High Summer Hiking in a Remote Lakeland Vale

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Aug 09

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Hostel weekend but with plenty of hills to climb!

Join us in St. Johns in the Vale, one of the most stunning valleys in the Northern Lake District...no, really! Though only a few miles outside Keswick, the area is tranquil and unspoilt with great views of Blencathra and the Helvellyn range.


St John’s in the Vale, named after its famous church, is actually a glacial valley in the heart of the northern Lake District and is surrounded by many of the most striking of the Lakeland fells. This is a beautiful, remote and rugged but accessible location. Keswick is only four miles away with the M6 just a 20min drive.

Within the vale are a number of farms and small settlements, in addition to several disused quarry and mining works. St John’s Beck meanders northward along the floor of the vale, and is the main outflow from Thirlmere reservoir, which is located to the south.

The centre where we will be staying is ideally located for days out on the back-side of Helvellyn, Skiddaw, or Blencathra, or simply bimling about some of the the lower hills around Thirlmere, exploring the old church, or Castlerigg stone circle

We will be staying in the old School House, now converted as a youth centre, which has a decent kitchen and common room. It also has wifi, so no need to panic! Lads must bring their own sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel etc. Apparently, there's no loo roll either, so the leader will have to remember to buy some. Someone remind me!

Also, a mini Orienteering course has been set up in the vicinity of the Centre, suitable for all ages and can be used as a daytime or evening activity #mapreadinggains!!

Dogs: A maximum of two dogs are permitted at this hostel.  They are not allowed on furniture, beds, or in the kitchen. There is an additional cost of £10 per dog for the weekend. Both spaces for dogs have now been booked. 



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