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Hassness Country House (Self-Guided)

Hassle-free adventures led by you, based at our own country house on the shores of Buttermere. Leisurely strolls to classic Lakeland ridge walks among the less-frequented western fells of the Lake District.

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Expertly planned, flexible walking itineraries, led by you, with accommodation, route plans, and luggage transfers all taken care of by us.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the picture-postcard valley of Buttermere & pop into the village pub for a pint.
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of pretty Crummock Water as you circumnavigate the lake.
  • Locate Scale Force, the longest single drop waterfall in the Lake District.
  • Climb Rannerdale Knotts and picnic on a perfect vantage point.
  • Summit Haystacks, favourite fell of legendary guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright.
  • Tackle a classic Lakeland ridge walk from Red Pike.
  • Make use of our detailed route guides and maps.
  • Use the convenient public bus service to visit Honister Slate Mine & Borrowdale.

Buttermere is one of the most beloved destinations in the Lake District, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and people on a walking holiday alike. Meaning ‘Lake by the dairy pastures’, this area offers a stunningly beautiful landscape made up of lakes and valleys, summits and ridges. Hassness House, our country house on the shores of Buttermere is exclusively focussed on providing truly special experiences. Eleven unique bedrooms, each with their own personality and features ensure the ideal location to set up base and explore this corner of the Lake District.

On your self-guided Lake District walking holiday, how the story unfolds is up to you. It’s your choice whether you want all-action adventure or something more relaxed. Explore a picturesque valley such as Borrowdale, stroll round the shores of pretty Buttermere, bag a Wainwright fell or watch for wildlife. Spend time in the Northern Lake District and discover the less-frequented western fells on a hassle-free self-guided walking holiday, using our inspirational route guides and maps.

From leisurely lakeside strolls to more challenging fell climbs and classic Lakeland ridge walks, there are routes for all levels of fitness and abilities, many of which start right from the doorstep or are within easy reach of Hassness House. In addition to the spectacular landscapes and wild spaces, you’re close to traditional market towns like Keswick, historic sites such as Honister Slate Mine and plenty of traditional cafés, tea rooms and pubs where you can try local specialities from ice cream to sticky toffee pudding and craft ale.

Back at Hassness Country House, relax in comfort. Sink into the soft sofa in front of the large picture window overlooking Buttermere and share stories with your fellow guests. Make use of the free Wi-Fi or grab a guidebook from our inspiration point to plan your next day out in the fells, with the flexibility to explore independently, safe in the knowledge we’re here to organise everything else.

  • Comfortable double, twin and single rooms, most en-suite
  • Cooked or Continental breakfast each morning
  • Three course evening meals (except on one night on some departures)
  • Packed lunches on each day (excluding your arrival and departure days and on a Monday changeover day if staying for 7 nights)
  • Complimentary cake & tea each afternoon
  • Access to inspirational route guides, maps and area information so you can explore independently
  • Renowned Hassness Hospitality
  • Guided walks
  • One evening meal per week is NOT included in your holiday cost. The house manager's day off is on Wednesday, so if your stay includes a Wednesday, an evening meal isn't included. Please see the Holiday Information Sheet for your departure for more information.
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Local transport
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

70013, 70014, 70017

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We wish you a very warm welcome to Hassness Country House. Your hosts Debbie and Laurie will be there to welcome you and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your holiday starts upon arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere where you are welcome to arrive from 3pm. Your evening meal will be served at 6.30pm. If you anticipate arriving after this time, we kindly request that you telephone Hassness Country House to confirm your expected arrival time. 

Day 2 to 7

7 nights accommodation to explore the Lake District

Meals

Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner (excluding dinner on Wednesday)

Accommodation

Your holiday includes seven nights of accommodation at Hassness Country House. Debbie and Laurie take a well earned rest on Wednesday, therefore no evening meal is included on this day. Packed lunches are also provided on five days. 

There will be a selection of National Trust maps and guide books at Hassness Country House for you to borrow should you wish, otherwise feel free to bring your own maps for your own explorations in the Lake District. 

If you wish to explore the local area on foot, below is a selection of walking trails commonly experienced on our Hassness Country House holidays. This will give you an indication of the nature of the walking terrain and inspiration for some self-guided explorations you may wish to do. 

Examples of Grade 4 Walks:

  • Buttermere and Rannerdale Knotts - the well trodden track round Buttermere is a superb introduction to the delights of the valley. It's likely that the local Herdwick sheep will be dotting the hillside and red squirrels can often be seen in the woods. Many bird species can be seen and heard in the area. Behind you, the imposing ridge of Fleetwith Pike separates the deep gash of Honister Pass from the meandering river and tumbling waterfalls in Warnscale Bottom. Ahead of you the looming mass of Grasmoor is a backdrop to the green ridge leading down from Whiteless Pike to Buttermere Village below. You cross the bridge over Combe Beck and enter the quieter Burtness Wood, finally reaching Buttermere Village, perhaos for a refreshment stop or an ice cream. You can look into the church to see the Wainwright Memorial, in a window framing a view of Haystacks in the distance. Then the path winds towards Crummock Water where you turn up a steep stone staircase to the viewpoint of Rannerdale Knotts (355m). Turning south east we traverse the ridge to the head of Rannerdale before descending back to Buttermere Village and the short shore-side walk back to Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 8.1 miles (390m ascent).

