Leeds Universities Lake District Weekend
Many international students have heard of the Lake District and want to visit it while they are at university in Leeds. When talking to international students it has become apparrent that there are a number of barriers to a fulfilling visit to the Lake District.
- The train only goes as far as Windermere so to see futher you need to take a bus or taxi (adding to the already high cost of the train)
- International students may want to go walking or camping but haven't got the equipment here in the UK
- You may not be sure where in 'The Lakes' to visit
- International students may want to go for a walk but don't trust their navigation abilities with UK maps.
As a Leeds based organisation we're offering to organise tours of the Lake District to groups of up to 5 Leeds based students at a time. We can organise whatever you like, weekend or weekday, walking, scrambling or even rock climbing. You can stay in B&B or hostel accommodation or camping either on a campsite or wild camping in the hills. We'll pick you up from the university, swing by our kit store to sort you out with waterproofs, boots, sleeping bags, stoves, tents etc as required then drive on up to the Lakes.
You will have a fully qualified Mountain Leader with a vehicle at your disposal for your time in the Lakes.
Sample costs for a group of up to 5 people.
Choose your duration and your accomodation option then add the two together for the full price
£15 per person per night
Leave Leeds at 6pm on Friday night return by 10pm on Sunday
£25 per person per night
Approximately £50 per person per night
If this is of interest to you please contact us to discuss what you would like to do and to arrange a date.
Please note that this holiday was run in 2011.
The Lake District National Park is the largest National Park in England. We will be visiting in Mid July 2011. The Lakes gives us stunningly beautiful landscapes of craggy mountains (fells) and valleys (dales). There is a vast array of walks available on this holiday for both the peak bagger and the lakeside wanderer. And because we always bring more than one Mountain Leader on these holidays there should be no problem in making sure that everyone gets to do what they want to do.
We'll be staying in a holiday home in the market town of Keswick in the northern lakes. This gives us easy access to the Borrowdale, Buttermere, Seathwaite, Stonethwaite and Honister valleys and fells. Additionally the exceptionally quiet Ennerdale and Wasdale valleys are only a relatively short drive away. The house has 4 twin bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bed linen is provided. The house also allows a single well behaved dog.
What we'll get up to
This extensive glacier-formed lake, the Lake District’s third largest, will be right on our doorstep. The Cumbrian Way snakes round it's western shore in the shadow of Cat Bells, a delightful peak that while it is only 300 meters higher than the shoreline offers views that some higher hills envy. This lake offers peace and relaxation whilst being a centre of activity.
Borrowdale is an idyllic valley in the western Lake District which the River Derwent runs through on its way to Lake Derwent. This valley contains many of the quintessential Lake District features: dry stone walls, gushing waterfalls and a sense of vastness. It is hemmed in by majestic mountains including the highest in England, Scafell Pike.There are a number of challenging routes that we could take to ascend these peaks for those who wish to.
For those interested in trees the ancient Borrowdale Yews can be found at Seathwaite, once selected as some of the 50 Great British trees. Borrowdale also contains idyllic stretches of deciduous woodland which offer easier low level walking routes. Dominated by oaks with their sinuous limbs this woodland supports a plethora of flora and fauna. From the humbleness of its little wooden footbridges and stiles which will guide us on our way to the grand drama of its peaks, Borrowdale offers some of the most engaging walks in the Lake District.
Ennerdale is situated in the remote western area of the Lake District. It is a retreat from the summer walking crowds. It is possible to walk a full circuit of Ennerdale Waters which is one of the most serene tarns in the Lake District. Some parts of its pebble shores are edged by woodland including attractive copses of silver birch. Other parts are met steeply by mountains which reflect in its waters. Famous peaks, including Pillar, Steeple and Great Gable, can be accessed from Ennerdale. These ascents would be rewarded with splendid views of not only this valley but others too, such as Wasdale and Buttermere. Ennerdale has been undergoing a process of ‘re-wilding’; sheep have been replaced by highland cattle, vehicle access restricted and native species of trees have been encouraged, amongst other things. While ancient native animals such as elk, lynx, wolves and bears are, unfortunately, not present, red squirrels and roe deer are.
Skiddaw / Blencathra mountains and ridges
We usually get one or two people on our holidays who want to stretch their legs a bit and do some high hills and even some scrambling. To the North of Keswick are the hills of Skiddaw and Blencathra. Skiddaw is the fourth highest mountain in the country and Blencathra offers some wonderful scrambling for those with a head for heights who want to try their hand at it. Only an option on dry, still days I'm afraid.
