Walk your way into the New Year in the Lake District - Hydro Hotel

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A Festive Holiday based in the very beautiful Lake District

This holiday is guaranteed

If you want to get away to relax after a busy Christmas or you want to spend New Year with other like minded folk and walk ( and the option of dancing ) your way into 2019, then this is the holiday for you. We promise you won't be disappointed and that you will have an unforgettable New Year celebration. . .

At Secret Hills Walking we fully understand that the Festive period can be an extremely hard time for many folk which is why we decided to offer you the opportunity  to be with others and to have a great few days away. It is nop fun being on your own at such a festive time. Previous years have been a huge success so please do read the comments below.   .

The Hydro Hotel- four star rated - a lovely Country Hotel - overlooking Lake Windermere in the bsuy town of  Bowness on Windermere - and set just a short walk away from the edge of the of Lake Windermere - and affords great walking both from the door and within a short drive. It offers you splendid views of the  beautiful Lake District.

The hotels web site is http://squirehotels.co.uk/windermere/

The Lake District is very easily accessed by road or train so please do not let this deter you as our hosts can meet you at  the train station fro onward tarvel to the hotel.

The holiday is hosted by Jill Pinkerton who will join you in all the festive fun.

This New Year break offers a full package of New Year celebrations and pure indulgence throughout the three days. See drop down bar - New Years Activities and Festive programme.

Note - the price quoted is for sole occupancy of a twin room. Couples or clients sharing a room then please reduce the advertised price by £60 per person.

2018 Lakes New Year programme was fully booked by the beginning of October 2018- so do not miss out this year




Accommodation and Food

This break is organised from the Hydro Hotel, Bowness on Windermere -on the edge  of Lake Windermere

The hotels web site is http://squirehotels.co.uk/windermere/

The hotel - with it's indoor swimming pool and spa facilities is ideal for this holiday, and we join the hotel's New Year festivities as part of the break - see New Year package on the drop down bar.

Rooms are  en suite. The hotel has two comfortable lounges to relax in. Breakfast is traditional Lake District fayre, well cooked and plenty of choices.

We have dinner in selected restaurants local to the hotel in Bowness on Windermere on December 30 and January 1.  - see the New Year package on the drop down bar.On New Years evening we celebrate the start of 2020 with a Gala New Years evening five course dinner.

A little bit of entertainment as well - we will tell you more about that nearer the time when the hotel have finalised theri programme.New Years evening disco and dancing- dress to impress

Note - there are limited places on this break, so reserve your place as early as you can to avoid disapointment.

Getting to the Hydro Hotel

By train - Change at Oxenholme for Windermere, If you arrive by 1,00pm, we will give you a lift to the hotel.

By road- the hotel is 25 minutes away from Junction 26 of the M6 - head for Windermere.then Bowness on Windermere - the hotel is in Helm Road, just before you reach the lake side, on the left.

Great reasons to join us

- meet new friends in a relaxed walking and social  atmosphere

- superb New Years hotel package of entertainment , food and those little extra'sNew Year Activities and Festive Programme

- beautiful countryside to walk through and enjoy

- super value for money- no single supplement

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

- flexibility - extra nights stay available

- simply enjoy a New Years celebration in style.

New Year Festive and activity programme

Festive programme

30th December: Arrive – an afternoon walk .

Evening – we dine together in a local restaurant. .

New Years Eve - December 31st -   we walk from the hotel, lunch at a lovely country inn – 8/9 miles walk,

New Years Evening  (dress to impress)

- 7pm  Champagne reception and canapes

- 4 course Gala Dinner- with complimentary wine and beer included

- Entertainment and dancing- complimentary bar whilst we dance the night away

- Cava at midnight/ Bacon sandwiches after midnight

New Years Day1st January – a later start – about 10.00am, A lovely country walk -6/7 mile walk,

Evening – dinner at a local restaurant

January 2nd – exit your rooms, but a half day walk - optional -  5 miles walk finishing at the hotel at 1.00pm –we say our good byes.


This festive holiday will be be hosted by the following guiding team

Jill  Pinkerton

Places are very limited so you need to book early

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.

Your walking programme

The walks shown here are subject to change as weather conditions dictate., and are only a guide. We may organise lowere level routes if there is low cloud/rain or there is snow on higher ground.

