Experience the grandeur of the Lakes and see for yourself why climbing for fun was born here*
Everything is on a big scale here – there’s huge multi-pitch routes, plenty of easy stuff to cut your teeth on, great hikes and stunning scenery. The best bit is that we will be here for 3 days over the bank holiday!.
We will be staying at the charming Dinah Hoggus Camping Barn
There is a cooking and eating area on the ground floor, with an electric kettle, microwave, single electric cooking ring. Sleeping accommodation is on the first floor (12 Mattresses provided). The washbasin and toilet are in a separate room complete with shower. (Electric clothes drier is provided). Electricity is charged extra (Meter read at start and end of stay).
There are only 12 spaces in the barn, if this fills up there are overflow options which we will detail in due course.
Address: Dinah Hoggus Camping BarnStonecroft, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XB. Map ref : NY 259150
From Keswick take the B5289, 5 miles down the Borrowdale Valley. The barn is on the left just over the bridge at Rosthwaite (follow sign for Hazel Bank Hotel).
£35 for the 3 nights, including 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner. This may seem more than the typical meet cost but please bear in mind accommodation was hard to come by for the bank holiday. Also prices are higher in the Lakes (£10 pppn). The second dinner will be played by ear.
Car share: for a car it works out roughly £20 each for the return journey (Assuming 4 in a car, inc the M6 toll). Cost will vary from car to car so this is up to the drivers.
The lakes is a reasonable 336 miles one way, or 5:30 hrs drive. Please try to share the driving i.e. add another driver to your insurance (usually free or very cheap).
We will cook the porridge and 1 meal. As the cooking facilities are very limited (1 ring stove and a microwave), we would like to know if anyone has a large camping stove that they would not mind bringing along.
If the weather is good one evening we would like to have a BBQ so please bring any equipment you have + bring your own meats (there will be opportunities to shop). In the event of a BBQ, the club will buy basics e.g. buns/baps/rolls, sauces etc.
This meet is open to beginners and more seasoned climbers alike; if you have never climbed outdoors do not fear! You can second routes with more experienced climbers.
This is a camping barn, so bring everything you would normally take for camping (except the tent!).
Harness, shoes, belay device
Waterproofs, good footwear, swimming stuff (we are by the sea!)
Bring a bowl, plate, cutlery, mug and a glass
If you own the following please bring these too:
Helmet Half ropes (for trad), single rope (Sport)
BBQ (if you want one!) + utensils
Any large cooking stove
* First documented rock climb was Napes Needle in the late 1800’s by Walter Parry Hasket Smith. This heralded the sport of rock climbing in England!