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South Lake District’s Lovely Low Fells and Lakes

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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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01694 723600

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.

  • Three days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Two Nights
  • Location: South Lakes

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.

Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality.  We provide guided walking holidays in beautiful locations in both the UK and Europe. We have an extra speciality in that we also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

What you get on a Secret Hills break
  • Expert guiding
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite
  • Three course dinner
  • Lunch
  • Sole Occupancy rooms
  • Personal service
  • Flexibility
  • Our administration support from reservation to end of holiday
  • No single supplement
We meet as strangers and depart as friends

Hotel and Meals

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

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 walker’s 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.  Wifi is available and is free in the hotel in the lounge and bar areas

Rooms

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

Parking

There is plenty of parking available at the hotel.

Breakfast usually starts at 8am giving plenty of time before we start the day’s walking.

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. Dress code for dinner is smart casual.

Lunch

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.

 

 

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 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. Our hotel in Skelwith Bridge 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.

Directions

How to get to the Skelwith Bridge Hotel

By train – Windermere is the nearest station, some 6 miles away. Taxis are readily available. See National Rail for details of trains.

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

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

Itinerary

The Lake District is an area of immense beauty, great diversity and striking contrast with high fells and deep valleys, cascading rivers, tarns and great lakes, woods, fields and picturesque quaint villages and hamlets. Cumbria’s mountainous landscape, deepest valleys and longest lakes have provided inspiration for generations of artists, poets and writers such as 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 and 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.

Two and half days walking in the lovely countryside of the Lake District. The hotel is close to some excellent walks in the local area. Great food and good rooms.

Walking is moderate – few major climbs, and we cover 9/11 miles a day.

Our first walk is on Friday afternoon starting at 2.30pm, a two hour “get to know you “walk, with a cuppa at the end.  If you cannot make that walk, then we meet on Friday evenings, at 7.00 pm, for a three course dinner and a discussion on what we are doing during the weekend.  Each weekend’s walking has a different theme, to fit into the time of year, or events going on in the area. Dress code is smart casual.

Walking starts on  Friday  afternoon at  2.30pm from hotel reception. We then walk full days on Saturday and Sunday. Walking finishes on Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm.

If you have booked an additional nights accommodation, note there is no walk on the Monday.

Grades and Difficulty

In The South Lake District, the variety of walks available is amazing. We  will describe each walk the night before and what it entails.

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. We take ascents 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.

Paths on this Lake District holiday – “Walking the Lake Districts Low Fells and Lakes” – are mostly well marked and walked but can be rough and uneven with stony parts in places. 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 climb the high fells- we will ascend up to a height of max 750 metres in any one walk.  So, there will be some short, sharp ascents and descents

Sample Walks

Details to be added soon

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.

Payment

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 that 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.

Location

On this holiday we walk in the area bounded by Windermere/Coniston/Ambleside/The Langdales and Grasmere. Wonderful walking in outstanding natural beauty

The Lake District is a famous scenic region and national park in the administrative county of Cumbria, England. It occupies portions of the historic counties of Cumberland, Lancashire, and Westmorland. The national park covers an area of 866 square miles (2,243 square km). It contains the principal English lakes, including the largest, Windermere, and the highest English mountains, of which the loftiest is Scafell Pike. The famous lake-strewn valleys of the region radiate from a core of central mountains, thus making through routes difficult to establish but also contributing to the distinctive character that makes the entire Lake District attractive to tourists.

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Reviews

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Neil Twaddle

Solo Traveller

Walks, were very good, well thought out and very enjoyable. Length was spot on…
Alvina , as excellent as ever, very knowledgeable, caring and even supplied some of her home baked flap jack’s…
Will I book again with secret hills,
Of course I will.

May 13, 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 24, 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 24, 2021

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 17, 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 17, 2021
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