Lake District - midweek August holiday special
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Join us in the western lake district, as we explore the beautiful country side around the iconic centres of Grasmere and Ambleside, yet is in the midst of superb walking in quieter countryside. Excellent access to number of iconic walking trails.
The Lake District
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 lovely 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 knowledgeable about this area
- lovely country hotel with super food
Accommodation and food
This holiday - chosen to show off the magnificent colours of late summer and early autumn in an area which is renowned for it's fabulous walking, is a joy to the senses.
Set in the centre of the Lakes halfway between Grasmere and Ambleside -, surely one of the UK'S most lovely walking destinations, we experience the glory of this area and the colours that tease the senses and leave you wanting more.
We stay at Rydal Hall - magnificent gardens, close to the well know coffin path between the twin centres of Ambleside and Grasmere.
See the hotels web site -Rydal Hall | Lake District B&B, Self Catering, Glamping Accommodation
Five nights accommodation leaving Wednesday morning
Rooms for sole occupancy. Dinner, bed and breakfast tariff
Sole occupancy rooms with no single supplement
Dinner , bed and breakfast.
Lunch is normally in a lovely country pub, but dependent on walk choices - it may be a picnic lunch.
Rydal Hall started its life as a Christian retreat- but as the years have gone by it is adapting as a hotel for all activities, particularly for walking holidays. Secret Hills have created a good working relationship which benefits both parties.
Rooms for sole occupancy - recently re decorated and updated - and meals are excellent, and the grounds of the hotel are an added bonus, as is its position at the heart of the beautiful southern lake district.
There is a bar and several meeting and lounge rooms to enjoy- and on a warm evening the lovely grounds are a joy to stroll in- with the magnificent Rydal waterfall to gaze over
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. Skelwithbridge.co.uk
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 cafes' 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.
How to get to Rydal Hall Hotel Hotel
By train - Windermere is the nearest station, some 9 miles away. Taxis readily available.See www.nationalrail.co.uk
By car - the post code for your Sat Navs is LA22 9LX . A good way of checking a route is using the AA route finder. www.theaa.com/route-planner
Full detailed journey instruction will be sent with your Joining Details prior to the holiday.
Getting to the hotel 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.
Rydal Hall Estate is unique, with en-suite bedrooms, campsite, cottages and gardens set in 30 acres, at the very heart of the English Lake District, a World Heritage Site – somewhere to experience the beauty of God’s creation.
We look forward to welcoming you to our outstanding venue to take a well-earned moment of
- Rest and Relaxation in which you can
- Retreat from your daily routine to a place loved by the poet William Wordsworth for its awe-inspiring beauty,
- Recharge in a peaceful natural and historic environment
- Reconnect with yourself, with friends old and new, with God and with nature
Set in over thirty acres of garden, woodland and natural beauty in the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rydal Hall is the ideal venue for retreats, events, activity weekends or just a family holiday. With wonderful views over the Rothay valley and with the Fairfield Horseshoe and Nab Scar as a backdrop, the Hall and its grounds are the perfect place to enjoy this beautiful part of the world.
Our fabulous hotels position allows us to walk straight from the hotel door and access our trails and to take in fabulous views all day long.
Your walking programme
Our walks will be selected based upon the ability of the group and on the prevailing weather conditions.
We start walking on Friday afternoon. We walk on Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday until 3pm
Walking in the Lake District is always a pleasure - provided you have the correct walking gear, and you will be sent a kit list as part of your joining instructions..Walking is graded as moderate, with some short, sharp ascents and descents.
Our holiday is graded moderate with some short, steep ascents and descents and is for people who are good walkers. We will undertake walks of between 8 and 10 miles with an average ascent of around 500 metres which we will do at a lovely, relaxed pace to allow you to absorb everything around us.
We will take transport to other areas close by such as Coniston and Hawkshead.
Walks will be chosen from the many that area available taking in Loughrigg//Wansfell Pike/Grasmere, Easdale and Helm Crag/ Langdale Valley and Lingmoor Fell/Rydal Fell//Brathay Valley, Tarn Howes and Hawkshead/ Troutbeck ,Orrest Head and Windermere/
What you get on a Secret Hills break
- Expert guiding
- A social, relaxed approach
- Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite- four nights
- Three course dinner
- Sole Occupancy
- Transport to walks start and from walks finish
- Personal service
- Our social, relaxed style of managing your holiday
- No single supplement
Great reasons to join us
Great reasons to join us
There are other walking holiday companies that cover the Lake District but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
- We are a small friendly company
- We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
- We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
- Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
- You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
- Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
- We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
- We always use good hotels. Our hotel in the beautiful Borrowdale is set in lovely surroundings and the standard is really good.
- We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.
Simply superb vista's every day.
- Some of the best walking in this country
- Lovely country house hotel and fabulous food.
- No single supplement
- Our relaxed social approach
- Meet new friends that turn into old friends
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
OR contact us by phone or email, and we will send by post or email, a booking form to you
OR you can call us direct on 01694 723600, and we will take your reservation over the phone. Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone; you can, however, post us a cheque. Alternatively, you can pay via the Pay Pal system attached to our website, which allows you to pay either by debit/credit card, or by using your Paypal account if you have one.
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.
Secret Hills Walking, 35, Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH
The Local area
The Local area
Simply stunning scenery and walking - it is all here.
At 885 square miles the Lake District is England’s largest national park just waiting to be explored.
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
Rydal is a small village strung along the main road between Grasmere and Ambleside. The nearby lake – Rydal Water, was a favourite with William Wordsworth, who would often have picnics here. The lake lies between Nab Scar and Loughrigg Fell.
The house, which now belongs to the descendants of the poet, retains a lived in family atmosphere, and has changed little since Wordsworth and his family came to live here. They rented the house from Lady le Fleming, of nearby Rydal Hall.
Nearby is a dedicated filed - called Dora'a field- to Wordsworth's daughter Dora- daffodils in spring.