Cumbria Outdoors - activity breaks - 3 valleys in 3 days

This programme is for adults who are looking to experience a range of outdoor activities, whilst taking in the beauty and splendour of three valleys in the Northern Lake District.

The activity break is suitable for those with no or little experience of adventurous outdoor activities and those who have reasonable levels of fitness.

3 valleys - itinerary
Day 1Arrive late afternoon, meet the Outdoor Team, early evening meal - discuss activities and venues
Day 2Borrowdale Valley - Rock Climbing, then Ghyll Descent on Newlands Valley
Day 3Buttermere Valley - Fell Walk, followed by The Via Ferrata at Honister, depart after returning to the centre at approximately 5pm
Price - from £320 per person depending on group size

Day One

Arrive early evening - Meet the Outdoor Team.

Buffet Dinner, informal discussion regarding activities and venues.

After Dinner - Catbells Terrace Night Walk.

The terrace path is a public bridleway, and runs along the flank of Catbells, about 50 metres above the road. Depending on light levels the terrace walk provides stunning views across Derwentwater to Keswick. The nearest island is St Herbert's Isle, named after the 7th monk who lived there.

Day Two


Breakfast, then head off for Rock Climbing. A Borrowdale Valley Classic, a climb on Shepherds Crag.

Borrowdale is 8 miles long and has over 1200 climbs to choose from, it is often claimed to be the most beautiful valley in the Lake District.  The first recorded rock climb in Borrowdale was by the Abraham brothers from Keswick in 1892.

Lunchtime - Back to the Centre for Soup  and Sandwiches. 


Time to get wet! Ghyll Descent in the Newlands Valley, Stonycroft Ghyll

Stoneycroft Ghyll is one of the best gorge scrambles in the Northern Lake District, there is the opportunity to dive and slide, then with an option of jumping into the 'washing machine '!


Dinner at 7.30pm with the option of a Derwentwater Lakeshore Night Walk, or social, feet up time !

Day Three


Breakfast, then journey up and over Honister Pass to Rannerdale Knotts, in the Buttermere Valley.

The Rannerdale fell walk is 4.5 miles and includes an undulating rocky ridge walk the takes in views of Buttermere Village and Lake. The summit of Rannerdale provides an excellent viewing point of Crummock Water and Melbreak Fell.  Dependent on weather, views can extend to the Solway Plain, Solway Firth, and across to Scotland. 

Rannerdale Knotts standing at 1165ft high, is said to be the site of a battle between native Cumbrians and Norsemen and the invading Normans in late 11th, early 12th century.  The famous bluebells (which can be seen in April and May), according to local folklore, are said to have sprung from the spilt blood of the slain Norman warriors. 

Packed lunch at the summit, weather permitting.  (Packed lunches ready to collect after breakfast.)


Final Activity - Maximum Exhilaration ! The Via Ferrata at Honister Mine.

Originating in Northern Italy, the Dolomites, the term Via Ferrata mean 'Iron Road' - they were primarily used as a method of transporting soldiers and munitions through the mountains. At Honister Mine the Via Ferrata follows the historic miners path high onto Fleetwith Pike.  Climb the 'Iron Road' secured by cables and be fully guided by our leaders throughout.

Return to Centre

Tea and Cake - then goodbyes, travel home with a wealth of memories.

The centres are situated some 1.9 miles south of Portinscale on the edge of Derwentwater.

Grid reference:  NW 249 213


Hawse End Cottage/Hawse End Centre 
CA12 5UE


  • Take the turning off the A66 signposted to Portinscale, just west of the Keswick junction.  
  • Follow the road through Portinscale continuing for approximately 1.9 miles following the signs for Hawse End Centre passing the Derwentwater Marina and on through the woods past 2 right hand turnings signposted to Ullock and Stair.  
  • The turning to the centres is signposted and is on the left directly opposite a double fronted house set in its own grounds.  
  • Follow this drive along to the centres.

(Pick up and drop off at Penrith Railway Station can be arranged at a supplement).

Hawse End Centre

Hawse End Centre  Hawse End Lounge  Hawse End Dining Room 3

Hawse End Centre is a large, comfortable country mansion which is ideal for groups.

It is located at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley, directly across Derwentwater from Keswick, and has stunning views with access to the lakeside and mountains.  The nearby famous Lake District town of Keswick can be accessed by a short cruise on Derwentwater and the launch stop is conveniently close to the house.

For those more active there is a lakeside walk around Derwentwater which also takes in Keswick.

Room plans

Hawse End room plan (PDF 57kb)

Hawse End room list (PDF 200kb)

Hawse End Cottage

Cottage BBQ and Patio  Cottage Exterior from Lake  Cottage Exterior

Located on the shores of picturesque Derwentwater, at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley, this is a traditionally built stone cottage in the grounds of Hawse End Centre.  The cottage is situated at the foot of Catbells (which Alfred Wainwright described as "one of his favourites, which while modest in height, offers splendid views").

The nearby famous Lake District town of Keswick can be accessed by a short cruise on Derwentwater, and the launch stop is conveniently close to the cottage.  For those more active, there is a lakeside walk around Derwentwater which also takes in Keswick.

This is a truly stunning location, with Derwentwater only metres from the cottage door.

Room plans

Hawse End cottage room plan (PDF 54kb)

Hawse End cottage room list (PDF 177kb)

For activities:

  • Footwear - Walking boots and trainers that can get wet
  • 3 pairs of trousers (not jeans)
  • T-Shirts and underclothes (thermal recommended)
  • 3 warm jumpers (fleece)
  • Waterproof coat and trousers
  • Hat and gloves
  • Medication
  • Head torch (if you have one)
  • Towel/s

Plus comfortable casual clothes.

Specialist equipment such as helmets, wet suits and buoyancy aids are provided by the centre.

You will have the use of a drying room on site.

Day 1

Evening meal:

  • Cumberland sausage, mashed potato, seasonal vegetables
  • vegetarian curry with all the trimmings
  • damson cobbler

Day 2

Full English breakfast


  • soup and sandwiches

Evening meal:

  • curry night with all the trimmings
  • tasty homemade Mediterranean vegetable lasagne
  • sticky toffee pudding

Day 3

Full English breakfast


  • packed lunch

We meet all dietary requirements, whether this be lifestyle choices, medical or cultural