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Boots & Beer Walking Weekender - Lake District

19th - 21th October 2018

Great Langdale, Lake District


Great Langdale is a truly awe-inspiring valley in the heart of the Lake District, with iconic mountains soaring above - Langdale Pikes, Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, Pike O' Blisco to name just a few. This is as rugged, dramatic and beautiful as the Lake District gets, and is renowned throughout the country as centre for fellwalking and climbing. That said, there are also low-level routes along the flat valley to beautiful Elterwater or across the pass into Little Langdale. This weekend will be based from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, a famous walkers pub at the foot of the Langdale Pikes.

The Old Dungeon Ghyll is one of Lakeland's most famous pubs. It dates back to the 13th Century, and was originally a farm, only becoming a hotel in the 1850s; it continued to be run as a farm and inn until 1949 when the old barn was converted into the Hikers Bar.

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: Old Dungeon Ghyll (ODG)
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Evening entertainment

Friday evening (9pm) - Meet at the Old Dungeon Ghyll 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 Old Dungeon Ghyll (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 the Langdale Pikes, Pike O' Blisco, Bow Fell, Side Pike, Stickle Tarn or Crinkle Crags, whilst the lower level routes may take in Side Pike, Lingmoor Fell, Little Langdale and Elterwater. 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.

Great Langdale facilities & accommodation

How to get to Great Langdale
From Ambleside, follow the A593 towards Coniston, then turn off at Skelwith Bridge along the B5343 that leads up through Great Langdale to reach the Old Dungeon Ghyll.  The nearest train station is Windermere.

Facilities
Great Langdale is a scattered hamlet with two pubs (Old Dungeon Ghyll & Sticklebarn Tavern), a hotel (New Dungeon Ghyll), a couple of B&Bs and a large campsite (with excellent facilities), which are spread out throughout the upper reaches of Great Langdale about a mile apart (between the Old Dungeon Ghyll and New Dungeon Ghyll).

Accommodation
Great Langdale offers a range of accommodation, including...
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (ODG), Great Langdale
Great Langdale National Trrust campsite (across the road from the ODG)
New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale (0.75 miles from the ODG)
Millbeck Farm B&B, Great Langdale (1 mile from the ODG)
Robinson Place Farm, Great Langdale (2 miles from the ODG)

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 8,000 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).