The Lake Districts magnificent autumn colours

This holiday - chosen to show off the magnificent colours of autumn in an area which is renowned for it's fabulous walking, is a joy to the senses.

Set in Patterdale, surely one of the UK'S most lovely walking destinations, we experience the glory of this area and the colours that tease the senses and leave you wanting more.

Our hotel is situated in Patterdale (Saint Patrick's Dale) which is a small village and civil parish in the eastern part of the English Lake District and is at the far end of Ullswater Lake.

Patterdale is considered to be a walkers' valley, and in fact Alfred Wainwright stated that it was his favourite valley in the Lake District as it is relatively undisturbed by tourism.

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Rooms for sole occupancy. Dinner, bed and breakfast tariff 




Your hotel

We stay at the Patterdale Hotel -

Sole occupancy rooms with no single supplement

Dinner , bed and breakfast.

Lunch is normally in a lovely country pub, but dsependent on walk choices - it may be a picnic lunch.

Patterdale - When Patterdale Hall was built in 1796 for John Mounsey, the so-called 'King of Patterdale' and reputed miser, Dorothy disliked the colour of the exterior and so it was changed.

Current day Patterdale is little changed and is still made up of only a handful of cottages, The white Lion pub, The Patterdale Hotel, a post office, village school, the firestation and the church.

Nestled between two mountain ranges the isolated, slate-grey village of Patterdale can only be reached by Kirkstone pass to the South or along side Ullswater to the North. Legend has it that in the 5th century St. Patrick, having been marooned on Duddon Sands, walked 30 miles overland to this valley and gave Patterdale it's acient name of St. Patricks dale.

True or not, there is a well dedicated to the saint by the roadside at Glenridding and the pretty village church was built and named St. Patrick's in 1853.

Your walking programme

Ullswater  is the second largest lake in the English Lake District, being approximately nine miles long and 0.75 miles wide . Many regard Ullswater as the most beautiful of the English lakes; it has been compared to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland . William Wordsworth visited Ullswater in April 1802  and was inspired to write his famous poem Daffodils after seeing daffodils growing on the shores of Ullswater on his journey back to Grasmere. Wordsworth once wrote of "Ullswater, as being, perhaps, upon the whole, the happiest combination of beauty and grandeur, which any of the Lakes affords"

Patterdale is considered to be a walkers' valley, and in fact Alfred Wainwright stated that it was his favourite valley in the Lake District as it is relatively undisturbed by tourism.


Ullswater offers us endless walking opportunities of all different lengths and levels of difficulties and offers us the most perfect opportunity to walk a combination of Lake shore and valley paths

or to ascend to the mid level hills, or even higher should the weather and groups ability allow. 


Our fabulous hotels position allows us to walk straight from the hotel door and access our trails and to take in fabulous views all day long. Ullswater and its surrounding area hosts many beautiful rivers, tarns and waterfalls, with Aira Falls being one of them which we will certainly visit and a stop at The National Trust Cafe for coffee and scones will be compulsory.


Our holiday  is graded moderate and is for people who are good walkers. We will undertake walks of between 8 and 10 miles with an average ascent of around 600 metres which we will do at a lovely, relaxed pace to allow you to absorb everything around us. 


Great reasons to join us

- meet new friends in a relaxed walking and social  atmosphere

- beautiful countryside to walk through and enjoy

- super value for money- no single supplement

- professional, friendly walk leaders who are passionate and knowledeable about this area

- lovely country hotel with super food


Whats included

What you get on a Secret Hills break

  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite
  • Sole occupancy- no single supplement
  • Three course dinner
  • Lunch
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding
  • Transport to walks start if necessary
  • Flexibility
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • No single supplement
  • Joining details prior to the holiday
  • Administration support from reservation to the date of your holiday


Holiday highlights

Fabulous Autumn scenery- the russets, browns and oranges that make our Lake District autumn so vibrant

- Simply superb vista's every day.

- Some of the best walking in this country

- Lovely country house hotel and fabulous food.

- No single supplement 

- Our relaxed social approach

- Meet new friends that turn into old friends

The area around Ullswater

The village of Patterdale is a well known vantage point at the head of Ullswater, close to Brotherswater. Visitors usually arrive via the great height of the Kirkstone Pass which lies to the south of Patterdale, once here they find it an idyllic place beside the lake hemmed in by mountains on all sides.

Views include the Helvellyn range in the north, Place Fell which rises to a steep 2,145 feet above the village, and the more gentle slopes below St.Sunday Crag. The village of Glenridding can be reached along the western shore of Ullswater.

A legend exists that St.Patrick, patron saint of Ireland preached in Patterdale - the local parish church is dedicated to him.

This village is in an outstanding location between the north and south lakes of Lakeland, making it a popular holiday destination and an ideal place to stay to explore all this fascinating landscape, left from the melting of the Ice-Age has to offer.

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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

What Others Said...

Majorca April 2016 Walking was good, not strenuous but some good uphill climbs. Pace was easy. All well planned by Ian who was very thorough in his planning. Ian also often gave us choices with easy or tougher routes. Miraculously every walk ended in the square in Soller with cold beers!!!

Steve Blackett