This August Bank holiday, the Rockhoppers will be staying at a new campsite for the club, the picturesque Fisherground Campsite (www.fisherground.co.uk), Fellside Cottage, Eskdale, Holmrook, CA19 1TF
Located in the Eskdale Valley, nestled in the foothills of The Screes and not too far from Scarfell Pike (9.5 km, as the crow flies)
Hill walking in the area needs no introduction, there are plenty of steep fells to walk up and down, either directly from the campsite or from a short drive away. The following Wainwrights are in the vicinity: Whinn Rigg, Illgill Head, Green Crag & Harter Fell.
For climbers, Eskdale has some of the best climbing in the Lakes, with access to Scafell and all the surrounding crags. A UKC search shows 219 crags in a 10km radius! The valley has several fast drying crags, including Hare Crag which has some excellent bouldering, as does Fell End just above Fisherground. Linbeck crag has many routes on sound rock and is near the road. The gullies and buttresses of Scafell and The Pike are within easy walking distance, and Wasdale is only 20 minutes drive from Eskdale Green.
The valley has lots of scrambles including the classic 3 star route up the Eskdale Gorge. This is a great day out but you will get wet unless it has not rained for about 3 months!. Easier routes include Cow Cove Beck which starts with a hard pitch, this is best avoided unless quite dry, but the route from there is good and can form part of a circular route or as an interesting way onto the Scafell range. Birker Force is a grade 3 and quite exposed near the top, a rope would help. Many of the crags in the area have excellent routes which can be varied to depending on the weather and ability.
Another activity of interest is the The Ravenglass & Eskdale miniature steam railway which runs near to the campsite with a station located at Fisherground Halt
Also the beach at Ravenglass is not far, plus Muncaster Castle looks good for a rainy day.
There is a pub located 8 mins walk away, The King George IV Inn - very likely to be busy on bank holidayhttp://www.kinggeorge-eskdale.co.uk/
Or further away are The Bower House Inn (2.7 km), The Brookhouse Inn (2.7 km ) or The Boot Inn (3 km). All about 35 mins walk.
Eskdale Green has a small village shop for essential forgotten supplies
Arrival instructions: Late arrivals after 10pm will need to park outside the camp ground on the road side while not blocking the road and carry their gear quietly through the campsite to the area that will be allocated to The Rockhoppers. This is because the campground lock their gate overnight.