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Reach for the sky... A challenging hiking holiday aiming for the major peaks and high ridges of Lakeland and some of Britain's best views!
  • Product Code 70027
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 8
  • Holiday Duration Nights

Your muscles ache, your feet feel the miles, and you certainly know you’ve exerted yourself to the full – but the views and the sense of achievement more than compensate as you finally relax in the comfort of your country house hotel.

This is a high grade itinerary based at Hassness on the shores of Buttermere – and probably one of the toughest and most exhilarating week’s walking available in Britain! This challenging six day programme for experienced mountain walkers includes several walks at the top end of the grade and, in less than optimal conditions, may be closer to grade 9; expect to walk 8-12 miles each day with ascents of between 700-1000m, some rock scrambling and a bit of exposure, so you’ll need to be fit from the word go and have a head for heights.

This is a holiday where we aim for Lakeland Ridges, those long narrow elevated crests which run between peaks or from the mountain base to the top and offer some of the most attractive and challenging forms of hill walking. After reaching the top, you are rewarded with some of the finest mountain walking anywhere in the world. These ridges allow you to really stride out and admire the panoramic views. They are planned to capture the spirit of grandeur and wide ranging diversity of our hills.

We plan to include the following walks in the week: the High Stile Ridge; from Ullswater to Striding Edge; Helvellyn and Swirral Edge; Scarfell Pike; Bowfell and crinkle crags; Skiddaw via Ullock Pike and Carl Side; Haystacks; Brandreth and Fleetwith Pike. Due to the nature of the terrain and changes in weather conditions, the itinerary may be subject to change locally.

Holiday Highlights


  • Reaching the heights and sharp places of Lakeland.
  • Far and away the toughest walks in our range of holidays.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      A week’s Hassness hospitality.
      B&B each day plus six dinners and six packed lunches. (Dinner is not included on Tuesday night).
      Six days of spectacular high level walking.
      All transport necessary for the walking programme.
      Services of some of our highest qualified leaders.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included. So you’ll be ready for your dinner each night! 

See our Holiday Information Sheet for more details on how to reach Hassness Country House by car or public transport. There is ample guest parking outside the house.

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

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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.

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