May 23, 2014 – May 26, 2014
Organiser – Gary Box
Where – YHA Caldbeck, Fellside Centre, Fellside, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8HA
When – 23rd-26th May 2014 (Fri-Mon)
Cost – £81.00 (includes 3 nights accommodation and all guided walks)
We depart London on Friday headed for YHA Caldbeck, a property we have not used for a few years. A former shooting lodge and private retreat this property sleeps 38 in a total of 8 bedrooms with all bedding provided. As you would expect there are plenty of toilets and showers and the hostel has plenty of lounge and dining space with a fully equipped self catering kitchen. The grounds are large enough to accommodate all the cars we will need. There are a couple of great pubs close by including one that has its own micro brewery. The popular town of Keswick is a 45 minute drive away.
Being that the accommodation is in the very North of the National Park we have selected walks accordingly. The routes will include the following:
Blencathra from Mungrisdale. A 30 minute drive from the hostel this 17.5km (11 mile) route visits Souther Fell (522m), Blencathra (868m), Mungrisdale Common (633m), Bannerdale Crags (683m) and Bowscale Fell (702m) and could take up to 8 hours to complete. There are 2 routes up Blencathra, the narrow scrambling route of Sharp Edge and an easier route for those that want it with the group meeting on the summit and continuing as one group.
Helvellyn & Dollywagon Pike from Glenridding. An 18 mile, 55 minute drive from the hostel to Glenridding. This 16km (10 mile) route will take around 7 hours and visits Birkhouse Moor (718m), Helvellyn (950m) via the scramble of Striding Edge, Nethermost Pike (891m) and Dollywagon Pike (858m).
Skiddaw from High Side. A 30 minute drive from the hostel this 13.5km (8.5 mile) route should take about 6 hours. Peaks include Ullock Pike (690m), Long Side (734m), Carl Side (746m), Skiddaw (931m) and Bakestall (673m).
Other activities are also on offer which attract an additional charge. If you are interested in these activities please indicate at the time of booking so we can contact local providers. These activities include:
- Via ferrata extreme
- Gyll scrambling
- Photography Day