OWPG weekend 2017: Newlands
Fri 13th October to Sunday 16th 2017
at Newlands Adventure Centre, Stair, by Keswick CA12 5UF http://activity-centre.com/
(with thanks to Stan Abbott for putting us on to this location)
short presention on the history of the Newlands centre, UK’s oldest outdoor centre.
sunrise visit to Castlerigg stone circle.
video workshop (all day)
daywalk: Newlands Horseshoe (Derwent Water and Newlands valley if wet)
Newlands activity: gill scrambling (morning)
short walk Cat Bells (afternoon)
7.00pm dinner and awards
daywalk: Causey Pike and beyond
video workshop final session (morning)
Newlands activity: canoe/kayak (morning)
short walk: Rigg Beck and Causey Pike (afternoon)
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 http://www.littletownfarm.co.uk http://swinsidefarmhouse.com
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: http://hollowsfarm.co.uk/ is a basic, low-amenity camp site, which also takes small campervans, in a beautiful Borrowdale oakwood
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 plan to meet one of these trains (minibus) at Penrith if demand justifies; and similarly Sunday afternoon dep Penrith 1805/1906 arr Euston 2122/2255
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.
At Newlands: half-day sessions; £10 surcharge per session towards cost of instructor
gill scrambling; canoe/kayak Derwent Water
other activities depending on interest and whether someone can sweet-talk some free / discounted access:
Keswick climbing wall (instructed or self-guided); indoor archery; monkey business in trees
Mountain biking Whinlatter Forest (or circuit of Derwent Water)
Honister via ferrata honister.com/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
Honister slate mine tour
Cockermouth and Wordsworth House
Borrowdale ancient woodlands (National Trust)
Threlkeld quarry mining museum www.threlkeldquarryandminingmuseum.co.uk
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).
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 August: deposit £50.
There will then be a chance to revise your activity choices.
book from 1st September: full cost of accommodation and meals.
Newlands-choices (Excel spreadsheet) (please use this if you have Excel)
Booking form Word document
Booking form pdf for printout
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(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