Self-guided Mountain Walking Holidays 

Self-guided Walks in the Lake District

We are now providing private and small group self-guided mountain walking holidays and short breaks from our beautifully positioned guest house in Natland, Kendal. The historic town of Kendal is less than a mile from the boundary of the Lake District National Park and is commonly referred to as the “Gateway to the Lakes.” With its excellent transport links it makes the ideal base to explore not only the beautiful Lake District (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), but also the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Forest of Bowland, Eden Valley, North Pennines, Furness Peninsula, and parts of the Yorkshire Dales.

Self-guided Mountain Walking Holidays and Short-breaks in the Lake District.

Our single centre self-guided mountain walking holidays allow you to explore the beautiful Lake District and surrounding area in your own time and at your own pace. We can provide you with a graded walking itinerary (itineraries are graded easy, classic and challenging) or help you select your walk after considering your interests, fitness and the weather conditions.

Self-guided mountain walking holidays can start on a day of your choice and last from 2 or more nights. It is up to you how many walks you undertake and when to include any rest days. Transport to the start and from the finish of your walks is included, taking away the hassle and worry of parking and allowing you to consider both circular routes and walks that start and finish in different locations. All our walking holidays also include transport to and from Oxenholme railway station or Kendal coach station allowing you to leave the car at home and enjoy a more relaxing journey.

When you return at the end of your day you will be welcomed home with a hot drink and a tasty treat. Our self-guided walking holidays include breakfast, packed lunches and a hearty evening meal.

Self-guided mountain walking holidays are perfect for both a one-off visit or for those who would like to walk in the Lake District and surrounding area again and again.

What’s Included:

  • A self-guided mountain walking holiday or short break on dates of your choice.
  • Comfortable accommodation in twin/double room (with private bathroom).
  • All meals – including a full English breakfast, packed lunch and hearty evening meal prepared with hungry walkers in mind.
  • We will happily provide flasks of hot tea or coffee for you to take on your walk.
  • Hot drink and a tasty treat when you return from your walk
  • Transfer by car each day to the start of your walk and back again at the end of the day.
  • A Mountain Explorer pack containing route descriptions, waterproof 1:25000 OS maps and compass.
  • Daily mountain weather forecast
  • Help and support with route selection
  • Recommended equipment list.
  • Our emergency contact number.


Weekend, long weekend, mid-week, week-long and longer packages can be booked:

1 Days Walking/2 Nights

  • Day 1 – Arrive
  • Day 2 – Guided Walk
  • Day 3 – Leave

Ideal for a weekend, arriving on a Friday evening and leaving on Sunday morning, this short break can be booked to begin anytime you need a refreshing escape to the hills.

£206 per person (based on two people sharing a double or twin room).

2 Days Walking/3 Nights

  • Day 1 – Arrive
  • Day 2 – Guided Walk
  • Day 3 – Guided Walk
  • Day 4 – Leave

Ideal for a weekend, arriving on a Friday evening and leaving on Monday morning but can be booked to begin on any day of the week.

£339 per person (based on two people sharing a double or twin room).

3 Days Walking/4 Nights

  • Day 1 – Arrive
  • Day 2 – Guided Walk
  • Day 3 – Guided Walk
  • Day 4 – Guided Walk
  • Day 5 – Leave

Ideal for a mid-week break (arriving on a Monday morning and leaving on the Friday morning) but can be booked to begin any day that suits you


£464 per person (based on two people sharing a double or twin room).

6 Days Walking/7 Nights

  • Day 1 – Arrive
  • Day 2 – Guided Walk
  • Day 3 – Guided Walk
  • Day 4 – Guided Walk
  • Day 5 – Guided Walk
  • Day 6 – Guided Walk
  • Day 7 – Guided Walk
  • Day 8 – Leave

Ideal for a week long break, arriving on a Saturday afternoon and leaving the following Saturday morning. If you book a walking week we are happy to include a rest day and can even provide transport to Kendal or a nearby attraction such as Levens Hall or Sizergh Castle.

£760 per person (based on two people sharing a double or twin room).

To book your break please contact us with your preferred dates, the number of people and the number of nights accommodation/days walking you require. We will then confirm availability and forward payment details.

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If you would like to book a different number of days than those listed above please contact us with your preferred dates and we will get back to you with a price and availability. We look forward to hearing from you.

Extra – Guided Mountain Walk

Self-guided holidays do not include the services of a mountain leader. If you would like to include one or more days guided walking in your stay than please let us know. Perhaps at the start of your holiday you would like an introduction to mountain navigation or an opportunity to brush up on your mountain navigation skills. Perhaps during your break there is a mountain you have always wanted to climb or a walk you have always wanted to complete. Please let us help you explore, discover, develop and enjoy the mountains. If you have booked a self-guided holiday a qualified Mountain Leader costs £110.00 per day.

Your guide is Lathan. Lathan has over 35 years walking experience, is a qualified Mountain Leader and holds a current mountain first aid certificate.

Covid-19 Statement

Updated 18th January 2021

We are currently working as normal, whilst doing all we can to maintain social distancing, minimise transmission risks and respect those around us. We are operating in line with government guidance and advice from the British Mountaineering Council and the Mountain Training Association.

If we need to cancel your holiday because of changes in the government Covid-19 guidelines we will provide you with a full refund or help you organise alternative dates. We hope this gives you peace of mind.

The World Health Organisation provide useful advice on how to protect yourselves and others from Covid-19.

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