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Lake District Escape
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th March 2019

Location is everything on this unique adventure! Black Sail is remote, accessible only on foot and surrounded by the peaks of Great Gable and Kirk Fell in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Don't miss out on the chance to spend a weekend in this remarkable spot.

OVERVIEW

Converted from a former shepherds bothy, our lodge is fresh and clean following a refurbishment but retains the rustic charm that makes it the most sought after hut in the area. Located in a traffic-free valley, Black Sail is as tranquil as a stay in the Lakes gets offering superb access to nearby peaks including Great Gable, Pillar, Red Pike and Steeple. There are only 14 spaces on this weekend so be quick as this is bound to be oversubscribed.

The weekend will start on Friday afternoon/evening where you'll meet your host and walk into the lodge together. With no road access for several miles in any direction, bring a rucksack and pack light as you will carry everything in for the weekend. Don't worry we will help you with this and advise on what to bring (and what not to bring!) Expect a weekend away from the modern world, out of the reach of traffic, phones and internet and staying in an 'off grid' location powered by renewable energy. 

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.

ITINERARY

Because there is no road access to the lodge we will meet at a car park on Friday to walk in together. The walk will take approximately two hours. For those able to take Friday off work to make the most of our amazing location, a first group will meet at the car park between 2-3pm. To ensure that everyone can walk in to the lodge with
our host we will have a second walk-in group later. Whichever group you will be walking with please ensure you bring a good torch. 

You will spend the weekend exploring the remote valley and the craggy mountains which surround it. You will be spoilt for choice with options for walking which will depend on the weather and the group. We will likely take a longer mountain walk on Saturday making the most of the daylight, perhaps heading to Great Gable at the head of the valley for panoramic views over the surrounding radiating valleys. We will walk from our doorstep on both days allowing us to make the most of our fantastic location.

 

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND DRINK

We will have sole use of a rustic mountain hostel. Recently renovated, the lodge is clean and tidy but still stunningly remote and with rustic charm and a wood burning stove to keep us snug in the evening. Bed linen is provided but please bring a towel with you. Rooms will be shared and have comfy, adult sized bunk beds. If you haven't done 'communal living' for a while it is lots of fun but you might want to bring earplugs just in case! We will be providing all food for the weekend from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunchtime so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Please also be ready to help us carry the food in – so leave a little space in your rucksacks.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

You'll need to be able to walk into the lodge with your rucksack and enjoy two days mountain walking. You should be of average fitness and having some experience of hill walking would be advantageous.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Two nights accommodation in our remote and cosy mountain lodge
  • Two full day guided walks with a qualified Mountain Leader
  • Home Cooked dinner on Saturday
  • Two breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday
  • Two lunches on Saturday and Sunday
  • EC Host for the weekend

DATES AND PRICES

This adventure runs from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March, 2019.

  • Discounted earlybird price for EC CLUB members - £179 (if deposit is paid by Friday 14th December, 2018)
  • Discounted earlybird price for non-members - £194 (if deposit is paid by Friday 14th December, 2018)
  • Standard price for EC CLUB members - £194
  • Standard price for non-members - £209

You'll need to pay a £99 deposit when booking with the balance due by Friday, 11th January 2019.

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REVIEWS

    We loved the sense of adventure and braving the elements... we were impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the instructors
    Everyone had a ball... the scenery was spectacular and the walking such good fun!
    The cooking, the service, the weather, the equipment, and the instructors knowing just about everything was top notch

    QUESTIONS?

    If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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