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Windermere Ring – Walk the Fells and Valleys around Lake Windermere

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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. This unique landscape, is one of National Geographic’s top ten ‘must-see’ destinations in the world.

The Windermere Ring is an outstanding walking route, taking in the fells and valleys around this lovely lake, not always at the lakeside, but always with the lake in view.

Our speciality is guided walking holidays for solos and singles in magnificent locations across the UK and Europe. Unlike many other walking companies which offer solos holidays as an extra, we are unique in that we only deal in solos guided walking.  We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Five Days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Five days
  • Location: Lake District
What you get on a Secret Hills Break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite four nights 
  • Dinner- two courses.
  • 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

We stay at the Newby Bridge Hotel 

Newby Bridge Hotel really is “your home away from home”. The hotel is a walkers paradise with many varied  walks from the door. The hotel also has a drying room should you get wet clothes!!

Guided walking for solos and singles in the Lake District

The hotel has leisure facilities with a lovely swimming pool.

Wifi is available and is free in the hotel in your rooms, the lounge and bar areas.

We eat dinner at the hotel each night.

Your evening dinner is two courses chosen from three- so a main course and either a starter or pudding, and should you want an extra third course, then the hotel will charge you for this.

Lunch is packed on this holiday.

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.


By car – junction 36 of M6 – take road to Barrow after 4 miles. After 10 miles Newby Bridge Hotel is on the left on a sharp bend

By rail – to Windermere – take a taxi to hotel, though there are buses too.

Grades and Difficulty



Guided walking for solos and singles in the Lake DistrictThis holiday explores the lovely areas set back from Lake Windermere- it rarely touches the actual lake side – for the beauty of this area lies in the hinterland of the lake. Low fells rise from the shores, and these form the backdrop to the higher fells and peaks. There are hidden gems along our way- and we walk for the most part on tracks that are rarely used by the more widely used walking itineraries

 We meet at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon- and we walk for about 2.5 hours in the areas around Newby Bridge- to get to know one another and begin the holiday making new friends

The walking programme  for the Windermere Ring is three full days and the last day is 5 hours of walking finishing at the hotel.

Grades and Difficulty

Paths on this Lake District holiday  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 boots with ankle support, preferably waterproof  with good soles for protection.

You need waterproof clothing and a rucksack that can hold this along with 1.5 litres of water.

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.

  You should be used to walking distances frequently, we walk between 9 and 11 miles a day with plenty of breaks.

Windermere Ring walking route

The walking programme  for the Windermere Ring is three full days and the last day is 5 hours of walking finishing at the hotel.

Day one

Newby Bridge to Bowness  

Setting out from the hotel we walk up Gummer’s How with its vistas of Lake Windermere and the Lakeland hills. Then onto Lindeth and into Bowness where transport will take us back to the hotel.Guided walking for solos and singles in the Lake District

Day two

Bowness to Ambleside

Transport to Bowness. On our second day we skirt the town of Windermere, walking over Orrest Head to Troutbeck. Our final destination of the day is Ambleside where we will be at the northern most tip of Lake Windermere. Transport back to Newby Bridge

Day three

Ambleside to Ash Landing

Transport to Ambleside. We now walk along the western side of Lake Windermere passing Wray Castle. Heading inland slightly, we ascend Latterbarrow giving us panoramic views of the Lake District. We return through woodland to the Lake at Ash Landing. Transport back to Newby Bridge

Day four

Ash landing to Newby Bridge

Transport to Ash Landing. Our final section takes us along the western lake shore back to the hotel, our circuit of Lake Windermere successfully completed.


Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any client’s ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.

They will always try to provide and alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.

We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group, and the leaders.



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.


Solos and Singles Guided walking in the Lake DistrictLake Windermere – the iconic lake that symbolises the essence of the Lake District. It is surrounded by some magnificent countryside – craggy hills, tumbling streams.

 In the South Lakes valleys around Lake Windermere, narrow winding lanes are bounded with dry stone walls and hedgerows. This walk meanders through deciduous woodlands, climbs away from the lake on several occasions – but the glimpse of the lake is never far away.

Gem like smaller lakes and musically flowing becks are overlooked by the southern fells and the lofty Langdale Pikes

Our walk takes us to the shore  but mostly meanders  over low fells close by, affording fabulous views across the lake into the central fells.Solos and Singles Guided walking in the Lake District

Strictly speaking, Windermere lake is just called Winder”mere”, with “mere” meaning a lake that is broad in relation to its depth. However here, to avoid confusion with Windermere Village, we refer to it as Windermere lake. The long thin lake itself forms the central spine of the Windermere lake area of the Lake District. This area is also known as the South Lakes.



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Sally Lewis

Solo Traveller

I have loved every minute of the holiday. An amazing introduction to walking holidays, so well panned and catered for. All my fellow walkers were return Secret Hills guests, which is a fantastic advert. An absolutely amazing experience for my first walking holiday. Bridget’s highlight maps showing us the route, explanations of each day. She arrived each morning with a packed lunch, what sandwiches and traybakes.
The hotel was wonderful, lovely friendly staff, my room had plenty of space, great for drying kit, chairs and table so I wasn’t constantly sat on the bed. The facilities of Jacuzzi, Sauna and Pool were a very welcome addition for tired legs. A nice lounge to sit in before dinner.
The food, breakfast and dinner were very good and plentiful.
I will certainly recommend and be back. Thank you.

September 28, 2023

Alan Farthing

Solo Traveller

Guided walking great as usual. You know how to pick walk guides. Keep up the great work Alan.

September 27, 2023

Lorraine Donlan

Solo Traveller

Hi Alan, Thank you for another great Secret Hills walking holiday. Just returned from Windermere Ring/ Newby Bridge holiday with Bridget leading. The walks were great, kept us challenged and interested every day. Hotel super and food excellent. Lovely group of likeminded walkers made an all-round memorable break. Thanks. Lorraine

September 27, 2023

Guntis Rebane

Solo Traveller

The pre-holiday print outs told me everything I needed to know.
Bridget (walk leader) was able to give us a briefing of the walks on each day so gave me an idea of what was to come!
I thought Newby Bridge Hotel was an excellent venue for our holiday. The facilities were excellent as were the meals. The staff couldn’t be more helpful. Cannot fault the organisation (Secret Hills). I was able to drive to the hotel, meet up with the group, have our introductory walk and upon our return, unpack, chill out and look forward to our evening meal. Would I reserve another walking holiday with Secret Hills? Absolutely. I am particularly grateful to Bridget. Thanks Bridget.

July 21, 2022

Nicky Price

Solo Traveller

   I loved the holiday. Alvina once again was an amazing leader, planning the route according to everyone’s ability. The weather wasn’t great but to have a positive energetic leader encouraged us all…the company of the group and leaders made it a hugely enjoyable holiday. Hotel was great…food was great…amazing jacuzzi. The organisation was great. I would reserve another holiday.

October 12, 2021