Campfires and Starry Nights
Ladies, do you need a weekend away from it all?
Have you ever fancied hiking in the beauty of the Lake District but never had the opportunity? Get ready to disconnect from the fast pace of modern life and spend a weekend soul searching, eating home cooked delicious healthy option food, watching the stars, sharing laughs around the campfire and taking in some magnificent scenery as you hike through the beauty of the Langdale Valley.
2018 Dates –
27th – 29th April – (SOLD OUT)
18th – 20th May – (SOLD OUT)
1st – 3rd June – (SOLD OUT)
15th – 17th June (SOLD OUT)
2019 Dates – Taking Bookings Now!
26th – 28th April
17th – 19th May (Limited Availability)
21st – 23rd June (SOLD OUT))
12th – 14th July (Limited Availability)
I’d never spent time in the Lake District, let alone hiked there, till just over 4 years ago.
I thought I was the kind of girl that needed a luxury 5 * resort in order to unwind but boy was I wrong! I don’t think I have ever felt so peaceful and relaxed as when I’m walking over the fells and mountains surrounded by some of the most beautiful and scenic views.
I come to the Lakes when I need to clear my mind, to think and to reflect. As a holistic health coach I believe that a healthy life involves far more than just eating enough fruit and veg. It’s about the whole package, mind, body and soul. I would love for you to come and join me for a weekend of good wholesome food, peace and tranquility and fantastic hiking.
“I still to this day remember my first venture up Helvellyn which was officially the first ever mountain I would climb. Believe it or not, I barely slept the night before we’d planned to climb it and I kept thinking ‘why am I putting myself through this?’ I was truly nervous of doing something so far out of my comfort zone. I kept worrying about the weather, the height, my fitness and pretty much everything that could possibly go wrong.
And, of course, nothing did go wrong and we saw brilliant blue skies the whole day. That feeling after we’d completed the hike was something else. The achievement, the new found confidence. It left me inspired to start and pursue other dreams that I had put off or been too afraid to go after for so long. And the hiking just became more intense because I wanted to push myself further. I wasn’t afraid anymore.” – Paula
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:
The tipi’s are situated on a National Trust campsite with excellent facilities. This experience is about enjoying the simple tranquility of nature.
Listening to birdsong as you wake. Watching the sunset behind the mountains as the campfire blazes. (Tipi’s are priced on a sharing basis – 2 people to a tipi) For more info on the accommodation click here.
All of your meals for the duration of your stay. As a cookery teacher with over 10 years experience I pride myself on being able to make simple, hearty and delicious food. There will also be a wide range of hot drinks available as well as fresh fruit and snacks for you to enjoy at your leisure.
We will also be providing a packed lunch for the walk on the Saturday. The only meal not included in the price is your Saturday evening meal as we will be heading up to the pub for a post walk feast and maybe even a cheeky tipple!
Guided full day hiking experience in the Langdale Valley with an professional mountain guide.
We’ll be taking in the amazing views and scenery as we climb up out of the valley and up onto the top of the hills. If the weather is good enough we might be able to stop for a cooling afternoon swim in the tarn before descending back down to the valley below.
Don’t forget your camera for this one!
Guaranteed maximum group size of 6. 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).
The total price for the retreat is £369.00.
A deposit of £99.00 is required to secure your booking. Balance is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the retreat.
A short but perfectly formed weekend. It will push you outside of your comfort zone as you scramble up some of the most scenic spots in the Lakes. A weekend where you can turn down the noise of your everyday life and really give yourself the challenge to overcome your fears as well as quality space, time and consideration.
If anyone is in two minds to try this retreat; I would say go for it. Say ‘Yes’ to a weekend filled with fresh air, rosy cheeks, delicious food and likeminded attitudes which will leave you feeling revitalised.‘ Kate
‘I had a wonderful few days in the Lake District testing myself with a challenging walk and also spending a weekend with a group of strangers! I needn’t have worried at all. Lovely company with like minded and friendly people – who I now think of as mates. We were well looked after by lovely and positive Paula & Andy. Delicious food and plenty of it. Well led by Cliff who was knowledgeable about the area. All I can say is go for it!’ Helen
‘As someone who had never been to the Lake District before, had never camped and who had only a limited amount of hiking experience I had no idea what to expect from the weekend. But I can wholeheartedly say that within an hour of arriving I felt right at home! Paula and Andy made us feel so welcome, cared for and loved. As for the hiking, I never expected to accomplish what I did, especially as someone new to hiking. I started the day at the back of the group and by the end of the day I was confidently climbing downhill at the front! I left the weekend feeling like a new me, a more confident me and I cant thank Paula enough. Libby
‘We were warmly welcomed on arrival, helped with bags to our tipi and everything was just so well organised. Paula constantly went the extra mile, every single thing having the perfect finishing touch. The location was beautiful, the food delicious and the overall experience amazing. Plus… you can’t go wrong ending the day after an amazing hike through the beautiful lakes, around a fire, chatting with a hot chocolate, and toasting marshmallows under the starry night sky.‘ Lucy
‘Thank you Paula for such an amazing hiking retreat and for pushing me so far out of my comfort zone. I was sure that I would be the one in the pub at the bottom waiting for everyone to come back down. The retreat was perfect – the food, the tipi’s, the company – and you could see that you and Andy had put so much effort into it all ‘ Kathryn
‘Thanks to you and Andy for making us feel so welcome and looked after. It really felt like nothing was too much trouble and getting to know you both along with Olly and the rest of the girls was one of the highlights of the weekend! Thanks for such a good weekend. I’m sure I’ll be telling the grandchildren about this in years to come!! And we’ll definitely be returning to the Langdales to explore some more. You have opened my eyes to a beautiful part of the country. Christine
‘Despite the treacherous weather I had an amazing weekend. Great location, lovely company and nothing but laughs from start to finish. As someone who rarely gets five minutes to themselves it was fab to be spoiled by Paula and Andy…I didn’t lift a finger all weekend. Anyone considering this retreat, I would definitely recommend it. Vicki
‘Stunning, awesome, invigorating, restorative and just all round good fun! Ladies if you are looking for some me-time, some time to step off the treadmill then you need to do this! Thank you so much Paula.’ Angela
Part of a relaxing and holistic weekend away has to be the food. It needs to be delicious and comforting which is how I’ve designed the menu. All of your meals (apart from Saturday evening when we head to the local pub) will be freshly prepared, delcious home cooked healthy options to leave you feeling fantastic! I try wherever possible to use organic produce to ensure that your food is of the highest quality. We want to nourish the body as well as the soul on this retreat. There will also be an abundance of healthy option cakes and sweet treats (including gluten, dairy and refined sugar free options) for the duration of your stay for you to help yourself to as and when you choose.
