Hike and Wild Camp in the Lake District

Hike rugged peaks and fells and wild camp in the Lake District on this back-to-basics weekend. 3 days. 1 day off work.

Head to the Lake District for a weekend escape in the wilderness. You’ll be hillwalking along remote fells, learning camping and mountaineering skills and setting up camp to sleep under the stars. After exploring the national park, you can look forward to cooking dinner over the camp-stove with your campmates.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days of hiking
  • 2 nights of fully-hosted wild camping in remote locations
  • Camping equipment
  • Local, experienced guides
  • Food and snacks

Perfect for: Anyone wanting a weekend getaway to totally disconnect. Some hillwalking experience is preferable as is a good level of fitness.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Transport to Great Langdale
  • Accommodation before/after the adventure
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

The trip will run with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 guests.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This adventure is suitable for those with a good level fitness as you’ll cover large distances with a heavy rucksack. Some experience of hillwalking is beneficial, though this is not a requisite.

Your guide suggests that you bring:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Spare clothes and warm layers
  • A hat and gloves
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • A washbag with biodegradable soap/toothpaste and other toiletries
  • Wet wipes and toilet roll
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication, if required
  • A small first aid kit

The following kit is included:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Stoves
  • Rucksack
  • Roll mat

The weather can be variable all year round. It is all down to luck as to whether the day is dry with blue skies, or wet with sideways rain.

High-energy food and snacks are included. Boil-in-the-bag meals (curry, spaghetti bolognese etc.) for dinner, nuts and flapjack for snacks as well as cereal, porridge and fruit for breakfast.

Yes, all dietary requirements can be catered for.

The minimum age to join the adventure is 12 years, and under 18s will need to be accompanied by a participating adult.

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You’ll be hiking and camping in the Lake District, England’s largest national park and a World Heritage Site. Situated in the north west of England, it has cloud-shrouded peaks, fells and lakes with a true faraway feel.

The highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, is located here, as are the deepest and longest lakes, Wastwater and Windermere. Its landscape is punctured by deep valleys, woodlands and moorland – all made famous by Alfred Wainwright’s books and pictorial guides.

Expect to spot red squirrels, wild ponies and birds such as osprey and red kite, depending on the time of year. This part of England has also inspired great poets such as William Wordsworth and Thomas Gray – a testament to its beauty.

Start point?
You will meet in Great Langdale on Friday at 14:00.

End point?
Your adventure will end in Great Langdale on Sunday at 15:00.

Getting there and away?
Great Langdale is easily accessible by road via major motorway routes. Intercity trains (2hrs 35min from London Euston) stop at Oxenholme (Kendal) with regular connections to Windermere Station. Great Langdale is then a 25-minute taxi ride. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrive, Hike and Wild Camp

Arrive in time to meet your guide in Great Langdale for a 14:00 start, where you’ll be given a rundown on what to expect over the weekend. You’ll also be issued with all the equipment you need for wild camping.

Head off on your first guided hike into the Lake District mountains, and after three hours you’ll get to your first camping spot. Then, set up camp ready for your first night in the open air.

Gather around to cook dinner on stoves and learn about responsible wild camping and how to choose the best location from your guide. Settle down for the night under the stars and rest for a big day ahead.

Saturday: Hike and Summit a Peak or two

Wake up in the wilderness and have breakfast before setting off into the remote Lakelands. Today you’ll hopefully climb a summit or two, depending on the weather.

The hike should last around six to eight hours, and along the way you’ll learn about navigation, route finding and the wildlife here.

Once you’ve reached the second camp spot, you’ll set up and cook an evening meal. You’ll also have the chance to go on a night walk, or tuck up into your sleeping bag if you fancy a rest.

6 to 8 hours hiking

Sunday: One Last Hike

After breakfast, you’ll pack up one last time and venture out on a walk to the finish point.

You’ll spend about four to six hours hiking through more corners of the Lake District before you reach Great Langdale in the mid-afternoon, around 15:00.

Here you’ll wave goodbye to your new campmates and start your journey home.

4 to 6 hours hiking

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You’ll wild camp in some of the most isolated parts of the Lake District National Park, away from it all.

Tents, roll mats and sleeping bags are provided, so all you’ll need are your personal items and a sense of adventure.

Stoves are provided to cook food on, but otherwise, there are no facilities - just miles of undisturbed nature around you.

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