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Felt landscape created by Jane Firth

Fell Walking and Felting – Lake District Activity Holiday

Join us at The Quiet Site in January 2024 for a Fell Walking and Felting Activity Holiday.

During this 3 night and 2 day activity break, you’ll be comfortably accommodated in one of our cosy, sustainable, Gingerbread Houses.  You will enjoy a day of guided fell walking followed by a day of learning the craft of felting, where you can create your own Ullswater landscape.

Activity Holiday Dates

This course will run 15th – 18th January 2024

Activity Holiday Costs

£490 per person (sole occupancy of a Gingerbread House)

£780 per holiday (two people sharing a Gingerbread House, and both attending the course)

£590 per holiday (two people sharing a Gingerbread House, with only one person taking part in the course)

Prices include all food, accommodation, instruction and course materials.

Gift vouchers available!

Guided fell walking

A one-day guided walk in one of England’s most beautiful valleys with a fully qualified day.  You’ll be encouraged to take in the gorgeous Ullswater views to inspire your felting artwork the following day.

Nicky Merrett is excited to show you some secrets in the Ullswater Valley on your Craft and Hiking Holiday.  Nicky lives high above Glenridding in the shadows of Helvellyn, and these mountains are her playground, along with her 4 children and grandchildren.  Her family originate from Patterdale at the head of the Ullswater, and it is her passion to discover every corner of the valley as her grandparents did, and to share this with visitors who hike with her.  Red Deer and Herdwicks are her friends whilst out hiking alone and she spends many hours in the hills to watch these glorious native animals and will happily share her knowledge with her hikers.  As a qualified and experienced Mountain Leader, Nicky gives confidence to those not familiar with our typical Lakeland terrain to push their boundaries just that little bit further.  Nicky understands some hikers may feel vulnerable if hiking in unfavourable weather conditions & will always make the hiking journey pleasurable and interesting with a little guidance along the way.  Fingers crossed for snow capped mountain tops for your valley hikes in January.  Our routes will be determined by the weather on the day, and will be between 8km & 10km weaving around the Ullswater Valley.


One day of felting with Jane Firth of Ullswater Felt Art.   Jane will ensure you learn the basics and you’ll leave having created your own unique felt picture.

Jane is fibre artist who works from a studio overlooking Ullswater.  She buys fleeces from local farmers and processes them herself to create the materials she uses for her landscapes and animal portraits. By carrying out every step from fleece to picture herself, she has gained an intimate knowledge of how different fleeces behave and how to create the effects she wants.

Accommodation – Gingerbread Houses

Our quirky Gingerbread Houses are cosy and warm in winter, thanks to great insulation and sustainably powered under-floor heating.  Each Gingerbread House has a private WC, shower and basin and simple kitchen with fridge, microwave, kettle and sink.  You just need to bring your camping utensils and sleeping bag.

Delicious food will be provided from our own kitchen tailored throughout your stay, and can be tailored to your dietary needs.

Activity Holiday Itinerary

Monday 15th January
Arrive after 4 pm for a welcome drink followed by dinner in The Quiet Bar.

Tuesday 16th January
Enjoy your breakfast, then spend day on the fells with a qualified guide.
We’ll supply a pack lunch.
Delicious homemade soup and savoury crepes for dinner.

Wednesday 17th January
After breakfast spend a day in our lovely meeting room, learning about the craft of feltmaking before creating your own felt landscape picture.
A delicious homemade lunch will the served and you’ll end the day in the bar with dinner and drinks.

Thursday 18th January
Depart The Quiet Site after breakfast.

More Lake District Activity Holidays

We’ll be running a series of 3 night,  2 day courses with expert guides and instructors throughout 2024 and more dates will follow soon.

Contact us to register your interest and find out more!