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The 5,4,3,2,1 Lakes Horseshoe Challenge


When: 6th – 10th June
Where: Lake District
Type: Active/challenging
Wainwrights: 25
Nights: 4 nights

Price: £299 (inc 4 guided walks, all food, camping and transport between campsites,excluding food on Wednesday rest day)

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The 5,4,3,2,1 Lakes Horseshoe challenge!!

5 days, 4 nights, 3 horseshoes, 2 wild swims, 1 bothy.

Come and spend 5 days with us and truly experience the great outdoors and the Lake District, walking 3 of the best horseshoe routes in the Lake District (Fairfield, Coledale and Buttermere), camping on scenic campsites, completing up to 25 wainwrights (for those who tick), wild swimming to ease the aches, outdoor pilates, and a night in a bothy with views of the starry sky.

And of course lots of little luxuries to keep you girls surprised along the way.

£299.99 per person

All you have to do is turn up!!!

Day 1: Meet 9am at our cafe, Cafe Altitude in Ambleside. After coffee and briefing and a chance to meet everyone, we’ll set off walking the Fairfield Horseshoe. This is one of the classic horseshoes and takes in 8 Wainwrights with fantastic views over towards Helvellyn and St Sunday Crags, and South over Windemere, Coniston and the coast. We’ll head back to the cafe for a hot drink and rest before heading off in cars to our campsite in the North Lakes and set up there for the evening.

Day 2: Following breakfast we’ll leave our tents and head off to do the Coledale round, which takes in up to 8 Wainwrights depending on group capability. The Coledale Horseshoe is another classic route with views over Keswick and the Buttermere fells. Back to the campsite for a relaxing evening and a BBQ (weather depending).

Day 3: This morning we pack away our tents and head in cars to Buttermere to an amazing National Trust campsite between Buttermere and Crummock water. The views here are fantastic. Spend your day relaxing, wild swimming in one of the lakes, or take a wander around the lakeside.

Day 4: Today we pack away our tents and prepare for our walk and bothy stay. The Buttermere round consists of Wainwrights, and starts from our campsite. Today we will complete half the horseshoe and stay up high in a bothy (slate hut) with fantastic views over Buttermere and Crummock water. Experience the real outdoors tonight as we cook with a stove, make a log fire and hopefully if its a clear night enjoy the magnificent scenery above avoiding the usual light pollution.

Day 5: Wake up to hopefully amazing morning views from the bothy and enjoy breakfast outside, before heading off to finish off the second part of our Buttermere route. Today is a shorter day as we drop down the west side of the lakes and back to Buttermere for a quick coffee and rest before we say our goodbyes and head off in different directions.

Monday – Friday 6th – 10th June

Thermal base layers for evening
Good sturdy walking boots
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Fleece or micro fleece
A warm layer as a spare
Down jacket if you have one or fleece layers
3 pairs walking socks and a spare pair of socks
Suitable hill clothing, quick drying, ie, a base layer t-shirt or long sleeved top, thin fleece,….no jeans! Please ask us for advice if unsure.
A complete set of clean clothes to change into afterwards,
Rucksack – 25-35ltr plus extra bag for overnight kit
Head torch
Sleeping bag – 2 – 3 season
Tent (if you have one, we have tents if you need one, please let us know)
Walking poles if required

At least 2 litres of fluids, water or squash.

This walk is graded HIGH INTERMEDIATE

All our walks are Graded so it makes it easier for you to understand the intensity and level of walking we’ll be doing. Below is a description of each:


For beginners or those that enjoy lower level and shorter walks, an average of 3-4 hours walking per day with plenty of breaks.


These walks are suitable for anyone who has done some walking in the past, or does some form of weekly exercise. Some steeper gradients may be involved but there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for a break. Average of 4 – 6 hours walking per day.

High Intermediate:

Longer walks/treks with some steep gradients and possibly some scrambling, sometimes at higher altitudes, or for more than one day (trekking in Europe or Africa). An average of 6 – 8 hour walking, no technical skill required but a good level of fitness is required.

This is a guideline only, if you are unsure whether you could complete a walk with us or would just like to clarify some information, please feel free to contact us by telephone or email.