The University of York Outdoor Society

Outdoor Society

Week 3: Sunday Walk in Lake District

In England’s north western corner lies ancient Cumbria and the timeless landscapes of the Lake District. This is where modern tourism was born, in the shimmering lakes and hushed mountains whose radiant beauty inspired poets and painters to turn nature into art. To enable us to make the most of this spectacular and awe inspiring place, we are going on a weekend trip, which should be a brilliant opprtunity to explore this beautiful landscape and well worth coming on if you can.

Our central location in Grasmere will give you prime access to England's largest National Park, home to Scafell Pike, England's highest peak at 978m, as well as its deepest lake, Wastwater, with a depth of 79m. It is likely to be an amazing trip, and is certainly an amazing place, which I hope you will get the chance to enjoy :)

We will meet at the Roger Kirk Centre at around 6pm on the Friday and drive up to the youth hostel, stopping off for food along the way. We will then walk in one big group, with everyone being prepared to do a long walk of 7 to 10 miles (11 to 16 km). Depending on what the group wants to do, we might split into smaller groups, but everyone should be expecting to do a long walk level of difficulty. All walks are preplanned and lead by our trained walk leaders.

Long walks are slightly more challenging and are usually between 10 and 12 miles (16-19 km) long at our usual destinations. We will get back to campus on Sunday evening.

A view around Lake District

What to Bring

We will be running long walks only due to the more mountainous terrain so please bring packed lunches for both days, as you will not be able to buy food on the walk.

Please wear appropriate clothing for a walk in the Lake District! Walking boots are needed, as are a good set of waterproofs. Also please avoid wearing jeans, because they get very unpleasant to wear when it rains. As this is the Lakes, you should always expect rain. No matter HOW sunny it looks, you should bring waterproofs and other appropriate wet weather gear too.


In order to come, you have to be a member, with the trip itself having a price of £71.00. To book a place on the trip, ticket can be purchased from the YUSU website, however there are only 18 places, so best to get a ticket quickly before they sell out.

Tickets will go on sale in week 2 of term 1.

When and Where to Meet Us

We meet near the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre in James College at around 6pm on the Friday.

We will arrive time back to campus on Sunday evening.