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Lake District Midweek Retreat

Join us at this Cumbrian retreat at YHA Wasdale Hall, a 19th century country manor that boasts ‘Britain’s favourite view’. This National Trust-owned property is set in its own grounds, with an uninterrupted view of Wastwater, England's deepest lake. A true wild retreat for those looking to relax and unwind amidst breathtaking scenery.

Take some time for yourself & reconnect with others in one of the UK's most beautiful natural places. Our professional team of experienced coaches, counsellors & outdoor experts create the perfect opportunity to talk, reflect, and share without pressure or expectation.  We will help you to experience nature at its most beautiful and benefit from the proven healing power of the outdoors.

Funded places are available for our retreats - please take a look at the details below & do get in touch, we are here to help

Event Date

Event Time

Arrive from 6pm Friday, depart approx 4.30pm Sunday

Event Details

We couple the weekend retreat with two virtual coaching & mindfulness sessions on Zoom to meet the group beforehand, build confidence, support connection and ease any anxieties.

FRIDAY (arrive from 6pm)

We’ll meet for tea and coffee whilst we settle in with a welcome brief and meet the team. We will then join for dinner with a chance to share our stories. Our catering facilities are limited, but you can expect hearty and home-cooked vegetarian food to fuel up for days of adventure. After dinner we’ll have an introduction to mindfulness to unwind and enjoy the surroundings.


Hike: 7-8 miles, max 800m of ascent

On Wednesday the early risers can take in the serenity with a morning mindfulness session before we head out walking. Due to fluctuating weather in the winter months, we are planning our exact route nearer the time, however there is plenty to enjoy in the Wasdale valley - one of the quieter parts of the Lake District: From the shores of Wast Water and the nearby Whin Rigg and Nether Wasdale Common to the challenging Pillar, Great Gable and Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. Wherever we go, we will keep the pace steady with plenty of opportunities for breaks, one on one conversation with our team and mindful moments.

In the shadow of the fells we will return to reflect on our day together with tea and cake. An evening session with the wellbeing team will help us to look inwards, re-discover purpose and build inner resilience.

SUNDAY (approx 4.30pm departure)

Hike: 6-7 miles, max 400m of ascent

After breakfast, we will head out for our second walk. We will choose a slightly more steady route to ease those aching limbs before convening back at YHA Wasdale Hall for reflection and ‘afternoon tea’ before making our farewells approx. 4.30pm and departing, refreshed, recharged and inspired!

Please note our itinerary is subject to change dependent on weather conditions and other factors. All activities are optional, but designed to stretch you within a supportive environment.

Start Point


Available at the retreat location.


YHA Wasdale Hall, Nether Wasdale, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1ET

Find out more about the accommodation at Wasdale Hall here

We limit our retreats to maximum 16 people, accommodation is in same-sex bunkbed-style rooms with self-catering facilities set in its own surrounding gardens

Pre-Event Zoom Briefing

Wednesday 13th November @6pm

Post-Event Zoom Briefing

Tues 26th November @6pm

Our bursaries are there so everyone, no matter what challenges they have in their lives can find support and respite.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, long-term illness, abusive circumstances, have suffered loss or are in a role of long-term care for another we’re here for you.

Head to this page to find out more & apply, then you can return here to book.

What's included

  • 2 days of hill-walking with our qualified Mountain Leaders
  • 2 nights shared dormitory style accommodation
  • All meals provided (two dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts)
  • 1-2-1 life coaching & counselling opportunities whilst walking
  • Mindfulness in nature sessions
  • Virtual check-ins before and after the retreat
  • An opportunity to share your story with others in a safe, non-judgemental space
  • Recharge & respite from the stresses of our hectic modern lives
  • Build confidence & resilience with physical & mental challenges

What's Not Included

  • Travel to the meeting point
  • Food/drinks during the walk
  • Walking equipment (although we will carry some spare essentials if you need to borrow anything, and we recommend Kitsquad who can help if you are on a low income and need some good kit.

Please take a moment to read our cancellation policy in full before you book, thank you. As a small charity we have to commit our resources to each event - so we do have policies regarding changes to bookings which we ask you to read & commit to. We appreciate you doing this.

Spaces available on this retreat

  • £310.00
  • | 50% Bursary: £155.00 | Full Bursary: £50.00
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Lake District Midweek Retreat waiting list

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Frequently asked questions

We are a walking charity - with walks/hikes which vary in how easy or challenging they are - so we give each of our walks a grading to give you a guide. Do take a look at the section on each walk or retreat listing titled 'Is this the right walk/event for me?' to help you. If you are still unsure please just contact us using the form below and we will get back to you quickly. Our fundraising challenge events do require higher levels of fitness & we are always happy to chat about what's involved.

We recommend our walkers wear walking boots with ankle support, walking shoes or off-road running trainers - the most important thing is having a more rugged sole/grip to prevent slips and potential injuries on rocky, muddy or uneven terrain. This doesn't have to be expensive or high-quality brands at all - Go Outdoors or Mountain Warehouse are generally very good value. 

We do work with a fantastic organisation called KitSquad who can help with providing second-hand kit so please do feel free to contact them with what you need and hopefully they can help.

All the food at our retreats is tasty vegetarian. We do our best to cater for most food intolerances or dietary requirements - we just ask you to let us know when booking your place.  

We love dogs! But unfortunately we only allow essential guide dogs, to ensure a comfortable environment for everyone.

Our walks & retreats are for anyone who would benefit from the opportunity to take some time walking in nature, with likeminded people, and listening support if needed from our coaches & counsellors. Or just a break from the day to day, to reset, reframe, refocus. We are all about mental fitness, wellness, and overall wellbeing. Managing overwhelm, anxiety, stress - or freeing you to make decisions that are feeling a bit much. We create a safe, confidential space to talk openly with no judgement, no pressure, and we enjoy wonderful walks and time in a group in the beautiful outdoors.