Hiking and Hygge


8th – 11th November 2019

When it comes to winter do you sometimes wish you could just crawl under the duvet and stay there until the spring? If the answer is yes, then this is the retreat for you! Get ready for a weekend of pure and utter comfort and indulgence. This is the ultimate hygge experience! A long weekend of roaring fires, candlelit yoga, cosy pub dinners and beautiful hiking in the gorgeous central Lakes.

Imagine this…

You take a leisurely start to your day with a hot steaming shower and a cup of organic tea/coffee whilst taking in the beautiful scenery from your ensuite room.

Afterwards you head downstairs to enjoy a delicious home cooked freshly prepared breakfast in our private dining room overlooking the beautiful grounds of our luxury bed and breakfast. Suitably replenished you then get ready to head out onto the stunning fells of the central Lakes for a day of magnificent hiking guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and leave you with a sense of achievement. You soak in all the peace and tranquillity on offer whilst enjoying the breath-taking scenery at every turn.

At around 3.30pm you begin your descent back down towards our luxury lake side accommodation and watch as the sun begins to set behind the mountains tops.

You return from your hike to enjoy a gorgeous restorative yoga session with Elaine in our very own eco-pod surrounded by candle light and the warming glow of the log burner. A great opportunity to fully unwind from the day and loosen up those tired limbs. Grab your woolly socks and a blanket and get ready for some serious hygge!

You then take yourself off for either a long relaxing shower or a luxurious soak in your roll top bath before heading out to dinner at the local gastro pub where we cosy up by the fire and enjoy a two-course heart-warming feast and a glass of wine (or two) before heading back for a hot chocolate snuggled up under a blanket or perhaps even a stroll up to the lake in the moonlight.

You retire to bed feeling fully relaxed and able to enjoy a blissful night’s sleep ready to do it all again tomorrow.



Hiking and Hygge ia a retreat which brings together all my favourite things about winter. Cosy fires, beautiful winter walks, hearty comfort food and plenty of rest and relaxation.



This retreat is designed so that not only do you get to enjoy a weekend of good food, good company and no doubt some much needed relaxation, but that you also leave having experienced a sense of achievement. That you leave less afraid to experience new adventures and more inclined to live life to it’s fullest.


What’s included in the package:

  • 3 nights’ luxury en-suite accommodation at Lake View Country House, Grasmere (of which we will have exclusive use). Rooms include crisp Egyptian cotton, solid oak king beds and elegant bathrooms with deep soaking baths and marble tiles. The guesthouse also has its own private access to Grasmere lake.
  • 2 full days of fantastic guided hiking in the heart of the magnificent Lake District with our experienced mountain leader Cliff Lowther. Grasmere is the gateway to some spectacular walking in and around the central Lakes. Even on the cloudiest of days this magical place offers some pretty spectacular scenery.
  • A fabulous two-course vegetarian dinner every evening at the local gastro pub. We will dine basking in the glow of the fire. The gastro pub is just across the road from our country house. Dinner will also be accompanied with a choice of either red or white wine which is included in the package.
  • Prosecco reception on arrival to toast to a fabulous weekend ahead and get you ready for a weekend of pure and utter comfort and luxury.


  • Daily restorative candlelight yoga and meditation sessions with the lovely Elaine Smith in our very own eco pod. The pod has a gorgeous log burner perfect for that hygge experience! Imagine curling up with a blanket surrounded by candle light as you relax into that Shavasana pose.
  • All meals and snacks for the duration of the retreat including a freshly prepared breakfast each morning and a gourmet packed lunch for hiking. There will also be an abundance of deliciously indulgent treats available to you for the duration of your stay.


  • A complimentary gift bag of luxury goodies to help you to relax into your weekend stay with us.

Guaranteed maximum group size of 8. This is a small and intimate retreat designed to ensure you feel part of the group especially if you’re travelling alone (as most guests do).

I’m so glad I took the leap and booked this weekend retreat.

I did intend to get a little practice in before the weekend rolled round, but that never happened. No worries though, as I was able to complete the hiking and left feeling challenged, refreshed and relaxed.

On our return, we had a quick change before heading to the yoga pod in the garden for a wonderfully chilled yoga session with Elaine. Highly experienced, and with a wonderfully calm tone, Elaine had us stretched out and completely relaxed in no time. 

The accommodation was lovely and food at the pub across the street delicious. The highlight of the weekend though was the hiking.

On Sunday Paula and Cliff (our host and guides for the weekend) took us higher and further than I ever thought I could possibly go. It was challenging, but we stopped when needed, took breaks (including time to eat the lovely lunch Paula had packed for us), and moved at a manageable pace for everyone in the group.

The sun shone, and we had perfect weather for hiking.

I really enjoyed the weekend and meeting all the other lovely ladies who had taken time out to do something for themselves.

I would highly recommend this 5-star retreat.

