Dalby Forest Hostel Weekend
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Come and join us in North Yorkshire for a weekend of activity, great company and homely food in the magical forest of Dalby.
The newly refurbished hostel is near to Levisham Station, one of the stops on the North York Moors Steam Railway, great for access to linear walks over uncrowded moorland. Cropton Forest and Dalby Forest Drive will keep walking and cycling enthusiasts happy. We're hoping that we will be able to offer both walking and cycling options.
After a day of exercise we will come back to the hostel for a hearty meal.
We're also close to Go Ape for those that might like to do something a bit more adventurous on Sunday (extra charge).
The hostel is a fully refurbished, old village school in a rural hamlet. It is a 'Green Beacon' venue, offering a high standard of accommodation, whilst having minimal impact on the superb environment and countryside of the North York Moors National Park.
21 beds: 1x4, 1x6 and 1x8 bed rooms, plus 1x3 bed fully accessible en-suite room.
There are four showers and three toilets in the property. Don't forget to bring your towel as these are not provided.
On site for up to 6 cars.
The lounge/dining room has a log burner.
What to bring
Please consider the weather and bring plenty of warm, dry clothing and sensible footwear for the hostel and walks.
Sheets, blankets and a pillow are provided at the hostel. Some like an extra pillow and blanket.
Don’t forget a towel!
Here is a list of useful things for the walk.
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch
Food & drink
The following will be provided: Breakfast (cereals and toast) on Saturday and Sunday; there will be a hearty meal on Saturday evening; plus tea, coffee and squash available throughout the weekend. Kitchen Volunteers will be welcomed (and needed!).
As is OutdoorLads tradition, we’ll hold a buffet on the Friday evening. Please bring an item for this. There is no need to bring loads, something for 1 or 2 people is plenty.
Please also bring a packed lunch for Saturday.
Please also bring any drink and snacks you may want.
If you have special dietary requirements, please ensure that your personal details are up to date on the website as the leader will access these to do the shopping.