Lake District Weekend

Following a number of successful walking weekends we`ve decided to do it all again but in a different location. This time we are of to the Lake district,Cumbria for a long weekend of exhilarating walking. We1ll be staying at  The Windermere Hotel for  three nights (4 days) on half board (Dinner,bed and breakfast) in gorgeous Windermere,Cumbria`s Lake District National Park surrounded by mountain peaks and miles of woodland. Built in 1847, this elegant hotel is a 3 minute walk from the train station and from Lake Windermere.We will have three Moderate grade led walks all starting from the hotel, so once you`ve arrived you will not have to think about driving until time to go home.Accommodation needs to be secured with a deposit of £45 per person by the 14th March on a first come first served basis. Cost  foe 3 nights and 4 days is as follows:

Standerd Room Single £297.00

Standard Room Double £175.50 per person

Standard Twin Room £175.50 per person

Standard Room Double Sea Wiew £194.40 per person

Standard Room Twin Sea View £194.40 per person

Superior Room Double £209.25 per person

Superior Room Twin £209.25 per person.

Car Parking is available at the hotel for £6 per day, pre booking is advisible. For more information contact clive Weaver on the above contact information.

You will need to become a member of the Ramblers before the June weekend. Cost £36.60 individual and £49.00 joint.

THE WALKS

Walk 1 Friday 12th June at 2:00 pm

5.5km-- 6 miles--Leisurely.: 3 Hours

Start at the hotel and walk to Bowness, where we join the Dales way which crosses the A591. We climb to Orrest Head which is on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere. It is the first fell that Wainwright walked and  has one of the best views of Lake Windermere and surrounding lakes. Then return to the hotel by similer route.

Choice of 2 walks on Saturday13th June

Walk 2 short 6.5 miles

Walk 2 long 11.5 miles. Moderate. Includes climbs. 5 to 6 hours.

Both walks start at the hotel and again begin with a walk to Bowness where we take the ferry to Ashlanding to begin the walk.

It is possible to drive to this point where there is car parking if a shorter walk is preferred.

We cross Lake Windermere and walk along the Western side of the lake to Claife Heights. The views are thickley wooded on one side with steep slopes. Again there are good views over the lake and it ispossible to see from time to timethe rocky crags on the other side. At times we can see ope countryside and on top of the hill near Sawrey is the home of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit.

The shorter walk turns here and returns to the ferry via the opposite bank of the Tarn.

The longer walk continues to Hawksshead, breaking off to Latterbarrow viewpoint. This is on roadside but a short distance on minor country lanes which zig zag through the Hamlet of Colthouse. Latterbarrow is a bumpy plateau crowned by a tall beacon. At Hawksshead we turn and rejoin the path where the shorter walk made its way back to the ferry.

Walk 3: Sunday 14th June

8-9 miles - Leisurely: 5 Hours

This time we take the opposite direction from the hotel and follow the course of the Beck. This requires crossing it in places where it will be necessary to walk on the road for short stretches. Again there are good viewpoints along the way.

We stop at a pub in Townhead for lunch which is half way.

This is the turning point of the walk. We cross over to the other side of the Beck to complete the return journey to the hotel.

Sunday evening is free to relax  before we check out on Monday 15th June after a well earned breakfast.