Alisha Easton

I have so enjoyed this Hiking & Hygge Autumn Retreat in the Lake District, ran by Paula Lawson along with her colleagues Elaine Smith, Yoga Teacher and Cliff Lowther, our professional Hiking Guide. 

 Having been upgraded to The Penthouse Suite of the quaint country house sat upon the edge of Grasmere Lakeside, and welcomed into the group of professional women, who had travelled from all areas of the UK, I felt right at home in the warmth and ambience of the welcome talk, with glass of prosecco in hand. 

The accommodation was excellent, and the food superb.   Whilst I had no expectations of the weekend, it proved to be every bit the soulful retreat,  and despite the landscape being arduous at time, the routes we took were stupendous.  

A healthy daily lunch was packed for each of us – Paula having sourced high quality produce, and were delicious.  The walks were picturesque and quite simply magical, with peaks reached on Loughrigg overlooking all the undulating landscape waterways of the beautiful Lake District.

  Paula’s passion and duty of care to each participant was admirable and I can only thank her for the respect of each person’s physical levels of fitness – with consideration given to those of us who felt the rambles and climbs at times moderate to difficult, but once at the top with those views – wow!  We were encouraged every step of the way.  Cliff’s experience, persuasion and sense of humour kept us well entertained all across the hikes.

Helm Cragg was the second day’s walk and a small group of us walked around the base camp enjoying the local delicacies of lunch in nearby bistro, absorbing the gifts, crafts, cafes and art galleries – with extra special additional soothing Yoga experience.    I absolutely loved the Yoga sessions with meditation inside the Yoga Pod – dark and inviting with twinkling flames of candles, and roaring heat belting out from the central log burning stove.  It was dreamy.  I have not only enjoyed the retreat, but have rekindled my love of yoga and will be taking a regular session in one of Elaine’s groups in my locality.   

Thank you again too, to all the other ladies, who simply were fantastic!   We have kept in touch via social media and shared our wonderful snapshots of the weekend retreat.     I would recommend you discover a whole new way of establishing wellbeing in your life with Paula on her forthcoming Hiking and Hygge retreat.”  


Susan Smalley

Meet Your Hosts…

Paula Lawson is a certified Health and Wellness coach with an immense passion for helping women to realise their own self worth.

Paula fell in love with hiking back in 2013 after a week long holiday in the Lake District and has never looked back. 

As well as hiking, Paula is a firm believer in the Danish concept of Hygge. During the winter her home is a cosy snug of roaring fires, candlelight and delicious comfort food!

As someone who can struggle with the darker months, I know how important it is to both spend time outdoors and to prioritise self care. To be able to offer a retreat that allows clients to do both, for me, is the perfect winter antidote.”






Cliff Lowther is our lead instructor/guide on all our retreats and is an extremely experienced adventurer having been involved with adventure based activities throughout his life.

Professionally, he has used adventure and the outdoors as a vehicle for personal development with all his clients for over 35 years and has led expeditions to countries including Cambodia, Ecuador and Peru.

The outdoors is, simply put, Cliff’s passion in life. Whether it’s wandering the mountains of the Lake District or ice climbing in Norway. As well as being the seasoned professional he is incredibly supportive, friendly and knows how to get the best out of you

Elaine initially started practising yoga to help cure a lower back injury and soon noticed the positive impact yoga was having on her, both physically and mentally.
Having practiced many different types of yoga for almost 20 years, she found her yoga practice was the one thing she kept coming back to, helping to calm and focus her mind, as well as maintaining flexibility.
Elaine particularly loves practicing in the heat and discovered a love of hot yoga at a Bikram Yoga class in Las Vegas in 2009.
In early 2018 Elaine completed her 200hr YTT in Vinyasa Flow.
Elaine is down to earth and likes to focus on
bringing mindful movements to each yoga class.
She’s keen to share the positive impact yoga can bring, helping students to build a stronger, more flexible body and a space to help quieten the mind.

Prices from £625.00

(Prices are dependent on room selection. For more details on room availability and pricing please follow the link below to the booking page)

An initial deposit of £150.00 is required to secure your booking with a second deposit of £150.00 due before 15th May 2019. Final payments are due no later than 4 weeks prior to the retreat.

If the concept of ‘hygge’ is all about cozy contentment then food has to play a big part in that. There’s one thing for sure, you won’t be going hungry on this retreat!

Our hosts at Lake View Country House pride themselves on the quality of the produce they use. They will be providing us with a beautiful spread each morning for breakfast as well as our two course evening meal in the local gastro pub. 

You’ll also be provided with a gourmet packed lunch for your hiking each day.

In your room you will be provided with a delicious selection of luxury chocolates and snacks to enjoy  at your leisure with your tea and coffee.

Set in an acre of gardens and wildlife, Lake View Country House is a family run seven bedroom luxury bed and breakast nestled in the heart of beautiful Grasmere village. 

With it’s very own private access to the lake this luxury bed and breakfast makes for the perfect weekend escape.

