Long Autumn Weekend in Wild Ennerdale
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***Please note, unlike most of our hostel weekends, this event is for 3 nights, ending on the Monday ***
We're back!! Generations of walkers have made a grateful beeline for Ennerdale's majestically sited Black Sail "hut", a former shepherds' bothy that serves as one of the UK's most renowned youth hostels. High up in the western fells – a good couple of hours' walk (or cycle) from anywhere, and six miles from the nearest car park on Ennerdale Water – this is more hikers' refuge than backpackers' hostel. This is basic – but very welcome – accommodation in the middle of some of the most dramatic walking country in the UK, and that's just they way we like it!
Black Sail offers fantastic access to a number of nearby peaks, including Great Gable Pillar, Red Pike and Steeple. After a long day exploring the Lakes, we can go back and put our feet up in our lounge, complete with wood-burning stove. Then, we can do it all again the next day, because we have three days!!!
What to bring
You may end up carrying all your gear the full 6 miles in, so think about weight, but remember that this is autumn in a proper mountain environment.
Warm clothes, gloves, hats, spare dry clothes, waterproofs and good boots will all be necessary.
Towels are not provided by the hostel, but bedding is.
A small flask for hot drinks while on the hill can be a real life-saver if the weather is poor.
Head torch is essential!
Food & drink
As usual, please bring a buffet item for the Friday night. Breakfasts and dinners on Saturday and Sunday will be provided.
You should bring food and snacks for your lunches.
If you're bringing alcohol, think about the weight of your bottles, in case you end up carrying your bags all the way there. They do sell beer and wine in the hostel.