Lake District Walking Weekender Grasmere, Lake District
With Mark Reid FRGS, author of The Inn Way guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Grasmere lies in the very heart of the Lake District, with the jagged peaks and soaring fells of Central and Eastern Fells rising up all around whilst the quiet waters of Grasmere reflect the bracken covered slopes and craggy outcrops. The walking around Grasmere is superb, with a range of routes from the gentler slopes of Loughrigg Fell, Helm Crag, Easedale Tarn and Silver How to more rugged mountain hikes such as the Fairfield Horseshoe, Sergeant Man and Blea Rigg.
The Inn at Grasmere is a lovely country hotel located in the centre of Grasmere, a delightful Lakeland village with old slate cottages, narrow winding streets, interesting gift shops, including Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, not to mention literary connections including William Wordsworth’s former home of Dove Cottage as well as his grave in St Oswald’s Church.
Mark Reid has written a number of walking guidebooks about the Lake District, including The Inn Way… to the English Lake District; he has walked all of the Central Fells and so knows the surrounding fells and mountains extremely well.
Walking Weekend based from: Inn at Grasmere
There will be a choice of two guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and his colleague (Mountain Leaders 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.
Friday evening (8pm) – Meet at the Inn at Grasmere for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can meet your fellow walkers and choose your walk for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous mountain or more leisurely lake & fell walks, with routes across the hills, fells and mountains of the central Lake District, including lower fells and tarns such as Loughrigg Fell, Helm Crag, Easedale Tarn and Silver How to more rugged mountain hikes such as the Fairfield Horseshoe, Sergeant Man and Blea Rigg. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous mountain or leisurely lake & fell walks. 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 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 groups from the start, or we may walk as a larger group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Friday evening (8pm) – Meet at the Inn at Grasmere for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7pm 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 (6:30pm) – Meal at Inn at Grasmere (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
Grasmere facilities & accommodation
How to get to Grasmere
Grasmere lies along the A591 between Ambleside and Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District. The nearest train station is at Windermere, from where there is a regular bus service to Grasmere.
Grasmere offers a range of facilities including a Youth Hostel, numerous hotels, pubs and B&Bs. There are also lots of shops, cafes, outdoor shops and a small supermarket. The nearest train station is at Windermere, from where there is a regular bus service to Grasmere.
A quick ‘google’ will find many more places to stay…
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
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; the ‘adventurous’ routes will require a good level of fitness.
- All walks may include uneven ground, rough and rocky mountainous 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, some of which may be sustained and steep; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- 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 17,000 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 here
* 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).