A felt art picture of a Lakeland sunset
Felt landscape created by Jane Firth

Hiking Holidays & Events

1) 6th July 2024 – Patterdale Parish Boundary, Beat The Bounds

A classic mountain day in the fells, a 45 year old tradition in the Ullswater Valley.  A challenge event to test your navigation skills.

The Full Boundary Route is 28 miles

the Half Boundary is 12 miles , and

The Minibeat is 7 miles downhill from the top of Kirkstone Pass to Patterdale School, and has a treasure hunt for families to participate or a lovely downhill hike for individuals to join too.

This event raises funds for the Patterdale community.

CLICK HERE  for the link to the organisers event page.

2) 22nd-24th October 2024 – Red Deer Rutting Break

The Famous Autumn Red Deer Rut in the Ullswater and Martindale area of the Lake District is a hidden gem as the bellowing of stags echoes around Martindale and Boredale. Join us with your binoculars to experience this truly magical connection to nature. As featured on Extraordinary Escapes in June 2023 with Sandi Tocksvik.

On our Autumn Red Deer Rutting Special – 2/3 day break, walking the fells above Ullswater. October is the guaranteed month for you to hear the famous Red Deer of the Martindale Valley Rutting and their bellowing echoing around the valleys.

Each day is also bookable as an individual day’s hiking to see and hear the deer.

Then some blurb about your suggested accomodation to keep in tune with nature and the sounds and smells and colours of autumn from your pods / gingerbread houses etc etc …

For more information CLICK HERE to read the detailed description for each day

3) Felting and Hiking Break

Dates TBC for Autumn 2024. Please email the Quiet Site if you would be interested in this type of 2 day break, with guided hikes and felting workshops each day.

Join us at The Quiet Site in 2024 for activity breaks including  Fell Walking and Felting breaks.

You can choose to day 2 days walking, 2 days felting or a day of each!

During this 3 night and 2 day activity break, you’ll be comfortably accommodated in one of our cosy, sustainable, Gingerbread Houses.

Activity Holiday Dates

Later in 2024. Please email us to register interest.

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

Two days guided walking in one of England’s most beautiful valleys with a fully qualified guide.  You’ll be encouraged to take in the gorgeous.

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.


Two days 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

Day One
Arrive after 4 pm for a welcome drink followed by a homemade pizza dinner in The Quiet Bar.

Day Two
Enjoy your breakfast, then choose between a day on the fells with a qualified guide or a day in our lovely meeting room, learning about the craft of feltmaking before creating your own felt landscape picture.
We’ll supply a pack lunch.
Delicious homemade soup and rolls for dinner.

Day Three
Enjoy your breakfast, then choose between a day on the fells with a qualified guide or a day in our lovely meeting room, learning about the craft of feltmaking before creating your own felt landscape picture.
We’ll supply a pack lunch.
Delicious homemade soup and rolls for dinner.

Day Four
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!