Hello, we’re MAS Northern!

We love camping, walking and cycling in the most beautiful parts of Northern England, from the mountains and dales to moorlands and invigorating coastlines.

We’re the Northern Area of The Mountain Activity Section (MAS), the oldest special interest section of The Camping and Caravanning Club. First established in 1932, we’re a volunteer organisation run by members of the Club.  We host 3 – 5 day meets with a special interest in walking and cycling.

Motorhomes, caravans, tents camping on green field at Craken House Farm, Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales at MAS Northern meet

We offer some of the most inexpensive and basic camping available and you’re guaranteed a friendly welcome. All members of the Camping and Caravanning Club are welcome to attend our meets (please bring your membership cards).

 

Reflecting on the Lakes

For many of us who like hillwalking in Britain, the Lake District holds a special place in our hearts and hiking diaries. And being of a Northern character, you’ll find MAS northern meets often take us there.

But those who live and work in the Lake District National Park know it to be much more than meets the general walker’s or tourist’s eye. And, for those who’ve never visited, there’s much more than scenic beauty. Being awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status in 2017,  cements the cultural significance of its landscape.

Have a listen and a look: Northern poet, Tony Walsh’s ‘Reflecting on the Lakes’.

Uphill waterfall in Yorkshire Dales

Limestone pavements, pot holes, waterfalls, mountains, National trails. Every year, you’ll always find MAS Northern camping, walking and cycling in our beloved Yorkshire Dales National Park: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Austwick, Settle, Hawes, Leyburn.

But take a look at what Storm Ali has done to this waterfall in Cray: it’s sent it backwards and uphill!

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Whitby, North Yorkshire Coast and Moors

Yes, MAS Northern does like to be beside the seaside too. This year’s North Yorkshire coast meet took us to High Straggleton Farm. Panoramic sea views, dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, abbeys and national walking trails. High Straggleton Farm had it all.

Coastal views from MAS Northern's High Straggleton Farm meet
Coastal views from MAS Northern’s High Straggleton Farm meet

Sitting in an elevated position between Whitby and Sandsend with panoramic views of the North Sea and surrounding countryside, it was perfect for dramatic cliff walking along  the gorgeous Cleveland Way, for enjoying a sandy beach day and exploring the sights of Whitby. Continue reading “Whitby, North Yorkshire Coast and Moors”

A cycle down memory lane in the Club’s Archive

Anyone remember when camping and cycling were like this? When a club has a history as long as the Camping and Caravanning Club, and the Mountain Activity Section within that, chances are you won’t.

But some things never change: views of the hills, a great sunset, bicycles propped up all around, and some good old campsite nourishment.  Though, fancy a different kind of cycling outfit, anyone? And maybe the camping accommodation has become a little more complicated (or convenient).