All Large Outdoors breaks are designed to make walking sociable. They are ideal for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends who want to explore new areas of the country in the company of like-minded walkers and a qualified guide.

All trips are fully-hosted with the route planning, map reading and catering all organised, and a free shuttle service offered on some trips for those travelling by train.

Weekend trips and challenges for 2016 include:

Hiking the National Three Peaks or Yorkshire Three Peaks

As well as the day challenges where people can join a group to complete a hike up one of Britain’s biggest peaks or the Yorkshire Three Peaks (where there is the option to make a weekend of the challenge), Large Outdoors also organises the ‘big one’ – hiking the National Three Peaks comprising Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

The aim is to complete all three peaks within a 24-hour period but with Large Outdoors organising the logistics of overnight accommodation on the Friday, transport, driving, and providing different guides to meet the group at each peak to lead them to the summit, the challengers can concentrate on putting their best foot forward to complete the tough but do-able challenge.

Large Outdoors is organising various dates including Friday 20, Sunday 22 May and Friday 10Sunday 12 June.

Cost: £395 per person. 01653 740400 or email:

 A weekend adventure in the Gower Peninsula

A weekend staying in the Gower YHA, located on the tip of the Peninsula right next to a secluded sandy beach. On the Saturday, the group heads out for a 12-mile hike along the coastal path before returning for a three-course evening meal prepared by Large Outdoors.

On the Sunday, guests can either go surfing at Rhossili Bay or go on another coastal walk.

Large Outdoors is also running a shuttle service to pick guests up from, and return them to Swansea Train Station.

The weekend runs from Friday 13th-Sunday 15th May and costs £130 per person. 01653 740400 or email:

 Conquering Ben Nevis 245 years’ after the 1st recorded ascent.

The first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis, Britain’s loftiest mountain was made on 17th August 1771 by Edinburgh botanist James Robertson.

From May through to September 2016, Large Outdoors is running guided Ben Nevis walking weekends, staying either in a hostel or hotel.

The hotel stays are based at the Isles of Glencoe at Ballachulish overlooking Loch Leven, a fine place to relax after successfully walking to the summit of the 1343-metre high ‘Rugged Ben’.

The weekend costs £235 per person including two nights hotel accommodation, qualified walking guide, Large Outdoors host throughout the weekend, and all meals. 01653 740400 or email:

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth with a weekend’s walking in the Lake District

Large Outdoors has increased the number of guided walking breaks and day events in the Lake District this year, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.

Among the trips is a weekend from Friday 24th– Sunday 26th June staying at YHA Caldbeck where guests will have two days’ of hiking the higher peaks such as Scafell Pike and Blencathra.

The weekend costs £130 per person including two nights’ accommodation, breakfast, evening meals and a packed lunch on the Saturday, Large Outdoors host and qualified guide. 01653 740400 or email:  

Walking and stargazing in Northumberland National Park

A guided walking weekend that makes the most of Kielder Forest’s Gold Tier Dark Sky Status.

Staying in the Scandi-style Tarset Tor eco-bunkhouse tucked away at Lanehead, a secluded corner of the Northumberland National Park, guests can combine two days’ exploring the quiet trails of Kielder Forest and the heritage of Hadrian’s Wall, with a night hanging out at Kielder’s Observatory.

The group will join a ‘Universe Full of Stars’ event at the Observatory with a talk on astronomy before guests get their hands on the powerful telescopes and, under expert guidance, learn more about the heavenly happenings.

The weekend runs from Friday 25th November to Sunday 27th November and costs £150 per person which includes two nights’ accommodation at Tarset Tor bunkhouse, all meals including three-course evening meal and packed lunches, Large Outdoors host and qualified walking guide throughout the weekend. A free shuttle service is also in the offing for those travelling by train to nearby Hexham Station. 01653 740400 or email:

Large Outdoors is run by qualified guide Gareth Williams, specializing in group guided walks of varying degrees of difficulty from easy strolls through to longer, tougher challenges such as the West Highland Way and walking the peaks and edges of the Lake District.