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!


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).


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.

Entertainment, MAS Northern style

Camping rallies are renowned for their organised entertainment. At Mountain Activity Section Northern, we’re not.

Your MAS days will be spent chatting to your heart’s content with others on a group walk (or not, if that’s what you choose).

At an MAS Northern evening, we enjoy a wild life and you will likely:

High Straggleton Farm, Whitby sunset, credit: D Hall
High Straggleton Farm, Whitby sunset, Credit: D Hall

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Group cycle rides for August meets

A MAS Northern cyclist in Wensleydale

Our Mountain Activity Section members are an active outdoorsy lot. As well as walking, increasingly, there are requests for group cycle rides. Chris Rogers, one of our keen cycling members, is offering to lead some on-road bike rides at two of our forthcoming meets. Chris often leads medium and medium plus cycle rides with his local Wheel Easy cycle group in Harrogate.

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