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’.

It’s time for a walking lunch!

MAS Northern walkers lunch on Pen-y-Ghent.
MAS Northern walkers lunch on Pen-y-Ghent. Credit: M Kampff

One of the great things about being a walker, a hiker, a leisure cyclist, is lunch.

All this great outdoors exercise and activity requires calorie refuelling (yum!), and how much better to do it with a view (and even better from a mountain top).

 

 

Soggy sandwiches? Even wet weather won’t stop the hardy MAS Northern souls from taking a well-earned lunch stop. Hummus, anyone? Or how about some Yorkshire cheese?

MAS Northern walkers eating a rainy lunch in the Yorkshire wolds
Rainy lunch in the Yorkshire wolds

Pen-y-ghent was watching over us

Cragg Hill Farm, another fine national parks location for the Mountain Activity Section Northern Area. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks country, it is situated alongside the long distance Ribble Way, on the banks of the River Ribble. Pen-y-ghent overlooks this idyllic site and it’s a short pastoral walk into Horton-in-Ribblesdale where many hikers pick up the paths to Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough or the Pennine Way. Others head on down to Settle.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Mountain Activity Section Northern area camping meet in Yorkshire Dales
Crag Hill Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Mountain Activity Section Northern area camping meet

Helped by glorious August sunshine on many days, many of our campers put on their boots, packs and trekking poles, and hiked on up Pen-y-Ghent, led by the two Christines – just for old time’s sake.

MAS Northern members, on Pen-y-Ghent's peak
Christine and Ian, MAS Northern members, on Pen-y-Ghent’s peak. Credit: Ian Field

Some continued on, and completed all the Yorkshire Three Peaks (congratulations to Jennifer!). Others took in lower paths withs views of the magnificent Hull Pot, and some just rambled along, away from the main hiking traffic but with outstanding views of the Three Peaks and Ribbleshead Viaduct all around.

Walking the Pennine Way near Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales with Mountain Activity Section Northern area
Walking the Pennine Way near Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales

Some of the earlybirds took off for morning runs and some good old Yorkshire cycling.

Back on site, we welcomed some new to MAS campers and some MAS Wessex visitors.  Some had BBQs, some translated literature into Russian, and others chatted about A level results, education, physical challenges and recovery, sheep farming, long distance hiking, motorhoming around the world, and how best to flatten an awning.

Views of Pen-y-Ghent from Craghill camp site with Mountain Activity Section Northern area
Views of Pen-y-Ghent from Craghill camp site

Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales, Mountain Activity Section Northern, you were good! 

Thanks to Dave & Gill for stewarding this meet.

If anyone is interested in stewarding any of our meets, please get in touch.