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Windermere Ring

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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.

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 two nights/ three nights if the holiday falls on a Bank Holiday – Spring Bank or August Bank Holiday
  • 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

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!!

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.

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.


This 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 – walking the Lake Districts low fells and lakes – 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.

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  

Over Ludderburn Hill,  onto Lindeth and join the Dales Way into Bowness.

Day two

Bowness to Ambleside

Transport to Bowness. On our second day we skirt Windermere, over Orrest Head,  and to Troutbeck. We skirt Wansfell and walk into Ambleside whre we will the northern most tip of Lake Windermere.  We will climb up to Lilly Tarn for another fabulous view over the lake before going into the town of Ambleside.

Transport back to Newby Bridge

Day three

Ambleside to Ash Landing on the side of Lake Windermere

Transport to Ambleside. We continues north under Loughrigg Fell  and to Skelwith Bridge before turning south. passing Wray castle and proceeding close to the lake side, past Claiffe Heights to Ash landing.

Day four

Transport to Ash Landing

Ash landing to Newby Bridge

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.


Lake 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.

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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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

Janet Coates

Solo Traveller

The hotel was comfortable with good food and pleasant staff. Alvina and Gill lead the walks competently, gauging the mood of the group accurately and making adjustments to the planned routes to accommodate weather conditions. A very interesting group of people meant there was always something to talk about!

September 16, 2021

Lewis THomas

Solo Traveller

Very well organised. Good scenic routes. It was good to have the option of more challenging walks on the last day. I enjoyed the company of the group.

July 20, 2021