With the Lake District having just gained UNESCO World Heritage status on Saturday 8 July 2017, positioning it with other ‘must see’ iconic outdoor destinations such as the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef, why not actively seek out the joys of its lakes, mountains and fells on a Chapters Experience Holiday?
Specialising in experiential travel with a variety of active experiences, ranging from Navigation & Hill Skills to Mindfulness, map your own route through this pristine landscape with a new awareness as to what makes this one of the world’s most inviting destinations.
The majestic fells and tranquil waters have attracted lovers of magnificent scenery for more than two centuries with walkers and writers alike rejoicing in its romantic vistas. Based on the shores of Buttermere with lakeside views to Red Pike - some of the finest in England, this week long holiday explores the best of the Lake District on half day walks into the fells and cultural outings to areas frequented by Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. With visits to Borrowdale and Eskdale, the Honister Slate Mines and the gardens of Muncaster Castle punctuated by traditional creams teas or a Cumbrian pint, any excesses are easily walked off on quintessential ‘lake’ trails around Buttermere, beside Derwentwater, Rydal Water and Windermere. In addition, a ride on the Eskdale Railway (known locally as the La’al Ratty) and a ferry across Windermere provide the ideal opportunity to relax, sit back and drink in the views.
Chapters Holidays (01707 246666, www.chaptersholidays.co.uk) Lakeland Explorer 7 night break starts from £619 including accommodation as Hassness House, all meals except dinner on Tuesday, transport as necessary, entrance fees and one cream tea. Departure 26 August 2017.
Navigating your way through the hills, when the likes of modern technology fail, can be quite liberating and what better way to do it than in a newly listed UNESCO World Heritage area with some of the UK’s most enticing countryside literally on your doorstep. Staying in Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere - a tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, beginners and more skilled navigators alike can get to grips with interpreting maps and the intricacies of a compass as they wander through superb Cumbrian countryside. Aligned with the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS), it is a great way of getting up to speed and ensuring safe walking with the added benefit of picking up your NNAS Bronze or Silver certificate. Based on leisurely walking, days out are well rewarded with locally sourced home cook meals and the promise of resident cook Ruby’s freshly baked cakes.
Chapters Holidays (01707 246666, www.chaptersholidays.co.uk) Navigation & Hill Skills 3 or 4 night break starts from £199 including full board accommodation, tuition with maps, equipment and optional assessment for NNAS. 3 night departures: 4 November 2017, 14 April 2018, 16 May 2018. 4 day departures: 7 November 2017, 17 April 2018.
Away from everyday distractions, where being stressed has so often become the norm, escape to the newly accredited UNESCO World Heritage Lake District to replenish diminished energy by giving yourself time to contemplate life and develop some tried and tested coping strategies. On the shores o f Buttermere with immersive lake and mountain views, Mindfulness in the Mountains provides the opportunity to live in the moment through a programme of walking and reflection in restorative countryside. Following trails such as Haystacks and Rannerdale knots, some walking will be in silence with targeted activities to help connect with the surroundings and yourself. With resources to help familiarise yourself with techniques and theoretical concepts, there will also be gentle yoga and short meditations sessions.
Chapters Experience Holidays (01707 246666, www.chaptersholidays.co.uk) Mindfulness in the Mountains
4 night break starts from £299/person including half board accommodation (except dinner on Tuesday), packed lunches on 3 days, meditation, yoga and transport for activities. Departures: 7 October 2017, 6 October 2018.
Staying in Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere with one of the best round-the-lake walks in the Lake District right on the doorstep, Women’s activity week is the perfect antidote to modern city living. Designed to get some of that refreshing Cumbrian air into your lungs, relax with other like-minded women and perhaps try out something new, the week takes advantage of the superb setting with a daily selection of hill and Nordic walks and the optional promise of a bracing morning dip. Interspersed with yoga and pilates to restore and unwind, days hiking with some added circuit training or aerobics, are well rewarded with locally sourced home cooked meals.
Chapters Experience Holidays (01707 246666, www.chaptersholidays.co.uk) Women’s Activity Week 7 night holiday starts from £510/person including accommodation, meals except one dinner, activities and transport for activities. Departures 12 August 2017, 16 September 2017.
Notes to Editors:
Chapters Experience Holidays is a new holiday brand from RWH Travel (formerly known as Ramblers Worldwide Holidays), the experts in guided walking adventures. With over 70 years of heritage, other brands within the group include Ramblers Walking Holidays – a collection of dedicated small group guided walking holidays; Adagio – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace; Load Off Your Back – a self-guided UK walking programme and Cruise & Walk –cruise ship based walking holidays in association with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines.
For its walking holidays the company is the proud holder of Which? Recommended Provider status i.e.companies which are highly rated by Which? Members and reach the exacting standards of Which? Researchers.
Each of the Chapters Experience Holidays has been categorised to help clients choose the right pace:
Leisurely Activity Level: for clients who enjoy being outdoors, discovering the world at a relaxed pace such as short countryside strolls, sightseeing on foot or enjoying cities with art and culture.
Energetic Activity Level: for clients who enjoy the great outdoors and want to explore the natural world by foot, wheels or water, enjoying great scenery and a range of different experiences. Clients need to be moderately fit and previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.
Adventurous Activity Level: for clients who love travel and enjoy dynamic experiences, who like to push themselves to experience something completely new as the rewards make it worth the effort.
Symbols have been devised to help clients choose the holiday that will appeal to their interest. These include: Pioneer; Wildlife; Flora & Fauna; Bird Watching; Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History; Cooking; Rail Journeys; Sightseeing; Nordic Walking and Cycling.
RWH TravelCompany Mission
The company’s mission is to generate funds for walking charities by the provision of outstanding outdoor activity holidays worldwide.
With its not-for-profit philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers Holidays CharitableTrust whichsupports walking related and environmental projects in the UK. The company also funds Heart & Sole - an initiative managed by company staff, with the aim of reaching into the heart of the communities visited both in the UK and overseas.
RWH Travel also runs The Walking Partnership - an initiative which champions walking at the 'grass roots' level by providing funding and support to walking groups and clubs throughout the UK.
Ramblers Walking Holidays is the Walking Holiday Partner ofthe Ramblers, Britain’s walkingcharity whichhas been pioneeringand championing walking and ‘rights of way’ for over 70 years across England, Scotland and Wales.
Customers travelling on all holidays operated by RWH Travel are fully protected via the company’s membership of ABTA and as holders of an ATOLlicence. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO and ETOA.