Happy Yorkshire Day

Happy Yorkshire Day everybody!

This is why MAS northern loves you:

Wensleydale cheese

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Or one, or none!


Bluebells at Austwick, 2017
Bluebells at Austwick, Yorkshire Dales, 2017

Yorkshire Dales National Park

We’ll find most of this great outdoors inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Yorkshire Dales National Park sign, on a walk from Leyburn
Yorkshire Dales National Park sign, near Leyburn

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!


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”

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.