Looking for an exciting outdoor challenge or even a DofE Gold Residential with a difference? Our Lakeland Paddle and Hike Expedition could just be the one for you.
Forthcoming dates for our next expeditions are:
Our Lakeland Expedition is an action-packed and fully supported outdoor adventure that combines paddling the length of Lakeland's two longest lakes - Windermere and Ullswater - with hiking, lakeside camping and an overnight stay in a remote mountain hut.
You will get the chance to experience paddling some of the UK's most iconic stretches of open water as well as taking part in some challenging mountain walking and navigation along the way.
This breath-taking paddling trip will introduce you to some inspiring wild scenery, not just through the rarely-seen views you will enjoy from across the water but also during the day's mountain hike that we do in-between the two lakes.
Teamwork is a key requirement for this expedition. You will be working together as a close-knit group to paddle our 10m voyageur canoe through the vast expanses of Lakeland's two longest lakes, and at the end of the day when your energy levels are low, you'll then need to set up camp, cook meals and live together for the best part of a week. Your communication and social skills will be put to the test as much as your practical, survival skills.
A trained support team is always present but will keep at a distance to allow participants to lead and navigate the expedition. For this reason, the trip also qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential.
Brief Outline of the Expedition:
Day 1: Arrive and get a kit issue followed by an introduction to the open canoe and each other at Brathay Hall. We can supply a range of protective clothing along with all the camping kit you may need. Accommodation is on site at Brathay, either in yurts, dormitories or camping.
Day 2: We start our journey at the southern end of Windermere, England’s longest lake and travel north by open canoe. We take everything we need for the day, ending with an overnight camp at a beautiful lakeside campsite at the other end of the lake. On route we will take in islands, castles, history and superb views of the local fells.
Day 3: The middle day of our adventure is on foot as we make our way over the fells from Windermere to our next paddling destination, beautiful Ullswater. Thankfully, the canoe is taken for us by vehicle, but participants have to carry everything they need for an overnight stay in a remote mountain bothy. The exact route taken depends always on the weather, so could be over Fairfield with great views of the surrounding Lake District fells and lakes, or in poor visibility, a lower level valley route past waterfalls and on clearly marked paths.
Day 4/5: Following a steep descent to Ullswater we pick up our canoes for another thrilling day's paddling on Ullswater. Here we explore the islands and wild east shore of the lake and complete our Lakeland journey at Pooley Bridge at the north end of the lake. We then return to Brathay for our final night and depart the following morning.
Please note: For safety reasons all our routes may vary to accommodate individual abilities within the group, difficult weather conditions and the availability of accommodation.
- New experience in a new location
- Shared endeavour
- Working together
- Looking after yourself as well as others – on and off the water
- Taking an active role in the process
- Living and working together
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