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Northumberland Pre-trip information

Been before? A few things may be slightly different this time. Take a read.

This includes

  • the plan
  • what to bring
  • where to drive to

Key people:

  • Trip director, Climbing & Activities Co-ordinator: Ryan
  • Breakfast & Lunch chef: Antonio
  • Evening meal chef: Harry
  • Chef Advisor/Consultant: Judith
  • Buddy Co-ordinator: Aaron
  • Kit and gear co-ordinator: David
  • Transport and getting there/back co-ordinator: Katie
  • Venue co-ordinator: Tom
  • Online Support: Tim

Keen to see what these mean? Have a read here.

What to expect from the weekend

Times are all subject to change, and are mainly for illustration.


We’ll arrive Friday night.

21:00 make packed lunches for tomorrow

22:00 Make some plans, have a few drinks and a giggle and go to bed.


We’ll have breakfast together, and then head off to the crag(s).

We’ll return to the hut for food together, and drinks… and to make lunch and plans for Sunday.

07:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
09:00Washing Up
09:30leave hut
16:00Return to hut
16:10tea and showers
17:30Dinner prep start
21:00Washing Up
21:45Lunch material prep
22:00Lunch Making
22:45Lunch making teardown


We’ll have breakfast together, clean and empty the hut, and head off out.

After Sunday’s activities, everyone will head home.

07:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
Clear bedrooms
Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms
10:00Clear kitchen, showers
10:30Leave hut
17:00Head for home

The hut

The hut has toilets, showers, power, bunks, cooking facilities, fresh cold water. It may not have signal at all on some networks. It may have WiFi. There aren’t any shops nearby. We will have to bring everything with us.

What crag(s) are we going to? What if the weathers bad?

We’ll figure out all plans the night before in the hut.

What should I bring?

normal text: things you definitely need
italic: optional things you might like to have

Sleeping things

  • Sleeping bag (mummy style sleeping bags with a hood are best in the UK)
  • Slippers? (see below)
  • Earplugs and eyemask (other people can be loud, can snore and this may help you sleep better)

Climbing Gear

If you’re hoping to climb, you’ll need your own gear – there isn’t anywhere to hire it for. At a minimum – you’ll need:

  • Harness
  • Helmet (this needs to be a climbing helmet, kayaking, snowboarding, cycling helmets are designed to protect you from different things)
  • Belay device & karabiner
  • Climbing shoes

Really helpful things to have, even if you’re not leading, but you’ll be ok without

If you have any of these things, bring them:

  • extra karabiners
  • some or all of a trad rack
  • half ropes
  • a 50 or 60m rope
  • relevant guidebooks

If you’re a trad leader, you should know what to bring (everything!).

Outdoor clothes

The weather and time of year is important to think about, but this is the British Isles, we have to plan for all weathers at all times of year.

  • Outdoor trousers (not denim or jeans of any type)
  • comfortable climbing top
  • underwear
  • waterproof top and bottom
  • an extra warm layer
  • hiking boots
  • thick socks for hiking in
  • gloves + spare gloves
  • a full change of clothes back at camp (for being around the hut)
  • an extra warm layer for belaying
  • hat
  • buff / scarf
  • swimming costume(!)

General outdoor gear

There is often a walk to any climbing, maybe even a bit of a hike. It’s good to be equipped in case we’re outside longer than expected.

  • Small rucksack (25-40 litre)
  • headtorch
  • water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • spare batteries
  • suncream
  • sunglasses
  • themos flask
  • midge net / insect repellent
  • first aid kit with plasters, hay fever medication, painkillers
  • phone charger and cable
  • book / cards / headphones
  • walkie-talkies


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • toiletries
  • all medication you need
  • towel


Almost all meals are included in the trip price, and will be tailored to your dietary requirements – specifically:

  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Evening meal on Saturday

We already have your dietary requirements from the signup form, and everyone will be catered for. If the head chef on this trip (Judith/Antonio/Harry) has any questions or queries, they’ll be in touch directly.


All drinks (except tap water!) are not included in the price of the trip. Bring your own Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Where am I driving to?

You are headed precisely to here, but read on for a second.

The Burnlaw Centre, Whitfield, Hexham, NE47 8HF

The Burnlaw Centre is Social Enterprise farm retreat place thing near Hexham.

If you are the first one there, or likely to be – please message Tom Rowley directly for info of how to get inside.

Please don’t wear shoes in the Beautiful Room. Slippers are encouraged.

We have the hut to ourselves. We don’t segregate on perceived differences, put your sleeping bag in a bunk to reserve that as your place to sleep.

There is a curfew for recorded music/loud noise of 11pm – we may get told off after that time.

Health and Safety

There are two current issues to bring to your attention:

  • The stone steps at the front of the Centre have very recently begun to perish in a couple of places, so please be careful using these steps, and leave the flower pots in situ as they are guiding folk round the places where the stones are coming away.
  • the door of the Oven in the Centre kitchen is not fully closing, so thy have temporarily employed a stick that is used to jam the door shut when in use.

At the end of our stay

  • strip sheets and pillow cases and leave in a pile in the dorm corridor
  • leave windows open, and where possible, spray touchpoints with the Covid Surface Spray that we have in bottles around the place.
  • empty bins and sweep floors, and leave fridges empty.

They have bins out the back of the kitchen that are labelled for LANDFILL (bagged up general rubbish) / RECYCLING ( un-bagged mix of card/ plastics/ cans).

Please collect take our own glass recycling and dispose of it offsite off -site.


Got any questions? Suggestions? Not sure if something you have is suitable? Ask in the group chat and we’ll reply super quickly – always happy to clarify things.

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