By: Mike Sweeney | January 31, 2016

The mineworkers' cottages

Something I’ve always meant to do is explore alternative routes up to Raise, not least to look at ways of minimising pressure on the car park, so on a rather dreich Sunday I decided to sneak in a quick totter up from Seldom Seen and get back in time for the Carlisle-Everton FA Cup tie.

Seldom Seen is a secluded and tranquil valley just to the north of Glenridding on the west bank of Ullswater with two variants for the first part of the route up. At the southern departure point there is room for two or three cars behind the bus stop on the A592 or you can start a few hundred yards to the north from the official car park. I chose the former.

As you walk up through the woods on the south side of the valley, Glencoyne Beck can be seen through...

Category: Skiiing and Snowboarding 


By: Mike Sweeney | December 03, 2014

The Hut Wardens Eleanor and Gerard invite members to the club’s annual Boxing Day Gluhwein and mince pies event in the club hut at 12 noon. Bring your own wine and they will do the rest. There might even be some snow.

If the weather looks seriously grim ring the snowline on the club webpage in case we have to cancel.

High on a hill... it's party time!

Category: Social Event 

Tags: social, Christmas 

By: Mike Sweeney | November 18, 2014

2013/2014 - the season of the Big Dig

More than 30 people showed up for the club’s annual general meeting at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre on Friday. President Richard Leafe reflected on last season which featured the most snow anyone has seen on Raise for at least the last 40 years, resulting in around 35 days of skiing.

Club treasurer Chris Chirnside and secretary John Burrows also presented brief reports before everyone headed to the bar and food for the evening’s main event – winter sports films, yakkin’ and chattin’.

After four great years of snow, club finances are on a sound footing and we plan to sell our expensive-to-run Kubota ATV to help keep them that way. We will carry out any major uplift (diesel, large items) in future either via helicopter or member muscle pow...

Category: Social Event 

Tags: social, business, AGM 

By: Mike Sweeney | October 06, 2013

We’re all ready for the snow now, thanks to a party of about 15 members who made the trek up Raise today to finish off the winter’s tasks in some fairly grizzly drizzly weather.

The hangers have new bolts to replace the original pins, they’re greased and re-hung. The new safety cable to the stop buttons is installed in the trench up the pylon line, dug by sweat of member brow. 

There’s a new heater in the club hut, the water to the powder room flows freely again, the snow fencing is repaired and the Kubota  four-wheel drive flatbed canopy is lashed down below the tow hut to provide a temporary shelter for the portable ski tow.

(The portable tow goes out whenever the snow is particularly good and gives access to a significantly b...