  • Haystacks from Honister - this walk takes you to the top of Haystacks, favourite fell of Alfred Wainwright, and the resting place for his ashes. Starting from Honister Pass you ascend the track of an old mining tramway to the Drumhouse, then follow the quaintly named Moses Trod, here part of the Coast to Coast long distance footpath, onto the side of Brandreth and Grey Knotts. You'll see Haystacks over to your right, and hopefully enjoy views over Buttermere and Crummock Water to the Solway Coast and beyond to Scotland. Turning down below Great Round How you pass the sheltered Blackbeck Tarn, and then Innominate Tarn where Wainsright's ashes are scattered. The summit of Haystacks (597m) soon follows where you can admire the views below. Retracing your steps past the tarns we cross Warnscale Beck and come to Dubs Hut, recently renovated with financial assistance from The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust. You then follow the Miners Road back down to Honister. Total distance covered: 6.2 miles (525m ascent).

  • Crummock Water and Loweswater Village - no trip to the valley would be complete without a circuit of Crummock Water, taking in the site of the fabled Battle of Rannerdale, and a visit to the little village of Loweswater. Start in Buttermere Village and make your way to the shores of Crummock Water and Hause Point. Descending to the road you enter lower Rannerdale, where bluebells grow in profusion in May. At all times of the year the hills are a patchwork of greens and browns with the grey of the rock and boulders and the white tumbling water of the Rannerdale Beck. Crossing the footbridge you make your way back to Crummock Water where the path follows the shore through woodland and pastures to the end of the lake. Crossing the river you follow footpaths up to Loweswater Village and the famous Kirkstile Inn. You may wish to take lunch here. Head back southwards along the western shore of Crummock Water. When you come to footbridges over Scale Beck, which flows down from Scale Force waterfall, the highest in the Lake District, it may be possible to walk up to inspect the Falls. The improving track then takes you to Scale Bridge and a lane leading back to Buttermere VIllage. Total distance covered: 9.5 miles (245m ascent).

  • Borrowdale - the Borrowdale Valley is one of the most beautiful in the Lake District. This walk takes in many of the best views and points of interest. The start is at Seatoller and ascend gently into the ancient oaks in Johnny Wood before dropping down to cross the River Derwent. You then follow footpaths through the fields over ice age moraines to Rosthwaite, where we will have time to walk round the village. We cross New Bridge and follow the Cumbria Way downstream stopping to explore the cave of the eccentric Millican Dalton under the shadow of Castle Crag. Continuing north you loop round to Swanesty How before approaching the village of Grange from the north. You then follow the Allerdale Ramble footpath up past Castle Crag, tackling the winding footpath to the top, before your route contours round above the tree line affording open views of the Upper Borrowdale Fells and then drops us back down to your starting place in Seatoller. Total distance covered: 8.4 miles (420m ascent).

Examples of Grade 7 Walks:

  • The High Stile Ridge - the classic ridge walk on the south west side of Buttermere. You walk along the shores of Buttermere then ascend through oak woodland and open hill to a resting place by Bleaberry Tarn. Continuing on the good path to The Saddle you then pick our way up the track, over the stones which give Red Pike (755m) its name, to the summit. Your reward is hopefully open views stretching from the Isle of Man to the Southern Uplands of Scotland, and of course the other peaks of the Lake District. The onward course takes up striding along the airy but never exposed ridge to High Stile (807m) and High Crag (744m) with unexpected views down into the combs which bite into the north eastern side of the ridge and over Buttermere to the oasis of Hassness Country House far below. You then descend on an ever improving path over Seat (562m) to Scarth Gap where you turn for the steady descent down to the lakeside and Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 8.8 miles (920m ascent).

  • The Robinson Ridge - the other Buttermere classic - the high level ridge on the north east side of the lake. The start is at Honister Pass beside the mine workings and take a straight route up the fence line to the north. The path takes you past more old workings as the views towards Great Gable and Helvellyn open up. When you arrive at Dale Head (753m) panoramic views down the Newlands Valley and towards Skiddaw are revealed. Turn west and stroll along the wide ridge to further viewpoints at Hindscarth (727m) and Robinson (737m). The descent down over Buttermere Moss can be wet, however rounding High Snockrigg you'll find the going firmer and the sight of Buttermere Village below which promises refreshments before the pleasant lakeside walk back to Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 7.7 miles (745m ascent).

  • Haystacks to Grey Knotts or Fleetwith Pike - Haystacks, or "The High Stacks" was Alfred Wainwright's favourite hill - he described it as "a shaggy terrier in the company of foxhounds". Start the ascent by following Buttermere to Gatesgarth Farm and taking the Public Bridleway up to Scarth Gap. Some short sections of easy scrambling follow giving added entertainment to the twisting path up to the rocky summit of Haytstacks (597m). You then traverse south east past Innominate Tarn and the idyllic Blackbeck Tarn before turning south east to follow the path up a fence line to the open viewpoint of Brandreth (715m). After walking north east along the wide ridge to the lumpy summit of Grey Knotts (697m) you can drop down to inspect or take shelter in Dubs Hut. Finally, you may descend the old miners' track, or the path on the other side of the Beck, into Warnscale Bottom and on to Gatesgarth, or climb up to Fleetwith Pike (648m) and descend its north ridge, spurred on by the thought of drinks and cake at Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 9.8 miles (855m ascent, 1000m including Fleethwith Pike).