 A fuller description of the walks will be issued when we send your joining instructions nearer the date of the holiday

Day one – starting at 2pm- a local walk from the hotel and end of Lake Windermere – 2.5 hours

Day two 

Hawkshead circular

Day three –

From Windermere and to Troutbeck and return

Day four – half day – 5 miles - - a local walk from the hotel- 3 hours

Holiday Highlights

- superb host hotel

- the beautiful Lake District to enjoy on your walks

- a winter walking wonderland

-  New Years Evening 5 course Gala Dinner

- New Years eve music to see the New Year in

- Complimentary free bar on New Years evening

- champagne and bacon sandwiches after midnight

- tea and cakes on your return after your walks

-  Bowness just a 100 yards away with its many Christmassy shops and cafes




What's included



What you get on this New Years holiday

  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite three nights
  • Dinner- local restaurant - two nights - two courses
  • Five course Gala Dinner on New Years Eve
  • Country Pub Lunches
  • Personal service - includes train pickup and set downs, individual holiday planning for you
  • Total flexibility on when you arrive and depart - come for as many or few days as you want
  • Expert guiding/two full days and two half day walks
  • No single supplement
  • Comlimentary Wine on first evening
  • Entertainment on New Years evening
  • The total New Year package offered by Hydro Hotel - to be published when the hotel publish this programme
  • A social, relaxed approach

A clients view of a previous New Year holiday



What a fantastic start to the New Year! The hotel was excellent with delicious meals & a great party atmosphere! The walks were varied & interesting led by our very friendly & able guides Jill & Tom. The group gelled very well together and was a good manageable size where fortunately a uniform pace could be maintained on the walks. The weather was amazing! Not a drop of rain & wall to wall blue skies. I would recommend the Lakes for New Year.....couldn't fault it in any way!

Judith Mulcahy

Customer reviews

Here are some customers testimonials

Hopefully these will encourage you to reserve a place on our Lake District New Year break.

"New Year Lakes 2018 Guided walking brilliant. Love Jills planning enthusiasm dedication and organisation and it was great to meet and walk with Paul. "

- Elaine Millar - January 2019

"New Year Lakes 2018 Once again thank you for a wonderful time. I am so pleased I took the plunge last year and returned again. The walks were excellent, I really enjoyed the challenging bits challenging for me in any case that I would never do alone.It was great to see some of the same people again and new. Walk leaders brilliant. Paul was quiet, very watchful and observant, there to help when needed encouraging and offering sound advice allowing us to maintain independence. To both of you thanks it was great. "

- Claire Houchin - January 2019



Pauline Nicholson - January 2017

Lakes New year 2016/2017 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 organization 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 - January 2017

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


Ray Ducker - January 2017

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


Judith Mulcahy Lakes New Year 2016/17 - January 2017

What a fantastic start to the New Year! The hotel was excellent with delicious meals & a great party atmosphere! The walks were varied & interesting led by our very friendly & able guides Jill & Tom. The group gelled very well together and was a good manageable size where fortunately a uniform pace could be maintained on the walks. The weather was amazing! Not a drop of rain & wall to wall blue skies. I would recommend the Lakes for New Year......couldn't fault it in any way! Judith Mulcahy


Susan Ashmore - January 2016

New Year December 2015 Considering the amount of walkers attending the New Year holiday it was well organized as always. Secret Hills Walking always give 100% to their customers


Diane Blenkiron - January 2016

New Year December 2015 Choosing the right guides who not only knew the walks but are wonderful at bringing the group together. They were organised, thoughtful and multi-talented. They offer flexibility and options. When you are travelling alone it makes a huge difference having that personal touch. I love the pubs we visit for lunch.

Louise Richards - January 2016

Hey Paul Thanks for the resumé. It was a great New Year break, really well organised and fun. I think your magic tricks made it most memorable though ☺️ Please pass my thanks to Alan, Chris, Jill and Tom and maybe see you again one day. Best wishes Louise Richards PS: Please say hi to your lovely partner Pam and thank her for the chats. "


Jane Smallwood - January 2016

New Years break December 2016 Thanks Paul It was a great few days and now that my 'trench foot' has got better the memories are even better!! Am booked on the South Downs trip and probably more over the year so will see you soon I expect. Thanks for your eternal good humour! Best wishes Jane x


Elaine Millar - January 2016

New Year December 2015 Sorry Alan not going to make GC in jan as boss wants no leave taken during jan . Will be in touch to book an Easter break. Thanks for a great time at new year. Best way to spend new year ! Walking talking eating drinking dancing. Thanks to everyone that made it so good especially the secret hills team. Elaine. X




The Lake District - magnificent in all seasons

The Lake District- why choose

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.

How to book your Secret Hills Wallking holiday

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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...

Thanks for a great holiday Alan - Much needed!!

Michael Smith