In the heart of the English Lake District, Nicola Sproson from Nics Nordic Walks, and her team of walk leaders, will guide you around The Windermere Way, a lesser known route in The Lakes. The 44 mile loop of Lake Windermere (35 mile total shorter route available) incorporating the tops of 6 Lakeland fells around the Lake. Fabulous views right into the mountains can been seen from all the fell tops and from Gummers How, at the southern end of the route, we can see Blackpool Tower on a clear day, & Morecambe Bay. This mid-week break will take us 4 days guided walking with a day off in the middle, along with a Beatrix Potter Treat on day 2… Spending the afternoon on an exclusive visit to Castle Cottage, Beatrix Potter’s marital home for 30 years. This National Trust property is not open to the public, but our guide Mandy Marshall, will show us around the gardens, 17C barn and house. We will also hear about the legacy Beatrix left to preserve the unique Lake District landscape, its distinctive sheep and how Mandy has worked with Cumbrian farmers to develop the brand “Herdwick- tweed with provenance”.
Along the whole route Nicola will point out any features/properties with a connection to Beatrix Potter.
Day 1 (10 miles or shorter route approx 7 miles): Arrive Waterhead, Ambleside ready to walk by 11am. Our first & steepest ascent, onto Wansfell will start the day, heading down into Troutbeck and onto Orrest Head, our 2nd fell of the day before descending into Windermere Village where Nicky from Ivy Bank Bed & Breakfast will give you a warm welcome. Nicky is a keen Nordic Walker who has completed The Windermere Way in Summer 2016. There is a short walk into the village for dinner at Lamplighters dinning room.
Day 2 (12.5 miles or shorter route approx 9.5 miles): Heading South again, this day will take us down to the shores of Lake Windermere and back up onto Brantfell for views of the whole Lake, and across to the Langdales and Kentmere Horseshoe also. After weaving towards the Winster Valley, we head onto Gummers How, the most southerly fell of the route, where on a clear day we can see Blackpool Tower as well as Lakeland Views. When we descend to the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park, a hot drink & fab cake will welcome us before the 5 minute ferry ride across to The Lakeside Hotel, where you will stay for Tuesday & Wednesday night. Dinner is included for Tuesday evening.
Day 3 DAY OFF!! Lots of options to keep you occupied during your day without your car! The Windermere Lake Cruises leave from outside the hotel, with stops at Ambleside & Bowness-on-Windermere, so all day to meander around the hubbub of these Lakeland towns. Or just stay put, enjoying the fabulous views of the lake, lake view swimming pool & spa facilities, with maybe a little trip to the Lakeland Motor Museum across the way? Lastly, but by no means least…another option is for Mandy, our tour guide for Day 4, to take you on a Historic Houses of Lakeland Tour. This can be arranged with Mandy on a personal basis, by contacting her independently by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner is not included on Wednesday evening, as you may have other ideas and want to explore elsewhere.
Day 4 (8 miles): On our shortest walking day, we will leave soon after breakfast to try to finish the day’s route by lunchtime, with only a snack en route, as the ladies of Sawrey will be giving us a Barn Tea / late lunch in Castle Cottage Barn, where Mandy Marshall will give you a fabulous afternoon about Beatrix Potter & Herwicks as described in the opening paragraph of this description. You will then embark on the short mile walk to The Cuckoo Brow Inn your last night’s accommodation, which will include dinner also.
Day 5 (13.5 miles or shorter route 10 miles): Our last and longest day in the fells will lead us up towards Wray Castle along the shores of Windermere using a new path, perfect to gain a good Nordic Walking speed. Cutting across the fields to Skelwith Bridge for lunch at the famous Chesters On The River café for lunch, gaining energy to head up Loughrigg, our last fell on the route, which towers above Ambleside, sitting at the head of Lake Windermere, before descending to our FINISH… back in Ambleside.
Although the walking will not be too strenuous I must highlight that some of the terrain may be technical and I would be happy to discuss this with anyone who may be concerned about the Lakeland Trails around the Lake. We will all walk together on Day 1, following this we will have another of Nic’s walk leaders joining us, allowing the group to be split according to ability if necessary for the remaining parts of the route.
On completing The Windermere Way you will be presented with a map explaining the route to take away with you.
5 Days/4 Nights
1st May – 5th May 2017
Holiday price £570
Deposit payable on booking £200, balance due 3 weeks prior to the holiday.
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