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GREAT LAKELAND RIDGE WALKS

from £659
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 Hutting And High Level
  • Grade Grade 8
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Great Lakeland Ridge Walks

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; 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.



If you really like to stay in our Hassness Country House, you might also be interested in holidays like Navigation & Hill Skills, Women's Activity Week, Lakeland Explorer or Mindfulness in the Mountains.

Holiday Highlights

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Hassness House's legendary hospitality - completely refurbished in 2018, including some en-suite bedrooms 
  • Reaching the heights and sharp places of Lakeland
  • Far and away the toughest walks in our range of holidays
  • Some of Britain's best views 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's 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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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.

This departure: Grade 8

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere. Please arrive after 3pm. Dinner is served at 7pm. If you anticipate arriving after this time, we kindly request you telephone Hassness Country House and confirm your arrival time.

  2. Day 2

    Six days guided hiking which challenges walkers in some of Lakeland's major ridge walks and major peaks with ascents and descents of around 700 - 1000m over rough ground. All meals are included except for dinner on Tuesday evening which can be taken in a local pub.

    High Stile Ridge. A walk from Buttermere village, taking in Red Pike, High Stile, and High Crag descending to Scarth Gap before reaching the summit of Haystacks. We then return to Buttermere and Hassness. About 8½ miles, 875m ascent and 6 hours walking.

  3. Day 3

    Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. From the shore of Ullswater, we ascend Helvellyn by Striding Edge before coming down Swirral Edge taking in Catstycam before walking back to Ullswater where our day ends. About 8 miles, 900m ascent and 5½ hours walking. 

  4. Day 4

    Bowfell via the Climbers' Traverse and Great Slab. From Great Langdale, we ascend Bowfell keeping to the high  ridges  and  a  spectacular  skyline.  We  then  traverse  to  Crinkle  Crags  with  the  notorious  ‘bad  step'  before descending back into the Langdale Valley. About 8½ miles, 1,060m ascent and 6½ hours walking. 

  5. Day 5

    Skiddaw. The curving ridge of Ullock Pike and Longside is a stimulating walk and provides a great way to walk to  the  summit  of  Skiddaw.  By  contrast  the  descent  down  Birketts  Edge  explores  a  quiet  and  different  Lake District. About 8½ miles, 930m ascent and 6 hours walking. 

  6. Day 6

    Scafell  Pike.  The  summit  of  Scafell  Pike  is  the  highest  point  in  England.  It  is  also  an  excellent  fell  walk, particularly the ascent to the summit via the corridor route. About 8 miles, 3,210ft ascent and 6 hours walking.

  7. Day 7

    Fleetwith  Pike to  Buttermere.  From  Hassness  we climb Fleetwith  Pike dropping  down  to the  Honnister  Pass from where we climb up to Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson before descending to Buttermere. About 9½ miles, 1,220m ascent and 7 hours walking.

  8. Day 8

    Departure from Hassness Country House after breakfast.

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, beautifully located in its own extensive grounds on the shores of Buttermere in the Western Lake District, provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest

You can find sheep grazing and red squirrels scurrying around just outside the door. This is one of the remotest parts of the Lake District and has been recognised as offering some of Britain’s best views.

Accommodation is in very comfortable twin, double and single rooms. Following a major refurbishment in 2018, 7 of our 11 bedrooms now have en suite facilities. Those bedrooms with shared facilities have a hand basin in the room and high powered shower rooms are across the hall from the rooms, which cater for all guests comfortably. Toiletries and towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest.

All our bedrooms have stunning views; whether it be of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water, garden views or views of the lake itself.

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. Our friendly managers, Debbie and Laurie Scott, will make you feel welcome.

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. It’s also a perfect starting point for some truly remarkable days in the hills.

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 and Wi-Fi is also available throughout the house - in the bedrooms and the lounge. Here you can read a book, or simply enjoy one of the most dramatic vantage points in the world.

You can walk the mile into Buttermere village (a tiny hamlet) for a drink or something to eat at one of the two pubs, but otherwise you can just get away from it all.

The madding crowds don’t come anywhere nearby, and surrounding hills are generally less well stomped than the more readily accessible peaks.

Meals

Cooked breakfast, cakes in the afternoon and an evening meal, using local produce where possible, are provided every day (excluding Tuesdays when there is a cold buffet breakfast and dinner can be taken in one of Buttermere’s village pubs). Picnic lunches are also provided on days including a guided walk.

Free tea and coffee are available at all times to enjoy in the spacious lounge overlooking the lake. Please feel free to bring your own wine or beer as Hassness is not currently licensed. There’s a guests’ kitchen with a large guest fridge for storage.


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