Vegetarian / Vegan Walking Weekend 2013
Friday 21 - Sunday 23 June 2013
Full Board from
£260 (Hostel accommodation) to
£299 (B&B accommodation)
The Lake District National Park is a beautiful and fulfilling place to spend a weekend walking. Our Mountain Leader will plan and lead walks to suit your ability and aspirations. They will look after your safety and can coach you in navigation techniques and mountain safety if you so wish. We will be based in the pretty market town of Ambleside at the north end of Windermere.
Where Will We Be Walking?
Your Mountain Leader will plan routes to suit the abilities, fitness and aspirations of the group. We will be exploring the mountains, woodland and valleys around the town of Ambleside. We will make sure that plenty of rest stops are taken to eat, drink and admire the views.
- On the Saturday a possible plan would be to go high into the mountains and walk the Fairfield Horseshoe, a walk of around 16km. Expect amazing views into the central fells and South to Windermere. We will depart Ambleside at 9.30am and arrive back in Ambleside for 6pm.
- On the Sunday we could walk from Ambleside, over Loughrigg and onwards towards Easedale Tarn. This walk will be approximately 14km in length. We will arrive in the village of Grasmere for tea/coffee or perhaps a pint, before catching a local bus back to Ambleside. We will depart Ambleside at 9.30am and arrive back in Ambleside for 6pm.
There will be two options. You can choose between B & B or Hostel accommodation.
Food in Ambleside
Food is included in this holiday. We will eat out at one of the vegetarian / vegan friendly (or exclusively) restaurants.
Travel to Ambleside
Ambleside is situated 5 miles from Windermere train station. There are regular buses between the two towns and taxis are also available from outside the train station.
The cost is £299 per person if staying in B&B accommodation and £260 per person if staying in hostel accommodation. This includes your accommodation (Friday and Saturday night), and all food and transport between Friday evening and Sunday Lunchtime.
Join us for a great weekend of walking and socialising with fellow vegetarians and vegans.
The Lake District National Park is the largest National Park in England. We will be visiting in September 2012. The Lakes gives us stunningly beautiful landscapes of craggy mountains (fells) and valleys (dales). There is a vast array of walks available on this holiday for both the peak bagger and the lakeside wanderer. And because we always bring more than one Mountain Leader on these holidays there should be no problem in making sure that everyone gets to do what they want to do.
We will be staying in Coniston, a picturesque village in the Southern Lakes. The surrounding area offers plenty of options for mountain, lakeside and woodland walking, while avoiding some of the crowds that can be found around around nearby Windermere. The village itself is home to a varitey of shops, cafes and pubs.
As usual on our holidays we will be flexible enough to set the itinerary as the week progresses, choosing walks that best fit the wishes of the guests, and of course the weather. The following are some of our favourites, some or all of which will doubtless be included in the week.
The Old Man of Coniston
This mountain, 803 metres in height, dominates many of the views from the lake and village with which it shares a name. The view of the mountain over Coniston Water was described by John Ruskin as "the best in all of England". It is a natural choice for anyone wanting a big mountain day in the area and can be ascended by a path direct from the village. A less frequented, and more challenging, approach can be made by a long scrambling route above Goat's Water to the South.
The lake is perhaps best known as the site of Donald Campbell's ill-fated water speed record attempt in 1967, when he gained the record but died in the process. It also has a place in history, and in literature, as the setting for the book Swallows and Amazons.
A walk along the lake shore can be combined with a trip in one of the ferries that run regularly from various points around the lake.
Grizedale Forest covers the hills to the East of Coniston Water. It consists mainly of coniferous forest but also has some deciduous and mixed areas. it is home to various woodland walks, a visitor centre and a cafe but is perhaps best known for its sculptures. these are found throughout the woods and are in the main made from woodland and local materials.
The forest is also a great place to visit for its wildlife, and is one of the few remaining homes for barn owls.
Gills (mountain streams) are something of a feature of the Lake District, many of which provide fascinating routes up onto the hills, or a trip out in their own right. Gill Scrambling usually has a very adventures feel to it, as you climb, wade and boulder hop your way up stream, never knowing whether the next bend will reveal a pool, ravine or waterfall.
Church Beck, which runs into the village from Copper Mines Valley, below the Old Man of Coniston, is a great example. Never very difficult, and always very escapable, it provides a good introduction to Gill scrambling. and even has a great pub at the bottom of the walk back! It does however require a spell of dry weather.
