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Oct 12, 2017

Walking Weekend at Nether Wasdale, Lake District

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Boots & Beer Walking Weekender - Lake District

6th - 8th October 2017

Nether Wasdale, Lake District


Nether Wasdale stands at the gateway to Wasdale, Lakeland's most beautiful and dramatic valley where you will find England's highest mountain, deepest lake and smallest church. This is walking country par excellence with classic routes in all directions including Scafell Pike, Illgill Head and the Wast Water Screes, Seatallan and Yewbarrow, as well as lower level routes along the shores of Wast Water or through beautiful Miterdale. Nether Wasdale is a small but pretty village of old inns and a couple of cottages set back behind a village green, and is situated just over a mile from the spectacular Wast Water.

The Strands Inn was originally built as a hotel and Post House in around 1800. It boasts its own brewery, and has recently been awarded CAMRA 'Pub of the Year 2016' for Western Cumbria.

Mark Reid has written two books about the Lake District, including The Inn Way... to the English Lake District, (The Sunday Times 'travel book of the week'), and so knows the surrounding mountains and dales extremely well.

Walking Weekender based from: Strands Inn, Nether Wasdale
strands inn

Evening entertainment

Friday evening (9pm) - Meet at the Strands Inn for our 'icebreaker' pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.

Arriving early on Friday? Your guides (Mark, Graeme & Richard) will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening - you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.

Saturday evening (7:45pm) - Meal at Strands Inn (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.

Weekend Walks

There will be a choice of three guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid, Graeme Tiffany and Richard Tarran MVO (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening 'icebreaker', where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.

Saturday (9:30am) - choice of adventurous (mountain), moderate (fell) or leisurely (valley & lower slopes) walks, with routes across the mountains, fells and dales. The mountain and fell routes may take in Illgill Head, Seatallan or Scafell, whilst the lower level routes may take in Wast Water, Miterdale or Wasdale Head. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day's adventures.

Sunday (10am)
- choice of adventurous, moderate or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and fell routes. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells... until the next Walking Weekender!

Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous, moderate or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a 'full day' from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a 'half day' from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two or three groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer 'longer' or 'shorter' routes after lunch.

Nether Wasdale facilities & accommodation

How to get to Nether Wasdale
From the A595 at Gosforth (west coast of Cumbria), head eastwards along a minor road to reach Nether Wasdale. There nearest train station is Seascale.

Facilities
Nether Wasdale is a small village with two pubs, a hotel and campsite.

Accommodation
Nether Wasdale offers a range of accommodation, including...
Strands Inn & Brewery
Low Wood Hall Hotel
Church Stile Farm campsite

Price

ONLY £70 per person for the Walking Weekender

What's included
  • Friday night 'icebreaker' evening at the pub
  • Choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday*
  • Walks guided by qualified and knowledgeable Mountain Leaders
  • Saturday evening Pub Quiz Night
  • Use of our Berghaus gear if required
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme (click here for more info)
  • Goodie Bag
  • FREE Black Sheep Brewery T-shirt

Please provide your own travel, food and accommodation for the weekend, as well as your own walking boots. Over 18s only - Walking Weekenders are designed for adults. Discount vouchers issued at the weekend.

Experience & fitness:
  • No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough and rocky terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, fells, mountains, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical Lakeland walk!
  • We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
  • We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
  • So far, we have taken over 7,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
  • Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
  • Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Booking Form

The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day's walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).