Jul
28

The Hidden Lake District Camping Weekend (35837)

Event Overview

We're back in one of the most idyllic and isolated camping locations in Cumbria, we call it The Hidden Lakes and its exactly as you expect.  This isnt Ambleside, Windermere or even Coniston (although Coniston is just over the nearby mountain!!!).......this is the Duddon Valley, with its river rising at the head of the valley between Langdale and Eskdale, flowing past the likes of Harter Fell, Hardknott (site of a Roman fort) and the beginings of the Scafell massif.

This event is an annual pilgrimage for OutdoorLads and its such a popular place with its serenity and choice of amazing walks but equally so its proximity to a friendl...

We're back in one of the most idyllic and isolated camping locations in Cumbria, we call it The Hidden Lakes and its exactly as you expect.  This isnt Ambleside, Windermere or even Coniston (although Coniston is just over the nearby mountain!!!).......this is the Duddon Valley, with its river rising at the head of the valley between Langdale and Eskdale, flowing past the likes of Harter Fell, Hardknott (site of a Roman fort) and the beginings of the Scafell massif.

This event is an annual pilgrimage for OutdoorLads and its such a popular place with its serenity and choice of amazing walks but equally so its proximity to a friendly pub is always a good thing!

So join us for 2017's adventure to the Hidden Lake District and discover a whole new way to enjoy this beautiful landscape.

 

Itinerary

Friday Evening/Night: Arrival of all members, set up and familiarise with the campsite and facilities.  A briefing will occur around 10.00pm or once all members have arrived (if earlier).

Saturday: Arise and make your breakfast, then head out for a walk or other activity in the local area.  Walks on offer include Coniston Old Man, Harter Fell or even a short drive and Scafell Pike are possibilities.

Sunday: Arise and make your breakfast, we will then clear our camping pitches and if people want to we can do a short walk before heading for a sunday lunch somewhere.

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What to bring

Aside from your walking gear - you will need your tent, sleeping bag, toiletries plus whatever you want to wear about the campsite.  As its summertime, some midge spray or other repellants would 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

You will need to be self sufficient for your catering needs - but there is a great pub nearby that serves food until 8.30pm.  But why not think about cooking on site - if the weather is good - a BBQ is always an option (so long as its off the grass).

There is a small local shop in Ulpha that stocks basic groceries, otherwise Broughton in Furness is your nearest place for food supplies, so be sure you have everything you need.

Meeting & Times

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Directions

From Glasgow & the North: Leave the M6 at junction 40 and take the A66 signposted Keswick. At the roundabout wit the A592 turn left onto the A592 signposted Ullswater then Windermere. On reaching Windermere turn right onto the A591 signposted Ambleside. At the traffic lights in Ambleside bear left onto the A5095 then left again onto the A593 signposted Coniston. After passing through the village of Skelwith Bridge turn right onto a minor road signposted Little Langdale then turn left, again signposted Little Langdale. Pass through the Little Langdale valley and then turn left again onto the Wrynose Pass signposted Eskdale. At the hamlet of Cockley Beck keep going straight on signposted Seathwaite and follow the road through the Duddon Valley. Just before reaching the hamlet of Seathwaite, Turner Hall Campsite appears on the left hand side.

From Manchester & the South: Leave the M6 at junction 36 and take the A590 signposted Kendal and then keep following the A590 signposted Barrow-in-Furness. Turn right at the A5092 signposted Workington and then at the A595 keep straight ahead signposted Workington. After the junction with the A593, turn right onto the first road (Smithy Lane) that isn't a farm track signposted Ulpha. Keep straight on passing through Ulpha, Hall Dunnerdale and Seathwaite. After passing through Seathwaite, Turner Hall Campsite appears shortly on the right hand side. 

By public transport: The nearest rail station is at Foxfield, but it may be easier to get a train to Ulverston. There are no buses through the Duddon Valley so you will need to get a taxi from the station or arrange for another member to pick you up en route.

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campsite facilities

There are showers/wash facilities at the farm at the start of the main field.  Showers at £1 for 4 minutes so please bring change with you.

The local pub; The Newfield Inn is a short walk away and serves good food and ales.

There is a small village shop a few miles down the road in Ulpha but this is not open all weekend.

The campsite allows BBQ'S but campfires that are ground based are not permitted. Fires raised off the floor and with protection for the grass underneath are permitted.

 


Event Reference No:
35837