Classic - Winter at Black Sail (Bargain price!)

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Jan 12

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The hostel's remote location means there is a 2.5 miles walk in from the nearest car park!

Bargain price - now just £69 for members, down from £102 on this classic Lakes hostel! (PAYG members reduced to £89.)

Come join us for a spectacular Winter mountain weekend at Black Sail, one of England's most remote hostels! Great walking, great company and spectacular scenery awaits those who sign up.

Generations of walkers have made a grateful beeline for the majestically sited Black Sail hostel, a former shepherds' bothy that has been beautifully upgraded and now serves as one of the UK's most renowned hostels. High up in the western fells – a good couple of hours walk from anywhere and 2.5 miles from the nearest car park in Buttermere – this is a cosy refuge in the wilderness enjoying a superbly peaceful environment with a stargazers delight of zero light pollution.

Black Sail offers fantastic access to a number of nearby peaks, including Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knotts, Hay Stacks, Pillar, High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike. After a long day exploring the hills, we can go back and put our feet up in the cosy lounge, complete with wood-burning stove.

This is a challenging mountain weekend, there are no low level or easier walk options available. The plan will be for a full day's walk on Saturday with the option of a shorter walk on Sunday to make the most this stunning location.

Please note the revised starting location and time - requested meet time further revised, please see below:

We will be walking in as a group from the revised starting location in Buttermere at a time that will get us to the hostel just before dark. This will involve a walk of 3.6km (2.5miles) and a total ascent of 371m. YHA transport of our food supplies has been confirmed.

Please pay particular attention to the equipment requirements for this weekend, we will be walking in a Winter environment which may be bitterly cold, be sure to pack those thermals!

Dogs: Sorry, this event is not suitable for dogs due to the small communal spaces available. 

Photos: Provided by the YHA, ODL members AMD and david252, used with permission.

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