Lakeland's Lovely Low Fells and Lakes - Easter - Ambleside

Lakeland's Lovely Low Fells and Lakes - Easter

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The Lake District is an area of immense beauty, great diversity and striking contrast from its high fells to deep valleys, by its cascading rivers, tarns and great lakes, by woods, fields and its picturess quaint villages and hamlets. Cumbria’s mountainous landscape, deepest valleys and longest lakes have provided inspiration for generations of artists, poets and writers from Wordsworth, Ruskin, Wainwright and Beatrix Potter

Walking in the Lakes is a lifelong ever changing experience. It offers a vast range of very good, well maintained paths which give you full access to the hills, fells and lakes. No matter where you walk, whether it be along the valley, or to the crest of a low level hill you are rewarded with a 360 degree panorama of fells and beauty.

Whatever the weather, throughout the seasons the Lake District offers an ever changing kaleidoscope of mood and colour. It really is one of the most special places on earth and really needs to be visited and its paths walked.

Great reasons to join us

- meet new friends in a relaxed walking and social  atmosphere

- beautiful countryside to walk through and enjoy

- super value for money- no single supplement

- professional, friendly walk leaders who are passionate and knowledgable about this area

- freindly, welcoming hotel

- choice of two walks per day - high and low level

- flexibility - stay extra night as required


We stay at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel, close to Elterwater and the Langdales, along side the River Brathay www.

Three nights stay, but extend it on Monday night if this helps your travel plans.

Perfectly located just a short drive from Ambleside, away from the hustle and bustle is Skelwith Bridge Hotel. Informal gardens merging seamlessly with the surrounding countryside, real log fires in the winter months and a traditional welcome, Skelwith Bridge Hotel really is “your home away from home”. The hotel is a walkers paradise with many varied easy and more strenuous walks from the door. The hotel also has a drying room should you get wet clothes!!

Please note that due to its location mobile signal (depending on network) is not available. You will however during your walks access reception. Wifi is available and is free in the hotel in the lounge and bar areas


Accommodation is single/double en suite rooms - no sharing. All our hotels have a bar, and a comfortable lounge. You can see the hotel accommodation by visiting www.


There is plenty of parking available at the hotel.


Breakfast starts at 8am

Dinner is three course - . all part of relaxing in these hills. All our hotels excel in giving you value for money and very tasty evening meals - they pride themselves on their food, much locally sourced and grown. Dinner is three course at the hotel. Dress code for dinner is smart casual.


We have lunch at some of the area’s lovely country pubs or café’s They will make sure you have tasty baguettes, baked potatoes, sandwiches or salads, with tasty soups in the colder months. We cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements so please make sure you make these known  prior to arrival .All lunches are included in the holiday. You simply pay for your own drinks.


We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.

Getting to us on Day one

If you arrive at Windermere station prior to 1.00pm, we MAY be able to transport you to the hotel. You need to arrange this with us well before the date of arrival.



Guided walking programme

This Easter programme starts with the first walkon arrival day at 2.30pm from the hotel foyer so please meet at 2pm in your walking clothes with rucksack. If you are unable to make the first walk please could us know.. All full day walks start at 9.00 am, and we generally finish for that welcome cuppa at 4.30 pm. This will give you plenty of time to get ready for dinner. Your walks leaders will make this weekend break relaxing and the wonderful walking will stimulate your enthusiasm for the wide outdoors.

Walking Saturday/Sunday and Monday - finishing at 3.30pm to allow you to get away back home.

Grades and difficulty

In The Lake District we are able to offer you the opportunity to join either a low/mid level walk or a higher level walk on each day of your holiday. Jill & Tom will describe each walk the night before and what they entail and you can then decide which you would like to join depending on how you feel. You can swap groups each day. Jill & Tom will help you decide which walk they think you should join and will encouarage you every step of the way,
Walk lengths vary but are generally between 9 – 11 miles per day. We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy our lovely scenery - these hills are a walker’s paradise with good paths and an ever changing landscape. There are hills to ascend which we will take slowly.  What’s the point of huffing and puffing, being exhausted then not being able to enjoy this fabulous land. This is a land of ever changing vistas - on any walk we get four or five different landscapes to enjoy. Don’t forget your camera.

Meet New Friends

Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking or discovering on Short Breaks for Single Travellers holidays. We don't go in for disco's, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities - but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

"Make new friends that turn into old friends - that's our motto."

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding.

It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don't worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday - its always a bit daunting - but we will look after you, ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again - trust us to to get you back into the swing of things"

Oh - by the way - its not a dating agency - over the years we have had people meet and fall in love - but that's just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends - just relax and enjoy.

