Fri 24th August 2018
3 Walking Days
Lake District

Elterwater Walking Holiday

For this year’s August Bank Holiday we’ve pulled out all the stops to make it another memorable summer walking holiday. Three days of quality Lake District guided walking routes featuring Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Wetherlam, Swirl How, Little Langdale, Cathedral Caves, and Loughrigg Fell, provide a fine selection of walking in the Lake District National Park.

Combined with enjoyable group social evenings and exclusive use of Elterwater Hostel group accommodation, this years August bank holiday walking break promises to be another special trip.


  • Fully guided walking holiday
  • Choice of higher & lower level walking days
  • 3 days of scenic guided walks
  • Breath-taking mountain scenery
  • Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Wetherlam, Little Langdale
  • Enjoyable group social evenings
3 days of scenic guided walking Social evenings
Experienced guides Tour leader throughout
Transport for the walk(s) Accommodation & Meals
Spending money


Accommodation at Elterwater Independent Hostel

For this August bank holiday special walking holiday, we will be based at Elterwater Hostel. Accommodation is for 3 nights with a selection of meals (breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals). The hostel includes a variety of bunkrooms and a number of private twin rooms are available subject to availability, please contact us before booking if you require a twin room.

Elterwater Hostel is situated in the heart of the Lake District’s iconic Langdale Valley. An ideal choice of accommodation for groups, the hostel provides comfortable, warm and homely accommodation. Centrally located at the heart of Lakeland, in the peaceful village of Elterwater, and surrounded by the fells of the beautiful Langdale Valley, Elterwater Hostel makes a perfect base for walking.


Elterwater Hostel
Elterwater Hostel, Cumbria

Additional information

Min Age18

Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening

Check in at Elterwater Hostel is from 5pm and the Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm at Elterwater Hostel. It’s a chance for everyone on the holiday to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.


Saturday - Walk Day

Grade 4 option – Bowfell & Crinkle Crags 8.5 miles (13.6km), with 3500 ft (1067m) of ascent

Grade 1 option – Cumbria Way & Langdale Valley 7.5 miles (12km), with 892 ft (272m) of ascent


Sunday - Walk Day

Grade 4 option – Wetherlam & Swirl How 9.5 miles (15.2km), with 3126 ft (953m) of ascent

Grade 2 option – Little Langdale & Cathedral Caves 6.5 miles (10.4km), with 1230 ft (375m) of ascent


Monday - Walk Day & Departure Day

Grade 2 – Elterwater & Loughrigg Fell 6 miles (9.6km), with 1584 ft (483m) of ascent

The walk and holiday finishes between 3-4pm.

Essential Info


The accommodation for the walking holiday is Elterwater Hostel (formerly YHA Elterwater), Cumbria. Rooms are shared male and shared female bunkrooms and the package includes 3 nights with a selection of meals.

Food & Drink

Meals included during the holiday: All breakfasts, packed Lunches for all walk days, Saturday & Sunday evening meal.

Elterwater Hostel  has a well equipped self catering kitchen with fridges and storage space to enable you to store snacks you wish to bring on the holiday for your own personal use.


For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.

Fitness Levels

Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.

Walking Grades Explained

Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.

Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.

Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.

Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.

Kit List

What you need to bring with you for the walks

  • Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
  • Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
  • Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
  • A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
  • Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
  • Sunglasses, sun cream.
  • Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
  • Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
  • Any medication you need.
  • Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
  • Walking poles (if you use them).
  • A towel

We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times

Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.

Meeting Point

Welcome Evening – 8.30pm at Elterwater Hostel

Address: Elterwater Hostel, Elterwater, nr Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HX

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Elterwater Hostel
Elterwater Hostel

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
September 15, 2018

Fab weekend…great location, walking and accommodation. Best of all, not laughed so much in ages.

September 9, 2018

This was such an enjoyable weekend. Elterwater hostel provided a great base. Beautiful hikes and a really lovely group. Brilliant fun! What a fantastic way to spend a Bank Holiday Weekend.

September 8, 2018

Another great experience from Country Adventures. Experienced guiding through Crinkle Crags to the summit of Bowfell with Peter and John. All abilities catered for. Then as the weather worsened on Day 2 and 3, some Joe time on the Grade 2’s. Always good fun and some new stories to be ‘guided’ through. Joe and the team always make it seem effortless but that belies the hard work and planning that takes place before, during and after each walk. Come and see.

September 1, 2018

Fab weekend. Country Adventures delivered once again. Crinkle Crags and Bowfell achieved in glorious sunshine with views to the coast on one side and the Lakes on the other from the summit. If you want to go walking in The Lakes (or elsewhere) go with this company, you will not be disappointed.

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