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Secret Places of the Southern Lake District -Five days

September 8, 2024
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  • Secret Places of the Southern Lake District - Four Nights

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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

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.

 On this holiday , we explore “secret” places of the southern lake district, away from the madding crowds.

Looking for a holiday uniquely designed for solos and singles? Look no further – we specialise in guided walking for solo travellers. We also offer bespoke holidays for specific groups.

  • Five Days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Four Nights
  • Location: Southern Lake District
What you get on a Secret Hills Break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite 
  • Dinner- three course.
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

Hotel and Meals

Guided walking for solos and singles in the Lake DistrictWe stay at the Newby Bridge Hotel, at the southern end of Lake Windermere.

We stay – four nights stay, but you may extend it for an additional night if this helps your travel plans.  Accommodation is single/double en suite rooms – no sharing. All our hotels have a bar, and a comfortable lounge. The hotel is a walker’s paradise with many varied 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) may be variable. You will however during your walks,. be able to access mobile reception. Wifi is available and is free all over the hotel.

Breakfast starts at 8am.

Dinner is three courses – 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 is smart casual.


Dependent on walks chosen

Option one

We have lunch at some of the area’s lovely country pubs or cafés. 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.

Option two

We may need to have packed lunches on some days dependent on the walks we choose.

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


Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for single and solos travellers
  • 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. 
  • 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.


Trains to Windermere – see National Rail

If you arrive at Windermere station, taxi’s are readily available to the hotel – around 8 miles distance. 

By car – Junction 36 of the M6 – follow signs for Barrow, Newby Bridge is 10 miles from this junction.


Guided walking for solos and singles in the Lake District

Your  programme starts with the first walk on 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 let us know. All full day walks start at 9.30 am, and we generally finish for that welcome cuppa at 4.30 pm, where appropriate.. This will give you plenty of time to get ready for dinner. Your walks leaders will make this holiday break relaxing and the wonderful walking will stimulate your enthusiasm for the wide outdoors.
Walking Sunday afternoon, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – finishing at 3.30pm to allow you to get away back home. 

All the walking is done with our social, relaxed approach – talking is as important as walking.

Grades and Difficulty

The Southern Lake District offers 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 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. 

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.

Whilst we do not ascend the high fells- we will ascend and descend on our walks – up to a total in a day of 750 metres. So, there will be some short, sharp ascents and descents.

Sample Walks

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

In the Southern 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.

On this holiday we walk in the area bounded by Windermere, Coniston, Ambleside, the Langdales and Grasmere. Wonderful walking in outstanding natural beauty. At 885 square miles the Lake District is England’s largest national park just waiting to be explored.

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 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.

How to Book

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: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.


Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

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 Lakes 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.Solos and Singles guided walking in the Lake District


It is 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.



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Lorraine Donlan

Solo Traveller

HI Alan,
had a lovely break at Rydal Hall. AS ever Alvena was a super leader, so informative and attentive.
The walks and views were amazing, even though we were a smaller group than usual we all got along easily and enjoyed spending time together in the evenings too.
My next holiday with Secret Hills is already booked !
Thanks Lorraine

July 14, 2022

Julie Ennis

Solo Traveller

Thank you for a fabulous holiday.
Guided walking – Fantastic! Alvina is a wonderful knowledgeable guide.
It was great to be able to start all the walks from the hotel.
Amazing location. Hotel, clean and comfortable – I was lucky enough to have a room overlooking the front of the hotel and the fabulous gardens.
Restaurant meals and packed lunches were perfectly adequate.
The staff were courteous and helpful.
I definitely hope to book another.

July 14, 2022

Jim Jones

Solo Traveller

 I found the Secret Hills short break a very pleasant one, in smashing surroundings of the Lakeland countryside and in Skelwith Bridge.  The hotel staff were very helpful at all times. The food was very good quality.  The room was really nice as well and spotless. Also; it’s great to arrive at your holiday destination, park your car up and forget about, knowing that all the arrangements are done for you. The directions to the hotel were really well written and the e-mail from Alan, the day before was helpful too. All three walks were good, with great views. The walking leaders; Gill and Alvina are excellent. providing much interesting information throughout the walks every day. Looking forward to another Secret Hills break again sometime.

September 21, 2021

James Bradley

Solo Traveller

    Recommendation from fellow walker who had been with Secret Hills. Reservation: Very quick and simple with very prompt receipt and follow up messages from secret hills. The Skelwith Hotel was very good. Nice size room, good bar and excellent food. The experience was good. The guides Alvina and Gill were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and experienced. The group was relatively small and everyone seemed to get on well to make it pleasurable. The organisation was smooth and seamless.  Very good! The walk routes (low summits) were excellent.

September 21, 2021

Helen Liebling

Solo Traveller

 The walks were excellent we had a great variation and the views were beautiful and the weather very good. Both of the guides were knowledgeable and very helpful and friendly. They were also flexible depending on what our group wished to do which was appreciated. There was a very good variety of walk locations and types on all three days. Holiday was very well organised. The hotel was very comfortable and good location. The food was excellent and the room very comfortable with a lovely bath the shower could be improved it did not flow very well but overall the hotel was great and very comfortable. It was a fabulous weekend thanks to all.

September 23, 2020