southern Lake District

Explore the peninsulas, coast, cakes and low fells of the southern Lake District.

From£510

  • England

  • 4, 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Jun

    Aug

    Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 7131471315

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Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Panoramic views of lakes and towards the northern fells
  • Steam gondola crossing of Coniston Water
  • The ancient village of Cartmel, home of the sticky toffee pudding, and its 12th century Priory
  • Accommodation in nearby Grange-over-Sands

Explore the low fells of the southern Lake District with its gently rolling wooded hills, ridges that offer extensive views, quiet villages and lakeshores. Before the arrival of the railways, this was the gateway to The Lakes with the route being a guided walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay to Grange-over-Sands on the Furness Peninsulas.

We include walks giving views across Lake Windermere and Coniston Water with the northern Lake District fells providing their dramatic backdrop. There’s a short and enjoyable scenic train journey across the Kent Channel estuary to Arnside to ascend ‘The Knott’ for magnificent views over Morecambe Bay and toward the Yorkshire Dales. We are walking in the area that was home to and inspiration for writers: Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome and John Ruskin.

We are based to the south of the Lake District National Park boundary on the Morecambe Bay coast at Grange-over-Sands. The area has retained a strong Edwardian influence with its promenade and quaint cafes and shops.

  • Half board en-suite accommodation
  • Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary (including train fares on one day)
  • Services of a dedicated tour leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Cumbria Grand Hotel in Grange-over-Sands. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Bigland Tarn, How Barrow & Cumbria Coastal Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From the southern end of Lake Windermere we cross open moorland to Bigland Tarn. Walking through High Stribers Wood we reach Grassgarth Heights for good views west over the Leven Estuary to Ulverston. Below us are the salt marshes known as mosses and mires - a protected site of SSI. We head south to take in How Barrow which, at 170m, offers views of Blackpool Tower some 28 miles away then, picking up part the Cumbrian Coastal Way, the route descends through woodland to Cartmel racecourse. 

Cartmel (the home of sticky toffee pudding) is a large village dominated by its 12th century priory with its unique offset tower. The 14th century gate house and market square with its cross and fish slabs are surrounded by pubs and cafes and local shops. Opposite the priory is Unsworth Yard housing a brewery and modern artisan food shops.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    320/350m

Day 3

Arnside Knott, Eaves Wood & Gait Barrows

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take the train from the hotel across the Kent Viaduct to Arnside and walk around the coast before ascending, through mixed woodland, to Arnside Knott for views back across Morecombe Bay to the high Lake District fells. We walk down and pass the ruined 15th century Arnside Tower before ascending to Eaves Wood and its limestone pavement. From here it is downhill through woodland to Hawes Water and Trowbarrow Quarry Nature Reserve before finishing at RSPB Leighton Moss. There will be time to visit and use the cafe before taking the train from Silverdale back to the hotel retracing by train much of our walk.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    260m

Day 4

Latterbarrow & Claife Heights

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take a coach to Outgate and walk down to Blelham Tarn before a long but steady ascent on footpaths and road up Latterbarrow (224m) for our first view of Lake Windermere and the high fells behind Ambleside, including Helvelyn. We take undulating paths and wide tracks though forests (with some forestry workings) and open moorland at Claife Heights before the descent through woodland to Claife Station. NT Claife Station is an 18th century viewpoint. 

Beatrix Potter's house is nearby at Near Sawry. We take the short car ferry trip across Lake Windermere and walk into the busy tourist hub of Bowness with its quays and pleasure boats before taking our coach back to the hotel.


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/450m

Day 5

Selside, Grizedale Forest & Coniston Water

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take a coach to Nibthwaite Grange. Nibthwaite was the childhood holiday home of Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons was set on Coniston Water). We ascend to open moorland and after an hour have our first view of Coniston Water and Peel Island. From here we follow broad open tracks below Selside with the lake below us into Grizedale Forest. 

We head down following good tracks to ornamental gardens of Brantwood House, the home of John Ruskin, where we can take refreshments at the cafe or, time permitting, visit the house. From here, it is a short walk to the pier at Brantwood where we take the NT Steam Gondola around the northern end of the lake to Coniston village. Our coach will take us back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/360m

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Jun 2021 - 7th Jun 2021 (5 Nights)

8th Aug 2021 - 13th Aug 2021 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Cumbria Grand Hotel in Grange-over-Sands. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Bigland Tarn, How Barrow & Cumbria Coastal Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From the southern end of Lake Windermere we cross open moorland to Bigland Tarn. Walking through High Stribers Wood we reach Grassgarth Heights for good views west over the Leven Estuary to Ulverston. Below us are the salt marshes known as mosses and mires - a protected site of SSI. We head south to take in How Barrow which, at 170m, offers views of Blackpool Tower some 28 miles away then, picking up part the Cumbrian Coastal Way, the route descends through woodland to Cartmel racecourse. 

