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Scrambling & Abseiling Weekend
NEW for 2020 Enjoy the May bank holiday weekend doing something completely memorable and join us for an action packed, fun filled, multi activity weekend of scrambling, abseiling and archery.
Saturday’s Jack’s Rake grade 1 scrambling route in the Great Langdale Valley is the ideal introduction to scrambling in the Lake District. If you love adventure and like a challenge, this is the day for you. Plus, the Lake District scenery is amazing.
On Sunday, you’ll be pretending to be Robin Hood, and abseiling down a magnificent old slate Lakeland quarry but hopefully, not at the same time!
- Jack’s Rake grade 1 scramble
- Introduction to scrambling in the Lake District
- Mountain views from the Langdale Pikes
- Abseiling challenge
- Archery group competition
Accommodation at YHA Langdale (Optional)
For the Scrambling and Abseiling multi activity weekend we have reserved a number of beds in male shared and female shared bunkrooms at YHA Langdale. Accommodation is for 2 nights, including breakfast.
If you prefer to find your own accommodation, please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab for alternative accommodation suggestions.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Check in time at YHA Langdale is from 3pm and the Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm at the Britannia Inn, Elterwater, 15-minutes from YHA Langdale. It’s a chance for everyone on the activity weekend 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 - Activity Day
Grade 1 Scramble / Grade 4 Walk – Jack’s Rake 7 miles (11.2km), with 2500 ft (762m) of ascent
The day will finish back at the start and an opportunity to enjoy a drink in the local Lakeland Inn before transport takes the group back to Elterwater.
Sunday - Activity Day & Departure Day
Abseiling & Archery
A fun-filled adventure activity day starting with a morning of abseiling followed by a light-hearted group archery competition.
The day will finish for approximately 4pm
The (optional) accommodation for the activity weekend is YHA Langdale. Rooms are shared male and shared female bunkrooms and the package includes 2 nights with a cooked breakfast.
If you require help with booking alternative accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Elterwater Hostel good quality budget accommodation.
Booking.com search for accommodation in and around Elterwater, Cumbria.
Alternative accommodation in Ambleside, Grasmere and Coniston will require transport to reach Saturday & Sunday’s meeting point in Elterwater. 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.
Complimentary transport from Elterwater village to the start of the weekends activities is available. Alternatively, you are welcome to make your own travel arrangements to the start of the activities – details and directions will be provided with the final booking confirmation.
Our walks/ scrambling adventure days 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 and scrambling with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s enjoyment, scrambling does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain scrambling 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.
- Specialist clothing for Canyoning is provided.
- A towel (if staying at the YHA)
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.
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm at the Britannia Inn, Elterwater
Activity Days – 9.30am at YHA Langdale
Address: YHA Langdale, High Close Cottage, Loughrigg, nr Ambleside, LA22 9HJ
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