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HASSNESS COUNTRY HOUSE GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS

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

Guided Walking Holidays from 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 quintessential mountains but also those off the well worn path. Peaks with intriguing names can be reached from the house and are often the more memorable experiences of the walking programme. You won’t run out of incredible walking options, magnificent views or panoramic skylines. On some dates throughout the season, we organise leisurely walks at the easier end of our holiday grades scale, whilst on other dates we focus on higher grades of walking.  

There are gentle strolls around the valley floor and 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 at the walking grade of your choice. 

New for 2020 - some of our guided walking departures are for women only. 



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


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 and Mindfulness in the Mountains.

Holiday Highlights

  • Easy, moderate, strenuous or self-guided walks over the fells
  • Choose for more walking experiences than you can shake a trekking pole at
  • Discover the less visited Western Lakes
  • Magnificent Lake District scenery 
  • Buttermere walking trails - as featured in ITV's Britain's Top 100 favourite walks
  • Innominate Tarn, visible from Hassness Country House, is the resting place of Alfred Wainwright
  • Good food, comfortable accommodation and incredible 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.

      Breakfast each day.
      Lunches on walking days.
      Three course evening meals (except Tuesday).
      Renowned Hassness House hospitality.
      Guided walking
      (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 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.

This departure: Grade 4 & 5

  1. Day 1

    We wish you a very warm welcome to Hassness Country House. Your hosts Debbie and Laurie will be there to welcome you and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your holiday starts upon arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere where you are welcome to arrive from 3pm. Your evening meal will be 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 7

    Your holiday includes five days of guided walking with all meals included plus a free day in the beautiful English Lake District. Debbie and Laurie take a well earned rest on one evening, therefore no evening meal is included in your holiday on this day. 

    Below is a selection of walking trails commonly experienced on our Hassness Country House holidays. This will give you an indication of the nature of the walking terrain and the format for your chosen holiday. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and other walks are available depending on the local weather conditions at the time. 

    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 5 Walks


    • Exploring the walking trails of the Whinlatter Forest. About 7 miles, 305m of ascent, 5 hours walking. 

    • Discover the Buttermere Valley lakes of Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere itself. About 10 miles, 200m of ascent, 5 hours walking. 

    • Ascend the 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 unspoilt valley with a lake steamer crossing to Keswick. About 8 miles, 490m of ascent, 5 hours walking. 

    • Knott Rigg and Ard Craggs. A walk with great views of the Newlands Valley fells and Derwent Water. About 9 miles, 610m 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. 
     

    Meals

    All meals are included except for dinner on one evening which can be taken in a local pub. A full Christmas lunch will be provided on Christmas Day.

  3. Day 8

    After a hearty breakfast, Debbie and Laurie wave you goodbye when you'll leave with memories from your Lake District experience. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. 

    We wish you a very happy New Year!

Travel Details

  • Accessing Hassness Country House is both easy and beautiful. Nearest railway station: Penrith (28 miles). Nearest bus station: Keswick (9 miles). 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.
  • Local transport costs to and from trailheads is not included. To get to and from the walks, we ask those taking cars to Hassness to assist and offer their walking companions a lift to and from the trailheads. If cars are not available, private coach hire may be booked at an additional cost to you. Your leader can assist with this.

 

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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 Country House 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 Country House 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 Country 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 property.

New to Hassness Country House is a licensed bar which offers a selection of red and white wines, beer and a small assortment of spirits at reasonable prices (payment by card only). 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 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 each of your walking days. 

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.