The Lake District of England, with its myriad of hiking trails, glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fells, charming small villages, and outstanding beauty, has been a favorite of British hikers and vacationers longing to escape for over a century. Its beauty and serenity inspired both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and in 1951 it became England's second National Park to protect it from overdevelopment. Spring is a particularly lovely time to visit, when lambs are everywhere and the forests are full of bluebells. Our trip combines vigorous hiking with eating in pubs, soaking in hot tubs, and wandering the town of Grasmere. Maximum group size: 10. Rating: 1 2 3  5
This trip is an excellent choice for women in very good physical condition with some prior hiking experience. We have rated this trip a 4 as we will hike 4 to 7 hours a day with significant elevation gain and loss on several days, on paths that can be boggy, rocky, or smooth. You should be free of significant knee problems. Rating: 1 2 3  5
This trip is for women who love hiking and want to immerse themselves in the hiking culture of the Lake District. While there will be some time to visit some of the sites for which the Lake District is known (Dove Cottage, Rydal Hall, the town of Grasmere) this is not a primary focus of the trip.
We will spend the first 4 nights at Glenthorne Quaker Centre and Guest House in the town of Grasmere in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms. We will then move to High Swinside Holiday Cottages in a remote setting, where the hot tub has a 5-star view. We will have all 3 cottages there; some of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms, others do not. The "deluxe" single is sole occupancy of Little Swinside. On this trip we can easily accommodate vegetarians. Women with other types of dietary needs may need to bring supplemental food.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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