AGM Weekend

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by OWPGweb_editor

OWPG weekend 2017: Newlands

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)

Some updates 4 September 2017. Members’ current choices according to my records here: Newlandslist-23Sep .


Fri 13th
short presention on the history of the Newlands centre, UK’s oldest outdoor centre.
buffet supper

Sat 14th
sunrise visit to Castlerigg stone circle (if weather suitable)
video workshop (all day) Video workshop prospectus for course contents and equipment needed
new: moderate bike ride, around Loweswater, with pub break (all day)
daywalk: Newlands Horseshoe (Derwent Water and Newlands valley if wet)
Newlands activity: gill scrambling (morning)
short walk Cat Bells with geological exegesis (afternoon)
new: 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 dinner and awards

Sun 15th
daywalk: Grasmoor Group: Causey Pike and beyond
new: 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 (depending on demand and weather)
short walk: Rigg Beck and Causey Pike (afternoon)
informal supper


at Newlands, shared dorm rooms, couples in own room or single-sex 2 or 3 sharing: £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
gill scrambling; canoe/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


Guild-led walks, including an all-day walk (Saturday Newlands Horseshoe, Sunday Causey Pike and Grasmoor group), a wet-day alternative (Derwent Water and Newlands Beck; Derwent Water ferry to Walla Crag), and half-day walks to fit in around activity sessions (Cat Bells; back of Causey Pike). All walks can 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).

sample costs

AGM only: free
AGM plus dinner: £25
Saturday activities, lunch and dinner, overnight and breakfast: £61/£71
Friday evening to Sunday morning (2 nights B&B) £101
Friday evening to Monday morning (3 nights B&B) £152

booking / deposit

Members and partners (or a guest) are welcome. (Only members may attend the AGM.)
book by end April : deposit £30 (and your activity choices will help us decide what to arrange)
book by end Sept: deposit £50.
In mid September there will be a chance to revise your activity choices.

Newlands-choices (Excel spreadsheet) (please use this if you have Excel)
Booking form Word document
Booking form pdf for printout
Please email to
(or mail to Highland Cottage, Gatelawbridge, Thornhill DG3 5EA)
please pay via BACS to our new bank account – previous bank details on your system should now be deleted
Lloyds Bank BX1 1LT
Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild
or by cheque to OWPG Treasurer David Foster, 15 West Rd, Barton Stacey SO21 3SB

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