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Women's Activity Week

from £679
A fun multi-activity week with introductions to hill walking, nordic walking and perhaps some aerobics and circuit training, as well as some gentle yoga and Pilates sessions and a morning on the lake kayaking. 

Guided Walking Holidays - Women's Activity Week

There’ll be no military people screaming at you to do push-ups in puddles or throwing you around an assault course. But there will be some early starts and activities happening before breakfast, some exercises that’ll maybe stretch you, plus a good range of activities throughout the week. There are introductions to hill walking, Nordic walking and perhaps some aerobics and circuit training, as well as some gentle yoga and Pilates sessions. A fun, non-competitive multi-activity week.

The hill walks will be more than a gentle walk but they won’t be a race to the peaks. The Nordic walking will have you exercising the muscles of your upper body as well as those in your legs, and a little pre-breakfast exercise will get the blood flowing.

Yoga and Pilates activities give you a break from all the fresh air of the great outdoors, as well as movement and relaxation therapy. Some hardier souls may even take to the lake for a bracing morning plunge in the tranquil waters of Buttermere - an arctic swim in the safety of the Lake District. 

For others, there are always cakes each day to balance the more active parts of the programme. As well as the cakes, there’s some good home cooked food, power showers, a comfy bed and somewhere to plug in your hairdryer. It’ll do wonders for your mind, body and spirit.

Most importantly, you will have the chance to be yourself and share experiences with a group of supportive and like-minded women. Be prepared for a lot of fun, bonding, storytelling and banter!

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

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Highlights:

  • Good food, comfortable accommodation and incredible views
  • Activities such as yoga, Pilates, aerobics, circuit training and Nordic Walking
  • Half day kayaking on Derwentwater 
  • The company of lovely like-minded companions
  • Fresh air & fresh food
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Accommodation at Hassness Country House.
      All meals except for one dinner.
      Transport, if necessary, for our walking excursions and activities.
      A little Lakeland hill walking.
      Yoga & Pilates sessions.
      Morning jogging & warm up exercises.
      An introduction to Nordic Walking.
      Aerobics & circuit training. 
      Half day kayaking on Derwentwater (full instruction & wetsuits provided). 
      Optional dips in the lake.
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 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 at Hassness Country House comprises of five days of mixed activities and one free day. All meals are included except for dinner on Tuesday evening which can be taken in one of the two local pubs. You can also pop down in the evening for a glass of wine or choice of ale. 

    We  provide  a  fun  outdoor  multi-activity  week  but  there  will  be  no  military  people  screaming  at  you  to  do push ups! There will however be some early starts and exercise taking place before breakfast if you wish to join in. 

    One  day  we  will  have  a  professional  yoga  instructor  visit  Hassness  Country House to coach us through your  yoga  class. Another day we will have a professional Pilates instructor to visit Hassness Country House so you are stretching correctly and getting the most from your Pilates class. Whether you are a beginner or experienced in yoga or Pilates, our instructors will deliver a class to suit your ability level. 

    As well as the chance for aerobics classes and circuit training, we will  also  carry  out  some  grade  5  walks  and  Nordic  Walking. 

    A new and popular addition in 2018 was a  half  day  session  kayaking  on  Derwentwater.  This is a great way to work your upper body and have some fun at the same time. Full  instruction  will  be  provided  by  qualified  staff  at  the  marina  and  wetsuits  supplied for all. Please bring a towel and swimwear with you on this day as there are changing facilities and showers at the marina. We recommend you wear a swimming costume under the wetsuit and also bring some sandals or water shoes to wear during the activity.   

  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. 

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 (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 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.


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.