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Hiking and Bushcraft in the Lake District


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The one that has you staying in the heart of the Lake District, learning bushcraft survival skills, hiking and practicing outdoor sports.


  • Duration

    4 days

  • Meals

    3 Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, 2 Dinners

  • Group Size

    Maximum 12 people

  • Team

    Local Host Amy

Hawkshead, Lake Windermere

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You host for this trip is Anna. Anna has led Contiki Groups all over Europe and the UK is obsessed with nature and hiking – it’s her greatest passion in life and she has stories to tell from hikes all around the world. Anna will not only share her love of hiking with you, but will let you in on the best kept secrets of the Lake District – where the best photo points are, which hikes are a must do and the cute little towns around the lake you simply cannot miss. Alongside Anna, you’ll meet our dedicated team of Local Experts who will lead you on some guided hikes, help you fine tune your axe throwing skills and get you out on the lake through a variety of water sports. Together, our team will make sure your time in the Lake District is unforgettable.

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Welcome to YHA Hawkshead! Our atmospheric grade II listed accommodation is a perfect rural escape in Beatrix Potter country. With comfortable rooms, an on-site licensed bar and easy access to the southern fells and Lake Windermere, you’ll have everything you need on hand to make the most of your stay in the Lake District. Expect tranquil views, great beer and plenty of Regency charm.


After we check in, our trusted Trip Manager will give us an orientation of Hawkshead, taking us through all the main attractions. This picturesque village will captivate you with its cute selection of tea rooms and pubs, cobblestone streets with charming whitewashed houses & lots of little courtyards and squares. Cars are completely banned from the village, giving us complete freedom to wander around and admire all the 17th century buildings and take in the Cumbrian culture. We’ll end our first day with a delicious included dinner at a local restaurant.



Graythwaite Estate

We won’t waste too much time lazing around this morning, as we’ve got a full day ahead of us. We’ll grab some breakfast then whisk ourselves off for a fully guided Fell Hike, followed by lots of exciting outdoor activities on 5000 acres of private land at Graythwaite Estate. Here you can brush up on your bushcraft survival skills, and enjoy a private lesson in archery and axe-throwing. We’ll throw in a well-deserved coffee, tea, and s’mores break in between.


This evening we’ll return to our accommodation, just in time for another lovely dinner at one of the local pubs.




Rise and shine, another exciting day awaits!  After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you’ve got a free morning to explore the village or go on a hike of your choice (we recommend trying the Old Man of Coniston Hike).

Lake Windermere

This afternoon we'll depart for a guided fell walk on the shores of Lake Windermere and a chance to soak up all the beautiful scenery. If you're feeling adventurous, have a go at the various included water sports available, like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or canoeing.

Bowness on Windermere

Don’t want to return to the accommodation just yet? Our thoughts exactly. Join us on a guided hike to Far Sawrey and a return ferry ride crossing to Bowness on Windermere, for a spectacular end to this one-of-a-kind trip.




One last breakfast together and then it’s time to check out. Say goodbye to your new friends, exchange contact details and then start planning your next adventure!

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All accommodation is included

YHA Hawkshead

The Lake District, United Kingdom

About this trip

Spend 4 amazing days discovering the picturesque village of Hawkshead, honing your bushcraft survival skills, practicing medieval sports against the surreal backdrop of Lake District or kayaking in Lake Windermere. Finish off in style with a guided hike to Far Sawrey and a return ferry ride crossing to Bowness on Windermere.

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