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’.

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).

 

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

MAS Northern got around in July!

Lake District National Park, Lancashire and the Peak District – all the Mountain Activity Section Northern area camping meets that were held in July.

July started off with us in the middle of Ambleside. Yes, right in the middle. With a little help from the sunshine, hot days on the fells and a cool-off in lakeland waters were enjoyed by many.  “Every day’s been a classic,” says Steve. Thanks to Dave & Gill for sitting it all out as stewards. Please, if you love this mountain valley site, consider giving some of your time next year to help the stewards out.

MAS Northern Area Ambleside meet
Views from MAS Northern Area’s Ambleside, Lake District meet. Credit: J & M Allen

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Location, location, location

At MAS Northern, we organise camping meets from spring through autumn in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. Sometimes you’ll find us in northern Wales and Scotland too. Invigorating, inspiring, fresh. Great outdoors activity heaven.

MAS Northern Ambleside meet
Ambleside – J & M Allen

Our meets are usually held in green fields with a beautiful countryside view. These sites offer basic facilities: fresh water, and disposal for chemical toilet and grey waste. Your own sanitation is almost always necessary. Occasionally (but not often), our sites will have limited electric hook-up, toilets or showers.

 

We welcome caravans, motorhomes/campervans, trailer tents and tents.

We offer some of the most inexpensive camping available and you’re guaranteed a friendly welcome. All members of the Camping and Caravanning Club are welcome to attend our Mountain Activity Section meets (please bring your membership cards).