Lake District Guided Walking
Lake District Guided Walking
On the "Guided Walking" page you can see examples of the many walks available. The walks are offered at three levels and on this page you can see what is involved and what is required for these categories. The mountains and hills of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines offer wonderful walking experiences and the correct choice of walk level is essential to get the most enjoyment out of the day. The level of walking you would like to achieve can be discussed at the time of booking. A holiday can involve any combination of these standards. The walk chosen on the day will be at the discretion of the leader having assessed the group requirement and the weather conditions.
There isn’t a programme of pre-planned walk dates. All walks are by arrangement
High Hills - High Mountain terrain, often rocky. Visiting summits over 750 metres. Usually good paths. We often seek quieter routes up the most popular hills. This category also includes long walks over lower summits. Walk lengths are usually between 5 and 14 miles; 3 – 8 hours walking.
The High Hills walks need a good level of fitness and the ability to keep going often for a full day. Steep ascents and descents are likely. There will be plenty of stops and the pace will ensure that everyone feels comfortable.
Exploring Fells – The lower fells with summits below 750 metres. Can be rocky but usually on good paths. Less strenuous days than the High Hills with walk lengths 5 – 10 miles; 3 – 6 hours walking.
Exploring Fells walks require a reasonable level of fitness. Paths are usually less steep and rocky than the High Hills and the days are less strenuous. Once again enjoyment is the top priority and stops are frequent and the pace set with this in mind.
Lakes and Valleys – You don’t have to go high to find beautiful and stimulating walking. These walks seldom venture above 400 metres and will generally be easy walking on good paths. Walk lengths 4 – 10 miles; 3 – 6 hours walking. These walks can be accomplished in almost any weather.
Lakes and Valleys walks can be enjoyed with a moderate level of walking fitness. Some of the walks have short steeper sections and there are also some longer walks over easy terrain. Group enjoyment is always the foremost priority.
Mountain Challenges and Long Distance Trails
Guiding can be provide for multi day trails such as Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, Hadrians Wall etc. Please email to discuss arrangements. Guiding for other mountain areas in the UK is available by arrangement.
Introduction to Mountain Walking
On these holidays we can give information and advice to facilitate your introduction into the wonderful world of mountain walking. Clothing, equipment, planning, mountain safety and navigation are all topics that can be covered before and during the walking. Taster sessions can provide a gentle way into the mountain environment
What to bring
Good equipment makes hill walking a much more enjoyable and safer experience. The walk leader will carry essential emergency equipment but there are number of items we ask our clients to bring.
- Waterproof and breathable jacket and over-trousers.
- Good walking boots with hill walking tread (incorrect footwear is the cause of many mountain accidents)
- Day rucksack; 30 – 40 litres is ideal
- Technical base layer (underclothing)
- Hat and gloves
- Spare warm clothing
- Water bottle / flask
- Personal first aid needs (the leader will carry a full first aid kit)
- Insect repellent
- Hot weather kit – Sun screen; sun glasses; sun hat; shorts
Recommended but not essential –
- Walking poles
- Sit mat
- Head torch
Where training in navigation and hill craft have been requested, compass and map will be available.
Health and medication
In the interest of safety it is important that you let us know if you have any health problems. Also any medication issues that might be relevant to your safety and wellbeing during a day in the hills. This information will be treated with the utmost discretion.
Richard is a member of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team and is trained to a high standard in mountain safety and first aid.