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Scafell Pike & Kayaking Weekend
Enjoy the May bank holiday weekend with our Scafell Pike & Kayaking Weekend.
A challenging and rewarding Saturday mountain walk of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, starting from the wonderful Great Langdale valley.
“This is a splendid walk, depending for its appeal on a wide variety of scene, and on the elusiveness of the Pike, which is completely screened by other fells at the outset and remains concealed until the final stages.” A.Wainwright.
On Sunday (optional extra) enjoy sit on top kayaking exploring Lake Windermere and the River Brathay.
- Reaching the summit of England’s highest mountain
- High passes, mountain tarns, streams and remote mountain scenery
- Walking in the footsteps of A. Wainwright
- Optional Sunday Kayaking day on Windermere lake
Accommodation for this trip is not included. For accommodation information and all essential trip information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Saturday –Walk Day
Grade 4 – Scafell Pike 11 miles (17.6km), with 3400 ft (1037m) of ascent
Meeting Time: 9am in Elterwater village (for complimentary transport to the walk). Or alternatively meet at 9.20am at the start of the walk in the Great Landale valley if you wish to make your own travel arrangements (please see ‘Meeting Point’ in the Trip Notes section).
A full days mountain walk of many contrasts starting from an easy level walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll in the Great Langdale valley to a gradual climb on the old pony route of Rossett Gill before descending to Angle Tarn, a remote but beautiful mountain lake enveloped by the surrounding fells. The route finally reaches Esk Hause and from here a steady gradient leads upwards, encountering some rough ground across a plateau and two more descents before the final steep stony ascent to Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain.
After a good time at the top to enjoy your packed lunch amongst the majestic views and also revel in the achievement of reaching the summit, we return on the same route we approached but seeing the landscape from a different perspective.
The conditions underfoot are uneven and rocky in places, but we’ll take our time to navigate safely across the broken ground.
The duration of the day’s walk can be up to 7+hours depending on the day, and will finish back at the Old Dungeon Ghyll and an opportunity to enjoy a drink in the local Lakeland Inn to mark a great days mountain walk.
Sunday - Activity Day & Departure Day
Kayaking along Windermere Lake & River Brathay
A fun day on the water using Sit on Top Kayaks as we explore Windermere lake and the River Brathay. We use sit on tops as they are perfect for the kayaking session and are ideal for beginners as well as people with kayaking experience.
Kayaking Start & Finish time: 10am to 3pm
Accommodation is not included as part of this trip. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Elterwater Hostel good quality accommodation within close driving distance to the walk and also suitably located for the Sunday multi activity day.
Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel on the doorstep to the days walk
New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel Within walking distance to the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel
Stickle Barn Bunkhouse situated across from the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel
Alternative accommodation in Elterwater, Ambleside, Grasmere, Windermere, Bowness will require transport to reach the meeting point start of the walk in the Great Langdale valley and the multi activity day. If you need assistance with transport, please do not hesitate to contact Country Adventures.
Food & Drink
For the activity day(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments.
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.
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).
- Specialist clothing for Kayaking is provided, including all Kayaking equipment.
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.
Saturday Walk – 9.30am at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
Please meet outside the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale Valley for 9.30am for the start of the walk. Two car parks are available including the Hotel Car Park for residents and a pay & display National Trust Car Park (free to NT members). If you require breakfast, the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is open to non-residents and breakfast can be booked directly with the hotel up to a day in advance.
Address: The Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale, Cumbria, LA22 9JY
Sunday Activity Day – 10am at YHA Ambleside
Address: YHA Ambleside, Waterhead, Cumbria, LA22 0EU