Lakeland Bunkhouse Weekend
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Hike, bike or chill in the Lake District on this back to basics weekend in converted stables.We will be based at the foot of Blencathra, with a nearby country pub, serving traditional food, good beer and a warm welcome.
There are four stables converted into basic bedrooms, sleeping between 4 to 6 people in each. There is a limited kitchen, clothes drying facilities and a communal dining area. However, the event is not catered, other than tea and coffee. You should bring items for breakfast and lunch but don't rely on there being fridge space. Evening meals will probably be at the pub with is only a few footsteps away.
Planned for the weekend is mountain walking from the door step and a separate off road trail biking event (Whinlatter Forest Mountain Bike Trial).
Dogs: due to the small size and nature of the accommodation we are unable to accommodate dogs on this event.
What to bring
Bedding: bring your own bedding (including a pillow) and towels.
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
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
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
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: 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 unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
On the Friday evening you are asked to contribute to a buffet for everyone to enjoy - details will follow in a pre-event message.
You will need to supply your own breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, together with any other drinks you want throughout the event.
On Saturday evening you can cater for yourself in the bunkhouse although we will be arranging a group booking at the local pub. Details will be sent closer to the time.