Walks we choose from

Dependent on the abilities of each group, we choose an appropriate set of walks.

In the Lake District there are endless choice of walks, so we will tell you on the first afternoon which walks we will do during this holiday.

Whats Included

What you get on a Secret Hills break

  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite

  • Sole occupancy

  • Three course dinner

  • Personal service

  • Expert guiding

  • Transport to walks start if necessary

  • All administration to ensure your holiday goes smoothly

  • Flexibility on number of nights stay

  • No single supplement



Client reviews


Dr Keith Stonier-Lake District August 2017

The substantial benefit was the proximity to the walks, all of which could be accessed from the front door of the hotel without car travel. The room (in an outbuilding, close to my car) was just right for me. I felt very much at home. The meals were extremely satisfying (especially the ‘sticky toffee pudding’!). I rate the hotel highly – among the most comfortable and convenient of any in which I have stayed. Jill and Tom explained, guided, supported and socialised to the highest levels. I cannot think of anything that they could have done better. I have the highest regard for how they organised the entire experience.


Harriet Aitchinson - Lakes March 2017

Gill and Tom were magnificent and were constantly attentive to our comfort and safety in adverse weather conditions; whilst ensuring we were actually offered walks.


Joanne French Lakes March 2017

This was my first Secret Hills holiday and I am almost certain I will book another. My concern before booking was that I would find the distance difficult,as it's been many years since I've walked over about 8 miles, but my mind was put at rest so I booked! From the moment I arrived I felt welcome and included. The whole group were very friendly. The service at the hotel and the food were excellent. The full day walk on the Saturday was probably the furthest I have walked for many years and although I was mostly the 'back marker' I was encouraged by Jill and Tom all the way and therefore didn't find it as difficult as I thought I might. It is a shame that the weather was so wet as another member of the group mentioned that there are usually a few more stops to admire the view etc. along the way. The rain also meant the walk had to be cut short on the Sunday but it didn't spoil my enjoyment in any way!! Thank-you everyone for a most enjoyable weekend

Graham & Morag Hartwell Lakes March 2017

We have just returned from our weekend walking in the lake district. Our first Secret Hills holiday...Won't be the last. The weather was awful but if anything it added to the experience. We would of never ventured out on our own. We felt safe and supported by Tom and Jill and saw some sights in the rain that we would of never seen any other time. I have to say that the rain soaked Sunday was our favourite. Thank you for a wonderful time.


Pauline Nicholson - New Year Lakes 2016/17.

 The two guides Jill and Tom did a fantastic job. They explained the plan for each day and gave options. They were excellent company and looked after everyone in the group very well. Excellent organisation so that I didn't have to worry about anything. 

Keep up the good work. As someone who has done a lot of group travel over the years, it is a challenge to get the balance of these trips right. 

 But you seem to work your magic to make these trips a really enjoyable experience for everyone.


Elaine Millar- Lakes New Year 2016/17

The holiday was very well organised as always and as always a brilliant time with Jill and Tom . Thank you for the choccies and everything else 

Judith Mulcahy Lakes New Year 2016/17

Hotel was excellent. Room was comfortable and the standard of food exceptional. New Year’s Eve entertainment was just right & created a very lively party atmosphere. The walks were superb and enhanced by wall to wall blue skies and sunshine. Tom & Jill provided interesting & varied walks along with informative snippets of information en route without information overload!

Jill & Tom as ever went the extra mile to ensure the trip was enjoyable for everybody. It is obvious they care about their clients. A thoroughly enjoyable trip at Newby Bridge & I’d be very happy to return there next New Year. It was a nice size group of 10 which was much more manageable & easier to get to know people. Also Jill & Tom definitely know how to arrange a good party!!

Ray Ducker Lakes New Year January 2017.
Another really good holiday with smashing guides and friendly walkers.
A great way to spend the new year weekend

Sylvia Barnfather -

I did the same holiday last year, this time we did completely different walks which impressed me.

 The flexibility was good, offering different levels of walks each day.  Jill, helped by Charlie were good leaders, our enjoyment and wellbeing were always uppermost. They were always available to give help when needed.

Well done

Peter King -

I enjoyed the guided walking very much. First time I had done it .Ian Cartwright also excellent , very nice chap , open friendly , kept things going when it went quiet .Walks were very good too & ability to be flexible with them according to weather /ability of walkers etc very good too.