Each of the seven bedrooms contains super comfortable oak beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, smart TV,  and a luxury bathroom (one room has a gorgeous jacuzzi bath perfect for post hiking relaxation) as well as it’s very own tea making facilities with a wide variety of organic tea and coffee and delicious treats.

Example Itinerary


Guests will arrive from 4pm onwards . Once you’ve settled in and had a chance to freshen up you can join us in the breakfast room for a glass or two of prosecco to welcome you and toast to the weekend ahead. Feel free to take a walk down to the lake and to have a look around or just simply sit back and enjoy this beautiful setting.

Once all our guests have arrived and settled we will take some time to get to know one another and run through the itinerary for the weekend. At 7pm we will head over the road to the local gastro pub for dinner where we will enjoy our two course evening meal nestled in by the fire. The rest of the evening is then yours to relax as you choose.  Maybe take a long hot soak in your roll top bath or get cosied up with a good book. 


Saturday/Sunday morning will begin with breakfast at around 8.00am. At 9.30am Cliff Lowther our mountain guide will join us and run through the hike that he has planned for the day. 

We’ll then head up and out of the valley, and very quickly will be taking in some exquisite views. If you have never hiked before it’s at this point that you’ll quickly realise why it is has become one of my favourite past times and why I often find myself craving being back on the hills.

We will aim to arrive back at Lake View for approx 4.00pm for a quick freshen up before Elaine leads us in a 60min candle lit yoga and relaxation session in the eco pod to help us to stretch those tired muscles and fully unwind.

Between 5.30pm and 7pm the time is yours to relax and get ready for dinner. At 7pm we will head across to the gastro pub for another delicious two course evening meal before heading back to Lakeview for a well earned good nights sleep. 


This morning will begin with a gentle yoga session with Elaine in the eco pod at around 8am before we enjoy a final leisurely breakfast at around 9.30am.

At 11am we will check out of Lake View and say our goodbyes leaving you the perfect opportunity to have a look around Grasmere village before you head home feeling relaxed and replenished.



Do I need to be an experienced walker to take part in the retreat?
Not at all. The walk is designed at a beginners level. Our experienced Mountain Leader, Cliff Lowther, recommends that in order to fully enjoy the experience participants should be able to comfortably walk a minimum of 10miles on flat ground (approx 4 hours) without any real concerns. This weekend is specifically designed for those that have little to no experience of hiking and who want to take the opportunity to try it. 

Will I need to bring any specialist equipment?
A recommended packing list will be provided to ensure that you have everything that you need to fully enjoy the weekend but you will of course need a good quality pair of comfortable hiking boots and a set of waterproofs for your hiking. Please ensure that boots have been well worn in to prevent the risk of blisters as we will be walking all day Saturday and Sunday!

How will I get there?
If you arriving by car the journey is approx 90 min from Scotch Corner Services on the A1. We will be providing information on how to get to the guest house.

Trains to the Lake District terminate at Windermere railway station. From Windermere take the 505 or 599 bus to Grasmere.
For timetable information, call 0871 200 22 33 or visit Traveline or Cumbria County Council websites.

Are you able to cater for special dietary requirements?
We are able to cater for most dietary requirements as all food is prepared fresh but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss further. 

Does it matter if I haven’t taken part in a yoga class before?
Our yoga sessions are all about restoring mind, body and soul whilst gently helping the body to wind down after a full day out on the hills. The sessions will be suitable for all abilities including complete beginners and our yoga instructor Elaine will be able to adapt any moves if necessary.

Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
If you should have further questions at all then please don’t hesitate to email me at paula@behappybebrightbeyou.co.uk. I understand that for those of you that may never have hiked before you might be a little nervous about doing something out of your comfort zone but trust me when I say you will love every second of it. If your heart is saying go for it then trust it. We often allow ourselves to completely overthink our decisions and focus too much on why we shouldn’t do something rather than why we should. For once, trust your heart and know that this is what you need in your life right at this moment. 


Your Retreat Package Includes:


  • Three night stay (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at the beautiful Lake View Country House in Grasmere ( of which we have exclusive use)!
  • Two full days of professionally guided hiking in the central Lake District.
  • Daily restorative candlelit yoga sessions in our very own eco yoga pod with log burner.
  • All of your meals for the duration of your stay including a freshly prepared breakfast each morning, packed lunches for hiking and a two course evening meal with wine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.
  • Prosecco and cake reception on arrival where you can meet all of the other guests as well as your hosts.
  • Luxury gift bag to make sure you truly spoil yourself during your weekend away.
  • Complimentary tea/coffee and snacks for the duration of your stay.

Prices from £625.00  

 (Prices are dependent on room selection. For more details on room availability and pricing please follow the link below to the booking page)

An initial deposit of £150.00 is required to secure your booking with a second deposit of £150.00 due before 15th April 2019.  Final balance payments are due no later than 4 weeks prior to the retreat.