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The Lake District inspired some of the greatest poems of all time — once you see it, you’ll want to scribble a sonnet or two yourself. Head to Kendal, a historic English market town, and spend the start of your summer among castles, woods, and wildflowers. You’ll roam the Cumbrian hills for five days with a friendly fellowship of adventurous women. Heading out from your base—a 300-year-old riverside hotel with spa facilities—you’ll follow rivers, explore limestone escarpments, visit medieval hamlets, and uncover ancient Roman fortresses on day-hikes oozing with history. 

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  • Visit fascinating historic sites, including medieval castles and Roman forts

  • Uncover the rivers, hills, and limestone landscapes of the Lake District

  • Sleep in a traditional English town, in an 18th-century hotel with spa facilities

Itinerary

Trek the trails less traveled winding around the historic town of Kendal on a 5-day journey through England’s Lake District. Explore Roman fortresses, ancient castles, wildflower-packed nature reserves, and many more impressive sights on hikes designed to ensure the greatest views imaginable, accompanied by seasoned hiking guides and a group of like-minded and adventurous women.

  • Arrive at the 18th-century Riverside Hotel in Kendal, your home base for this hiking tour. After getting settled in, enjoy an introductory afternoon walk around the Kendal town market, where you’ll get to meet the other guests, stretch your legs, and enjoy the history-dense atmosphere.

    Modern buildings in Kendal by Kent, England.
  • Setting out from the hotel, trek towards the limestone escarpment of Scout Scar, with soaring vistas of Kendal and the surrounding area. Then, drop down to Sizeargh Castle for a picnic lunch, before returning to Kendal along the banks of the River Kent, passing an ancient Roman fort along the way.
    Hiking: 10.5 miles/ 16.6 km
    Elevation gain: 926 ft/ 282 m

    A scenic trail leading to a lake in the Lake District near Kendal.
  • Take the local bus to Ings village, then take a hike up Kentmere valley, with its horseshoe of mountains surrounding you. As you reach the source of the River Kent, follow it down to Staveley and leave the valley. Enjoy a welcome “cuppa” before returning to Kendal by bus.
    Hiking: 9 miles/ 14.5 km
    Elevation gain: 983 ft/ 300 m

    Rocky fences and some sheep in Lake District, Great Britain.
  • On day 4 of your journey, you will climb Whitbarrow Scar, a limestone escarpment to the west of Kendal and a National Nature Reserve famous for wildflowers, including orchids. Following its ridge, you get to admire panoramic views of the central Lake District, Morecambe Bay, and the Yorkshire Dales. Then, return through some woodland and travel back by bus.
    Hiking: 9 miles/ 14.5 km
    Elevation gain: 1.340 ft/ 408 m

    Sheep grazing on a meadow in the Lake District.
  • Walking from your hotel, say your farewells to the Lake District’s gorgeous and diverse landscapes from the top of Cunswicke Scar. Then, drop down through some ancient woodland and hiking trails, before returning to Kendal by 2 pm. Leave Cumbria with grand memories and a desire to return!
    Hiking: 6.5 miles (10 km)
    Elevation gain: 1,100 ft/ 335 m

    Some hikers walking and talking on a road in the Lake District
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Meet your guide

Walking Women
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Sisters Sara and Ginny, the owners of Walking Women, are passionate about sharing their love for walking and having fantastic experiences with friends and family. Walking Women’s mission is to provide a safe space for women to explore and venture together. Their focus is always on supporting local communities and prioritizing women-led businesses as their partners and suppliers.
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Linda H. (source: Facebook reviews)

I’ve been on 5 holidays with WW so far. They’ve always been well-planned. Always had great walks with knowledgeable guides and very good accommodations.  It’s a great opportunity to meet people, and generally very enjoyable.

Maggie W. (source: Facebook reviews)

Easy to pick the right holiday for the level of walks required.  Great women for company and kind, knowledgeable walk leaders. Good locations, accommodation, and food. I’ve been on several over the past 14 years and still planning more.

Mandy G. (source: Facebook reviews)

Great holidays in fantastic places, and sharing with other women.

Sandra Bowman

Bridget was amazing. She was patient, kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable. She made the trip the best! Gorgeous views! Beautiful countryside – just enough of a challenge .

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Five days of guided walks and hiking tours
      • Solo occupancy accommodations for the duration of the tour
      • All breakfasts and dinners at the hotel in Kendal, packed lunches on days 2-5
      • All transfers for the duration of the tour
      • Access to spa facilities

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Kendal
      • Accommodations before and after the tour
      • Drinks at the hotel bar or additional drinks throughout the day
  • This tour can be done by beginner hikers, but you need to be decently fit. You will be hiking for 4-6 hours daily, covering 6.5-10.5 miles (10.5 – 17 km) a day with regular refreshment stops. You also need to be able to handle up to 1,300 ft (400 m) of steady ascents, all the while carrying a pack filled with the things you’ll need throughout the day. However, with light preparation and enough willpower, you should be able to handle this tour no matter your age or skill level.

    If you’re an intermediate hiker looking for more of a challenge, check out this hiking tour in the Cuilin Hills or these hiking tours in the Isle of Skye.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering and 5 days of hiking
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 10:1. 
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
      • The minimum number needed for this tour to run is usually 4 women. However, it’s also possible to run the tour with smaller groups if participants cover the extra cost required for it to operate. This will usually be discussed between you and your guide 6 weeks prior to the tour start date.

    Hiking the Lake District can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Kendal, the starting point and home base for this tour, most people fly into Manchester International Airport 1.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car, take a bus, or take a train to Kendal.

    You will be meeting your guide in the Riverside Hotel in Kendal, a short walk away from Kendal train station, at a pre-arranged time. If you’re using Google Maps or Sat Nav, enter LA9 6FS as the destination postcode to find the hotel.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Kendal and the Lake District, United Kingdom, please refer to the UK Government’s official guidelines on travel during COVID-19.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the 2024 dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot for 2025 with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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