Organiser – Richie
Where – Arnside Independent Hostel, Oakeld Lodge, Redhills Road, Arnside, Cumbria LA5 0AT
When – 25 May – 28 May 2018 (Fri-Mon)
Cost – £ 169.00 (includes 3 nights’ accommodation and the guided walks)
We will depart from London on Friday evening and travel to our accommodation at Arnside Independent Hostel.
If you need a car share for this bank holiday trip we can help organise this for you, just put the request when booking your ticket on the notes, or email us once you book your ticket and we will reserve a place for you (first come first served basis). You are welcome to make your own way to Arnside if you prefer.
For this weekend we will be based in the beautiful seaside Cumbrian town of Arnside which is a good base to explore locally, the Lake District and Howgill Fell. Our accommodation is Arnside Independent Hostel which was once part of the YHA network until 2014. We have booked many of their bedrooms and the hostel has all the facilities we need, including free wifi and a bar. The hostel is ideally located for our planned hikes with all bed linen provided (just bring towel and toiletries). There is a well equipped self-catering Kitchen (fridges, freezer, oven, kettles, toasters, microwave, cutlery & crockery) a Dining area, Lounge, Games Room, Drying Room, Showers and Toilets.
On Saturday our walk will take place in the Lake District. Ambleside is a 40 minute drive from the accommodation and is the start of a classic Lakeland walk – Faireld Horseshoe (includes 8 Wainwrights). The 18km (11 mile) route involves just over 1100 metres of ascent and includes Low Pike (508m),High Pike (656m), Dove Crag (792m), Hart Crag (822m), Faireld (873m), Great Rigg (766m), Rydal Fell (621m), Heron Pike (612m) and Nab Scar (450m).
On Saturday and Sunday evenings we can either eat out as a group at a local pub, or self-cater at the accommodation.
On Sunday we will again drive about 40 minutes, this time to Cross Keys where our Howgill Fells walk starts. Howgill Fells are a range of hills between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Our route is known as the Howgill Fells 2000ft’ers and is 18.5km (11.5 miles in length with a total ascent of 1344 metres. Peaks include Yarlside (639m), Kensgri (574m), Randygill Top (620m), The Calf (676m), Bush Howe (623m), Fell Head (640m), Bram Rigg Top (672m), Calders (674m) and Great Dummacks (663m).
On Monday the walk will start from the accommodation door. The 12km (7.5 mile) route ascends Arnside Knott which gives good views of both Morecambe Bay and Lake District hills. It also visits Arnside Pele Tower before going through woods and then on to the shoreline of Arnside. We should be finished by 2pm and return to the vehicles and depart back to London – you can expect to be back in London by about 7-8pm Sunday evening.