The Lake District of England, with its myriad of hiking trails, glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fells, charming small villages, and outstanding beauty, has been a favorite of British hikers and vacationers longing to escape for over a century. Its beauty and serenity inspired both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and in 1951 it became England's second National Park to protect it from overdevelopment. Spring is a particularly lovely time to visit, when lambs are everywhere and the forests are full of bluebells. Our trip combines vigorous hiking with eating in pubs, soaking in hot tubs, and wandering the town of Grasmere. Maximum group size: 10. Rating: 1 2 3  5
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This trip is an excellent choice for women in very good physical condition with some prior hiking experience. We have rated this trip a 4 as we will hike 4 to 7 hours a day with significant elevation gain and loss on several days, on paths that can be boggy, rocky, or smooth. You should be free of significant knee problems. Rating: 1 2 3  5
This trip is for women who love hiking and want to immerse themselves in the hiking culture of the Lake District. While there will be some time to visit some of the sites for which the Lake District is known (Dove Cottage, Rydal Hall, the town of Grasmere) this is not a primary focus of the trip.
We will spend the first 4 nights at Glenthorne Quaker Centre and Guest House in the town of Grasmere in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms. We will then move to High Swinside Holiday Cottages in a remote setting, where the hot tub has a 5-star view. We will have all 3 cottages there; some of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms, others do not. The "deluxe" single is sole occupancy of Little Swinside. On this trip we can easily accommodate vegetarians. Women with other types of dietary needs may need to bring supplemental food.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Each day of hiking was challenging and well paced with wonderful views. I loved seeing all the wildflowers and the sheep everywhere. The mid-week easy hiking day was fun with the boat ride and the visit to Lingholm.
Great hiking, good places to stay, well organized, great guides
Both guides did an A job. Hikes were great.
The hikes were the perfect blend of a bit challenging and beautiful scenic views. Having some choices was great, and the trip seemed well thought out to provide a blend of more difficult and easier hikes.
I have visited The Lakes many times but never hiked there, so this was the trip that was going to allow me to do that. I had some trepidation about my ability to hike in the region, mostly resulting from what a close hiking companion told me about it. Although I was challenged on a couple of the hikes, I did it (!) and enjoyed myself greatly. I also thought the group of women taking this trip really meshed well together, and as I've come to expect from AGC, the guides facilitated a comfortable intimacy among us.
Local guide and our host at Swineside we’re super. A great hike everyday
The hiking was amazing and the scenery was better than I expected. The accommodations were quite comfortable (though I'm glad I had a single supplement -for me, having that option is very important as my introverted self really needs space and alone time in the midst of a trip with a group of strangers). I really liked Diana's energy at High Swinside. She was so warm and welcoming and wise and knowledgeable and interesting and on and on. It was so peaceful at her place. So glad we had 4 nights there.
Immersing myself into a new environment without having to worry about all the details of planning a trip.
I enjoyed every minute, but would like to have had more time during the hike for photography.
The Lowefell Hike was a spectacular day - the vistas, the variety of terrain, the Shetland ponies! It was perfect. The accommodations were great...the Glenthorne, especially because we could walk out/back and being surrounded by lambs was enchanting. The only drawback was the compressed window for breakfast....a little tight for those of us who need extra bathroom time in the morning. High Swinside was my favorite of the two locations. Could have stayed there for a week. The view is amazing, the chickens are entertaining, and Diana is solid gold. I preferred hiking in that region but perhaps I appreciated it all the more in comparison to Grasmere.
Everything! Great group of women, great leaders, hikes were challenging and interesting, scenery beautiful...
Varied hiking locations and difficult hikes alternating with easier hikes