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Posted: 08/12/2012 09:38:25
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.. seems to have been an issue lately.

Partly because I've just moved my caravan from its site in the Peaks as it was really not getting used and anyway, ttxela insists the Orpeus hut is much better. I'll try it at some point....

Mention of the 4Cs club reminded me that the club rented a disused loft at the back of the Brown Cow in High Bentham for a number of years, kitting it out as a distinctly rough-and-ready but roomy and surprisingly comfortable bunk house. You couldn't do any part of that now... the Brown Cow itself is still there although much changed http://www.thecoachhousebentham.co.uk/ I'll have to find an excuse to pass by and stop for a pint for old times' sake.

This would have been in the mid-to-late 1970s, I don't know when the club stopped going there. I last went in about 1978.

Before that ( up to about 1972 ) we used to patronise a bizarre and rather squalid old farmhouse run by a local eccentric known as "Cass" who was rumoured to have been involved in assorted political extremism in the 1930s.

I also recall at least one visit to Mendips involving a cramped and dank bunkhouse operated by an early version of the Wealden group, sometime around 1976?

times pass...


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Posted: 08/12/2012 11:40:44
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Late '70s/early '80s my accommodation in the Dales was often a rather sordid little building convieniently situated opposit The Hill Inn.

We called it 'the goat barn'. It's still there i think.
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Posted: 08/12/2012 12:28:41
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You've not lived until you've camped in the scrapyard at Alston. And walked past the mad chemist's lab through the petrol tank to the showers; beyond the room of dead washing machines.

There are mine tubs everywhere, highly recommended Smile

I stayed at the bunkhouse instead... It was the middle of winter!

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Posted: 08/12/2012 15:19:53
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I remember the "goat barn", we once used it as a base for a 3 Peaks walk.

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Posted: 08/12/2012 21:25:46
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Sleeping and cooking in the partly roofless chapel half way along the shore of Llyn Cwmorthin.

The Cerberus SS cottage on East Mendip in its latter years when the kitchen had persistent rat problems and whilst cooking you could look up through the remains of long-unsafe first floor, through the fragmentary ceiling, and see a good deal of sky through the missing roof tiles.

I never quite managed to stay at the North Cards Mining Club cottage at Cegynon Mine (living in Aberystwyth, it didn't seem quite worth it) but friends testified to its exceedingly basic nature.
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Posted: 08/12/2012 21:55:33
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+1 for the goat barn, and also sleeping in the barn (sharing with a horse) at the back of the Hill Inn (early '70s) before it became a disco.

There was also the HWCPC hut (an ex-chicken shed?) at Braida Garth in Kingsdale, and a fairly squalid building at the back of the Flying Horseshoes opposite the station in Clapham.

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Posted: 08/12/2012 22:42:28
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If you're exploring the coppermines, you can't go wrong with Coniston Coppermines youth hostel - which we believe is haunted by old miners........... oh yes, I happen to run it too! Like us at www.facebook.com/yhacoppermines IP: 90.221.84.134 Edited: 08/12/2012 22:43:38 by squirrel
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Posted: 08/12/2012 23:18:16
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And having stayed there I can vouch for the quality of that Hostel... Big Grin IP: 86.20.198.141
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Posted: 09/12/2012 00:11:06
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davel wrote:

+1 for the goat barn, and also sleeping in the barn (sharing with a horse)....
Dave


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Posted: 09/12/2012 09:49:06
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Listed, in no order of merit:-
a) Caegynon - We used this for 3 or 4 Easters around 1980. On arrival you chased the sheep out, mucked the building out, and then moved in. At that time this part of Wales was dry on a Sunday, but the landlord of the Druids Arms (being a Brummie) would allow English in (but no Welshmen 'they might start singing hymns'!).
b) The Chicken Sheds at Spartylea, near Allendales. A collection of fairly ramshackle buildings with a chemical toilet shed which bore the notice 'When full take to centre of bridge (over the stream) and empty into centre of stream'.
c) Winterings - the hut of the Moldywarps in Swaledale. This was as near a derelict buildings as I have ever paid money to stay in. It was also bitterly cold when we used it, and you could only get anywhere near it with a Landrover.
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Posted: 09/12/2012 11:14:06
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chickens... what about the "Chicken Shed" at Whernside Manor? Still got my "Whernside welly" caver's boots from the 1970s..... rubber lace-ups with vibram soles. Wore them about 3 times, gave up and hung them in the garage rafters.. still there!

There used to be ( and may still be... ) an isolated club hut, way up the Turbary Road which needed a Land Rover in winter. We used it for Gaping Ghyll trips in the days of massed sherpas and "bottom parties" going underground in late afternoon.

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Posted: 09/12/2012 11:38:13
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derrickman wrote:

Still got my "Whernside welly" caver's boots from the 1970s..... rubber lace-ups with vibram soles. Wore them about 3 times, gave up and hung them in the garage rafters.. still there!

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Were those the late, unlamented 'CB'?


Mate had some of those, dead flash he was, till they fell apart at the bottom of Tatty Wife or summat similar.
Oh how we laughed Big Grin
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Posted: 09/12/2012 13:45:13
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derrickman wrote:

... "Whernside welly" caver's boots from the 1970s..... rubber lace-ups with vibram soles.

I had a pair of those as well. I quite liked them ...

droid wrote:

Mate had some of those ... till they fell apart at the bottom of Tatty Wife or summat similar.

Mine went that way as well, long before the sole wore out. Sad

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Posted: 09/12/2012 15:57:23
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various views on the subject!

http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=8547.0

http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=8155.0

I only wore the Whernsides ( which weren't the same as the CB boot ) about 3 times because I found them so stiff and they nagged around the ankles. I cut slits around the top but it didn't help. I just went back to wearing cheap leather workboots.

The Whernside Welly proper was a vibram-soled wellie. I never had those because ... well, because I was using something else.


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Posted: 09/12/2012 18:16:30
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In the late 1960's. The Tyn-Y-Groes Hotel just off the A470 on the Trawsfynydd road. The pub was fine (we were allowed to serve behind the bar during the lock-in ... bad move) but had to occupy the chicken shed at the back afterwards - OMG such a bad move. This or in the back of mates Escort van. The van won. But the explore of Gwynfynydd during that and many subsequent weekends made up for excruciating nights of discomfort.
Happy days, (looking back that is!)

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