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The Lake District is England’s only true mountain area. It has the most beautiful scenery in the land, with its bewitching mix of rugged mountains, deep gylls, shimmering lakes, bouncing waterfalls and attractive stone-built villages. Our solos guided walking holiday introduces you to this spectacular countryside.
Our unique speciality is providing guided walking holidays for singles and solos in the UK and Europe. We choose only the most stunning locations. We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.
We stay at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Hotel Arnside – right on the water’s edge.
Famed for hosting groups, good , wholesome food and caring staff, the hotel compliments our walking programme. It has 22 bedrooms and offers our clients a friendly welcome.
Breakfast and evening dinner are taken at the hotel. We lunch in one of the local hostelries in the area or, depending on the walk, we will sometimes have a packed lunch.
We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
By rail – Arnside lies on the rail line from Lancaster to Barrow with regular services. The hotel is a short walk from the station.
By car- we will send you exact details – but for Sat Navs use LA5 0HD
Walking starts on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm with a local walk to get to know each other, your leaders and the local area. We then walk on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday finishing around lunchtime.
Where necessary, we will use transport to get to the start of walks, but this will not involve more than 12 miles travel.
We will organise walks from the following choices…
On the first afternoon- Around Arnside Knott – a lovely 5 mile walk from the hotel starting at 2.00pm.
To Silverdale (Between 7 and 10 miles)
We may walk along the shoreline or over Arnside Knott, all within an AONB. There is a variety of bird life from Greylag Geese to cormorants. The limestone is a wild flower haven. We may visit the Leighton Moss nature reserve where this the option of returning back to the hotel by train. There are cafes and refreshments in Arnside, Silverdale and Leighton Moss.
Beetham and Dalam
We walk along the shore on a disused railway embankment to the pretty village of Beetham. Lunch is at Beetham nurseries café. We walk back over areas of limestone pavement and ancient woodlands
Levens Hall and Sizergh
We take transport to Levens Hall. There are fabulous topiary gardens which give an opportunity to take a day off and just wander for those who do not want to walk all week. The walk takes us through the pretty village of Levens and over limestone fells. We return via Sizergh Castle, lunch, and park land to Levens.
On our last morning we take one of several routes up to the top of Arnside Knott before a light lunch in one of the village cafes.
A fabulous limestone ridge with views over Morecambe Bay and possibly Blackpool Tower.
Cartmel and the Ellerside Ridge
This walk is dependent on train timetables.
Walk from Grange to Cartmel, part of the way on the Cistercian Way. Cartmel is an historic village with an ancient priory, as well as being the home of sticky toffee pudding and a race course. The walk takes us through woodland and undulating fells with fabulous views of Morecambe bay 11 miles.
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 on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, 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 and 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.
Just arrive and enjoy.
To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.
Reserve online – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will assist you to complete your booking.
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Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. 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.
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.
The Southern Lake District, Arnside and the area around Morecambe Bay offer a wide variety of terrains and walking opportunities. We will describe each walk the night before and what it entails. We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush – we want you to enjoy our lovely scenery. These fells and coasts are a walker’s paradise with good, mainly well marked 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.
We walk between 9 and 10 miles per day.
The walks on this trip are rated as Moderate but each day involves a fair amount of ascent and descent. The trip requires a reasonable amount of fitness, ideally with previous hill walking experience.
Paths on this Lake District holiday are mostly well marked and walked but can have rough and uneven with stony parts to them.
These we take carefully, bearing in mind your safety at all times.
You need good walking footwear, preferably waterproof walking boots with good soles for protection. You may find that walking poles will aid your enjoyment of this land.
Whilst we do not ascend the high fells- we will ascend and descend on our walks – up to a total in a day of 450 metres. So, there will be some short, sharp ascents and descents.
We stay at Arnside. This former fishing port has retained many of the features from its past. The beautiful pier and port areas of the town offer stunning views across Morecambe Bay as well as providing an enduring reminder of Arnside’s illustrious history.
Arnside and Silverdale– this extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the lady’s-slipper orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring. Stunning limestone pavements, ancient woodlands, orchards and meadows and an impressive coastline make Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty one of England’s finest landscapes. The work of the AONB Partnership aims to conserve and enhance this extraordinary place now and for the future.
Arnside Knott– is renowned for its wildlife. Take a circular walk to admire views of the surrounding countryside and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. The peaks of the Lakeland Fells and the Yorkshire Dales are all visible from the high viewpoints so you can see down into Lancashire and right out over the sands of Morecambe Bay. Sit and enjoy the view with a picnic or carry on along the many different paths which take you down to Red Hills Wood or Heathwaite.
Close by are the fells above Newby Bridge and south Windermere – just a short drive to wonderful walking such as Gummers How.
A very good holiday, and good value for money. Thank you.
Everything was done very well. Hotel – Very good, food good, room suitable, staff friendly and helpful.
Yes, very much (enjoyed guided walking). The walks were pleasant and the guide knowledgeable.
The hotel and food was most enjoyable, and the staff very welcoming and friendly…
The holiday was well organised and I would certainly recommend Secret Hills to friends.
A special mention for Bridget, our Walking Guide. She was absolutely brilliant. Very welcoming and friendly throughout. She led excellent varied walks.
I shall be looking to book again with Secret Hills.
I truly like Secret Hill’s concept. An introductory walk to meet our guide and group is an asset for all. The Fighting Cocks provided excellent food and staff. The accommodation was comfortable and suited my needs. But, overall, Bridget deserves high praise. Her instant relaxing approach to greeting us set the tone for the days ahead. Knowledgeable, great sense of humour and very much a team member. I would certainly recommend Secret Hills and will definitely book another holiday.
Bridget was an excellent leader and knew her area so very well. Walks were varied and we got a real sense of the area and its charms.
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks was a great base…Staff were very helpful and friendly.Very well organised. Yes – would reserve again and recommend to others.
I had a great holiday and felt at ease all the time the leader was very welcoming and the group were very pleasant…I am already planning another trip…