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INTRODUCTION TO FELL WALKING

DATES 2017: 26-31 March (H); 23-28 April (L); 14-19 May (H) ; 18-23 June (L) ; 10-15 September (H); 8-13 October (L);

What's a Fell? The word fell is the traditional Cumbrian term for hill, coming from the Norse word Fjell. Fell walking is a Lake District expression for hill walking. Many Lake District hills are specifically called fells - eg Scafell, Bowfell, Place Fell. Local farmers say they are 'Gaan t't' fell' when they are going on to the hills to gather sheep.

These unique holidays provide the opportunity to enjoy some great walking alongside learning some useful practical skills that will help you enjoy the fells more safely. You'll also enjoy high standards of accommodation and food combined with a chance to see something of the wildlife, culture and heritage of the Lake District.

The Lake District is well-known as a premier walking destination, offering an incredible range of walks of all standards from the lofty fell tops to the deep glaciated valleys. Since Victorian times visitors have flocked to see the sublime combination of fells, lakes, waterfalls and forests. The region's stunning views and ever-changing light have made it a favourite with walkers, artists, poets and writers for generations. 

This is no ordinary Lake District walking holiday though - you'll be taken on wonderful walking routes that show the Cumbrian fells in all their majesty and that provide opportunities to look at the region's wildlife, history and culture. Alongside this, we'll be showing you some useful skills such as map reading, using a compass and survival skills, so that you can enjoy fell walking with confidence.

ACCOMMODATION: These 5 night holidays are based at either the recently renovated Haweswater Hotel, an Art Deco hotel of character overlooking the shores of Haweswater (well-known for it's relatively tame red squirrels!) or the Langdale Hotel, a modern and wonderfully positioned hotel on an estate that offers outstanding facilities including pool and spa.

Introduction to Fell Walking Highlights

  • Explore Britain's most beautiful National Park
  • Wonderful guided walks showing fell walking at it's best
  • Tuition in map reading, compass and survival skills
  • Discover our rich history, wildlife and culture
  • Beautiful accommodation and excellent food
  • Dramatic lakes and tarns, waterfalls and becks
  • Let our guides take you off the beaten track
  • Visit remote Martindale & see the wild red deer
  • Evening talk and dinner with local expert

TRANSPORT:
Transfers are provided from Penrith or Windermere stations along with all local transport to walks etc.

WALKING GRADE:
Generally Moderate walks with the occasional more challenging section. Walks are carefully chosen to suit the group and local conditions.

THE WALKS:

Here are just a few of the wonderful walks we might enjoy - the final programme depends very much on the weather, local conditions and the group. All walks are selected for the group by Cloud 9 Walking's John White, a former National Park Ranger, who will also lead many of the walks.

Crinkle Crags: As crinkly as the name suggests, these rocky summits are easily accessible from Wrynose Pass via Red Tarn (so-called due to the iron-rich red soil found locally). Views down into the Upper Esk Valley and to Langdale are tremendous, and after our meandering route along the Crinkles, we can descend via the Band, or even go for an ascent of Bowfell to finish the day.

Martindale, Angle Tarn and Riggindale Head: A classic walk on which you'll have the opportunity see the Martindale red deer herds. Great for wildlife generally and with the usual fantastic views.

Knipe Scar, the Lowther Valley and Ullswater: An unusual linear route that starts from the eastern edge of the National Park and descends to the Lowther Valley via the beautiful viewpoint of Knipe Scar. The route then climbs onto Askham Fell, home to many neolithic cairns and circles and a perfect place to learn how to use a compass! We descend to Howtown, from where we take the ferry back along Ullswater to Pooley Bridge.

Haweswater and Harter Fell: From the head of Mardale, this walk climbs steadily past Small Water to Nan Bield Pass, then contunues to the broad summit of Harter Fell. Cracking views and a lovely walk.

Askham Fell: An easy walk exploring the Neolithic stone circles and burial cairns of this beautiful moorland, along with a look at the Roman road and the wonderful viewpoint of Heugh's Scar. Can be extended to take in the lakeshore path above Ullswater and a ferry journey on the lake.

Naddle: This small, hidden gem of a valley is now part of an RSPB reserve. The horseshoe walk around the valley is one of the Lake District's best kept secrets.

The Langdale Pikes: Rugged, imposing and specacular, the Pikes form an unmistakable skyline that typifies the central fells. Steep, but thankfully relatively short ascents take us to the tops of three of these fabulous summits.
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

Transfers from Penrith or Windermere at the start and end of holiday if required for those travelling by train
All transport to walks etc during the holiday
5 nights accommodation in twin, double or single rooms at the Langdale or Haweswater Hotels
Bed, breakfast and packed lunch each day - all prepared using local produce where possible
5 days of guided walking and expert instruction
Self-guided walks always available as alternatives
Evening talk with local expert

HOLIDAY PRICE: LANGDALE (L) £695ppHAWESWATER (H) £595pp

TO BOOK: Email cloud9walking@btinternet.com or call 01931 713115 / 07970 138591 A booking form is available here. A deposit of 30% is required with your booking, the balance being payable 8 weeks prior to the holiday start date. Please see booking form for full terms and conditions.