BIG North Christmas - Rydal Water & Grasmere day walk
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This is one of the Saturday activities at our BIG North Christmas Weekend - there are still spaces available, so sign up here.
Join Mark & Michael for this day walk from the hostel to work up an appetite for our Christmas dinner.
We will head over Loughrigg Fell towards Rydal Water where there maybe a chance for a dip for those who are brave enough! Then walk to Rydall Hall, where there maybe the opportunity for cake at the cafe. From there we will make our way towards Grasmere travelling along the old coffin route for more potential cake opportunities (maybe the famous gingerbread cake)! Then back up towards the hostel.
This is a relatively easy 9-10km walk, with no technical skills required. We'll be setting off at 10am too, so not a mega-early start.
Rydal Water - Greg Willis - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rydal_water_(3721731724).jpg
Grasmere - Jorge Franganillo - https://www.flickr.com/photos/franganillo/29879837124/
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch and water/drinks for a day walk.