  • Dale Head to Cat Bells - this walk starts at Honister Pass and follows a path on the fence line north towards Dale Head (753m). If the summit is cloud-covered and the views north can't be savoured, you contour round its eastern flank to a sheltered break stop by the peaceful Dale Head Tarn where the well constructed path from the top re-joins our route. A short ascent brings you to High Spy (655m) and a stroll down the wide airy ridge to Maiden Moor (576m) with ever-changing views down into the patchwork fields and woods in Borrowdale and to Derwentwater and Skiddaw beyond. At Hause Gate you have the option of making the short extra ascent to the iconic viewpoint of Cat Bells (451m) to share vistas over Derwentwater and its numerous islands with walkers up from the the landing stages and car parks at Hawse End below. Descending east to Manesty, the tearoom and other facilities at Grange beckon. All that remains is a scenic return to Honister up sections of the Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble footpaths, unless the bus proves too tempting. Total distance covered: 11 miles (850m ascent) or 12.3 miles (1020m ascent) including Dale Head.


If you choose to explore the area on your own and not walk, or you prefer a holiday without walking, the Buttermere area has so much to offer, as well as enjoying the peace and tranquillity and feeling the need to really get away from it all. Buttermere Village (Buttermere - Visit Cumbria) is a short drive or approx. 30 minute walk from the door at Hassness Country House. There are two pubs, a coffee shop and an ice cream shop to visit. Up from the village is the Church of St James, an historical chapel dating back to the 16th century. A stone plaque in memory of the late Alfred Wainwright can be found beneath the window that looks out onto Haystacks, where his ashes are scattered at Innominate Tarn. 

While there aren’t many attractions in Buttermere as such, there’s plenty of things to do for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. Besides the Buttermere lake walk there’s a whole host of fells to tackle, including Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike Rannerdale Knotts, Grasmoor, High Stile, Robinson, Red Pike, and High Crag (some are mentioned above). 

The lake itself offers a 7km, low level walk which is great for families with younger children. There’s plenty to see along the way, from the wonderful wildlife that graces the area to cascading waterfalls that tumble down from the fells. You can’t miss Sour Milk Gill, the Buttermere waterfall that runs down Bleaberry Tarn. Alternatively, combine Crummock Water with the Buttermere walk to witness the spectacular Scale Force. You can start either walk from the village or at the opposite end of the lake at Gatesgarth Farm.  

Whilst motor boats are not allowed on the lake, you may wish to try some wild swimming? With its sheltered stony beaches and stunning backdrop, there are few places as perfect for enjoying a picnic or a spot of wild swimming. It gets deep in places, so it’s advised that only strong swimmers or adults swim here. Alternatively, head up from Warnscale Bottom to the series of waterfalls and enjoy the views from the Buttermere infinity pool. 

Honister Slate Mines (Homepage | Honister ) is easily reachable from Hassness Country House. Honister Slate Mine is the only remaining working slate mine in the country. As well as enjoying a tour of the mines, you can take part in both indoor and outdoor adventure activities such as cliff camping, the Via Ferrata Xtreme, canyoning and the infinity bridge. These are definitely not for the faint-hearted or anyone who’s afraid of heights. If you have a vehicle with you, the drive will take approx. 10 - 15 minutes or there is a service bus available in the summer months. There is something for everyone and the location itself really is picturesque. 

Day 8

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, Debbie and Laurie wave you goodbye when you'll leave with memories from your Lake District experience. Check out is by 10am. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Aug 2024 - 9th Aug 2024 (7 Nights)

9th Aug 2024 - 16th Aug 2024 (7 Nights)

16th Aug 2024 - 23rd Aug 2024 (7 Nights)

23rd Aug 2024 - 30th Aug 2024 (7 Nights)

13th Sep 2024 - 20th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

27th Sep 2024 - 4th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

4th Oct 2024 - 11th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

18th Oct 2024 - 25th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

25th Oct 2024 - 1st Nov 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Nearest railway station: Penrith (approx. 28 miles)

Nearest bus station: Keswick (approx. 9 miles)

Parking is available at Hassness County House. If driving, please note that there is no opportunity to fuel vehicles in the immediate Buttermere area, so please ensure you have enough fuel to get you to the house and away on your return journey. The nearest filling station is in Keswick or Cockermouth. There is no electric charge point at the property. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We wish you a very warm welcome to Hassness Country House. Your hosts Debbie and Laurie will be there to welcome you and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your holiday starts upon arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere where you are welcome to arrive from 3pm. Your evening meal will be served at 6.30pm. If you anticipate arriving after this time, we kindly request that you telephone Hassness Country House to confirm your expected arrival time.

Day 2 to 4

4 nights accommodation to explore the Lake District

Meals

Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner (excluding dinner on Wednesday)

Accommodation

Your holiday includes four nights of accommodation at Hassness Country House. Debbie and Laurie take a well earned rest on Wednesday, therefore no evening meal is included on this day. Packed lunches are also provided on three days. 

There will be a selection of National Trust maps and guide books at Hassness Country House for you to borrow should you wish, otherwise feel free to bring your own maps for your own explorations in the Lake District. 

If you wish to explore the local area on foot, below is a selection of walking trails commonly experienced on our Hassness Country House holidays. This will give you an indication of the nature of the walking terrain and inspiration for some self-guided explorations you may wish to do. 

