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).
Most of our archives come from after the Club’s establishment in 1901 but we do have some copies of ‘Cycle & Camp’ written by our founder T.H. Holding and published in 1898 pic.twitter.com/8nMWtXZYFJ
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.
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.