Jul
28

The Hidden Lake District Climbing and Camping Weekend (36365)

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.

There is a Sister Event Running alongside this, with walking options available. With 40 places already booked, it should make for a fairly larg-ish group overall. 

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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.

There is a Sister Event Running alongside this, with walking options available. With 40 places already booked, it should make for a fairly larg-ish group overall. 

PLEASE NOTE: This event page is for Climbing option only! Please see the other event page for the walking option.

Climbing:

This event is suitable for those who have climbed outdoors before (preferably with ODL) and wish to develop their skills & experience. It will be a good opportunity for single pitch climbers to try multi-pitch routes. 

Although there are ten places available for now, availability may depend on the number of lead climbers available. Places for 'seconders' will be on a first come first serve basis. If there is manageable demand, we may be able to increase numbers. 

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). The climbers will have a short mini-briefing following to agree our plans for Saturday & Sundays climbing. 

Saturday: Arise and make your breakfast, then head out to a nearby crag for the day. We will return to the campsite around tea time, with free time that evening to mix with the rest of the group, possibly at the nearby Pub. 

Sunday: Arise and make your breakfast, we will then clear our camping pitches and then head out to climb before our journies home later that day. 

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What to bring

Harness, Rock boots, Belay plate and Screw gate karabiner, and a Helmet.

Climbing rack/gear if you have it. 

A waterproof, and some warm layers in case the weather is not what we hope for...it is the Lakes! 

If you don't have your own equipment then you may be able to use the OutdoorLads gear if you message the meet leader in advance. Please note there are limited group helmets available, and you wont be able to climb without one; rock boots are also essential for this event- no trainers sorry! Group gear is first come first serve! 

Insect repellent is advisable to those susceptable to midges. 

Sun screen is advisable, but best applied before leaving camp so hands can be washed afterwards. Otherwise you will have greasy hands all day which will not help your climbing!

 

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.

Please note: You will need a packed lunch and drinks for the day for the Sat & Sun if climbing, as we will be at the crag all day. 

Meeting & Times

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Participation statement

Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as ‘technical experts’ but are amateur climbers with some experience and who are happy to impart their knowledge. Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.

Please be ready to provide details of your climbing experience to the event leader if asked. This is in the interest of ensuring safety for all members primarily, but also to help the event leader plan the activity effectively, so everyone can get the most out of their climbing. 

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.

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.


Event Reference No:
36365