Examples of Grade 4 Walks:

  • Buttermere and Rannerdale Knotts - the well trodden track round Buttermere is a superb introduction to the delights of the valley. It's likely that the local Herdwick sheep will be dotting the hillside and red squirrels can often be seen in the woods. Many bird species can be seen and heard in the area. Behind you, the imposing ridge of Fleetwith Pike separates the deep gash of Honister Pass from the meandering river and tumbling waterfalls in Warnscale Bottom. Ahead of you the looming mass of Grasmoor is a backdrop to the green ridge leading down from Whiteless Pike to Buttermere Village below. You cross the bridge over Combe Beck and enter the quieter Burtness Wood, finally reaching Buttermere Village, perhaos for a refreshment stop or an ice cream. You can look into the church to see the Wainwright Memorial, in a window framing a view of Haystacks in the distance. Then the path winds towards Crummock Water where you turn up a steep stone staircase to the viewpoint of Rannerdale Knotts (355m). Turning south east we traverse the ridge to the head of Rannerdale before descending back to Buttermere Village and the short shore-side walk back to Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 8.1 miles (390m ascent).

  • Haystacks from Honister - this walk takes you to the top of Haystacks, favourite fell of Alfred Wainwright, and the resting place for his ashes. Starting from Honister Pass you ascend the track of an old mining tramway to the Drumhouse, then follow the quaintly named Moses Trod, here part of the Coast to Coast long distance footpath, onto the side of Brandreth and Grey Knotts. You'll see Haystacks over to your right, and hopefully enjoy views over Buttermere and Crummock Water to the Solway Coast and beyond to Scotland. Turning down below Great Round How you pass the sheltered Blackbeck Tarn, and then Innominate Tarn where Wainsright's ashes are scattered. The summit of Haystacks (597m) soon follows where you can admire the views below. Retracing your steps past the tarns we cross Warnscale Beck and come to Dubs Hut, recently renovated with financial assistance from The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust. You then follow the Miners Road back down to Honister. Total distance covered: 6.2 miles (525m ascent).

  • Crummock Water and Loweswater Village - no trip to the valley would be complete without a circuit of Crummock Water, taking in the site of the fabled Battle of Rannerdale, and a visit to the little village of Loweswater. Start in Buttermere Village and make your way to the shores of Crummock Water and Hause Point. Descending to the road you enter lower Rannerdale, where bluebells grow in profusion in May. At all times of the year the hills are a patchwork of greens and browns with the grey of the rock and boulders and the white tumbling water of the Rannerdale Beck. Crossing the footbridge you make your way back to Crummock Water where the path follows the shore through woodland and pastures to the end of the lake. Crossing the river you follow footpaths up to Loweswater Village and the famous Kirkstile Inn. You may wish to take lunch here. Head back southwards along the western shore of Crummock Water. When you come to footbridges over Scale Beck, which flows down from Scale Force waterfall, the highest in the Lake District, it may be possible to walk up to inspect the Falls. The improving track then takes you to Scale Bridge and a lane leading back to Buttermere VIllage. Total distance covered: 9.5 miles (245m ascent).

  • Borrowdale - the Borrowdale Valley is one of the most beautiful in the Lake District. This walk takes in many of the best views and points of interest. The start is at Seatoller and ascend gently into the ancient oaks in Johnny Wood before dropping down to cross the River Derwent. You then follow footpaths through the fields over ice age moraines to Rosthwaite, where we will have time to walk round the village. We cross New Bridge and follow the Cumbria Way downstream stopping to explore the cave of the eccentric Millican Dalton under the shadow of Castle Crag. Continuing north you loop round to Swanesty How before approaching the village of Grange from the north. You then follow the Allerdale Ramble footpath up past Castle Crag, tackling the winding footpath to the top, before your route contours round above the tree line affording open views of the Upper Borrowdale Fells and then drops us back down to your starting place in Seatoller. Total distance covered: 8.4 miles (420m ascent).

Examples of Grade 7 Walks:

  • The High Stile Ridge - the classic ridge walk on the south west side of Buttermere. You walk along the shores of Buttermere then ascend through oak woodland and open hill to a resting place by Bleaberry Tarn. Continuing on the good path to The Saddle you then pick our way up the track, over the stones which give Red Pike (755m) its name, to the summit. Your reward is hopefully open views stretching from the Isle of Man to the Southern Uplands of Scotland, and of course the other peaks of the Lake District. The onward course takes up striding along the airy but never exposed ridge to High Stile (807m) and High Crag (744m) with unexpected views down into the combs which bite into the north eastern side of the ridge and over Buttermere to the oasis of Hassness Country House far below. You then descend on an ever improving path over Seat (562m) to Scarth Gap where you turn for the steady descent down to the lakeside and Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 8.8 miles (920m ascent).

  • The Robinson Ridge - the other Buttermere classic - the high level ridge on the north east side of the lake. The start is at Honister Pass beside the mine workings and take a straight route up the fence line to the north. The path takes you past more old workings as the views towards Great Gable and Helvellyn open up. When you arrive at Dale Head (753m) panoramic views down the Newlands Valley and towards Skiddaw are revealed. Turn west and stroll along the wide ridge to further viewpoints at Hindscarth (727m) and Robinson (737m). The descent down over Buttermere Moss can be wet, however rounding High Snockrigg you'll find the going firmer and the sight of Buttermere Village below which promises refreshments before the pleasant lakeside walk back to Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 7.7 miles (745m ascent).

