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Group trekking in the Lake District

Lake District Weekend Trek

UK Trek
Trek Communal Terrain YELLOW 3
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About the Challenge

The beautiful peaks and valleys of the Lake District are home to some of the best walking routes in the UK, with tranquil lakes, nestled amongst rolling hills and rugged fells, and undisturbed flora and fauna. In 2017, the 13 valleys were collectively awarded World Heritage status and amongst them is the Langdale Valley, the Coniston Fells and Thirlmere - the stars of our weekend trek!

Trekking on tracks, paths and across bridges while admiring the glorious mountain views and scattering of the mountain lakes, there is no wonder why we have chosen these valleys to set the scene for our demanding weekend trek. This is a long, challenging weekend in steep, rugged country, offering an unforgettable sense of camaraderie and achievement.


Lake District Weekend Trek


OPEN 3 DAYS
  • We meet in the late afternoon at our hostel near to the Langdale Valley. After dinner and a thorough trip briefing, we prepare our kit and get a good night’s sleep, ready for tomorrow’s strenuous challenge!

  • After a fueling breakfast, a transfer (30 mins) takes us to the village of Coniston, which is nestled between Coniston Water and the Coniston Fells. We begin our trek passing the old copper mines and slate quarries, which the area owes much of its historic existence to. With its close proximity to the lake, mountains, tarns and woodland, this region now provides an adventure playground for trekking, mountaineering, wildlife spotting and watersports. Our focus soon turns to our ascent of the rugged face of the Old Man of Coniston, as our route becomes notably steeper, on zigzag pathways to the summit. We’ll take a moment to stop and enjoy the wonderful views from here before heading northwards along the high open ridgeline to our next fell of Swirl How. We descend, again to the north, joining Wet Side Edge and crossing Wrynose Pass. We descend through the valley with the Pike of Blisco to our right, soon heading back in to Langdale, which takes its name from the old Norse term for ‘long valley’, located in the heart of the Lake District.  The Langdale Valley is defined by the jagged outlines of Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes, built by volcanic activity. We have a transfer return to our hostel, where we enjoy a great evening meal with our fellow trekkers. Night hostel.

    Trek approx. 10 miles / 16km

  • After breakfast we head out on our second day of trekking, after a short transfer. Following a stony track, we follow the Cumbria Way ascending Mickleden, which comes from the old Norse for great (mickle), added to the old English for valley (den). This vast area has a real sense of uninhabited wilderness. We’re in for a demanding morning as we begin to ascend steeply, making our way up to Stake Pass and continuing onwards to High Raise, the highest point of our day. Once again, we’ll take stock of the expansive vista before heading along the Greenup Edge to Ullscarf and then dropping down to Thirlmere. We’re welcomed with views across the valley, dominated by the reservoir and surrounded by steep-sided fells. The lake at Thirlmere has provided water to the Manchester area since the construction of the dam and aqueduct in the late19th century. After posing for our group photographs at the finish point, we load into the waiting transport and take the short transfer back to camp. We say goodbye to the new friends we’ve made and the incredible scenery we’ve conquered, and head home, taking a huge sense of achievement with us.

    Trek approx. 9 miles / 14km


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 20 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £95 Fundraising target £600 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £95 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £300 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All food and accommodation
    • Transfers within trek
    • Discover Adventure leaders and drivers
    • Full vehicle support


    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Travel insurance (optional)
    • Personal items such as drinks, snacks and souvenirs
    • Transport to / from the event
    • Entry to any optional sites or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of 20 participants
    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £95 Fundraising target £650 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £95 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £325 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All food and accommodation
    • Transfers within trek
    • Discover Adventure leaders and drivers
    • Full vehicle support


    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Travel insurance (optional)
    • Personal items such as drinks, snacks and souvenirs
    • Transport to / from the event
    • Entry to any optional sites or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • We sleep in hostel dorm rooms, usually sharing with 2-5 others on the trip. Dorm rooms are single-sex.
  • Accommodation is in a well-located youth hostel, which is comfortable with good shared facilities. Rooms are dorm-style; some have en-suite facilities. All bedding is provided. Dorm rooms are single-sex.
  • The food provided is plentiful and will give you plenty of energy. Where lunch is included, it may be a buffet-style lunch-stop, or a packed lunch. Dinners and breakfasts are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on the trip. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.

  • Your main luggage will remain at our accommodation (camp, hostel or hotel as appropriate) and you will not have access to it until the end of each day. You should carry a small daypack for items needed during the day.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • Your booking is part of a group challenge, and the tour costs and fundraising targets listed on our website are based on a minimum number of participants which is shown on the challenge  Our typical groups run with approximately 20-30 participants; however you may find your group is smaller or larger than this.

    We will confirm at least 12 weeks prior to departure that your challenge is guaranteed to run. Occasionally it may be possible to still run the challenge with less than the minimum numbers, subject to a small group supplement.  If we think a small group supplement may be necessary, we will discuss this with you as soon as possible, usually 5 months before your departure date. 

    Minimum numbers and groups sizes may vary on Bespoke Charity challenges.  If you are booked onto a bespoke challenge please contact your charity for full details.

  • In the unfortunate circumstance that you need to cancel your booking, we would ask that you notify us in writing either by post or email.  Your cancellation will be considered effective from the date the notice is received.  Registration fees, amendment fees and insurance premiums are non refundable and, depending on your payment option and how close it is to your challenge departure date, you may be liable for a cancellation charge.

    Full details of cancellation charges can be found in the Terms and Conditions of booking.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience, fitness and ability as well as all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. If you have concerns about your fitness or if you have reduced mobility please do contact us for a confidential chat about whether this challenge is appropriate for you.

    For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Travel insurance for UK weekends and one-day events is not compulsory but you might like to consider taking out cover in case of cancellation or loss of belongings.

    You can obtain a quote with Insure to Travel from our website at: https://www.discoveradventure.com/essential-information#/buy-travel-insurance, or you may choose to take out your own travel insurance.

Trek Training Weekend

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£170 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauge fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

MORE INFORMATION

GRADE | YELLOW

Trips are graded Yellow, Orange or Red, in increasing level of challenge. This trip lies within the YELLOW range.

Yellow colour

The grade is determined by factors such as terrain, distance, climate, altitude, etc. Each colour grade has a spectrum which reflects the difficulty of these factors; trip duration, accommodation and living conditions (see icon) are also taken into account. 

Trip grading explained

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