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”

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

Capturing moments, casting shadows

Daytime on a MAS Northern site is often quiet. Early mornings often bring our best outdoor weather and we’ll see the odd few wander off on a run, cycle or walk (except for those who’re still asleep). As the sun lifts higher (or the clouds begin to gather!), the site is abuzz with people rushing to ready their boots, packs, trekking poles and smiles for the group walks that will soon head off.  And then it’s quiet, with a few remaining to do their own thing in tranquil peace.

Late afternoon, those walking boots start coming back at a slightly slower pace. We untie and flop down, soaking up the late afternoon sun. And, this being in northern regions,  some of us rush to take photos of the big blue sky and glorious views of and from our campsite field, or simply just to capture a sunny moment for memory’s sake.

Look at our lovely afternoon shadows!

Caravans and motorhomes at Bathafarn Hall, Ruthin, Wales
MAS Northern’s long shadow, Ruthin, Wales. Credit: A Wood
Motorhomes, caravans and tents camping on a green field at Craken House Farm, Leyburn
Craken House Farm, Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales







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.