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Boots & Beer Walking Weekender - Lake District

21st - 23rd October 2022

Nether Wasdale, Lake District

Nether Wasdale lies in the western Lake District in the dramatic and beautiful valley of Wasdale, with England’s deepest lake and highest mountain close by. The names of the mountains that encircle Wasdale stir the imagination, with Illgill Head, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Pillar, Yewbarrow and Seatallan; towering mountains of crag and cliff. The dark waters of Wast Water have an equally dramatic setting with The Screes plunging 2000-ft from Illgill Head in huge fans of boulders down to the lakeside. We’ll spend the weekend exploring the dales, fells and mountains of Wasdale.

The Strands Inn overlooks the village green, and is a welcoming Lakeland inn that even boasts its own brewery!

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

nether wasdale lake district

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. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.

Arriving early on Friday? Your guides 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, Richard Duckworth 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 and Whin Rigg (Wastwater Screes), Seatallan and Haycock, Scafell and Slight Side, whilst the lower level routes may take in Irton Fell, Buckbarrow, Wast Water and Miterdale. 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
Nether Wasdale is situated in the western Lake District; from the A595 coastal road at Gosforth, follow the minor road eastwards for 4 miles to reach Nether Wasdale. The nearest train station is at Seascale.

Nether Wasdale is a lovely village with two pubs, hotel, bunk barn and campsite.  Wasdale Youth Hostel is 1.3 miles away. The campsite shop sells provisions.

For accommodation suggestions please see TeamWalking website


ONLY £80 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 & knowledgeable Mountain Leaders

  • Saturday evening Pub QuIz Night

  • Use of our Outdoor Gear if required

  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme (more info)

  • Goodie Bag

  • Boots & Beer technical T-shirt (new colour each year!)

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/wet/boggy terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, hills, fells, mountains, open country, rocky and steep terrain (mountainous), paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents, some of which may be steep; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical day's walk across the Lake District!

  • 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 13,500 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 Consent Form

The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 8 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 8 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day's walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).