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The English Lake District is one of the most beautiful and dramatic walking areas in this country. A compact area of mountainsides, summits and ridges, lakes and lakeside paths.
  • Product Code 70000,70003,70004,70005,70006,70007
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 7
  • Holiday Duration 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays Hassness Country House

The English Lake District is one of the most beautiful and dramatic walking areas in this country. A compact area of rugged mountainsides, high summits and open ridges, lakes and lakeside paths, it provides a great variety of wonderful walks for everyone. It caters for both the gentle rambler simply seeking beautiful days out alongside the lakes and on gentler valley paths as well as energetic and adventurous high peak hiker seeking a real challenge. You’ll be walking amongst the Wainwrights, the 214 fells listed in the iconic pictoral guides to the hills and mountains of the Lake District written by the great Alfred Wainwright to document his experiences in the hills and to encourage others to discover the landscape for themselves.

You’ll visit some of the more famous mountains and others just as beautiful but less well known. Peaks with intriguing names can be reached from the house and can literally be the high points of the walking programme. You won’t run out of possible walks, magnificent views or panoramic skylines. On some dates we organise leisurely walks at the easiest end of our holiday grades, on others some of the toughest in our programme.

There are gentle strolls around the valley floor and its three lakes, Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater, as well as some more strenuous and exhilarating days on the summits and ridges of the Western Fells. You’ll get to some of the well-known places, see or ascend the famous peaks, walk the valley floors or high ridges, wander the lakesides and discover hidden tarns.

All holidays are based at Hassness Country House, a welcoming and authentic Lakeland retreat from which to venture into the fells as gently or as energetically as you choose.

Festival Weekend: Accommodation and meals (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) only are provided over this 'Buttermere Bash Free Flyers Festival' weekend from 31 May to 3 June. No guided walks or tour leader services are included over this period.

Local Transport costs to and from trailheads are not included. To get to and from the walks, we may ask those taking their cars to Hassness to assist and offer their walking companions a lift to and from the trailheads. If cars are not available to use, private coach hire may be booked by our leader at an additional cost.

At Ramblers Walking Holidays, we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to peoples’ lives. By travelling with us on this holiday, you can directly help us support the destinations we visit through our staff-managed Heart & Sole charitable project.

Other holidays based at Hassness Country House include Navigation & Hill Skills, Great Lakeland Ridge Walks, Women's Activity Week, Lakeland Explorer or Mindfulness in the Mountains.

Holiday Highlights


  • Hassness House's legendary hospitality - refurbished in 2018 
  • Choosing between more walking experiences than you can shake a trekking pole at!
  • Discover the less visited Western Lakes
  • Some of Britain's finest views
  • Lake Buttermere walking trails - as featured in ITV's Britain's Top 100 favourite walks


The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Breakfast each day.
      Lunches on walking days.
      Home cooked three course evening meals (except Tuesday).
      Renowned Hassness House hospitality.
      (Local transport is not included on this holiday).
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
Please select Departure Date to view:

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 4 & 7

  1. Day 1

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

  2. Day 2 to 3

    Two days walking in the English Lake District.

    The walking programme is likely to include a selection of walks from the following, which give an indication of the nature of the walking terrain and the format of your chosen holiday

    Grade 4 Walks

    • Exploring the walking trails of Whinlatter Forest - About 6½ miles, 1000ft of ascent, 4 - 5 hours walking.

    • Discover the Buttermere Valley lakes of Loweswater, Crummock Water & Buttermere itself. About 10½ miles, 200m of ascent, 5 hours walking.

    • Ascend to Dale Head Tarn, High Spy before returning via Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. About 9 miles, 550m of ascent, 5 hours walking.

    • The Newlands Valley & Keswick - A spectacular walk through a wild unspoiled valley with a lake steamer crossing to Keswick. About 8½ miles, 490m of ascent, 5 hours walking.

    • The Buttermere circuit and Rannerdale - An easy walk with good views – and a little gentle scrambling! About 9 miles, 260m of ascent, 4 hours walking.

    • Rannerdale Knotts - A modest peak listed in the Wainwright guides. A steep but short ascent. Excellent views should be enjoyed from the summit and the ridge. About 5½ miles, 450m of ascent, 4 hours walking.


    Grade 7 Walks

    • A walk alongside Crummock Water to Loweswater village, ascending through Mosedale and returning to Hassness via Scale Force. About 10 miles, 275m of ascent, 6 hours walking.

    • A delightful walk taking in Dale Head Tarn, High Spy, Cat Bells and Borrowdale. About 9½ miles, 800m of ascent, 6 hours walking.

    • A classic ridge walk above Buttermere ascending past Bleaberry Tarn to Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag before descending to Hassness via Scarth Gap. About 8 miles, 820m of ascent, 6 hours walking.

    • An ascent of Great Gable via Gatesgarth and the northwest ridge for spectacular views from this iconic mountain. About 9½ miles, 915m of ascent, 6 hours walking.

    • The second of Buttermere's classic ridgewalks, over Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson. About 7 miles, 610m of ascent, 6 hours walking.

    • A walk taking in the varied terrain of Haystacks, Innominate Tarn, Brandreth and Grey Knotts. About 9 miles, 730m of ascent, 6 hours walking with some scrambling involved.



    All meals are included.

  3. Day 4

    Depart Hassness Country House after breakfast.

Travel Details

Local transport costs to and from trailheads is not included. To get to and from the walks, we may ask those taking their cars to Hassness to assist and offer their walking companions a lift to and from the trailheads. Nearest railway station: Penrith (approx 28 miles). Nearest bus station: Keswick (approx 10 miles).

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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 finest views.

Following a refurbishment in 2018, 7 of our 11 bedrooms now have en-suite facilities. Accommodation is in twins, doubles and single rooms, accommodating 21 people in total. There is only one single room however twins and doubles for sole occupancy are available at an appropriate supplement. All bedrooms are lakeside with many overlooking the lake and the fells beyond. Some of the rooms have a garden view. All rooms are very comfortable, either with en-suite facilities or sharing high-powered modern shower rooms and toilets, which are located across the hall from the bedrooms. Toiletries and towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest.

All of 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, 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, to read a book or simply enjoy one of the most dramatic vantage points in the world. 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.

New to Hassness House is a licensed bar which offers a selection of red and white wines, beer and a small assortment of spirits at reasonable prices. 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.


Cooked breakfast, cakes in the afternoon and a three course evening meal 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. If your stay includes a 'free day', picnic lunches are not included however they can be provided upon request for a small charge. 

Free tea and coffee are available at all times to enjoy in the spacious lounge overlooking the lake. There is also a guests’ kitchen with a large fridge for storage should you need it.

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