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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 - completely refurbished for the 2018 season, including some en-suite bedrooms
  • Choosing between more walking experiences than you can shake a trekking pole at!
  • Discover the less visited Western Lakes
  • Some of Britain's best views
  • For geologists - Hassness Outcrops are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)


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, locally sourced dinners (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
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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 & 5

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

Local Transport

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 (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.


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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