Autumn in the Lake District Walking Holidays | Langdale Group Tours

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Client Reviews

" I really enjoyed my first holiday with Langdale Walking Holidays and thought everything was superb. It was good to meet Denise and yourself and the fact that there were so many of your old 'friends' there is testament to how good the holidays are that people come back time after time. The company was excellent, as was the hotel - who looked after us very well. As you know, I booked the break as a 'taster' for a longer holiday and the recent break has whetted my appetite for other holidays with you. I shall keep an eye on your website and see how things fit into my diary for next year. "
- Alan
" We both enjoyed it a great deal.  We very much like the quality hotel/food model that you have adopted. This makes your holidays very attractive to us in the future. "
- Geoff
" I had a wonderful time in Grasmere, thought the walks were very enjoyable, the evenings great fun and food in both places fantastic.You even managed to control the weather - amazing! "
- Anne
" Another wonderful Langdale holiday in Grasmere. The weather was glorious and the walks suited all abilities. The hotel was excellent and the guided tour of around Dove Cottage very interesting. For us, the meeting up with old friends and making new are the highlights of each Langdale holiday. Looking forward to Prague in 2019 and no doubt others as well. "
- Howard and Lorna

Holiday Overview

Join us for a weekend of guided fell-walking amongst spectacular autumn Lakeland scenery,Grasmere-village recently designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its natural beauty. Our base is the delightful 4-star family-run Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, beautifully located in the centre of the village of Grasmere and surrounded by mountains that will beckon from the moment you arrive.

  • Spectacular autumn scenery
  • Luxury hotel accommodation
  • Good leisure facilities including indoor pool
  • Two dinner parties in the hotel
  • One optional dinner in a local restaurant
  • Central location in one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages
  • Learn about William Wordsworth
  • Choice of Moderate or Easy graded walks.

Grasmere is renowned as a walker’s paradise, with a great variety of hiking routes. Some of these include: Easdale Tarn, Silver How, Rydal Water, Loughrigg Fell and Helm Crag - known locally as the ‘Lion and the Lamb’. We will be spoiled for choice.

Grasmere

Grasmere owes much of its popularity to William Wordsworth, he called the area “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. Today, it has a reputation for being one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages, with most of the buildings and original features from the 19th and 20th centuries left beautifully intact. William died in 1850 while walking the fells and his simple tombstone in the churchyard of St Oswald’s Church is one of the most visited shrines in the world.

At the entrance to the church is a small building that was the village school for over 200 years. It’s also where William and his wife, Mary, taught in the early 19th century. The building is now the famous Gingerbread Shop, part of the many interesting attractions of the area including Dove Cottage, where William Wordsworth wrote some of his greatest poems.

Sunday 21st October: Travel to Grasmere

Arrive at your leisure. Rooms will be available from 3:00pm

Meet in the lobby at 3:15pm for the short walk to Dove Cottage for a private conducted tour of Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth wrote some of his greatest poetry. The tour should last around 1 hour 30 minutes including access to the Wordsworth Museum.

William Wordsworth came across his Grasmere home by chance as he and his brother John walked along this lane with his fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in late 1799. He and his sister Dorothy moved in just a few weeks later. The cottage had once been an inn, the 'Dove and Olive Bough'. William married Mary Hutchinson and three of their five children were born here. Step into Dove Cottage to get a sense of that time: stone floors, dark panelled rooms, glowing coal fires and the family’s own belongings. Little has changed in the house since the Wordsworths lived here.

Welcome reception at 7:00pm, followed by dinner in the hotel at 7:30pm.

Accommodation: Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

Meals: Dinner,

Monday 22nd October: Guided Walks

Full Cumbrian breakfast in the hotel. Please collect your picnic lunch from the hotel.

Please meet the group in the hotel lobby at 9:00am. From here, we’ll meet up with our guide for today’s walking programme, which is a delightful circuit of Grasmere and Rydal Water that can be subtly altered according to the weather and the group on the day.

Our guide for both walks is John White, who we have worked with for many years. John was the National Park Ranger for the central Lake District before setting up a walking and climbing guiding business, which he ran for almost 25 years. An enthusiastic naturalist, conservationist and photographer - John continues to guide groups on walks in the Lake District and Scotland, specialising in providing easy-paced walks that combine history, nature and great views.

Starting from the hotel, we walk along the shore of Grasmere to the outflow and the start of the River Rothay. We'll walk above the river here and traverse above Rydal Water to the spectacular, quarried Rydal Caves. A steady descent takes us to the bridge over the Rothay, past the Badger Bar and then up to join the old 'Coffin Route'. We follow this ancient track along and above Rydal and Grasmere until we finally descend past Dove Cottage and back into the village.

It's possible to shorten the route in the event of bad weather, or to include the magnificent viewpoint of Loughrigg summit on a good day. In October this route is especially attractive due to the spectacular autumn colours in the many woodlands along the route.

This walk is graded easy and (allowing for stops and a picnic lunch) should take around five hours.

We aim to return to the hotel in good time for you to enjoy the leisure facilities of the hotel.

Dinner tonight is at The Jumble Room, a short walk from the hotel. Please meet in the lobby at 7:30pm.

Walking: Easy - 5 miles/Moderate - 9 miles

Accommodation: Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Tuesday 23rd October: Guided Walks

Full Cumbrian breakfast in the hotel. Please collect your picnic lunch from the hotel.

Please meet the group in the hotel lobby at 9:00am. From here, we’ll meet up with our guide for today’s walking programme.

Starting from the hotel the walk wanders along Easedale Road to eventually gain the old bridleway that leads to Easedale Tarn. The path is generally very good and never too steep. At the Tarn are the remains of the old Victorian tea shop and great views of Blea Crag and Eagle Crag, still home to peregrine falcons. The route back leads across to Far Easedale and a rocky bridleway that descends beneath the famous 'Lion and Lamb' of Helm Crag to meet the road back to Grasmere.

This walk is graded easy and, allowing for stops and picnic lunch, should take around five hours.

Depending on the level of fitness of the group and weather conditions there will be a choice of walking to Easdale Tarn, Silver How, Rydal Water, Loughrigg Fell and Helm Crag - known locally as the ‘Lion and the Lamb’.

Dinner in the hotel is planned for 7:30pm.

Walking: Easy - 5 miles/Moderate - 10 miles

Accommodation: Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Wednesday 24th October: Travel Home

Full Cumbrian breakfast in the hotel prior to departure.

Meals: Breakfast,

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