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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

In2venture Activity Weekend At Blaithwaite House

Ascending a Fall in Cat Gill

The weekend of 02-04 March was this year's In2venture Activity Weekend at Blaithwaite House, I think it was the best one yet!
It was great to welcome friends back to the Centre, we reckon Ian Grimshaw holds the record of having been on every activity weekend, with Brendan & Sarah just one behind. The weather started off as "interesting" with enough heavy rain & hail on Saturday morning to give the cavers something to think about, there was snow in the fells overnight on Saturday to provide stunning views as the sun came out on Sunday morning.
Activity choices worked out very well this year & saw us working as two groups, on Saturday: myself & Graham took a group into the mountains (Deepdale; Link Cove Beck; Hart Crag; Dove Crag & Hartsop-above-How) while Alan, Clare and the cavers went to Upper & Lower Long Churns in the Yorkshire Dales. 

On a much cooler Sunday morning activity choices once again worked out nicely to split us into a Ghyll Scrambling group (again myself; Graham & Ferg took a group into Cat Gill and then on to Walla Craggs for very impressive views of Lakeland). Alan, Clare and the others canoed on Bassenthwaite where initially flat calm conditions were favourable for an open water crossing. Great Weekend - next years is already booked 01-03 March 2013.

Limestone pavement on Ingleborough
Underground in the Churns

Alan Rainford & the cavers just before going underground

"Team Morpeth Road" on the Hartsop-above-How ridge

Cat Gill was excellent

Flat calm conditions on Bassenthwaite Lake
Thanks to all who provided photographs for the weekend: John Wood, Chris Turner & Clare. I'll aim to get as many as possible on to the blog via the facebook link.


  1. Another brilliant Activity Weekend - thanks to everyone at Blaithwaite in In2V!

    Two days of cracking activities. I'm just disappointed I missed Cat Ghyll on Sunday as the pictures look excellent, but we had a great time canoeing.

    Roll on next year!


  2. *should have said 'and In2V' not 'in In2V'.

  3. Hey Brendan - it was great to see you again.
    If you fancy a visit to Cat Ghyll just give me a shout, we'll soon be back at the time of year where it could just about be done in an evening.
    Take Care,

  4. Hi everyone, it was a fantastic weekend, we enjoyed it so much. Great fun and we'll be back next year, if only so Dad can win the fencing competition!!!

    Thanks to all your wonderful staff who were most friendly and helpful.

    Emma, I
    an and John

  5. Emma, John
    It was great to see you both & delighted you enjoyed the weekend.
    Will be in touch re. next year & some other stuff that might be of interest
    Take Care,