  • Haystacks to Grey Knotts or Fleetwith Pike - Haystacks, or "The High Stacks" was Alfred Wainwright's favourite hill - he described it as "a shaggy terrier in the company of foxhounds". Start the ascent by following Buttermere to Gatesgarth Farm and taking the Public Bridleway up to Scarth Gap. Some short sections of easy scrambling follow giving added entertainment to the twisting path up to the rocky summit of Haytstacks (597m). You then traverse south east past Innominate Tarn and the idyllic Blackbeck Tarn before turning south east to follow the path up a fence line to the open viewpoint of Brandreth (715m). After walking north east along the wide ridge to the lumpy summit of Grey Knotts (697m) you can drop down to inspect or take shelter in Dubs Hut. Finally, you may descend the old miners' track, or the path on the other side of the Beck, into Warnscale Bottom and on to Gatesgarth, or climb up to Fleetwith Pike (648m) and descend its north ridge, spurred on by the thought of drinks and cake at Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 9.8 miles (855m ascent, 1000m including Fleethwith Pike).

  • Dale Head to Cat Bells - this walk starts at Honister Pass and follows a path on the fence line north towards Dale Head (753m). If the summit is cloud-covered and the views north can't be savoured, you contour round its eastern flank to a sheltered break stop by the peaceful Dale Head Tarn where the well constructed path from the top re-joins our route. A short ascent brings you to High Spy (655m) and a stroll down the wide airy ridge to Maiden Moor (576m) with ever-changing views down into the patchwork fields and woods in Borrowdale and to Derwentwater and Skiddaw beyond. At Hause Gate you have the option of making the short extra ascent to the iconic viewpoint of Cat Bells (451m) to share vistas over Derwentwater and its numerous islands with walkers up from the the landing stages and car parks at Hawse End below. Descending east to Manesty, the tearoom and other facilities at Grange beckon. All that remains is a scenic return to Honister up sections of the Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble footpaths, unless the bus proves too tempting. Total distance covered: 11 miles (850m ascent) or 12.3 miles (1020m ascent) including Dale Head.


If you choose to explore the area on your own and not walk, or you prefer a holiday without walking, the Buttermere area has so much to offer, as well as enjoying the peace and tranquillity and feeling the need to really get away from it all. Buttermere Village (Buttermere - Visit Cumbria) is a short drive or approx. 30 minute walk from the door at Hassness Country House. There are two pubs, a coffee shop and an ice cream shop to visit. Up from the village is the Church of St James, an historical chapel dating back to the 16th century. A stone plaque in memory of the late Alfred Wainwright can be found beneath the window that looks out onto Haystacks, where his ashes are scattered at Innominate Tarn. 

While there aren’t many attractions in Buttermere as such, there’s plenty of things to do for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. Besides the Buttermere lake walk there’s a whole host of fells to tackle, including Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike Rannerdale Knotts, Grasmoor, High Stile, Robinson, Red Pike, and High Crag (some are mentioned above). 

The lake itself offers a 7km, low level walk which is great for families with younger children. There’s plenty to see along the way, from the wonderful wildlife that graces the area to cascading waterfalls that tumble down from the fells. You can’t miss Sour Milk Gill, the Buttermere waterfall that runs down Bleaberry Tarn. Alternatively, combine Crummock Water with the Buttermere walk to witness the spectacular Scale Force. You can start either walk from the village or at the opposite end of the lake at Gatesgarth Farm.  

Whilst motor boats are not allowed on the lake, you may wish to try some wild swimming? With its sheltered stony beaches and stunning backdrop, there are few places as perfect for enjoying a picnic or a spot of wild swimming. It gets deep in places, so it’s advised that only strong swimmers or adults swim here. Alternatively, head up from Warnscale Bottom to the series of waterfalls and enjoy the views from the Buttermere infinity pool. 

Honister Slate Mine (Homepage | Honister ) is easily reachable from Hassness Country House. Honister Slate Mine is the only remaining working slate mine in the country. As well as enjoying a tour of the mines, you can take part in both indoor and outdoor adventure activities such as cliff camping, the Via Ferrata Xtreme, canyoning and the infinity bridge. These are definitely not for the faint-hearted or anyone who’s afraid of heights. If you have a vehicle with you, the drive will take approx. 10 - 15 minutes or there is a service bus available in the summer months. There is something for everyone and the location itself really is picturesque. 

Day 5

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, Debbie and Laurie wave you goodbye when you'll leave with memories from your Lake District experience. Check out is by 10am. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

5th Aug 2024 - 9th Aug 2024 (4 Nights)

12th Aug 2024 - 16th Aug 2024 (4 Nights)

19th Aug 2024 - 23rd Aug 2024 (4 Nights)

26th Aug 2024 - 30th Aug 2024 (4 Nights)

16th Sep 2024 - 20th Sep 2024 (4 Nights)

30th Sep 2024 - 4th Oct 2024 (4 Nights)

7th Oct 2024 - 11th Oct 2024 (4 Nights)

21st Oct 2024 - 25th Oct 2024 (4 Nights)

28th Oct 2024 - 1st Nov 2024 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

Nearest railway station: Penrith (approx. 28 miles)

Nearest bus station: Keswick (approx. 9 miles)

Parking is available at Hassness County House. If driving, please note that there is no opportunity to fuel vehicles in the immediate Buttermere area, so please ensure you have enough fuel to get you to the house and away on your return journey. The nearest filling station is in Keswick or Cockermouth. There is no electric charge point at the property. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We wish you a very warm welcome to Hassness Country House. Your hosts Debbie and Laurie will be there to welcome you and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your holiday starts upon arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere where you are welcome to arrive from 3pm. Your evening meal will be served at 6.30pm. If you anticipate arriving after this time, we kindly request that you telephone Hassness Country House to confirm your expected arrival time.

