Our walks and cycle rides

As a special interest section, Mountain Activity Section Northern Area camping meets focus on walking in the North, usually in or near hilly or mountainous areas, but many of our walks take us along beautiful low-level rambles too.

Group walks

These boots were made for walking
These boots were made for walking

We try to offer group walks at most of our meets. These are led by volunteer members and arranged group walks are dependent on their availability (and their mood about the weather and how good lunch might have been!).

 

 

How fit do I need to be?

Because of the locations we choose to camp, walking with MAS Northern caters for all fitness levels.  MAS Northern group walks usually range between 4 miles (short), 6-8 (medium), and 10-12 miles (long). The walk sheet and the walk leader will advise you if their route’s terrain is suitable for you. Our walks are mostly circular but some routes have a linear option so you can cut it shorter and get a ride back on a train or a bus (and sometimes a linear walk means you can go that much further and not have to worry about walking back before the food or water runs out, or the blisters and nightfall set in!).

Information tent

Information tent at Mountain Activity Section Festival of Walking & Cycling 2018, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
Information tent at Mountain Activity Section Festival of Walking & Cycling 2018, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Group walks will be advertised the evening before in the information tent. They are led by other campers who are volunteering. All walks are at your own risk. Occasionally, a group cycle will be organised, but these are much more informal.

 

 

Individual walks and cycle rides

Walk sheets, maps and walk route inspiration in the MAs northern area camping information tent
Walk sheets, maps and walk route inspiration

Many campers choose their own routes too and there are always plenty of people to ask about walking and cycling in the area, and there are usually suggested walking routes available too. We sometimes have walk route maps of an area that you can borrow if you’d like to walk independently and have forgotten your own maps. For walks, we recommend using Ordnance Survey Explorer maps – they’ll turn something ordinary into an explorer’s adventure.

If you’re unsure, ask the steward, they’ll point you in the right direction.

So come on: boots on, lace up, let’s go!

Mountain Activity Section Northern Area group walk on leafy path
Mountain Activity Section Northern Area group walk

Or, helmets on, let’s spin

Mountain Activity Section Northern early morning cycle ride up and down Yorkshire's Buttertubs
MAS Northern early morning cycle ride up and down Yorkshire’s Buttertubs. Credit: C Rogers