Cartmel (the home of sticky toffee pudding) is a large village dominated by its 12th century priory with its unique offset tower. The 14th century gate house and market square with its cross and fish slabs are surrounded by pubs and cafes and local shops. Opposite the priory is Unsworth Yard housing a brewery and modern artisan food shops.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    320/350m

Day 3

Arnside Knott, Eaves Wood & Gait Barrows

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take the train from the hotel across the Kent Viaduct to Arnside and walk around the coast before ascending, through mixed woodland, to Arnside Knott for views back across Morecombe Bay to the high Lake District fells. We walk down and pass the ruined 15th century Arnside Tower before ascending to Eaves Wood and its limestone pavement. From here it is downhill through woodland to Hawes Water and Trowbarrow Quarry Nature Reserve before finishing at RSPB Leighton Moss. There will be time to visit and use the cafe before taking the train from Silverdale back to the hotel retracing by train much of our walk.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    260m

Day 4

Selside, Grizedale Forest & Coniston Water

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take a coach to Nibthwaite Grange. Nibthwaite was the childhood holiday home of Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons was set on Coniston Water). We ascend to open moorland and after an hour have our first view of Coniston Water and Peel Island. From here we follow broad open tracks below Selside with the lake below us into Grizedale Forest. 

We head down following good tracks to ornamental gardens of Brantwood House, the home of John Ruskin, where we can take refreshments at the cafe or, time permitting, visit the house. From here, it is a short walk to the pier at Brantwood where we take the NT Steam Gondola around the northern end of the lake to Coniston village. Our coach will take us back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/360m

Day 5

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

12th Sep 2021 - 16th Sep 2021 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Cumbria Grand Hotel

Set within the Lake District National Park, the three star, Cumbria Grand Hotel is the ideal base to go and explore one of the most beautiful parts of England. 

The charming, Victorian hotel was built in 1880 and is set in 20 acres of private gardens and woodlands, just south of the Lake District National Park overlooking the sands of Morecambe Bay. The traditional and Victorian appearance of the hotel makes it stand out amongst others in the Lake District. Something which can’t be replicated with modern buildings providing accommodation in the Lake District. 

Hotel facilities include:

Free of charge car parking

Half board accommodation in classic, comfortable rooms

All en suite bedrooms have direct dial phone, TV, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities

Free Wi-Fi in the communal areas of the hotel

Tennis court, gardens and putting green outside

Full sized snooker table, pool table, table tennis and dartboard inside 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

We are based in an ideal location to explore the often overlooked south Cumbria coast and the hill country of the southern Lake District fells around Coniston and Windermere. We'll walk sections of the Cumbria Coastal Way with great coastal views over Morecambe Bay towards Lancashire and head into the higher ground of the south Lakeland hills.

The Victorian resort of Grange-over-Sands, a short walk from the hotel, with its traditional old stone buildings, promenade along the bay shore and tea shops is also worth a look.

On your arrival or departure day the house and grounds of Holker Hall stately home near Cark-in-Cartmel and still occupied by the Cavendish family make for a good day out. Visit www.holker.co.uk for more details.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel:

by car: Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 36 and follow the dual carriageway towards Kendal. Take the first exit, signposted Barrow A590, then pick up signs for Grange-over-Sands. It is a 10 minute drive from the motorway. There is plenty of guest parking at the hotel.

by public transport: the nearest railway station is at Grange-over-Sands, approximately a 15 minute walk to the hotel. Services from here include Carlisle, Lancaster and Manchester airport. With luggage, it may be best to get the short taxi ride from the station to the hotel. 

Economical Taxis: (015395) 58901

Grange Travel: (015395) 32820

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the lounge bar half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Grange-over-Sands

Grange-over-Sands can be reached by train or bus, or by walking about 15 minutes from the Cumbria Grand Hotel. The main concentration of shops, banks, post office and ATMs are located in Main Street. The town itself is a quiet seaside retreat on the southern tip of the Cartmel Peninsula, between the mountains and the sea. 

In Grange-over-Sands you can experience charm and tradition with a twist of today. There is a strong Edwardian influence still present with its quaint cafes and shops, which adds to the appeal of the town. Set on the edge of the Lake District National Park, as you would imagine, the surroundings are breathtaking with striking lakes and impressive mountain vistas.


Meals

With picturesque views overlooking the bay, the Hazelwood Restaurant in Grange Over Sands offers an attractive setting to enjoy your meal. Your stay at the Cumbria Grand Hotel is on a half board basis and breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the Hazelwood Restaurant. Packed lunches are not included in the holiday cost as we like to allow you the flexibility. Lunches can purchased directly from the hotel or there will be opportunities to buy supplies each day. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Ordnance Survey. Outdoor Leisure series (1:25,000):

Map OL7:

The English Lakes – South-eastern area.

Map OL6:

The English Lakes – South-western area.


The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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