AGM Weekend

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by OWPGweb_editor

OWPG weekend 2017: Newlands

updated 12th October

Fri 13th October to Sunday 16th 2017
at Newlands Adventure Centre, Stair, by Keswick CA12 5UF (with thanks to Stan Abbott for putting us on to this location); please note no dogs, no wifi, towels not supplied

Members’ current choices according to my records here: Newlands-PLAN . updated 12th Oct


Fri 13th
arrive from 2pm. Short presentation on the history of the Newlands centre, UK’s oldest outdoor centre.
buffet supper from 7pm (bar open 6pm)

Sat 14th
6.30am sunrise visit to Castlerigg stone circle (if weather suitable); breakfast 8am.
video workshop (all day) Video workshop prospectus for course contents and equipment needed
daywalk: Coledale Horseshoe (Derwent Water and Newlands valley if wet)
short walk Cat Bells with geological exegesis (afternoon 1pm)
combined with workshop, creating gps enabled routes on Viewranger platform
4.30pm AGM – AGM papers can be accessed in the members’ area (foot of the page)
7.00pm for 7.30pm dinner and awards

Dinner: choices recorded in the pdf download above

Sun 15th
daywalk: Lanercost Abbey and Hadrian’s Wall
indoor activities (morning) (especially if wet)

  • presentation: Extreme Eiger
  • presentation(s) by other members
  • a photographer: why I took these pics instead of slightly different ones
  • presentation of results of vid workshop
  • Andrew White: short video and commentary

Newlands activity: canoe/kayak (morning)
short walk: morning (nothing arranged, see noticeboard to )
short walk: Rigg Beck and Causey Pike (afternoon)
informal supper 7pm


at Newlands, shared dorm rooms, couples/individuals in own room: £30 / night including breakfast; for one, two or three nights. Please bring a towel. No dogs.

More luxury: members have recommended nearby B&Bs
and there are hotels of various degrees of luxury at Keswick and in Borrowdale. (The nearby Swinside Inn appears to be not available.)

Less luxury: is a basic, low-amenity camp site, which also takes small campervans, in a beautiful Borrowdale oakwood

train travel

West Coast Main Line to Penrith: bus X5 to Keswick for local taxi (or to Braithwaite and 3km walk via Little Braithwaite)
Friday evening dep Euston 1530/1630/1730 arr Penrith 1847/1931/2044: we planned to meet one of these trains (minibus) at Penrith and similarly Sunday afternoon dep Penrith 1805/1906 arr Euston but zero demand for this; 2122/2255 – lift from a member passing by could be arranged


buffet supper £10 Fri, sit-down supper £15 Sunday; lunch (packed or in-house) £6
annual dinner at Newlands £25

wifi and mobile phone

nearest wifi in bar Swinside Inn (1km). Limited mobile phone.

vigorous activites

At Newlands: half-day sessions; £10 surcharge per session towards cost of instructor
kayak Derwent Water
other activities self-propelled, self-financed could include:
Keswick climbing wall (instructed or self-guided); indoor archery; monkey business in trees
Mountain biking Whinlatter Forest
Honister via ferrata


All walks except Hadrian start/end Newlands.

quiet activities and tours:

Sat morning (if clear) sunrise at Castlerigg Stone Circle 7:20 am
other activities self-propelled, self-financed could include:

Honister slate mine tour
Cockermouth and Wordsworth House
Borrowdale ancient woodlands (National Trust)
Threlkeld quarry mining museum
Keswick Launch on Derwent Water

professional development: video

We plan to have a practical workshop in simple video, with the aim of shooting and editing a short film suitable for a blog or Youtube. If possible this will have a skilled tutor (or tutors, if demand justifies); failing that, a group exploration of the skillset.
Saturday morning: brief presentation (ideas on what to shoot); short walk and shoot, or document the gill scramblers.
Saturday afternoon: editing
depending on consultation with tutor, the course may overflow into Sunday morning (overview of results).


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