And don’t worry about the tea and coffee as I’ve got you covered. We even have a Green and Black’s hot chocolate on offer for watching that sun set around the campfire.
The tipi’s are set in their own private corner on a beautiful National trust campsite. I chose this venue simply because of its rustic charm and tranquility. The view at sunrise and sunset is simply stunning. The tipi’s are on a raised up wooden platform and have floor coverings. They have a beautiful snug log burning stove inside and retain the heat very well keeping them not only warm and cosy but also dry.
The tipi’s are just a short stroll to the amenities and there is an excellent shop on site should you require any last minute essentials. The shower block has electrical outlets for hair drying etc and we will be bringing a battery pack for anyone needing to charge a phone.
We also have an extra large communal tent for the duration of the weekend which provides with a space to relax and eat should the weather not be as kind as we would like. This tent also has its own log burning stove to keep us snug and warm.
Guests will arrive from 4pm onwards on the Friday. We’ll have cake and tea/coffee at the ready so you can quickly get into relaxation mode. There will be time to get settled in and to simply sit back and enjoy the quiet!
Once all the guests have arrived and settled we will take some time to get to know one another and familiarise ourselves with the area. This will be followed by a delicious freshly prepared dinner. The rest of the evening is yours to relax as you choose. Watch the sunset whilst drinking enjoying a hot chocolate round the campfire or simply curl up with a good book without a care in the world.
Saturday morning we’ll be serving breakfast at around 7.45am. If the weather is kind we will dine al fresco and enjoy the beautiful scenery as we eat. There’ll be an array of fresh fruit, cereal, porridge (a must for hikers!) and a cooked breakfast option.
After breakfast we’ll head up and out of the valley, led by our experienced mountain guide 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.
Once at the top of the valley we will be stopping for a leisurely picnic lunch. The afternoon will be spent further exploring the area before making our descent back into the valley. Later that evening we’re off to the local pub for a delicious well earned meal and a cheeky glass of vino (or two!). I guarantee you’ll be feeling more chilled out than you’ve ever been.
Sunday morning begins again with another delicious freshly prepared breakfast before we take a gentle walk up to the beautiful Blea Tarn. If the weather is good the tarn is also just perfect for a cooling swim! It’s a fantastic place to simply sit back, take in the view and reflect on the weekend.
We will eventually head back down into camp where a light Mediterranean style lunch will have been prepared for us to enjoy. At around 14.30 we will say our goodbyes leaving you plenty of time to visit some of the beautiful villages en route home such as Ambleside and Grasmere. I know these places well and am more than happy to recommend cafes etc.
Do I need to be an experienced walker to take part in the retreat?
Not at all. The walk is designed so that even somebody completely new to hiking can participate. Our experienced Mountain Leader, Cliff Lowther, recommends that in order to fully enjoy the experience participants should be able to comfortably walk 10miles on flat ground (approx 4 hours) without any real concerns. This weekend is designed for those that have little to no experience of hiking and who want to take the opportunity to try it. Also no need to find a friend…we have a bunch of like minded lovely people all coming together who simply want to bring a little adventure into their lives.
Will I need to bring any specialist equipment?
A recommended packing list is provided but other than a sleeping bag and a camping mat the only other items of equipment we would recommend would be a comfortable pair of walking boots and a good waterproof jacket (it is the Lake District!).
How will I get there?
If you arriving by car the journey is approx 2 hours from Scotch Corner Services on the A1. We will provide details of how to reach the campsite in Langdale.
Trains to the Lake District terminate at Windermere railway station. From Windermere take the 505 or 599 bus to Ambleside, and from Ambleside you can pick up the 516 Langdale Rambler.
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?
All of the food available during your stay will be vegetarian (vegan options available). There will also be a wide range of gluten, dairy and refined sugar free options available. If you have any additional dietary requirements then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please note that we are unable to guarantee against any cross contamination with gluten and nuts due to the preparation and cooking processes.
Will the tipi’s be warm enough?
Whilst this is camping and therefore appropriate warm clothing is recommended, each of the tipi’s has a log burning stove which keeps it toasty warm and dry. The tipi’s are also raised up off the ground on a wooden platform and are built to withstand the elements. This is much more like glamping than camping. For further info on the tipi’s simply follow this link.
Where can I charge my phone?
Although I would recommend taking this opportunity to disconnect from the outside world for the weekend, I understand that many of you will want to use your phone to take photos etc. Don’t worry! We will be bringing a power pack for charging phones. Also in the shower block there are electrical points for hair dryers etc.
The total price for the retreat is £369.00.
A deposit of £99.00 is required to secure your booking and the balance is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the retreat.