Day 2 to 3

3 nights accommodation to explore the Lake District

Meals

Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Your holiday includes three nights of accommodation at Hassness Country House. Packed lunches are also provided on two days. 

There will be a selection of National Trust maps and guide books at Hassness Country House for you to borrow should you wish, otherwise feel free to bring your own maps for your own explorations in the Lake District. 

If you wish to explore the local area on foot, below is a selection of walking trails commonly experienced on our Hassness Country House holidays. This will give you an indication of the nature of the walking terrain and inspiration for some self-guided explorations you may wish to do. 

Examples of Grade 4 Walks:

  • Buttermere and Rannerdale Knotts - the well trodden track round Buttermere is a superb introduction to the delights of the valley. It's likely that the local Herdwick sheep will be dotting the hillside and red squirrels can often be seen in the woods. Many bird species can be seen and heard in the area. Behind you, the imposing ridge of Fleetwith Pike separates the deep gash of Honister Pass from the meandering river and tumbling waterfalls in Warnscale Bottom. Ahead of you the looming mass of Grasmoor is a backdrop to the green ridge leading down from Whiteless Pike to Buttermere Village below. You cross the bridge over Combe Beck and enter the quieter Burtness Wood, finally reaching Buttermere Village, perhaos for a refreshment stop or an ice cream. You can look into the church to see the Wainwright Memorial, in a window framing a view of Haystacks in the distance. Then the path winds towards Crummock Water where you turn up a steep stone staircase to the viewpoint of Rannerdale Knotts (355m). Turning south east we traverse the ridge to the head of Rannerdale before descending back to Buttermere Village and the short shore-side walk back to Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 8.1 miles (390m ascent).

  • Haystacks from Honister - this walk takes you to the top of Haystacks, favourite fell of Alfred Wainwright, and the resting place for his ashes. Starting from Honister Pass you ascend the track of an old mining tramway to the Drumhouse, then follow the quaintly named Moses Trod, here part of the Coast to Coast long distance footpath, onto the side of Brandreth and Grey Knotts. You'll see Haystacks over to your right, and hopefully enjoy views over Buttermere and Crummock Water to the Solway Coast and beyond to Scotland. Turning down below Great Round How you pass the sheltered Blackbeck Tarn, and then Innominate Tarn where Wainsright's ashes are scattered. The summit of Haystacks (597m) soon follows where you can admire the views below. Retracing your steps past the tarns we cross Warnscale Beck and come to Dubs Hut, recently renovated with financial assistance from The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust. You then follow the Miners Road back down to Honister. Total distance covered: 6.2 miles (525m ascent).

  • Crummock Water and Loweswater Village - no trip to the valley would be complete without a circuit of Crummock Water, taking in the site of the fabled Battle of Rannerdale, and a visit to the little village of Loweswater. Start in Buttermere Village and make your way to the shores of Crummock Water and Hause Point. Descending to the road you enter lower Rannerdale, where bluebells grow in profusion in May. At all times of the year the hills are a patchwork of greens and browns with the grey of the rock and boulders and the white tumbling water of the Rannerdale Beck. Crossing the footbridge you make your way back to Crummock Water where the path follows the shore through woodland and pastures to the end of the lake. Crossing the river you follow footpaths up to Loweswater Village and the famous Kirkstile Inn. You may wish to take lunch here. Head back southwards along the western shore of Crummock Water. When you come to footbridges over Scale Beck, which flows down from Scale Force waterfall, the highest in the Lake District, it may be possible to walk up to inspect the Falls. The improving track then takes you to Scale Bridge and a lane leading back to Buttermere VIllage. Total distance covered: 9.5 miles (245m ascent).

  • Borrowdale - the Borrowdale Valley is one of the most beautiful in the Lake District. This walk takes in many of the best views and points of interest. The start is at Seatoller and ascend gently into the ancient oaks in Johnny Wood before dropping down to cross the River Derwent. You then follow footpaths through the fields over ice age moraines to Rosthwaite, where we will have time to walk round the village. We cross New Bridge and follow the Cumbria Way downstream stopping to explore the cave of the eccentric Millican Dalton under the shadow of Castle Crag. Continuing north you loop round to Swanesty How before approaching the village of Grange from the north. You then follow the Allerdale Ramble footpath up past Castle Crag, tackling the winding footpath to the top, before your route contours round above the tree line affording open views of the Upper Borrowdale Fells and then drops us back down to your starting place in Seatoller. Total distance covered: 8.4 miles (420m ascent).

Examples of Grade 7 Walks:

  • The High Stile Ridge - the classic ridge walk on the south west side of Buttermere. You walk along the shores of Buttermere then ascend through oak woodland and open hill to a resting place by Bleaberry Tarn. Continuing on the good path to The Saddle you then pick our way up the track, over the stones which give Red Pike (755m) its name, to the summit. Your reward is hopefully open views stretching from the Isle of Man to the Southern Uplands of Scotland, and of course the other peaks of the Lake District. The onward course takes up striding along the airy but never exposed ridge to High Stile (807m) and High Crag (744m) with unexpected views down into the combs which bite into the north eastern side of the ridge and over Buttermere to the oasis of Hassness Country House far below. You then descend on an ever improving path over Seat (562m) to Scarth Gap where you turn for the steady descent down to the lakeside and Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 8.8 miles (920m ascent).

