Autumn in the Lake District Walking Holidays | Langdale Group Tours

Join us for a weekend of guided fell-walking amongst spectacular autumn Lakeland scenery, 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.

Day 1: 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. It's here that we take a a private conducted tour of the cottage where William Wordsworth wrote some of his greatest poetry. The tour should last around 1 hour and 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,

Day 2: 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.

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’.

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

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

Walking: Easy - 5 miles/Moderate - 9 miles

Accommodation: Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 3: 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.

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,

Day 4: Wednesday 24th October

Full Cumbrian breakfast in the hotel prior to departure.

Meals: Breakfast,

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Wordsworth Hotel & Spa 4*

We stay three nights in a Classic Room at the hotel, with breakfast and dinner in the hotel each night, picnic lunches and two full days guided walking.

Amenities in the hotel include an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool and gymnasium. Spa treatments are available at an extra cost.

Options Price p.p Notes
Standard price £580 Price per person sharing a twin/double room
Single supplement £150


The Standard Price Includes:

  • Luxury hotel accommodation with full facilities
  • Use of the leisure club (including swimming pool)
  • Meals (as shown in the itinerary)
  • Guided walks accompanied by a local guide
  • Welcome reception
  • Accompanying tour leader

Not Included:

  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner in local restaurant on Monday

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

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October Weather

Average Temperatures
12 C° high
7 C° low
Average Rainfall
120 mm / month
10 days / month
Average Sunshine
4 hours / day

Useful Information

Currency: Sterling (GBP). £1 will get you (roughly) 1.15 Euros or 1.33 US Dollar, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Cumbria being £2.53. There is an ATM at the village shop in Grasmere. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. Your nearest location to exchange foreign money into sterling (or vice-versa) will be banks located in either Keswick or Windermere.

Timezone: GMT & BST.

How Fit Do I Need to Be? Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness shouldn't find the walks on this programme too taxing, but we can and will adjust our route depending on the group and/or weather conditions.

Dressing for the Cumbrian Climate: Cumbrian weather is notoriously changeable, and packing waterproof clothing with you comes highly recommended. Hiking boots will be the only technical bit of clothing necessary.

Power Plugs and Sockets in the UK: Three-pin British plug; you will need an adapter if travelling from overseas.

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