The Ultimate Lake District Weekend: March 29th-31st

The Ultimate Lake District Weekend: March 29th-31st

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Helvellyn, Buttermere & Scafell Pike

It’s no secret that The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in England. A diverse landscape, ranging from picturesque lakes to craggy fells. The best way to explore this amazing place is by foot and it is absolutely brimming with epic walks. None is more impressive than these 3 classic routes.

Trip Options:

Design the trip as you would like by adding whichever element(s) you require. Add each one to your cart individually and then check-out:

  • Transport: from OX5 1RR or on route.
  • 2 nights twin/single hotel room or bed in shared bunkroom.
  • 3 of the Lake's most epic walks: choose 1, 2 or all 3 walks!

 

FRIDAY: Helvellyn via Striding Edge 

Britain’s Favourite Walk

Helvellyn, via the dramatic narrow ridge of Striding Edge, was voted GB’s favourite in 2017. We take the route up from the village of Patterdale, climbing steeply over Birkhouse Moor with amazing views down into the Ullswater valley. Then tackle the Striding Edge Grade 1 scramble all the way to Helvellyn’s wide summit plateau.

After enjoying one of the best views across entire Lake District National Park, we descend via Swirral Edge, another steep rocky scramble, before taking in the bonus Wainwright of Catstye Cam before heading back down the valley back down the valley.

The Trek Day:

12:15 meet outside the Patterdale Hotel, Patterdale, CA11 0NN.

  • Pay & Display car park opposite hotel.

12:20 Kit check and walk advice

12:30 Begin trek

13:00 Reach Start of Striding Edge ridge  

14:30 Expected Helvellyn Summit

15:00: Begin Descent via Swirrel Edge

16:00: Catstye Cam Summit

18:00 Expected Finish

 

 

 

  

SATURDAY: Buttermere

The 7 Peaks Challenge:

No walk holds more beauty than this route around the hills surrounding the prettiest Lake in the District. To start this epic challenge we rise from beside Buttermere to ascend the steep climb alongside the majestic Scale Force waterfall to the summit of magnificent Red Pike.

We continue until up to 7 of Wainwright's favourite peaks are bagged, including Haystacks, where he would famously sit beside the tranquil Innominate Tarn pondering life. This the site his ashes were famously spread by his long suffering wife...

Our trek is accompanied by breath-taking views over Buttermere and Crummock Water one way and out into the Lakeland Fells the other. Finally we drop back down past the impressive Scale Force Falls to stroll home along the banks of beautiful Buttermere - a scene pictured in films and TV series, including 'The A-Word'

The Challenge Day:

6:30am Meet outside The Buttermere Court Hotel, CA13 9XA

Suggested parking: National Trust Car Park, Buttermere, CA13 9UZ.
(Free to National Trust Members. £8 for the day to non-members)

Alternative Parking is behind The Buttermere Court Hotel, CA13 9XA in the National Park Authority Car Park, Buttermere, CA13 9UZ (£8 for the day)

Parking is limited, so please car share and arrive in good time to find a space.

Summits on Route:

Red Pike - 755m
High Stile - 807m
High Crag - 744m
Seat - 561m
Hay Stacks - 597m
Dalehead - 753m
Robinson - 737m

Distance: 16 miles (18.8 miles flat equivalent)

Total Climb: 6,017ft

Target Time: 12 hours

 

 

SUNDAY: Scafell Pike

The Highest Mountain in England

Trek to the highest summit in England at 978m above sea level! This is a chance to experience the most incredible views from the summit of one of the most famous mountains in the world. We will ascend its very highest peak to be faced with the spectacular scenery of the central Lake District, as we climb above it all.

From Seathwaite Farm south of Keswick, we head out to the beautiful scene of Stockley Bridge, which we cross and take on a steep climb before a welcome flatter rest bite along stunning Styhead Tarn. The Corridor route then heads us up towards the summit of Lingmell before our sharp turn at the col leads us on to the final steep push via Pikes Crag to the summit of Scafell Pike at 978m above sea level. 
 

The Trek Day:

9:30 Meet Seathwaite Farm entrance, CA12 5XJ.

9:45 Begin trek

11:15 Reach Styhead Tarn  

13:00 Expected Scafell Pike Summit

13:30: Begin Descent

17:00: Expected Finish 

 

The toughest climbs lead to the best views

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • A WHATSAPP group will be created to share info and photos on the day. In signing up to the event you are agreeing to be added to this group, which will contain other participants. This is necessary so that details can be shared in the run up to the event, including last minute changes, reminders or cancellations.
  • Charity involvement: many of our walks are being run in partnership with charities. As such, sign up information is shared with the charity involved for the purpose of running the event and communicating its purpose, which is to help raise awareness and funds for the charity. By signing up, you are agreeing to receive information from Get Outdoors and the charity.
  • Walk Rating: Challenge - attempting all 3 walks - explained here
  • Parking: Please note you may need to pay for parking.
  • Transport: please car share where possible, as parking is limited and for the good of the environment. Transport available from OX5 1RR leaving at 7:00am on the Friday and returning around 9pm Sunday. This can be added to your booking above.
  • Kit: Packed lunches, walking boots, multiple layers and waterproofs (including trousers!) are essential. The weather could be very cold and wet. Please visit our recommended kit list.
  • While on the walk: we ask you to remain with the group and following instructions from Get Outdoors leader(s), who have the final decision in all instances.
  • Problems: on the day call Chris: 07885157903
  • Dogs: are welcome, but are entirely the owner's responsibility and must have a lead and be under close control at all times. If booking accommodation with the group and you wish to bring a dog, please let Get Outdoors know.
  • Livestock: If encountered do not walk too close or get between a cow and calf. If threatened, let go of your dog so it can escape and reduce the risk to yourself.
  • Public rights of way: please keep to them and respect the landowner’s property at all times.
  • Stiles: are often present on the route to negotiate on this type of walk.
  • Countryside walking: can often include hills and uneven terrain. Our group ethos is to support everyone in group to achieve their maximum potential in terms of completing the route. As such, we endeavour to walk at a pace all participants are comfortable with. We apologise if this causes any frustration to fitter walkers.
  • Health: please consult your doctor if you are at all worried about your fitness and ability to take part. Please inform the walk leaders, Get Outdoors, of any underlying health conditions that may affect your walking ability before signing up and complete the following:

Health & Safety Application Form:

If you haven't already (or if circumstances have changed), please complete the applicant health & safety form at this link, so we know how best to look after you.

