I received a e-mail from Geoff Eubank reminding of South Lakes Group ride we did to Skiddaw House the highest Youth Hostel in England in 2008, you can see photos of the ride at this link. The reason for Geoff sending this e-mail was as suggest for a ride. ‘I know I don’t get to your rides has much as I’d like to, and I won’t make your runs meeting, so I thought I’d send a suggestion for a ride, we did it a few year ago, the ride to Skiddaw House, if I remember right ? we started at Dockray, [a road lay-by] had a brew stop at Greystoke then on to Skiddaw Youth Hostel House, we then returned to Threlkeld and back over the Old Coach Road, if I remember it was wet day where we rung our shoes out back at the cars, I wouldn’t like to say what the trails are like to Skiddaw House after the wet weather we’ve had ?? probably still under water’.
I agree with Geoff it would make good ride to do again would anybody interest in doing the ride, as it would have be one where a few of us would have to share a car to get to starting point for the ride.
Does anyone else have memories of South Lakes Group rides or or other RSF local group rides from past years? why not share them in comment box below.
One of ideals for one of the South Lakes Group rides next year, is ride starting at Halton and cycling up to the Skiddaw House Bunkhouse staying the night and then cycling back to Halton. If you interest in taking part in the ride which will be in June please let me know in the next month, so that I can book the Bunkhouse.
Rough-Stuff Fellowship members will be glad to hear that Skiddaw House Youth Hostel has reopened for business, the former shepherd and gamekeepers cottage built in 1840, England most remote hostel (bunkhouse) and one of favorite Hostels of Late Alan Pocklington who was Area Secretary of the RSF’s Yorkshire Group for many years, the Yorkshire Group last stop at hostel in 2002.
The hostel incorporates 15 beds in four dormitories and has flush toilets, gas ring cookers & wood burning stoves but no mains electricity so you need to remember to take a torch.
The hostel is now being run by former manager Martin Webster and Marie-Pierre Gaudez and supported by newly formed Skiddaw House Foundation.
A night at Skiddaw House costs £10 per person for over 21s, £8 for guests aged between 16 and 21 and £6 for under 16s, also note they can only accept cash or cheques (cheque card required) as there are no credit or debit card facilities.
Bookings can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07747 174293. For more information checkout their website at www.skiddawhouse.co.uk