Wild & Remote Mountain Weekend

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Hostels and Bunkhouses
Jan 12

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Event booking closes on Jan 11 at 17:00:00
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Join us on a rare opportunity to experince this part-walking weekend/part-expedition, deep in the Lake District. Walking to our accomodation and sleeping in this beautiful valley provides a genuine sense of wilderness and a true mountaineering atmosphere.

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 is rarely available for exclusive booking, so we are lucky to have this opportunity to stay there as a group.

We're a small group and will plan to do a high level walk together on the Saturday. 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.

This is a challenging mountain weekend; there are no low level or easier walk options available. Note that there is no vehicle access to this hostel and you will need to walk 6 miles in from the nearest car park, but that is part of the charm. We will meet as a group and walk in together - more details to follow nearer the time. 

Dogs: by agreement with YHA for additional charge. Please bear in mind possible harsh winter conditions and discuss with the leader if you would like to bring a dog.

Photos: Provided by the YHA and used with permission. 

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