Mind Over Mountains - 17-19th April 2020

Are you keen to get outdoors more but lacking confidence or support?

Do you struggle with anxiety, depression or low mood?

Could you benefit from being more physically active and building self-help skills?  

After our initial events in 2018 and August 2019, our next Mind Over Mountains weekend will take place in April 2020. This will be a unique residential weekend in the majestic Northern Fells of the Lake District National Park with hill-walking, NLP coaching, self-help skills, mindfulness, teamwork and inspirational talks with like-minded people to re-balance mental health; generate new focus, restore resilience and find agency over our lives.

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Mind Over Mountains August 2019 - video by Joel McMahon


  • Two days of hill-walking with qualified Mountain Leaders, and the opportunity to climb two classic fells

  • Two night’s accommodation at the highest hostel in Britain, YHA Skiddaw House

  • All meals provided at Skiddaw House (two dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts)

  • Evening talks from inspirational adventurers and mental health advocates

  • NLP life coaching, mindfulness and meditation workshops

  • Joining a group of like-minded adventurers and trained professionals

  • Recharge and respite from the stresses of our hectic modern lives

  • Build self-confidence, esteem and whole-body resilience through physical, spiritual and mental challenges

  • A few (pleasant) surprises!


  • Personal clothing/equipment (kit lists will be provided)

  • Travel to and from Threlkeld

The weekend just had everything. Inspiring people, good challenging walks, amazing conversations, wild swimming, a lot of fun and laughter and some beautiful healthy mindful practices. A weekend I will never forget.
— 2018 Mind Over Mountains Participant


Please note that our itinerary is subject to change dependent on weather conditions and other factors.

All activities are optional but have been designed to stretch you in a supportive environment.

We’ll meet for tea and coffee at Blencathra Field Studies Centre in Threlkeld (near Keswick) at 5pm on Friday and begin a gradual three-mile walk into the Glenderaterra Valley to reveal our remote base camp of YHA Skiddaw House. A ranger from the field centre will join us to explain the local environment we’ll be venturing into. Without vehicle access, this is a unique hideaway – a former shepherd’s bothy, complete with log fires, offering simple but comfortable dormitory accommodation whilst feeling like you’re truly living in the mountains. We’ll settle in before a communal dinner, a welcome brief and a chance to share our stories with each other. Our catering facilities are limited but you can expect simple, hearty home-cooked food with plenty to fuel up for full days of adventure.

On Saturday the early risers can take in the serenity with a morning mindfulness and meditation session before we set off intending to climb Blencathra via the rarely-trodden Mungrisdale Common and Atkinsons Pike, enjoying ‘Afternoon Tea’ and an optional dip in the tarn. The walk will give a perfect opportunity for one-to-one discussions, exploring visualisation and other Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques. In the shadow of the fells we’ll return to Skiddaw House, stretch off and reflect on our day together with tea and cake. An evening session with Chris, a trained NLP coach, will help us to look inwards, re-discover purpose and build inner resilience. After dinner we’ll unwind with an evening talk from record-breaking adventurer and mental health fundraiser, Alex Staniforth, who has twice attempted to climb Mount Everest.

On Sunday, those eager to hit the hills can head for the broad ridge of Bakestall to the summit of Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain and less rugged than it’s Lakeland counterparts, hoping for spectacular panoramic views across most of the Lake District before descending Sale How. There’s also an option to stay at Skiddaw House for a gentler valley walk along the Cumbria Way for further wellness and mindfulness activities. Together we’ll take a short stroll back to Threlkeld for farewells approx. 4pm before departing, refreshed, recharged and inspired!


The nearest train station is Penrith with taxis available to Threlkeld from Davies Taxis, Eden Taxis or Penrith Taxis (approx 30 mins).

Stagecoach buses run from Penrith to Threlkeld (X4/X5) for the most direct option, or the 555 bus from Windermere to Keswick, then a taxi or bus to Threlkeld.

We expect our participants will be travelling from various regions and nearer the time we'll do our best to set up lifts and taxi-sharing amongst the group too.


Our events are open to UK residents aged 18+ who are able to complete two days of hill-walking on mountain terrain with a rucksack at their own pace. 

Our aim is to make the outdoors accessible to all and safety is our priority.  We regularly review how we are able support those with severe physical or mental health conditions - if unsure, please contact us to discuss how we can meet your needs in the future.

The group will be limited to 16 places to ensure a fun and open environment where everyone is listened to.

We are offering a number of bursary places to those who otherwise may be unable to take part. Applications will be open to people who are unemployed, currently receiving statutory sick pay or income support, and students in full-time education (18+)

To apply or enquire, please email help@mindovermountains.org.uk or fill in your details on the booking page.

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places now available for 17-19th April 2020