Fri 26th August 2022
1 Walking Day
Lake District

Newlands Horseshoe Day Walk

Experience a fantastic day in the hills on the Newlands Horseshoe day walk, a fully guided day’s hike taking in one of the great walks of the English Lake District.

You’ll reach each of these fine Lakeland summits – Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth – while taking in great lake, valley and mountain views.

An exceptional mountain walk in breathtaking settings.


  • Fully guided mountain walk
  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Wainwright walks
  • Includes boat crossing to the start of the walk
Fully guided mountain walk Transport for the walk(s)
Experienced guide Boat crossing fee
Meals and drinks


Accommodation for this trip is not included. For accommodation information and all essential trip information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.

Additional information

Min Age16

Friday –Walk Day

Grade 4 walk – Newlands Horseshoe 12.5 miles (20km), with 3660 ft (1115m) of ascent

Wainwrights bagged: Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth

We start our day by meeting at 9.30am at the Theatre by the Lake main entrance and then take the Keswick Launch for a short boat crossing of Derwent Water to get to the start of today’s hiking trail.

At the Theatre by the Lake, there is a large car park at the venue (allow £10 for all day parking) or alternatively there is parking in the centre of Keswick (a short walk from the Theatre).

The day’s walk will finish in the centre of  Keswick between 5 – 6pm

Essential Info


Accommodation is not included as part of this trip. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:

Keswick Information Centre accommodation listings for Keswick search for accommodation in or near to Keswick, Cumbria

Food & Drink

For the walk, please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. At least 2 litres of fluids, and slow releasing items such as cereal bars or nuts, is recommended.


For guided walking holidays 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 trip 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).

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 on any of the equipment requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.

Trip 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 trips, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.

Meeting Point

Walk Day – 9.30am please meet at the main entrance to Theatre by the Lake

Address: Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ


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