Explorers Connect

Lake District Escape
6th - 8th March 2020

Join our micro-expedition to circumnavigate the Ennerdale Valley in the heart of the Lake District. From our base camp, a remote lodge accessible only on foot, we will explore the surrounding ring of peaks including Great Gable and Kirk Fell

Duration: 2.5 days | Location: Lake District | Price: from £179



Converted from a former shepherd’s bothy, our base camp is fresh and clean following a refurbishment but retains the rustic charm that makes it the most sought after hut in the Lake District. Located in a traffic-free valley, its as remote as a stay in the Lakes gets.

This is the base from which we will attempt to summit the mountains around us including Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Pillar, Hay Stacks & High Crag. The micro-expedition is led by two trained guides and the group is small (12 places max) to ensure a truly adventurous experience.

The adventure starts on Friday afternoon/evening when you'll meet your guide to 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!) A can-do attitude and an enjoyment of walking is all that is necessary, no specialist experience or kit needed.

Expect a break 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. 


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  • Day 1 (Friday): 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. 

  • Day 2 & 3: We will spend Saturday and Sunday exploring the remote valley and the craggy mountains which surround it. Our aim is to circumnavigate the valley via the five main surrounding peaks, including the iconic Great Gable, however this will depend on the weather. Expect panoramic views over the surrounding radiating valleys and lakes. We will walk from our doorstep on both days allowing us to make the most of our fantastic location.



Your Mountain Leader for this adventure is the one-and-only Neil Froggitt. Neil began his career as a divemaster exploring the hidden depths of the ocean. Since then he has been developing his skills above the waterline extending to paddle sports, trekking and navigation in both lowlands and mountainous areas.

A consummate professional with a huge passion for outdoor adventure, Neil has led numerous trips for Explorers Connect, and perfectly brings to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends.

You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here



We will have sole use of a rustic mountain lodge. 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. We will be providing cooked food for the weekend from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunchtime so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. You will need to bring two packed lunches. Please also be ready to help us carry the food in – so leave a little space in your rucksacks.


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  • 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

  • Friendly Explorers Connect host for the weekend


You'll need to be able to walk into the lodge with your rucksack and enjoy two days mountain walking. 


  • Dates: This adventure runs from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March 2020

  • Price: £189 (member price: £179)

  • N.B. If you would like to book your place with a deposit please call the office, we’re happy to arrange this for you. Tel 0117 405 7497

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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.