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Thursday, 14 March 2013

What we did last Summer!

As we look forward to a gr8 summer this year, we thought to reflect on some golden moments in 2012. Which started with gr8trails filming its first video in the cold and crisp Dark Peak, Derbyshire. You can watch the fruits of our labours http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nULokc63sY on our very own YouTube channel.

Pre Easter we managed to get out walking in North Wales to experience the most spectacular cloud inversion around Snowdon and the Glyders. We experience cloud inversions quite rarely, but to walk along the top of the Glyder range above the clouds and look across at Snowdon, Crib Goch & East/West Peak as if they were islands in a sea of cloud, was something special.
April, saw us return to Scotland with some beautiful  snow covered tops. Walking with stunning views over Loch Tay and down Glen Lyon. We found a great little hotel on the shores of Loch Tay, the Ben Lawers Hotel, which made some fantastic full Scottish breakfasts, gr8 for a full days hill walking.
Somehow we managed a quick bike round the North Face trail at Grizedale with its wide fireroads and tight technical singletrack and northshore, this is a mountain bikers playground, whatever your ability and experience. And from the tops of the forest you are rewarded with views across to Coniston and over Lake Windermere.

Late April, caught us walking a well known route round the valley of Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales, which is also gr8 mountain biking territory. With some cool views of the dam at Scar House Reservoir. If you ever head that way, there’s a remote walk around both this and Angram Reservoir.









Early May saw us in the Lake District for a spot of walking and mountain biking. We know a great little route round the Elterwater and Langdale Valleys which we just thoroughly enjoy. Add to that a little wander up the ridge onto Coniston Old Man from the 3Shires Stone for some awe inspiring views over south Lakeland and the Irish Sea.



At the end of May we came back to one of our favourite haunts in the Lake District; Waterhead and Ambleside. From there we walked the Fairfield Horseshoe and got the bus back into town! (after rehydrating at a local establishment at the bottom of Heron Pike. A well earnt dinner in the Priest Hole, Ambleside was much appreciated by all.

The Island of Skye beckoned us in June, and we were blessed with the weather. To be honest, we’ve never experienced such consistently good weather on this Isle in all the years we’ve been visiting (and the midges weren’t biting too bad then either!)






We were headed Wales direction also in June, staying at the lovely hotel the Gwesty Gwernan Hotel and Fishery. We can’t recommend this little, hidden, boutique hotel enough. From its doorstep you can walk the slopes of Cader Idris or bike down the estuary from Dolgellau to Barmouth.



We returned to more local hills and the Peak District in July, with an easy walk from Jane Eyres Hathersage. This is a history rich, beautiful area within easy reach of a lot of the UK’s population but sadly most people don’t make the most of what they have on their doorstep – we guess that makes it more special for the people that do visit! gr8 for walking, biking, climbing and caving.





High Summer at the end of July, we ventured back to the Lake District. This time staying in the hidden Newlands Valley at the working Littletown Farm Guest House. From here you can venture straight onto Catbells and High Spy to look down on Derwent Water & Buttermere. A days biking at Whinlatter Forest (which also has Go Ape high ropes), finished the weekend away. Don’t forget the sensational ‘thunder and lightening’ homemade ice cream you can get with their homemade chocolate brownies at Littletown Farm (which has since been renovated).

Our Autumn months had us biking back in the Lake District around Rydal & Loughrigg Terrace, the Yorkshire Dales up and down Wensleydale before turning north again to Scotland, for some early winter walking in the Cairngorms over the New Year.











We hope that a little of this has inspired you to get out there this Summer to enjoy what truly is our green and pleasant land. Or, if you don’t have the confidence as to what to do, where to stay or where to go, then join us at one of our recently announced Summer 2013 weekends, on our events blog, clickhere.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

gr8trails has teamed up with 2 award winning, prestigious accommodation providers in the Peak District National Park.

For our short breaks and outdoor activities in the North Peak, Edale and surrounds, gr8trails recommends our guests stay at the award winning, 5 star B&B, Underleigh House or the only 4 star hotel within the Peak District National Park, Losehill House Hotel, both hidden along a leafy lane in the Vale of Edale.

The prestigious Losehill House hotel has 21 beautifully appointed 4 star contemporary en- suite bedrooms and suites. All with TV, DVD facilities and extensive views over the beautiful valley of Edale. After a day’s activity with gr8trails in the surrounding area, you will be able to relax in the hotels Drawing room and enjoy afternoon tea or drinks from the bar, whilst taking in the views. Alternatively, the hotel offers something unique to the area, an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and hot tub on the terrace with those fabulous views and Spa treatment rooms for you to relax. 


Once you have freshened up from your day out, you can join us in the restaurant, offering a delightful table-d-hote menu, prepared by the Head Chef and his team. Using locally sourced produce, they create superb, genuinely home made, cuisine befitting of this lovely location.

Alternatively, the multi award winning, 5 star homely Underleigh House offers 5 ensuite bedrooms on a more personal and private scale, allowing you to relax and unwind in comfortable surroundings with your group of family or friends, after your days activities with gr8trails. Vivienne will ensure that you are made exceptionally welcome to her B&B, offering an award winning breakfast to get you ready for your day out.

Dinner out can be arranged for you by gr8trails at nearby Losehill House or at a variety of other local establishments (transport provided).

Whichever style of accommodation suits your pocket, we can guarantee that the owners of both our preferred accommodation partners will make you feel very welcome to this beautiful area and will ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay with them.

Post dinner, at either location, kick back and relax with your friends, family or group, as the sunsets in the beautiful valley around you and enjoy sharing your experiences of the day, whether that be guided mountain biking, walking or various other activities gr8trails can provide.


Both partners are located within 35 minutes drive from Sheffield, an hour from Manchester or 70 minutes from Leeds on the Hope to Edale road. Alternatively let the train take the strain, you are 3 hours from London to the local Edale station, where gr8trails will collect and transport you to both our preferred accommodation partners.

On behalf of gr8trails, Losehill House Hotel and Underleigh House B&B, we all look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Valley of Edale.