For our October 2019 Rydal Hall Yoga Hiking Weekend we are based at the very grand and historic Rydal Hall.
We are just a few minutes walk from Rydal Water, Rydal Mount (Wordsworth’s home) and the picturesque church where William Wordsworth was church warden.
The Rydal Hall yoga hiking weekend will begin with arrivals from 3pm on Friday and our first class will be at 5:30pm with dinner at 7:00pm.
There will be five yoga classes over the weekend, tailored to ability : either improver/gentler or intermediate for those with some more yoga experience.
Classes will taught by Yen, a fully qualified yoga teacher and personal trainer, and another local teacher. There will also be a choice of hikes on each day : a moderate walk and a more strenuous walk, led by Kevin, who is a fully qualified Mountain Leader, and another local leader.
Your hosts for the weekend are Yen and Kevin who both live in the Lake District and are also qualified in outdoor first aid.
Rydal Hall has plenty of history being owned by the Le Fleming family which can be traced back to 1126. It was built in the 16th century and has been enlarged, altered and refaced to what it is now currently, a grade II listed building along with the terraces, bridges, summerhouses and various outbuildings. The magnificent formal gardens are worthy of a visit, and offer a unique example of Edwardian gardening with beautiful lawns and flowers set against the fine architecture of the Hall itself. The Hall is now used as retreat and conference centre and is owned by the Diocese of Carlisle. The grounds of the hall are available for us explore freely for the whole weekend and provide tranquil and scenic gardens for a quiet moment or two.
Rydal Beck and its natural waterfalls flows through the grounds which include The Grot, a summerhouse built to view the waterfalls. The Grot is described in Wordsworth poem, An Evening Walk.
Previous Rydal Hall Yoga Hiking weekends in the Lake District
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“Had a great time at the Rydal Hall Yoga and Hiking weekend. It was very well organised and the scenery was amazing!”
You will be asked to choose your hikes upon arrival.
We have a great variety of lovely walks we can take directly from our accommodation including the walk alongside Rydal Water to Grasmere and Loughrigg Terrace which we will aim to do on Saturday.
On Sunday we can walk round to the quiet and picturesque Loughrigg Tarn and then over Loughrigg fell on our way back.
The walks may vary depending on the weather conditions at the time but we have lots of options to choose from.
Walks are graded moderate, but please note that the Lake District is not flat, so there will be some steep and maybe rocky sections so a reasonable level of fitness is needed.
Our approximate walking time will be 5-6 hrs and distance 9-10 miles for the Saturday, and slightly less on the Sunday.
These will be slightly faster paced, covering more distance and height gain, and will most likely go up into the higher fells taking in some lower level summits.
Important note: The route is dependent on weather conditions and if the weather is bad, or we believe conditions are dangerous, then we will choose alternative routes. However, we will complete the walk whatever the conditions.
We have found that we do have a wide range of ability during our weekends from beginners to teachers.
So for this weekend, at each yoga session slot there will be a improver/gentler class for those who are new or returning to yoga, (also suitable for those who may have an injury or a specific concern) and also an intermediate class for those who practice regularly or those with a longstanding practice.
We will have two dedicated yoga rooms on the ground floor : The Drawing Room and The Old Kitchen.
We offer a yoga class on Friday evening before dinner and then two yoga classes each day. Yen and another local teacher will take all the yoga classes and will split the classes so irrespective of your level, you will have two teachers over the weekend.
There will be five yoga sessions during the weekend, and these take place on Friday before dinner, Saturday and Sunday before breakfast and after we return from our walks.
The general focus of the morning sessions will be to energise and warm up the body for our walk, and in the afternoon, will be to stretch out those tired muscles and relax the body. There will be an emphasis on the breath and movement, and our priority is for the yoga to be enjoyable and safe for all.
A limited number of mats will be provided for your use but feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer.
Any queries regarding the yoga sessions, please contact us.
All rooms for this weekend are either single en-suite or twin en-suite (ideal for couples or friends who are happy to share), and a small number of singles with ensuite bathrooms with sole use. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and towels.
If you are coming on your own and prefer a twin share, or those are the only rooms still available, don’t worry we will match you up with a room mate of the same sex.
Rydal Hall resides in 34 acres of stunning parkland in the heart of the English Lake District. The main house is a Grade II listed historic house with some parts dating back to the 1600s.
All rooms have been upgraded to provide comfortable en-suite or private facilities. All food is freshly prepared in the kitchen using local and seasonal produce wherever possible and dinner is three courses and is served in the grand dining room.
While staying at Rydal Hall we can explore the beautiful Lake District surroundings and simply enjoy the peace and quiet at the hall and its beautiful gardens.
15:00 onwards arrivals
17:30 – 18:45 Yoga
19:00 – Dinner
20:00 – Group Briefing
7:30 – 8:45 yoga session.
8:45 – 9:30 breakfast
9:45 – depart hike
16:00 – return from hike
16:00 – 17:00 tea, coffee, traybabkes
17:30 – 18:45 yoga session
19:00 – dinner
7:30 – 8:45 yoga session.
8:45 – 9:30 breakfast
9:45 – depart for hike
14:15 – return from hike
14:30 – 15:45 final yoga session
15:45 – 16:15 Tea, coffee, traybakes
Total cost for the weekend :
£325 for a single en-suite room
£310 for a single room with sole use private bathroom (very close to room)
£290 for twin share room with ensuite
(Please indicate choice of room when booking)
plus optional £10 return transfer from Windermere train station. Must be booked and paid in advance.
Yoga Class Size : typically 13-14
Hiking Group Size : typically 13-14
To book, click Add to Cart and then Book Now buttons in top right corner, to arrange deposit payment of £75.
The balance will be due 8 weeks before the start of the weekend, and you should arrange a bank transfer for this.
Bank details are below :
Bank Account Yoga Hikes
Sort Code 60 18 11
Account No 17441331
(please quote ‘OctRydal’ plus your name)
Five yoga classes according to ability, choice of two guided walks, 3 course dinner on Friday & Saturday, lunches, breakfast and 2 nights accommodation in single or twin rooms. We will also be including traybakes, tea and coffee each afternoon after our walk.
Does not include:
Train or car travel
Suggested trains from Euston Station.
(please note the pickup will be from Windermere Station, and the return will be to Oxenholme Station)
depart 12:30 arrive 15:58
A pick up from Windermere for this train can be arranged – please let us know
depart 1714 arrive 2013
You will be dropped off at Oxenholme Station*
We can drop you off after the last yoga class.
*Northern Rail have changed the train times on the local Lakes line between Windermere and Oxenholme and the timings mean a return transfer to Oxenholme means we can still stick to our schedule and have a reasonable hike on Sunday.
Please note that recommended train times may change closer to the time.
Train tickets are best bought in advance online and cheap tickets are usually issued 12 weeks before travel at http://www.thetrainline.com/buytickets/default.aspx
Alternatively if you do have a car and are happy to drive and car share, please send us a message. It is approx 6hr drive from Brent Cross, London