Cumbria Outdoors - activity breaks - 10 summits in 2 horseshoes

This programme is for groups of adults looking for a couple of 'Grand Days Out' on the Northern Lake District, taking in 2 Classic Horseshoe Walks, with multiple Wainwright summits to 'bag'!

The activity break is suitable for adults with a little walking experience and have reasonable levels of fitness.

Both routes involve mixed terrain - scrambly rocky steps, steep ascents as well as grassy lawns and cols.

1 - Coledale Horseshoe - taking in Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Crag Hill, Sail and Outerside

Distance 15 km  Ascent 1178m Time 5 to 6 hours.

2 - Newlands Horseshoe - taking in Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth

Distance 16.3km Ascent 1125m Time 6 to 7 hours.

10 summits in 2 horseshoes - itinerary
DayDetail
Day 1Arrive late afternoon, meet the Outdoor Team, early evening meal - discuss activities and venues
Day 2Coledale Horseshoe, starting from Braithwaite
Day 3Newlands Horseshoe, starting out on foot from Hawse End, depart after returning to the centre at approximately 6pm
Price - from £ 255 per person depending on group size

Day One

Arrive early evening - Meet the Outdoor Team.

7pm buffet dinner

Informal discussion regarding the walks, what to expect, what to wear, what to take.

After dinner - (optional) Catbells terrace night walk.

The terrace path is a public bridleway, and runs along the flank of Catbells, about 50 metres above the road. 

Day Two - Coledale Horseshoe

Morning - 7.30 am - breakfast, followed by making up packed lunch, snacks and drinks, then head off in a minibus for Braithwaite - start of the walk.

Evening- dinner at 7pm with the option of a Derwentwater lakeshore night walk, or social, feet up time!

Day Three - The Newlands Horseshoe

Morning - 7.30 am - breakfast, followed by making up packed lunch, snacks and drinks, and then set out on foot, directly from the centre for a second day in the hills.

Return to Centre

Tea and cake - then goodbyes, travel home with a wealth of photographs and memories.

The centres are situated some 1.9 miles south of Portinscale on the edge of Derwentwater.

Grid reference:  NW 249 213

Address:

Hawse End Cottage/Hawse End Centre 
Portinscale 
Keswick 
Cumbria 
CA12 5UE

Directions:

  • Take the turning off the A66 signposted to Portinscale, just west of the Keswick junction.  
  • Follow the road through Portinscale continuing for approximately 1.9 miles following the signs for Hawse End Centre passing the Derwentwater Marina and on through the woods past 2 right hand turnings signposted to Ullock and Stair.  
  • The turning to the centres is signposted and is on the left directly opposite a double fronted house set in its own grounds.  
  • Follow this drive along to the centres.

(Pick up and drop off at Penrith Railway Station can be arranged at a supplement).

Hawse End Centre

Hawse End Centre  Hawse End Lounge  Hawse End Dining Room 3

Hawse End Centre is a large, comfortable country mansion which is ideal for groups.

It is located at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley, directly across Derwentwater from Keswick, and has stunning views with access to the lakeside and mountains.  The nearby famous Lake District town of Keswick can be accessed by a short cruise on Derwentwater and the launch stop is conveniently close to the house.

For those more active there is a lakeside walk around Derwentwater which also takes in Keswick.

Room plans

Hawse End room plan (PDF 57kb)

Hawse End room list (PDF 200kb)

Hawse End Cottage

Cottage BBQ and Patio  Cottage Exterior from Lake  Cottage Exterior

Located on the shores of picturesque Derwentwater, at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley, this is a traditionally built stone cottage in the grounds of Hawse End Centre.  The cottage is situated at the foot of Catbells (which Alfred Wainwright described as "one of his favourites, which while modest in height, offers splendid views").

The nearby famous Lake District town of Keswick can be accessed by a short cruise on Derwentwater, and the launch stop is conveniently close to the cottage.  For those more active, there is a lakeside walk around Derwentwater which also takes in Keswick.

This is a truly stunning location, with Derwentwater only metres from the cottage door.

Room plans

Hawse End cottage room plan (PDF 54kb)

Hawse End cottage room list (PDF 177kb)

For activities:

  • Footwear - Walking Boots and trainers
  • 3 pairs of trousers (not jeans)
  • T-Shirts and underclothes (thermal recommended)
  • 3 warm jumpers (fleece)
  • Waterproof coat and trousers
  • Hat and gloves
  • Medication
  • Head torch (if you have one)
  • Towel/s

Plus comfortable casual clothes.

The centre can provide walking boots and waterproofs, however for the duration and distance of the fell walks it would be advisable to bring your own.

You will have the use of a drying room on site.

A packed lunch will be provided every day

Day 1

Evening meal:

  • curry night with all the trimmings
  • vegetarian curry with all the trimmings
  • damson cobbler

Day 2

Full English breakfast

Evening meal:

  • homemade steak pie and seasonal vegetables
  • tasty homemade Mediterranean vegetable lasagne
  • sticky toffee pudding

Day 3

Full English breakfast


We meet all dietary requirements, whether this be lifestyle choices, medical or cultural