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Hag Dyke Working Party

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Fantastic weather allowed a productive working party at Hag Dyke to get a lot done.

Painting, filling, cleaning, joinery, and some electrical work all complete, and preparation completed for the next bits of work. Just some of the tasks needed to get the hostel ready for our Hag Dyke open day in August! A good weekend was had by all.

Hag Dyke’s 75th Anniversary Open Weekend

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Hag Dyke was formally opened in September 1947. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary on the weekend of September 23rd – 25th 2022 with an open weekend for all comers.

Please save the date and watch this space for further information.

New Water Supply

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Hag Dyke has just installed a new water treatment plant. The project has been delayed almost 2 years by Covid but we now have a supply which meets the requirements for drinking water and is no longer the strange brown colour which will be familiar to regular visitors.

We are grateful to the many friends and supporters who contributed to the substantial cost of this project which further improved the facilities of our unique hostel.

History of Hag Dyke

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A few years ago Peter Smith wanted to document Hag Dyke’s history. He spent weeks talking to people who knew Hag Dyke, had involvement with Hag Dyke or had visited Hag Dyke over the years. The resulting book has kindly been made available to Hag Dyke so that you can download it and read it yourselves.

Hagdyke Facilities

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Hag Dyke combines the rustic charm you would expect from a building that dates back to the 1700’s alongside modern facilities to give your group a warm and comfortable visit.  Find out more and see some pictures below.

Lounge

The lounge is ideal for your whole group to congregate and relax.  There is comfortable furniture and a roaring open fire.  There is plenty of space for games and activities when all the furniture is pushed to the side of the room.

Boot Room

On entering Hag Dyke the Boot Room allows you to take off your hiking boots and hang up wet clothing without having to take them into the main hostel.  The concrete floor shakes off the mud with just a sweep of the broom.

Dormitories

There are four dormitories all with bunk beds to accommodate 36 people in total.  Mattresses are provided but you need to bring your own bedding or sleeping bags.  Most groups use sleeping bags.  The dormitories are Henderson Room (4 people), Dutch Room (16 people), Findlay Room (10 people) and Priestman Room (6 people).

Drying Room at Hag Dyke

Drying Room

The Drying Room for all your gear after a wet day out.

Kitchen

The kitchen is fully equipped with catering standard oven and grill.  All cooking utensils, pots and pans, plates, bowls and cutlery are included.

Dining Room

The Dining Room is large enough for all your group to eat together.

Chapel

The chapel is a special place for your group to have some quiet reflection time or hold services such as a “Scouts Own”.

Hagdyke Location

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Hag Dyke is located on Great Whernside above Kettlewell in Upper Wharfedale.  You will find it at Grid Reference SD 998 733.

Ordnance Survey map showing Hag Dyke (marked in the red circle)
Hag Dyke OS Map v2

The hostel is located in fields on the edge of the moor away from habitation.  The nearest neighbour is almost a mile away giving a sense of solitude and adventure.  Access to Hag Dyke is via the public footpath from the village or following the public bridleway from the village known as the “Land Rover track”.

Zoom in and out to explore the area around Hag Dyke

Hagdyke News

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May 15, 2022
Fantastic weather allowed a productive working party at Hag Dyke to get a lot done. Painting, filling, cleaning, joinery, and some electrical work all complete, and preparation completed for the next bits of work. Just some of the tasks needed to get the hostel ready for our Hag Dyke open…
March 28, 2022
Hag Dyke was formally opened in September 1947. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary on the weekend of September 23rd – 25th 2022 with an open weekend for all comers. Please save the date and watch this space for further information.
March 1, 2022
Hag Dyke has just installed a new water treatment plant. The project has been delayed almost 2 years by Covid but we now have a supply which meets the requirements for drinking water and is no longer the strange brown colour which will be familiar to regular visitors. We are…

Green Power

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Hag Dyke is out of reach of mains electricity, water and gas and as such has to rely heavily on the resources it has and make best use of them.

The following document details various projects that have been undertaken in order to supply Hag Dyke with essential services.

Notes for Hagdyke Visitors

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Notice of Arrival

Contact details for your warden for the visit will be sent in advance. Please get in touch with an approximate time of arrival as indicated on the booking confirmation slip.

Keys

The key is now located at the hostel and instructions will be given with booking confirmation.

Approach

On foot in the general direction towards Great Whernside summit ABOVE and to the LEFT of Dowber Ghyll. DO NOT go along the Ghyll bottom. Wear good footwear and after dark carry torches. . Be warned that the track can easily become snow-bound. Please indicate on booking form if you wish to take a vehicle to the hostel. There is no charge for the first vehicle but additional vehicles are charged for to discourage indiscriminate use and wear and tear of the track. The access is completely unsuitable for ordinary vehicles. Only attempt with Landrover or other suitable 4 wheeled drive vehicle.

Arrival

Enter by the boot room door, taking off boots (please do this at all times).  Please follow the procedures detailed in the instruction manual usually on the kitchen table or in dining room. Instructions for the use of the electrical supply and the generators is also in this manual. Please follow all the procedures as detailed. Turn on the incoming gas supply valve. Cylinders and reserves are in the barn behind the chapel with automatic change over. Change bottles when empty following instructions.

Fires

Visitors may light fires as required (there are no extra charges) but please avoid waste. In-house coal is under stairs, replenish when necessary from the barn.

Sanitation

There is cess-pit sanitation so only use a minimum amount of disinfectant. Warn EVERBODY that NOTHING SOLID must be put down lavatory pans, otherwise the drainage system will block with very unpleasant results. In case of need there are drain rods in the barn. Normally there are no problems. Bleach is for floors only.

Sleeping Arrangements

There are bunks in the Scouters Room (4), Priestman Room (6), Dutch Room (16), and Findlay Room (10). Bunks and mattresses must not be moved around without the Warden’s permission.

Fire Risks

Take every care and arrange fire drill on arrival with emergency assembly point at flagpole. See that fireguards are in front of the fire when unattended and check whereabouts of extinguishers and escape doors. INFORM EVERYBODY.

Tents

Visitors associated with those in the Hostel (no-one else) may pitch unlimited tents in the field behind the chapel.

Ball Games

To avoid broken windows please keep well away from the Hostel and Chapel. The field behind the Chapel is for this kind of activity.

Maintenance

There are no permanent Wardens. Offers of extra “spring cleaning “ type of jobs are always welcome. If no Warden in attendance parties are asked to use own ideas.

Wardens

Provided at weekends and generally at beginning and end of longer visits. If invited to eat with the visiting party they will pay for their food if requested. They are voluntary helpers and their job is to be of advice and assistance regarding the care and use of the Hostel and general amenities etc.

Refuse

Rubbish should be burnt whenever possible on the Hostel fires, particularly remains of food, to keep down the possibility of vermin. Please take all other rubbish away with you whenever possible. Ash should be kept separate and strewn in the tractor ruts.

Leaving

See that the Hostel is clean and as you would wish to find it, that the fires are out or nearly so, the oven and utensils are clean and that there is no food left to encourage vermin. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR LEAVING IN THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL. THIS IS IMPORTANT. TURN OFF GAS, WATER AND ELECTRICAL SUPPLY AS DETAILED.