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Nordic Walking in the Lake District

Fun and fitness at Hassness Country House

Whatever your age or fitness level, you can be part of the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. More than 10 million people around the globe are taking up Nordic walking as the sociable way to enjoy the great outdoors and boost your fitness at the same time.

 

This holiday is designed as a good introduction to Nordic Walking, so if you're averagely fit, and can walk for three to four hours, you're likely to be able to cope with the demands of this break. It's easy to learn, on easy lakeside path and Lakeland forest trail terrain, and great fun!

 

Originally known as Ski walking (used by Cross Country skiers as a Summer training activity), Nordic walking is just ordinary walking made up to 40% more effective by the use of specially designed poles and using your upper body as well as your legs. With the correct technique, you can give yourself a good aerobic workout, strengthen your upper body and reduce the stress on the joints. It’s a great form of exercise and uses around 90% of the body’s muscles.

 

After an introduction to Nordic Walking techniques and a little practice of the basics in the grounds of Hassness, we’ll venture out on our first Nordic walk around Buttermere under the careful eye of our instructor. We’ll also have further training walks on the trails in Whinlatter Forest and on the paths above and alongside Derwentwater. This is quite an energetic break so we’ll take time out for a relaxing lunch each day.

 

Whether it be your first experience of Nordic Walking or if you have enjoyed it before, why not take your Nordic Walking steps with us and enjoy the very best of the Lake District’s picturesque paths and views of the high peaks?

 
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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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  • Accommodation
    Hassness Country House 

    Hassness Country House provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest. All our bedrooms have stunning views of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water. Looking out across the lake on a still and sunny morning from your room is truly a special sight. At Hassness 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. Managers Carole & Brian will make you feel welcome. We know you’ll love it!

    The lounge at Hassness 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.

    Accommodation is in very comfortable twin, double and single rooms, all of which have lakeside views.

    For 2017 the facilities are shared but plentiful - there are five modern high powered shower rooms, which cater for a full house of people comfortably. Toiletries are provided together with hairdryers. Towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest. Or you could always take a bracing pre-breakfast dip in the lake!

    2017 Room Supplements:
    Sole Occupancy Supplement: £6 per night
    Supplement for a Superior Twin Room: £5 per person per night

    For the 2018 season, following an extensive refurbishment over the preceding winter, Hassness House will reopen with many rooms having been remodelled to include ensuite facilities. Accommodation for 2108 will be in twin, double and single occupancy rooms with seven twin or double rooms having ensuite facilities and the remainder sharing modern bathroom facilities with power showers.

    Hassness House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and no mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available. There’s no Wi-Fi in the bedrooms, but we do have a Wi-Fi router in the lounge, so if you can’t bear to be completely disconnected during your stay, you can fire up your iPad.

    2018 Room Supplements (per person per night):
    Double room with en suite facilities: £15
    Superior twin with en suite facilities: £15

    2018 Sole Occupancy Supplements (per night):
    Single room with shared facilities: £6
    Twin or Double room with shared facilities: £12
    Superior Twin or Double room with en suite facilities: £35

     

    Meals

    Cooked breakfast, freshly baked cakes in the afternoon and a sumptuous three course evening meal, using local produce where possible, are provided every day (excluding Tuesdays where there is a buffet breakfast and dinner can be taken in one of Buttermere's village pubs). Picnic lunches are included on days including a guided walk.

    Free tea and coffee is available at all times to enjoy in the spacious and comfortable lounge overlooking the lake. Please also feel free to bring your own wine or beer as the guesthouse is not licensed. There's a guests' kitchen with a large guest fridge for storage.  

  • What's Included
    • B&B at Hassness Country House.
    • Packed lunches provided on walking days.
    • Home cooked, locally sourced dinners, except on Tuesday* (when dinner can be taken in one of Buttermere’s village pubs) * May departure only
    • Instruction & Nordic walking poles.
    • Transport, if necessary, to and from the Nordic Walking areas.
    • Well deserved home baked cakes await your return each day.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Being part of the fastest growing fitness activity.
    • Burning calories much more quickly than regular walking.
    • Exploring a section of the Cumbria Way alongside Derwentwater.

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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