  • The Robinson Ridge - the other Buttermere classic - the high level ridge on the north east side of the lake. The start is at Honister Pass beside the mine workings and take a straight route up the fence line to the north. The path takes you past more old workings as the views towards Great Gable and Helvellyn open up. When you arrive at Dale Head (753m) panoramic views down the Newlands Valley and towards Skiddaw are revealed. Turn west and stroll along the wide ridge to further viewpoints at Hindscarth (727m) and Robinson (737m). The descent down over Buttermere Moss can be wet, however rounding High Snockrigg you'll find the going firmer and the sight of Buttermere Village below which promises refreshments before the pleasant lakeside walk back to Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 7.7 miles (745m ascent).

  • Haystacks to Grey Knotts or Fleetwith Pike - Haystacks, or "The High Stacks" was Alfred Wainwright's favourite hill - he described it as "a shaggy terrier in the company of foxhounds". Start the ascent by following Buttermere to Gatesgarth Farm and taking the Public Bridleway up to Scarth Gap. Some short sections of easy scrambling follow giving added entertainment to the twisting path up to the rocky summit of Haytstacks (597m). You then traverse south east past Innominate Tarn and the idyllic Blackbeck Tarn before turning south east to follow the path up a fence line to the open viewpoint of Brandreth (715m). After walking north east along the wide ridge to the lumpy summit of Grey Knotts (697m) you can drop down to inspect or take shelter in Dubs Hut. Finally, you may descend the old miners' track, or the path on the other side of the Beck, into Warnscale Bottom and on to Gatesgarth, or climb up to Fleetwith Pike (648m) and descend its north ridge, spurred on by the thought of drinks and cake at Hassness Country House. Total distance covered: 9.8 miles (855m ascent, 1000m including Fleethwith Pike).

  • Dale Head to Cat Bells - this walk starts at Honister Pass and follows a path on the fence line north towards Dale Head (753m). If the summit is cloud-covered and the views north can't be savoured, you contour round its eastern flank to a sheltered break stop by the peaceful Dale Head Tarn where the well constructed path from the top re-joins our route. A short ascent brings you to High Spy (655m) and a stroll down the wide airy ridge to Maiden Moor (576m) with ever-changing views down into the patchwork fields and woods in Borrowdale and to Derwentwater and Skiddaw beyond. At Hause Gate you have the option of making the short extra ascent to the iconic viewpoint of Cat Bells (451m) to share vistas over Derwentwater and its numerous islands with walkers up from the the landing stages and car parks at Hawse End below. Descending east to Manesty, the tearoom and other facilities at Grange beckon. All that remains is a scenic return to Honister up sections of the Cumbria Way and Allerdale Ramble footpaths, unless the bus proves too tempting. Total distance covered: 11 miles (850m ascent) or 12.3 miles (1020m ascent) including Dale Head.


If you choose to explore the area on your own and not walk, or you prefer a holiday without walking, the Buttermere area has so much to offer, as well as enjoying the peace and tranquillity and feeling the need to really get away from it all. Buttermere Village (Buttermere - Visit Cumbria) is a short drive or approx. 30 minute walk from the door at Hassness Country House. There are two pubs, a coffee shop and an ice cream shop to visit. Up from the village is the Church of St James, an historical chapel dating back to the 16th century. A stone plaque in memory of the late Alfred Wainwright can be found beneath the window that looks out onto Haystacks, where his ashes are scattered at Innominate Tarn. 

While there aren’t many attractions in Buttermere as such, there’s plenty of things to do for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. Besides the Buttermere lake walk there’s a whole host of fells to tackle, including Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike Rannerdale Knotts, Grasmoor, High Stile, Robinson, Red Pike, and High Crag (some are mentioned above). 

The lake itself offers a 7km, low level walk which is great for families with younger children. There’s plenty to see along the way, from the wonderful wildlife that graces the area to cascading waterfalls that tumble down from the fells. You can’t miss Sour Milk Gill, the Buttermere waterfall that runs down Bleaberry Tarn. Alternatively, combine Crummock Water with the Buttermere walk to witness the spectacular Scale Force. You can start either walk from the village or at the opposite end of the lake at Gatesgarth Farm.  

Whilst motor boats are not allowed on the lake, you may wish to try some wild swimming? With its sheltered stony beaches and stunning backdrop, there are few places as perfect for enjoying a picnic or a spot of wild swimming. It gets deep in places, so it’s advised that only strong swimmers or adults swim here. Alternatively, head up from Warnscale Bottom to the series of waterfalls and enjoy the views from the Buttermere infinity pool. 

Honister Slate Mine (Homepage | Honister ) is easily reachable from Hassness Country House. Honister Slate Mine is the only remaining working slate mine in the country. As well as enjoying a tour of the mines, you can take part in both indoor and outdoor adventure activities such as cliff camping, the Via Ferrata Xtreme, canyoning and the infinity bridge. These are definitely not for the faint-hearted or anyone who’s afraid of heights. If you have a vehicle with you, the drive will take approx. 10 - 15 minutes or there is a service bus available in the summer months. There is something for everyone and the location itself really is picturesque. 

