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2008 Autumn Meet at Arnside Youth Hostel

2008 Autumn Meet at Arnside Youth Hostel
Click here to see photos of the weekend taken by Simeon Orme
Click here to see photos taken of the weekend by John Kemp
Click here to see photo taken of the weekend by Matt Hodges
Information about the Youth Hostel
Arnside Youth Hostel, Redhills Road, Arnside, Cumbria, LA5 0AT
Phone Number: 01524-761781
Website: http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/arnside.
Report of the Weekend by Steve Griffith
Around 30 members enjoyed the delights of two superb Autumn days based at Arnside Youth Hostel. For those not in the know this is a wonderful area of quite lanes, limestone outcrops with superb views across the Kent Estuary to the Lake District.
Saturday saw riders converging in all directions on the tea rooms at Farleton View (High recommended). In view of the heavy rain over the previous few days very little rough-stuff was attempted. Instead we enjoyed a circuit on quite lanes via Killington reservoir and back via Kirkby Lonsdale and choice byway, Dollywood Lane just before Arnside.
On Sunday there was a smaller main group who enjoyed a circuit of Whitbarrow, just northwest of Levens, ending with impromptu stop at Leasgill Village Fete for tea and cakes courtesy of a generous southern benefactor. Amongst some of our more senior members there were great deal of ‘pottering’ in the vicinity of Silverdale only a few miles away but with two tea rooms.
The committee meeting was well attended and the majority of members contributed to the meeting. Barry Usherwood is now our Public Relations Officer and Steve Gregson is the Advertising Manager (subject to approval at the AGM). The most important business concerned the need to change the Easter Meet venue, the chosen one at Heversham not willing to provide a meal of suitable standard for the Annual Dinner. Peter Kenner has researched an excellent alternative at Hawes, which the meeting choose to adopt.
After the meeting there was a surprise buffet provided by Pat and Fred Lloyd for their combined 150th birthday celebration. If ever two members typify what is meant by fellowship it is Pat and Fred.
It was encouraging to see a number of first timers at this meeting and fact several of them had travelled long distance to get here. So a warm welcome to David from Bedford, Jim and Paul from West London and George from Knighton. However the person travelled the furthest was Rodney Luhrs from Aberdeenshire. Next year we hope to revisit Bridges Youth Hostel in Shropshire. See you there! Thanks to our secretary for organising an excellent dry weekend.
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