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
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.
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.
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.