Peak District – April

12/04/2018 – 15/04/2018 all-day
Peak District
North Lees Campsite
Birley Ln, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1BR

Meet Organiser: Pete T.

This is an annual RoCs weekend meet to the delights of the Peak District National Park. We plan to camp at North Lees Peak District National Park site just north of Hathersage. We will need to book places a few weeks in advance as it is now a very popular site, so put your name down soon.

This meet is suitable for all members as it is ideal for beginners and the more experienced climbers in the club. If you have never climbed outside on real rock, we can take you up some really easy nice rock. There is a wide choice of gritstone crags to choose from, some with a few multi pitch routes, but mainly all single pitch with a short walk in.
The campsite is a small friendly site with wash and shower facilities. It also has some wooden Pods if you prefer not to use a tent. All you will need for a Pod is a sleeping mat and bag plus your own cooking gear, just as you would for a tent. There is heating and lighting in the Pods. If you wish to use a Pod, please book this in advance yourself as I will only be booking camping spaces with the warden. A deposit may be required for a Pod booking. Please indicate to me if you are camping or in a Pod so I can give the correct camping numbers to the warden when booking spaces.

The contact details for the site are 01433 650838. To get to the campsite from Hathersage, go west on the A6187 Main Street and TR before the railway bridge up Jaggers Lane, then TR up Coggers Lane for about 1/2 mile, then TR into Birley Lane. After about 1/2 mile Lees site is on your left just before a left hand bend. There is a wooden gate (often closed) to enter the site. Ignore the “Campsite full” sign as we will have a booking for Romsey Climbers under my name. We will be car sharing as much as possible due to the limited parking spaces and to save fuel costs. The site location is shown on the map above by the orange flag.

Hathersage has a couple of pubs, (although the Robin Hood pub in Hathersage is now not very good for food and atmosphere so we may need to travel further afield to the one we used last year), food shops and a few Outdoor gear shops so all you need for a weekend away with RoCs. If you prefer the luxury of a proper bed ???? then there are B&B’s, hotels and Youth Hostels in and around Hathersage, but book early to ensure a room. Be aware if you choose to book accommodation and we have to cancel the meet at the last moment due to extreme bad weather, you may loose your deposit with your booking.

Bring along some wet weather walking gear as well, (water proof coat, over trousers and walking boots) just in case the weather turns damp and we decide to go for a bit of a bog trot up on the hills. You will also need to bring along breakfast and any cooking gear required, food for mid-day lunch as there are no food facilities at the crags. We will be eating at a pub in the evenings.

Members attending are:

  1. Pete T (Camping) Thursday to Sunday
  2. Mark G (Camping!)
  3. Patrick (Camping) Thursday to Sunday – travelling up alone
  4. Jon G  (Camping) Thursday to Sunday
  5. Matt (camping) Thursday to Sunday
  6. Ivan (camping) Thursday to Sunday
  7. Ro? (camping) Thursday to Sunday
  8. Hannah (camping) Thursday to Sunday – travelling up alone
  9. Dave R (Maybe??)
  10. Charlotte (Maybe??) Friday to Sunday.

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16 Responses to Peak District – April

  1. Mark says:

    This meet has been on my bucket-list for the past few years; this year, I’m going to do it! Please count me in (even if it is camping).

  2. Patrick says:

    I can make the trip but will probably be attending a conference in Manchester on the Tuesday/Wednesday so will make my own way down to the Peaks on Thursday. I should have space in the truck for passengers on the way home on Sunday if required.

  3. Ivan says:

    I’m up for this, weather permitting. I may be able to come up on Thursday to get a few bonus climbs in with you Patrick (if that works for you?), depending on family commitments. Know more closer to the time. (camping)

    • Patrick says:

      That’s fine with me Ivan. No doubt Pete and Ro would like lifts as well so I will plan to dig the top box out!

      • Patrick says:

        Ooops! Pete has just pointed out that I am at a conference in Manchester earlier in the week and will come down to the Peaks directly from there on the Thursday. I am still keen to climb on Thursday and can offer lifts back down south on Sunday if required.

  4. Matthew Lovesey says:

    I will hopefully make this trip.

  5. Hannah says:

    I’d love to come on this one, please. Won’t be camping, but staying fairly locally. Driving up Thursday, coming home Monday.

  6. Ivan says:

    I’m keen to get a guide book to whet the appetite a bit over the next month or so. I was thinking of getting Rockfax’s Eastern Grit, though depending what guide books others already have, it may be better to get something else to get a bit of variety? Let me know?

  7. Patrick says:

    I have the Rockfax guide (although it is not the latest edition) and a few older ones. The Rockfax is the one I use the most.

  8. Pete says:

    I think the club have some guidebooks on the gritstone areas (Stannage) so you could ask James Pilgrim (Gear Officer) if you can borrow it.

  9. Ivan says:

    I’ll get in touch with James and bring them up with me. I think I’ll probably buy the Rockfax one too, as it’ll come in handy.

  10. Pete says:

    So we can try and sort out car sharing, this is how I see it so far. Myself, Jon, Ivan, Matt and Ro all appear to be going Thursday – Sunday, so we will need two cars. I am happy to drive but will only be able to take 2 others, as my boot is small. Even with top box it will be tight.
    Patrick is going up earlier as he has a meeting in Manchester Tuesday & Wednesday so will be arriving on Thursday from Manchester and stay till Sunday, and will only be able to give people a lift home, not up to Hathersage.
    Hannah is going Thursday to Sunday and camping, but will travel up on her own to help with her caravan delivery. She can offer a lift back on Sunday.
    Not sure yet about Mark, as to when he is travelling and how many nights he is staying.
    Dave R May be able to attend if he is not helping in a house move.
    Charlotte may attend but can only do Friday pm to Sunday so would need a lift from someone Friday afternoon.
    I will ask everyone to confirm their plans and adjust this post to suit.
    I need to know soon as I will be booking places next week to ensure we get places at North Lees site this year.

    • Patrick says:

      Confirmed Pete. I am in a 4* hotel in Manchester from Monday to Thursday and (hopefully) the North Lees camp site from Thursday to Sunday. I can provide lifts back down on Sunday, or up on Monday as well if you are happy to spend three days in Manchester!

      • Pete says:

        I will give this kind offer a miss. 3 days in Manchester is just too much!! I don’t think your hotel would think kindly on me camping in their back garden, and I do not fancy sharing a double bed with you for 3 nights.

  11. Ivan says:

    I’m happy to catch a lift with someone or I’d be happy to drive. Unfortunately I’ve got a MX5, so whilst I could fit two people in, I doubt we’d be able to get more than one person’s kit in the boot.

  12. Pete says:

    Hi guys. Today I have booked (but not paid any deposit) 10 places at the camp site for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night under my name for Romsey Climbers. When you arrive, you will need to book in yourself, pay the campsite fee for you for the correct number of nights you are staying. There may be a fee for the car you are travelling in, so just pay this between yourselves per car and we can sort out any off-set for people arriving by themselves (Hannah and Patrick) in the pub, so that everyone pays about the same amount for the weekend. Hopefully we will be camping in the field behind the wash block if it is not already taken.

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