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Oct
6

Autumn at Scenic Rydal Water (Rydal Hall) (35008)

Event Overview

Join us for another fun filled ODL weekend at the beautiful location of Rydal Hall Youth Centre, situated in the centre of Rydal Hall estate. The hostel is sheltered on three sides by the Fairfield Horseshoe and offers access to the best of Lakeland’s activities.

Over the weekend we will make the most of the available Lakelands walks, on our doorstep we have the Fairfield Horseshoe, or if you're feeling brave and conditions allow, then Helvellyn might be on the cards! Either way there will be the essential stop for afternoon tea in the local Rydal Hall Tea shop.

Come and join us in the Lakes for this early...

Join us for another fun filled ODL weekend at the beautiful location of Rydal Hall Youth Centre, situated in the centre of Rydal Hall estate. The hostel is sheltered on three sides by the Fairfield Horseshoe and offers access to the best of Lakeland’s activities.

Over the weekend we will make the most of the available Lakelands walks, on our doorstep we have the Fairfield Horseshoe, or if you're feeling brave and conditions allow, then Helvellyn might be on the cards! Either way there will be the essential stop for afternoon tea in the local Rydal Hall Tea shop.

Come and join us in the Lakes for this early October hostel where we can promise a warm welcome, Good food and Great walking! #GetOutMore

 

 

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What to bring

Aside from your walking gear - you will need your sleeping bag, towel, and toiletries plus whatever you want to wear about the hostel.  As its still summertime, some midge spray or other repellants might still be a wise plan.

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks.  Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters.  Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.

Gators:  Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.

Walking Trousers:  Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth.  They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet.  Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall.  Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.

Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt.  The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.

Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.  This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential.  The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading.  Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.

Emergency Equipment: A number of items should be taken in case problems occur whilst walking in the hills.  Emergency equipment becomes of greater importance the further from civilisation walkers are.  Equipment should include spare food stuffs of high energy, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire, either storm proof matches or a firelighter.

Food & Water:  At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required.  Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken.  Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.

Map & Compass: A map of the area being walked in is essential as well as a compass.  The map should be in a waterproof bag or be of a waterproof design.

Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.

Food & Drink

On the friday night will be a classic ODl style buffet, where each person should bring enough food to share between 1-2 people.

Saturday breakfast and the evening meal will be included as will Sunday breakfast.

You will need to provide your own lunches over the weekend but please remember there will limited space in the fridges at the hostel!

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate will be provided over the weekend.

Meeting & Times

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Facilities

The youth centre accommodates 29 people in 4 dormitories. 4 bed and 6 bed (both en-suite), 9 bed and 10 bed. Although pillows and pillow cases are provided, we remind guests that they need to bring their own towels and sleeping bags/duvets.

There is a communal room with tables, chairs and cosy wood burner. The first bag of logs is complimentary with additional bags supplied at £7.50 per bag. Please feel free to bring any wood with you to the hostel. Beside the communal room is a fully equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.

Showers and toilets are on the ground floor.

Whats going to happen

Friday evening:

We have the customary ODL buffet - a chance to catch up with members you already know but also an opportunity to meet some new faces. If this is your first ODL Hostel event you will be made very welcome.  We will also have a briefing to run through the plan for the weekend.

Saturday:

We plan to run a couple of walks ranging from an easier circular walk of the Fairfield Horseshoe, and if conditions allow then Helvellyn may also be possible. (Walk and Mountain leaders please feel free to message the leader if you would like to volunteer to lead any other walks.) 

Saturday evening - Self professed foodies Tom and Danny will provide a 3 course meal, later in the evening a chance to relax, socialise and sit round the fire.

Sunday:

Time to clean the hostel and head home. There may be a short walk of about an hour or two in the area for those who are in less of a rush to get away.

Getting to the Hostel

Directions:

GR 366 064. Take the A561 from Ambleside to Grasmere, Rydal is reached after 2 miles. By the church turn right and go up lane for 200m.

Public Transport:

Trains at Windermere. National Express at Ambleside. Local Stagecoach service (555) from Lancaster to Keswick stops 200 yards from Hall.

 

Liftshare: We strongly encourage lads to liftshare wherever possible. Just check the "who's going" list to see which lads are willing to share, and drop them a line. You can also message the event leader, who may be ablet to help connect drivers and passengers. 

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Event Reference No:
35008