Day 4

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, Debbie and Laurie wave you goodbye when you'll leave with memories from your Lake District experience. Check out is by 10am. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Aug 2024 - 5th Aug 2024 (3 Nights)

6th Sep 2024 - 9th Sep 2024 (3 Nights)

13th Sep 2024 - 16th Sep 2024 (3 Nights)

27th Sep 2024 - 30th Sep 2024 (3 Nights)

4th Oct 2024 - 7th Oct 2024 (3 Nights)

18th Oct 2024 - 21st Oct 2024 (3 Nights)

25th Oct 2024 - 28th Oct 2024 (3 Nights)

Travel Details

Nearest railway station: Penrith (approx. 28 miles)

Nearest bus station: Keswick (approx. 9 miles)

Parking is available at Hassness County House. If driving, please note that there is no opportunity to fuel vehicles in the immediate Buttermere area, so please ensure you have enough fuel to get you to the house and away on your return journey. The nearest filling station is in Keswick or Cockermouth. There is no electric charge point at the property. 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hassness Country House

 

Hassness Country House, beautifully located in its own extensive grounds on the shores of Buttermere in the Western Lake District, provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest.  

You can find sheep grazing and red squirrels scurrying around just outside the door. This is one of the remotest parts of the Lake District and has been recognised as offering some of Britain’s finest views.

Accommodation is in twins, doubles and single rooms, accommodating 19 people in total, with 7 out of 11 bedrooms having en-suite facilities. All bedrooms are lakeside with many overlooking the lake and the fells beyond. Some of the rooms have a garden view. All rooms are very comfortable, either with en-suite facilities or sharing high-powered modern shower rooms and toilets, which are located across the hall from the bedrooms. Toiletries and towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest.

All of our bedrooms have stunning views; whether it be of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water, garden views or views of the lake itself.

The lounge is a delightful place to relax, with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests, to read a book or simply enjoy one of the most dramatic vantage points in the world. It’s also a perfect starting point for some truly remarkable days in the hills.

Hassness Country House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the bedrooms, and very little mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available and Wi-Fi is also available throughout the property (including the bedrooms). At Hassness Country House you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells. It’s far enough away yet convenient for the main tourist hubs of Keswick; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery. Our friendly managers, Debbie and Laurie, will make you feel welcome.

Hassness Country House has a small licensed bar which offers a selection of red and white wines, beer and a small assortment of spirits at reasonable prices (payment by card only). You can walk the mile into Buttermere village (a tiny hamlet) for a drink or something to eat at one of the two pubs, but otherwise you can just get away from it all. The madding crowds don’t come anywhere nearby, and the surrounding hills are generally less well stomped than the more readily accessible peaks.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

As this is a self-guided holiday, you are free to explore the area at your leisure using your preferred method of transport. 

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

Tipping

Tips for staff members at Hassness House are not included in your holiday price.  If, however, you would like to contribute for a particular staff member or service during your stay, this is entirely at your own discretion, and any donation should be given directly to the recipient.

Your Travel Details

To reach Hassness House…

By car: from Preston (M6) leave the motorway at junction 40 to join the A66 to just beyond Keswick and continue on the minor road following Newlands Valley via Stair and Keskadale to Buttermere. Reaching the edge of Buttermere village, turn left on to the B5289 and continue for approximately 1¼ miles and Hassness estate is on the right. Please note this route is not suitable for nervous drivers. Alternatively take the B5289 from Keswick via Grange, Borrowdale and Gatesgarth direct to Hassness and the estate will be on your left.

Parking is available at Hassness County House. If driving, please note that there is no opportunity to fuel vehicles in the immediate Buttermere area, so please ensure you have enough fuel to get you to the house and away on your return journey. The nearest filling station is in Keswick or Cockermouth. There is no electric charge point at the property. 

By rail and coach: the nearest railway station to Hassness is Penrith. You will need to take a bus from Penrith railway station to Keswick bus station. Once here a taxi (check the price first) or 50 minute bus ride will take you to Hassness House.
There are several buses a day from Keswick to Hassness (just beyond Buttermere Village towards the Honister Pass) usually departing from about 09.20. Please check the timetables before departing. The journey takes about an hour. Alternatively, a taxi should cost about £20 but we do advise you to get a quote before you travel. Unfortunately Hassness Country House is not reachable by public bus in the winter months (from November to Easter).
Alternatively, you could stay overnight in Penrith or Keswick – they’re only half an hour apart (although Keswick is probably the nicer base). Contact Keswick Tourist Information Centre for hotel and guesthouse information (www.keswick.org).


Travel information contact details:

  • UK rail information: www.nationalrail.co.uk 
  • Local bus services between Penrith and Keswick (Services X4 or X5):
  • Local bus services between Keswick and Buttermere (Services 77 or 77A): Tel: 0870 608 2608
  • Keswick Tourist Information Office: www.visitcumbria.com/kes/kestic.htm 
  • Davies taxies - Tel: 017687 72676
  • Keswick Taxis - Tel: 017687 75585

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

  • The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk or www.rac.co.uk

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.

Footwear & Kit List

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Ordnance Survey. Outdoor Leisure series (1:25,000):

Map no 4:

English Lakes - North Western area

Map no 6:

English Lakes - South Western area

‘Wainwright' Guide books:

Book 6 - `The North Western Fells'

Book 7 - `The Western Fells'

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

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