Easter Exploring the North Pennines
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This Easter, come and join us on our trip to YHA Langdon Beck, as we explore Upper Teesdale in the North Pennines. Be prepared to be "wowed" by magnificent waterfalls and spectacular scenery in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - a real chance to get away from it all and immerse yourself in splendid isolation (but with a cracking country pub just ten minutes walk away!)
YHA Langdon Beck is sited in the North Pennine AONB overlooking the MoorHouse Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve that stretches across towards Cross Fell the highest point in the Pennines, and Cumbria. The Hostel is modern eco adapted, well equipped and isolated (but 10mins walk to a Pub!), 6 miles NW of Middleton-in-Teesdale, 16 miles to the historic market town of Barnard Castle and 30 miles from Darlington Rail Station.
The walks on offer provide an opportunity to view some of the most famous and spectacular Waterfalls in England, Cauldron Snout, High & Low Force where the River Tees plummets over the Whin Sill geological feature that forms an important part of Hadrians Wall further north.
Close-by there is a cultural alternative of the awesome ruins of Barnard castle itself standing high over the Tees, a stronghold of Richard III and the Bowes Museum a beautiful french style chateau housing Fine & Decorative Art collections of national importance, and just to the east of Middleton is Hamsterley Forest Park with 2000hecs of forest tracks and in particular highly lauded Mountain Bike Blue, Red & Black Trails. So this event is not just for walkers! Bring your bikes or hire one as well (will need a bike leader to join the event)!
What to bring
Warm and waterproof clothing will be essential even for late March! This is an exposed area of high moors and the weather can be very different from lowland areas and change very quickly. Good hiking boots and socks, gloves and hats are also recommended. Bikers will know the appropriate kit for winter conditions!
More casual clothing is appropriate for in the Hostel. Don`t forget a towel and washing kit, and if you your not a fan of YHA pillows then please bring your own! All other bedding will be provided.
Food & drink
Please bring something "interesting" for the Good Friday OutdoorLads buffet, preferably home made but with some imagination! Let's try to limit the number of supermarket quiches on the buffet table. Think quite widely, maybe salads, a selection of cold meats, cheeseboard, fruit.. oh and a cake or two would be nice! Don't go overboard, with thirty people contributing it soon makes a grand buffet!
Provision will be made for breakfast each day, with a cooked breakfast on Easter Sunday, and tea and coffee throughout the weekend. On Saturday and Easter Sunday evening, we will provide a delightful three course meal - and volunteers are encouraged to come forward to help with preparation, please! We'll be having an extra special dinner for Easter Sunday!
It is important everyone ensures that they have filled in or updated their dietary requirements on their profile details well before the event to help in menu planning and shopping!
Please bring (or make arrangements for) your own food and drink for your Saturday and Sunday lunchbox, and any extra drinks for the evenings!