 

Mountain Kit List:

Review the Kit List below to help you decide what you need for your adventure. The walk will go ahead even in strong wind/rain and only cancelled if conditions become what we consider too dangerous. Therefore, it is essential to be properly equipped! Tried and tested clothing only - don't want to find out something rubs once you've started the challenge and it's too late to change! 

  • Rucksack - min 25 litres with cover.
  • Walking boots; broken in; NO trainers
  • Double layer walking socks.
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers.
  • Base layer top – breathable.
  • Warm fleece and spare fleece.
  • Walking trousers - NO jeans!
  • Multiple thin tops allowing temperature changes.
  • Post-challenge clothes.
  • 3 litres of fluid per peak.
  • Basic First Aid kit & Sun cream.
  • Warm gloves, hat/balaclava.
  • Head torch with spare batteries.
  • Whistle for sounding the alarm.
  • Toiletries, towel.
  • Mobile phone & waterproof case
  • FULL LIST HERE

Fitness:

We have lots of other walks coming up that are great for training. They also provide an opportunity to ask questions about your upcoming challenge and meet other members of the team. So please browse our website www.getoutdoorsuk.org and come join us soon! We're adding new dates all the time. Taking part in build up events is also a great excuse to push your fundraising page if you are supporting a charity and update supporters about your challenge journey via social media, etc.

If you aren't able to join us for a walk, then great places to train with decent inclines include: The Lake District with 214 Wainwrights; Snowdonia; The Dark Peak District with Mam Tor, the Great Ridge and Kinder Scout; the Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains with Pen y Fan and Sugar Loaf Mountains. There's also the Malvern Hills, Chiltern Hills and Cotswolds, which have lots of hilly walks. There may be other hilly area near you.

The level of training needed depends totally on where you're starting from. Completion is dependent on a mixture of fitness, stamina and determination.

As a rough guide we recommend vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week for as long as possible prior to the event. Walk briskly on the hilliest routes you can find, such that you are regularly out of breath. Improve your stamina by including a long weekly walk, building up to 15 miles or more. Improve your cardio by walking your shorter walks as fast as you can.

Jogging uphill is a really good way to replicate the cardiovascular strain needed for ascents.

Strength and condition exercise, such as weight training or Pilates are beneficial for working on your leg power and core strength.  

Finally and most importantly, make sure you take it easy during the last week running up to the event. It takes more than 7 days for muscles to recover, rebuild and benefit from any exercise you do. All top athletes do it - 'Tapering off' is your opportunity to exercise lightly and make sure you do not arrive with a build up of lactic acid in your legs that WILL slow you down during the challenge.

  

We only regret opportunities we don't take

 

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • A WhatsApp group will be set up to share info and photos. Please send a quick email with permission to add you to the group: info@getoutdoorsuk.org
  • Transport: please car share where possible, as parking is limited and for the good of the environment. Transport available from OX5 1RR leaving at 8:30am on the Saturday and returning around 8pm Sunday. This can be added to your booking above.
  • Kit: Packed lunches, walking boots, multiple layers and waterproofs (including trousers!) are essential. The weather could be very cold and wet. Please visit our recommended kit list.
  • While on the walk: we ask you to remain with the group and following instructions from Get Outdoors leader(s), who have the final decision in all instances.
  • Problems: on the day call Chris: 07885157903
  • Dogs: are welcome, but are entirely the owner's responsibility and must have a lead and be under close control at all times.
  • Livestock: If encountered do not walk too close or get between a cow and calf. If threatened, let go of your dog so it can escape and reduce the risk to yourself.
  • Public rights of way: please keep to them and respect the landowner’s property at all times.
  • Styles: are often present on the route to negotiate on this type of walk.
  • Countryside walking: can often include hills and uneven terrain. Our group ethos is to support everyone in group to achieve their maximum potential in terms of completing the route. As such, we endeavour to walk at a pace all participants are comfortable with. We apologise if this causes any frustration to fitter walkers.
  • Health: please consult your doctor if you are at all worried about your fitness and ability to take part. Please inform the walk leaders, Get Outdoors, of any underlying health conditions that may affect your walking ability before signing up and complete the following:

Health & Safety Application Form:

If you haven't already (or if personal circumstances have changed), please complete the applicant health & safety form at this link, so we know how best to look after you.

Transport & Accommodation:

These can be included in your booking, using the drop down menu above.

Transport is from as far south as Oxfordshire. Pick ups on route can be arranged.

The group will be staying at the 4 Star Lodge in the Valley, Thirlmere in either double, twin or single rooms. Alternatively if you are booking your own accommodation, here are some ideas:

Borrowdale Gates Hotel (4*Hotel)

Ravenstone Manor (3* Hotel)

The Babbling Brook Guest House (great value)

Glendale Guest House (great value)

The Edwardene Guest House (great value)

YHA Keswick (Budget option)

YHA Borrowdale (Budget option)

Additional Help:

Or if you would like some expert accommodation advice we recommend contacting:

laura.wheeler@email.travelcounsellors.co.uk

     

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