Dates, Thursday 5 to Friday 6 October
Thursdays Route, Keswick to Hesket Newmarket (lunch), Mungrisdale and Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Fridays Route, The Newlands Valley Loop.
Buffet Lunch at Cafe West (Station Road, Keswick).
Note, This Tour is NOW FULL
Participants, Jeff, Marion, Jane D, Sue P, Irene, Jackie, Thelma, Karen, Fran, Owen and Anne G.
Updated 30 September
Keswick YHA related update…
The youth hostel association have changed their requirements for guests using their properties, in the past only the group leader needed to provide proof of identity, please read the new requirement below.
‘We work hard to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests. To assist with this, you and any member of your group over the age of 18 will be asked to provide valid ID on arrival at the hostel.’
Keswick have supplied their menu for our evening meal on Thursday, I need to return the completed form back no later than Tuesday evening, please make your choices from the menu attached and let me know as soon as possible. Here’s the menu… 4Thursday.
‘Breakfast is a Full English offering of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, beans, grilled tomato, hash brown and toast (vegetarian sausage can also be prepared with advance notice) along with a continental buffet of cereals, yoghurts, fruit, juices, tea and coffee. This is served each morning between 0730 and 0900 but we would expect large groups to specifiy an approximate time at which they would like to eat. We needn’t take choices for breakfast time, but we do ask that you inform us of any allergies or conditions that your group members may have that may be relevant to this meal. We can provide alternative options like gluten-free bread and soya milk etc but this can be difficult without prior notice.
On the ground floor of YHA Keswick you’ll find a large open-space dining room/lounge area, a fully licensed bar and café, and a self-catering kitchen. The kitchen is accessible to guests 24 hours a day and is fully-fitted for all culinary purposes. However as it contains potentially hazardous implements and equipment, it is unsuitable for unsupervised use by anybody under the age of 16. It is also fairly compact and not intended for large-scale group use so please inform the hostel if you are intending to prepare vast quantities of food in there so we can discuss your options.
YHA Keswick also provides free wi-fi on the ground floor of the hostel using The Cloud network.
The first, second and third floors are exclusively accommodation areas with the exception of our drying room on the second floor which contains limited laundry facilities. A number of our first floor rooms contain private balconies, which we will render inaccessible when the room is in use by guests under the age of 18.
Do note that, as our bar is licensed, guests are not permitted to bring alcohol purchased from elsewhere onto the premises.
The hostel is staffed each day from 7am through to 11pm. The hostel entrance is locked outside of these hours but can be accessed by any guest in possession of a valid key-card (these will be issued to you on arrival). You’ll also be given an emergency out-of-hours contact number which you can use to call a member of staff should you have any issues during the night.’
Note, please bring a packed lunch with you on Thursday morning.
Thursday 5 October, 06:50 – meet at MacDonald’s (Metro Retail Park) with the aim to leave at 7 o’clock latest. Drive to Keswick, stopping for a comfort break and coffee on route, and park van & minibus. Start cycling at 10 o’clock. The route will be from Keswick heading north to pass around the rear flank of Skiddaw and Blencathra before stopping for lunch at Hesket Newmarket. The route then heads south through Mungrisdale, Castlerigg Stone Circle and back into Keswick. Dinner, bed and breakfast will be at the fully refurbished and reopened Keswick YHA.
Friday 6 October, after breakfast we cycle in to the Newlands Valley for our morning ride. Lunch will be at Cafe West in Keswick, after which we head back to MacDonald’s arriving for around 15:30.