Dec
24

OutdoorLads Family Christmas 2018 (38799)

Event Overview

Yes....we are BACK for 2018! Family Christmas returns in style as we make our location even more awesome than previous years!  Danny and Andy will host you in the serenity of Eskdale YHA in the stunning Lake District with its roaring open fire, peaceful location and beautiful lakeland views.  Dig out your Christmas Jumper and join us for a fantastic 3 nights over the festive period.

We will have all of the usual laughs, games and a belly or two's full of home cooked food.  If you fancy walking, then our setting is perfect for some mountains, hills or just a stroll around the valley.  Alternatively, you can set the fire, put your ...

Yes....we are BACK for 2018! Family Christmas returns in style as we make our location even more awesome than previous years!  Danny and Andy will host you in the serenity of Eskdale YHA in the stunning Lake District with its roaring open fire, peaceful location and beautiful lakeland views.  Dig out your Christmas Jumper and join us for a fantastic 3 nights over the festive period.

We will have all of the usual laughs, games and a belly or two's full of home cooked food.  If you fancy walking, then our setting is perfect for some mountains, hills or just a stroll around the valley.  Alternatively, you can set the fire, put your feet up with some mulled wine and read a book or take in a movie on the big screen that we will have for the weekend.

This event truly does enshrine all of the magic of what OutdoorLads does - we dont want anyone to be alone or stuck in the family cycle on Christmas, so get us in your diary and hopefully we will see you there.

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What to bring

In addition to your walking gear, you will need a towel, clothes for the hostel and a whole load of Christmas cheer.....dont forget your Christmas jumper too!

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

Christmas Eve (Arrival): We will welcome you all to the hostel with some mince pies and the smell of mulled wine on the hob.  The perfect start to Christmas.

Christmas Eve (Dinner): We will have the usual OutdoorLads buffet so bring an item for a one or two people to share but don't bring too much; we like to avoid too much wastage of food wherever possible. Think about home cooking something, it always tastes so much better.

Christmas Day Brunch: Served from 11.00am, this will include Poached or Scrambled Egg served with your choice of Salmon, Mushrooms or Bacon.  All washed down with a glass of Bucks Fizz.  Cereals and toast will be available if anyone wants them too.

Christmas Day Evening: Starting with some tantalising Amuse Bouche, we will serve a full Turkey Roast with all the trimmings and a glass of Prosecco to boot (dietary alternatives will be provided)

Christmas Day Night: We can lay out any leftovers from lunch as is traditional for Christmas Day

Boxing Day Breakfast: A selection of cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurts and pastries will be available for you to enjoy.

Boxing Day Lunch: You will need your own packed lunches for our day walk or other activities.  We may be limited on fridge space but be aware that its a fair drive to the nearest shop.....you could always use up any leftover buffet food from Christmas Eve :)

Boxing Day Dinner: We will prepare a quality three course meal for your delight, with dietary requirments catered for where required.

27th December Breakfast: A selection of cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurts and pastries will be available for you to enjoy.

Meeting & Times

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DIRECTIONS

From the M6 at J36, follow the A590 and A595 initially towards Barrow, then Broughton, Ravenglass and Gosforth.  Once in Gosforth,  take a left from the roudabout at the Lamb and Lion Pub following signs for Eskdale and Santon Bridge.  Once in Eskdale Green you will reach the King George IV pub, you can then follow the signs for Langdale and Hardknott Pass.  Stay on this road for 3 miles, passing The Woolpack Pub, the hostel will be on your left.

From M6 at Junction follow the A66 to Keswick, then Cockermouth.  From Cockermouth please follow the A595 towards Cleator, Egremont and Gosforth respectively.  Head into Gosforth and take a left from the roudabout at the Lamb and Lion Pub following signs for Eskdale and Santon Bridge.  Once in Eskdale Green you will reach the King George IV pub, you can then follow the signs for Langdale and Hardknott Pass.  Stay on this road for 3 miles, passing The Woolpack Pub, the hostel will be on your left.

***PLEASE NOTE THE DIRECTIONS ABOVE HAVE BEEN WRITTEN TO AVOID THE "USUALLY" SHORTER ROUTES OVER HARDKNOTT AND WRYNOSE PASS OR THE ULPHA PASS.  THESE ROUTES ARE BEAUTIFULLY SCENIC BUT IN COLD/ICY WEATHER THEY ARE NOT PASSABLE BY MOST MOTOR VEHICLES.  IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO THIS WAY, YOU ARE DOING SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.  PLEASE DRIVE SAFE***

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

BY RAIL - The hostel may be in the middle of nowhere but there is a railway station at Ravenglass.  This would involve a train from Lancaster to Barrow in Furness and then up to Ravenglass.  The hostel is 9 miles from the station so you can either message around for a lift or arrange a taxi.  Alternatively you can get the train from Penrith but this is a long stopping train.  So just be mindful of that.

You can, surprisingly get the train from Ravenglass to Boot - which is much closer to the hostel, however this is a refurbished steam engine line, so its not on the natonal network....but it might be an interesting way to start your festive season.

Check out their website:

https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

There are no buses that run to or near the hostel.

Our Accommodation

This purpose built granite building offers comfortable accommodation in the Eskdale Valley. Nestling among the fells it's a good base for those seeking to explore the rugged western summits or the more tranquil west Lakeland fells. 

Set in 15 acres of grounds, the property offers peace and solitude in beautiful, wildlife-rich surroundings.
 

whats going to happen

Christmas Eve (Arrival Day): As you arrive, we can get you settled to a room, allowing you time to explore the hostel and its many features, we will then have the traditional OutdoorLads Buffet so do bring an item for this.  Dont forget to bring a Christmas decoration with you to help us make the hostel as homely and "Christmassy" as possible.

Christmas Day: On waking, if it has snowed which you never know, it could do we can head out and enjoy a short walk around the village and the local hills before sitting down to Christmas Dinner late in the afternoon/evening.  With the table fully laid with crackers and all the food you expect to see on the Christmas table you will not be disappointed. We will have some Christmas games, laughs and plenty of good times to keep you entertained throughout the afternoon and evening.

Boxing Day: We will hopefully be able to get out for a full days walking today or if people wish, we can look at other activities in the local area depending on what is available to do.  We have many options for walking such as Harter Fell, Hardknott and even Scafell Pike if we are feeling adventurous.

27th December: After a clean up of the hostel, we will look to do a short "leg stretcher" before possibly heading for lunch in Settle or Skipton before everyone heads on home.

giving something back to outdoorlads

Have you always enjoyed your walks or other events with OutdoorLads? Dont forget, all leaders are volunteers - so if you fancy giving it a go, its all good for the future of OutdoorLads and our members.

Check out the following link for more information:

http://outdoorlads.com/become-a-leader


Event Reference No:
38799