Winter Warmer Bonfire Weekend : Yorkshire

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Another of our hugely popular barn weekends - we've re-booked the old Spice Favourite Hornby Laithe for the bonfire weekend. The owner Neil will build a big bonfire ready for our arrival and so we have a traditional bonfire party on the Saturday night!

The barn weekends are always popular and need no introductions, however, if you’re one of our recent new members and you like the outdoors then this really is a great weekend to book. It can sell really, really quickly so get your booking in now so you’re not disappointed. Bunk barns are very civilised – no hay on the floor here! They are similar accommodation to self catering youth hostels.

You'll all be expected to muck in and help with your share of cooking and cleaning. Breakfast is included in the weekend. There’ll be the usual mixture of walks and tea shop trips happening as well as other activities. On Friday evening we'll have pizzas and puds, and can have a party in the separate barn afterwards. On Saturday we’ll have our big bonfire party – we’ll provide the fire (& matches!!) & put on a big pot of stew. You just need to bring an odd tipple or two & your sparklers! We can party until late in the separate barn on this one so those that want to get some sleep will not be disturbed.

The great thing about these weekends is that you don’t have to go home after a long day in the countryside. If you’ve never been on a barn weekend before, do give it a go - it's worth it. If you have been before you’ll know how popular it is and we've managed to squeeze the price even lower this time so get those bookings in quick if you want to join us.

Full joining pack will follow to all participants one week prior.

The walks:

Roger will be our walk leader on Saturday and Sunday. Please ensure you have adequate refreshments (provided, but make your own packed lunch), appropriate clothing & footwear. Please bring your reusable Spice water bottle if you have one.

Saturday walk: Kilns, Mills & Stepping Stones

Visit interesting man made local features

10.30am: 5 miles – grade 4

We walk from the barn crossing the railway then visit an old Hoffman Kiln (torches are a good idea), a huge industrial lime kiln. Following the Settle to Carlisle railway we reach Langcliffe, (optional visit to Settle, an extra 2 miles) after passing the old cotton mill we have a pleasant 2 mile stretch walking on the banks of the Ribble river. When we reach Stainforth we cross the beck via large steeping stones, before heading back we could pop in the Craven Heifer to sample the local ale. 

Sunday walk: Catrigg Force & Winskill Stones

Visit wonderful natural local features  

10.30am: 4 miles – grade 4

We walk from the barn into Stainforth then on to Catrigg Force, a secluded series of water falls. Then following the Pennine Bridleway we have a wonder around Winskill Stones, piles of limestone left by the last ice age. After walking along Stainforth Scar we head back to the village, perhaps popping in the Craven Heifer again…

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Posted Aug 11, 2022 12:00
What an amazing time we had at the Spice National Weekend, particularly at the sea-themed fancy dress party. The photo shows the winners of the fancy dress competition: Angela, Helen, and the overall winner was Spice Yorkshire's very own Peter Knox, dressed as the Titanic, complete with the fateful iceberg! Peter also won the blackjack competition. Other Yorkshire winners included Yvonne, who won a fabulous flamingo at Bingo Bango, and Gill was on the winning team in the quiz! There are lots more photos of the weekend in this album. We're already working on a new National Weekend for next summer, so look out for that soon.
Posted Aug 04, 2022 12:00
The photo shows us at the Nidd Gorge Viaduct near Harrogate on Sunday. We timed it just right as the rain had passed before our walk. Afterwards we enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Boar's Head in Ripley.
Posted Jul 28, 2022 12:00
We had a great time on Saturday at the Summer Party with over 60 of us remembering the 70s and 80s at our big celebration. The photo shows many of us in fancy dress. From hippies to punks, it looks like all are having fun! There are lots more photos from the night (including the space hoppers) in the July photo album.
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