We’ll find most of this great outdoors inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
But, did you know that three years ago today, the park’s boundaries were extended so it became 24% bigger. It also means that the Yorkshire Dales also includes a little bit of……hah!…..Lancashire and Cumbria!
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.