I wanted to say what a lovely experience I had staying in the Lake District over the weekend. Jill was a fantastic guide and host, I can't praise her enough. She was knowledgeable, attentive, and ensured our holiday was comfortable and stress free. Just a lovely person! We made the most of the sunshine from Friday and throughout Saturday before the rain set in, and even then we had an entertaining tour around the lakes! Saturday was a full day and the views were gorgeous. A well-deserved mid-morning tea break was enjoyed by all on top of a mountain where the scenery could be taken in and our achievement reflected on. The Swan Hotel was great. Lovely, cosy rooms, great food and warm welcoming staff.

So, I'm afraid I have no constructive criticism! Keep doing the Lake District walks! Thanks very much for a memorable holiday.

Ruth Holmes

Hi Alan Thanks for a great holiday. Form attached.

Mary Hynes

For it was not only the direct experience of the hotel and the walks but the whole experience, from receiving information prior to leaving, to the convenience of getting to Grasmere via train. It was wonderful relaxing experience and  I would definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues.  

Christmas in the Lakes - Heather Reid Dec 2013

The holiday exceeded my expectations from start to finish. I was greeted at the station, escorted to the hotel, I was always kept informed about where I should be and at what time. There was ample free time to explore or relax. The guides were unendingly helpful, flexible and fun to be with. They judged the group correctly from start to finish and adjusted the program to suit everyone’s needs.

As a first timer to Secret Hills, I was a little nervous, but I couldn’t have asked for more from the holiday.

Alun Jenkins - Christmas in the Lakes December 6 2013

Exceeded expectation on every level. Professional, superbly organized and great attention to detail. The guides were brilliant in catering for the different needs within the group. Shame it had to end! Also the group was great fun to be a part of – there were some inspirational people within our happy party!

Christmas in the Lakes December 2014 Eva Heib

Good Morning Alan and Jill, Thank you for your perfect, and warm organisation. It was very nice to be cared for on my small adventure train ride and to be picked up.

I had fun and enjoyed myself immensely.  Please sent the photos to my fellow hikers and tell them hello from my side.

It was just "fab" as Aileen used to say. Regards from your pink fizzy Austrian friend. Love  Eva

Barry Gregory Lakes August Bank Holiday 2014?

Very well organised by Jill and Tom.  Very clear programme with options for split walks on most days. ?  The Newby Bridge Hotel was comfortable with helpful staff and good food. It's nice to have a pool to unwind after a days walking.

Pam McEwen Lakes August Bank Holiday weekend 2014

 Fabulous weekend. Great location, lovely hotel, fabulous group of people and wonderfully attentive walk guides. The attention to detail was incredible, they arranged everything …. even the weather apparently. What more can you ask from a weekend? :) FAB, FAB, FAB xxx

Vejay Pal Lakes August Bank Holiday 2014

Thanks for email. Was a great weekend thanks . Have sent feedback form by email. 

Jane Smallwood Lake District April 2014

It was great group and the weather was excellent.  Altogether a really enjoyable break.

Shirley Turner Lake District April 2014

The holiday was very well organized, we were met by Jill as soon as we arrived and made to feel very welcome. The hotel was fantastic and our Group Leaders Jill, Tom and Dawn were great. They were friendly, encouraging and nothing seemed too much trouble. We really appreciated having options on different walks to fit individuals abilities.

Local area

Getting to our destination

By train - Windermere  is the nearest station, some 6 miles away. Taxis readily available. This station can be directly accessed from London, The South West, The Midlands and North West by fast train  See

By car -  the post code for your Sat Navs is LA22 9NJ. A good way of checking a route is using the AA route finder.

 Full detailed journey instruction will be sent with your Joining Details prior to the holiday.

The Local area

 Simply stunning scenary and walking - it is all here.

At 885 square miles the Lake District is England’s largest national park just waiting to be explored.

We are home to England’s deepest lake, Wastwater; longest lake, Windermere and highest mountain, Scafell Pike. In-fact there are only 5 peaks over 900m in England and they are all here in Cumbria.

With 50 stone circles, and Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you want to delve into our deep, sometimes dark past or simply enjoy some stunning surroundings, there's plenty of local history and heritage to keep you interested in the scenic highlights of the Lake District

How to book your holiday

How to book a UK guided walking holiday AND holidays in France, Algarve, Douro Valley  and Ireland

To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online  - once you have chosen your holiday, click on the booking button and complete the online form
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We will also accept a Bank Transfer and on request we will supply our bank details to you.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note - if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.


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What Others Said...

Lakes March 2017 Gill and Tom were magnificent and were constantly attentive to our comfort and safety in adverse weather conditions; whilst ensuring we were actually offered walks.

Harriet Aitchinson