Adventures / Wild Hikes

Lake District 15 Peak Challenge

Tackle the highest peaks in The Lakes over an epic long weekend

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Adventures / Wild Hikes

Lake District 15 Peak Challenge

Tackle the highest peaks in The Lakes over an epic long weekend

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

United Kingdom

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

May—Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Inside Out Camping, Seatoller Farm near Keswick

ACCOMMODATION

Glamping

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

Previous hiking experience is needed - with fifteen peaks to get through in a single weekend, this one will test your endurance

Tackle 15 peaks and 3,850 metres of ascent while soaking up Cumbria's wild and inimitable landscapes

Stomp along ridges and rugged fell mountains - including Scafell Pike - before a scramble along the iconic Striding Edge

Bunk down in cosy yurts at a peaceful secret spot, tucked away in the gorgeous Borrowdale valley

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

Included

Guides

Qualified and experienced mountain leaders

Accommodation

3 nights in yurt-style accommodation

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 packed lunches

Transfers

To and from the yurts and the trek start & end points each day

Not Included

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Inside Out Camping at Seatoller Farm near Keswick

18:00 on Day 1

Ends

Inside Out Camping at Seatoller Farm near Keswick

16:00 on Day 4

Transfers

Your host runs a group transfer from Windermere on Day 1 at approximately 18:00 and a return transfer to Windermere at the end of the trip on Day 4 at 16:00. Please contact your host for more details and to sign up to the group transfer.

Travel options

There are buses from Keswick to the campsite. If you are making your own way to Inside Out Camping you can take the Borrowdale Rambler bus service which runs up and down the valley from Keswick bus station to Seatoller and back. The nearest bus stop is 200m from the campsite, to the right-hand side of Seatoller Farmhouse. There is onsite parking for any guests who drive their own car to the yurts.

Day 1 – Day 3

Glamping · Same sex dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts at the yurts are filling with generous portions of cereal, toast and cooked breakfast (meat, vegetarian or vegan) with tea and coffee. Packed lunches include sandwiches, crisps, cake and chocolate. You'll need to bring your own snacks and drinks for the trail. Dinners are not included; you have the choice of bringing provisions with you to cook at the yurts, or you can head to a nearby pub. Options are the Langstrath Inn at Stonethwaite (approximately a mile away), or the Scafell Inn (1.5 miles away). Most people opt to eat as a group and a pub dinner will cost around £15 per person, plus extra for drinks.

All dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan can be catered for: just make this request on your passenger information form.

What is the accommodation like?

Yurts

You'll stay in traditional yurts at Inside Out Camping, nestled amongst classic Lake District scenery in the Borrowdale valley. The yurts sleep 3-4 people and come equipped with futon-style beds and bedding. The yurts have raised wooden flooring with rugs, wood burners, a large skylight, gas hobs, grill and a well-stocked kitchen. The campsite has toilets and showers a short walk from the yurts. There is no electricity and signal is limited on various mobile networks.

Upgrades

No solo upgrades are available on this trip.

Day 1

Settle in to your glamping spot

Make your way to your cosy yurt, which overlooks quintessential Lake District scenery. Settle in before meeting your fellow adventurers and guides in the early evening for a chat through the adventure, which kicks off tomorrow.

Day 2

Eight peaks

Hiking

8-9hrs · 17km · 1600m up · 1150m down

The adventure begins at the hamlet of Seathwaite. Your first peak is Base Brown, a Wainwright which offers a grand view of the beautiful Borrowdale Valley and the surrounding fells. Next up, it's Green Gable, which offers views across to Ennerdale and the High Stile ridge before you reach the summit. Descend to Sty Head Pass and join the Corridor Route to Lingmell and Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. It’s then on to Broad Crag and III Crag before reaching the final peak of the day, the appropriately named Great End. Your circular route finishes back in Seathwaite.

Day 3

Six peaks

Hiking

7-8hrs · 15km · 1200m up · 800m down

Tackle one of the most iconic mountain routes in the UK with an epic scramble along Striding Edge to reach Helvellyn. This is a classic grade 1 scramble and you’ll be accompanied by certified and friendly scrambling leaders. With the technical sections now behind you, your route continues along the ridgeline to Lower Man, White Side, Raise and finally Stybarrow Dodd. You'll then make your way to Green Stones, enjoying stunning views of Ullswater before descending into Glenridding to complete this thrilling circuit. If time permits, you’ll have the option to take a dip in the lake or have drink in one of the many coffee shops in the village. A great finish another epic day in the mountains.

Day 4

The final summit

Hiking

5-6hrs · 10km · 815m up · 815m down

Today you’ll venture over to a quieter part of the Lake District, the Northern Fells. The trek climbs Blencathra (also known as Saddleback) via Doddick Fell, a peaceful grassy ridge with no scrambling to the summit. There are six fell tops on the Blencathra ridge, with Hallsfell (868m) being the highest peak and your final summit of the trip. Your route continues along the summit to descend via Blease Fell and into Threlkeld village. With your trek complete you’ll have time for a celebratory toast before returning to Seathwaite with a huge sense of achievement.

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What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Soft duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (15-25 litres)

CLOTHES
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Fleece jacket or similar
Trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking
T-shirts
Underwear and socks
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Warm hat
Something to sleep in
Waterproof hiking boots (worn-in)
Lightweight shoes for use around camp

OTHER
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel insurance documents
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Face mask
Headlamp
Reusable water bottle (x2 litre)

OPTIONAL
Earplugs
Energy bars and snacks
Camera

No optional extras are available for this trip.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 35kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You should have some previous hiking experience and ideally be used to back-to-back, long days of walking. A good level of fitness will be needed to see you through - some days you may be on your feet for as long as 9 hours, so make sure you are ready. There is a significant elevation increase and decrease every day, so if you know you have problems with your knees, please pack walking poles.

Most of the approaches and descents will be on good trails, but once you’re on the ridges the terrain gets rocky and there’s not always an established path. Footing is often loose and unsteady and there are some sections of scrambling, however, everything should be doable for the average fit hiker. The biggest challenge will be the elevation gain and long days.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Summers in the Lake District are not excessively hot or sunny - perfect for outdoor adventures. Daytime temperatures average a pleasant 19 °C, and night time temperatures cool off to 12 °C. It's the UK though, so you should be prepared for rain at any time!

You'll only need to carry a daypack each day on this trip. This can be from 15-30 litres in size depending on preference and just needs to carry some basic essentials such as water, an extra layer/waterproof, snacks and your phone or camera. Your main pack, carrying everything for the weekend, can be left in the yurt while you are out on the hikes each day.

There is a drinking water supply at the yurt camp. You'll need to fill up your own reusable water bottles or bladders to take on the hikes with you, so ensure you bring enough capacity. We recommend at least 2 litres worth of carrying capacity.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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