2016 Scotland Vegetarian & Vegan Walking Holiday
Lupine Adventure is pleased to announce that our 2016 Vegetarian/Vegan Scottish Walking Holiday will be taking place from Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th June. Our chosen venue for our 2016 holiday is the Cairngorms National Park. The Cairngorm National Park is the ideal place to experience the best that Scotland offers in terms of magnificent mountains and scenery. The area is rich in native flora and fauna including ancient Scots Pine forests, wildcats and birds such as the rare Capercaile, Ptarmigan and Golden Eagles.
We will provide qualified and knowledgeable Mountain Leaders who will guide you on your mountain walks. Highlights of this trip will include exploring the ancient Scots Pine forest around Rothiemurchus and hopefully climbing some of the highest Scottish Mountains (four of the five highest can be found in the locality) Ben Macdui (1309 m), Cairn Gorm (1245 m), Braeriach (1296 m) and Cairn Toul (1291 m). We will certainly visit and walk around Loch an Eilein and its ruined castle. A picnic beside one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland will create lifelong memories. A walk from Glenmore up to the Ryvoan Gap (an ancient smugglers route) and then over the wildflower rich slopes of Meall a’Bhuachaille (810 m) will end with a nice pint of real ale or a coffee in the iconic Pine Marten bar.
If by midweek you require a less strenuous day we may visit the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserve at Loch Garten. Loch Garten is one of the best places to watch wild Ospreys in the UK. Hunted and persecuted to near extinction in the 19th and early 20th centuries Ospreys returned to breed in Scotland at Loch Garten. The birds overwinter in Africa before returning to Scotland to breed. In spring the male must prove himself as a provider to the larger female by bringing her gifts of freshly caught fish. Seeing the Ospreys is something not to be missed on your holiday in the Cairngorms.
The town of Aviemore is home to great cafes, of which the Mountain Café is the best. There is an amazing view from its windows and normally vegan cake and plenty of vegetarian and vegan items on the menu. Aviemore also has a great swimming pool and sauna if you want to unwind.
We will be booking a holiday cottage in the vicinity of Aviemore. The accommodation will normally have a mix of double, twin and single rooms. We will ask you about your requirements when you book. We do not charge a single supplement to book onto this holiday. Typically our holidays are a mix of couples and individuals who want to go walking together, socialise and eat great vegan food together.
Aviemore is served by direct trains from London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Arrangements will be made to pick you up from the train station in Aviemore on Saturday 18th and you will get a lift back to the station on the 25th. Alternatively you may choose to drive up along the scenic A9. If you live in the North of England we may be able to offer you a lift to and from Leeds. Ask about this when you book and we will do our best to facilitate this.
Lupine Adventure prides itself on the food it serves on our vegetarian/vegan walking holidays. This is a fully catered holiday. All you have to do is sit back and eat your fill of great food. A buffet breakfast will be offered every morning. This typically consists of porridge, cereal, soya milk, toast, preserves, marmite, fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. You will be able to build a packed lunch with items such as salad, wholemeal bread, humus and other bean spreads, fruit and flapjack. When you get in from your days walk, typically at around 1700 you will be offered tea and cake. Whilst you are relaxing after your days walking Lupine Adventure will be cooking you a great dinner. We typically cook meals that are internationally inspired but not too spicy. Examples from previous holidays include; spinach and cashew nut wellington (served with steamed veg, gravy and roast potatoes), soya mince and kidney bean chili (served with salad and baked potatoes), daal (served with brown basmati rice, salad, vegetable fritters and pickles), veggie sausages (with mash, gravy and peas) and tofu and mixed vegetable stir fry (served with brown rice noodles, vegetable spring rolls and dipping sauce). All the food we cook on our holidays is vegan. We will provide organic dairy milk for guests if they request this but otherwise all the food we buy, cook and serve is vegan. If you have any food allergies please let us know and we will plan the menu accordingly.
The full price for this fully catered and guided vegetarian/vegan walking holiday is £750 per person. We are in a position to offer some great early bird booking offers. The first two people to book and pay a deposit can have this amazing holiday for the great value price of £650 per person. You will have to be quick to book these two amazing value places! If you miss out on these two places you can book your place for £699 if you book and pay your deposit by midnight on Monday 18 January 2016! Booking after this date will be charged at the full rate of £750.