A night in the Black Sail Hut

Repeated by popular demand, we’re off to spend a night in the legendary Black Sail Hut! This time you’ll get a choice between a relaxed gradual ascent through the rewilding Ennerdale Valley or up over the High Stile Ridge.

Our route to the Black Sail Hut

We’ll set off at 10am from the Ennerdale Water car park for a good walk either…

1. High level at a good pace up the fells around Ennerdale with John Beamson – views over Buttermere and Wainwright’s Western Fells, across the great High Stile ridge over Great Bourne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike to High Stile and High Crag or…

2. Low level at a relaxed pace, up the beautiful rewilding Ennerdale Valley with yours truly for a relaxing but long walk with a spot of geology and local history thrown in.

The Main Event

Black Sail Hut Spring Retreat in Ennerdale 2019
Black Sail Hut Spring Retreat in Ennerdale 2019

We’ll spend the night in the Black Sail Hut – SOLE OCCUPANCY of 16 beds with evening meal and breakfast.

Sign in the Black Sail Hut
Sign in the Black Sail Hut


Accommodation is single sex shared dorms, bedding is provided but a towel and toiletries are needed. There are two toilets and a shower, no road, no noise, peace, the company of new friends and general wonderfulness.

Black Sail Hut Ennerdale
Black Sail Hut Ennerdale

Next day, if you’re not heading down the valley with John, I’ll take you somewhere very exciting, Alfred Wainwright’s resting place. Innominate Tarn is stunning, spiritual and has fantastic views of Great Gable and friends. We’ll have a wander over the summit of Haystacks before dropping back into Ennerdale and a great walk down the valley.

Innominate Tarn with Great Gable
Innominate Tarn with Great Gable

We’ll get back to ‘civilisation’ in the late afternoon. You’ll always be accompanied by a first aid trained Mountain Leader with years of experience and knowledge.

There will be plenty of time to ask questions about navigation and night photography if you were inclined as we ‘know a fair few things’ but you’ll be most likely having too much fun and too chilled out.

Black Sail Hut Autumn Retreat in Ennerdale 2018

Date: 15th February 2020

Location: YHA Black Sail Hut from Ennerdale

Price £150 pp

Includes accommodation, evening meal and breakfast
WildFire Tribe and MLA members contact us for pricing


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Please be aware before you buy your ticket…

We WILL walk together at the pace of the slowest group member, we won’t be splitting up (other than the two High Level and Low Level groups). We’ll help and encourage each other when needed. You WILL need to bring (and therefore possibly invest in) some items for harsh weather like waterproofs and gaiters. We won’t be setting off with the primary goal to make some money, although, we do need a minimum number in the group to make it work. We’ll leave the motor vehicles way behind us for an amazing weekend of lovelyness, teamwork, adventure, belonging, peace and a chance to make friends that will share a memory forever.


YOU’RE IN SAFE HANDS: I am a qualified Mountain Leader with appropriate insurance and a Rescue & Emergency Care First Aid certificate. I hold a NNAS Navigation Gold Award and I’m also an approved NNAS Instructor. With nearly 30 years wild camping experience, taking you out on an expedition is like you’re sleeping in my spare room at home. John is pretty much the same but his wild camping was mainly in Afganistan!

2 thoughts on “Black Sail Hut YHA – Winter Retreat 2020”

    • Thanks Janet. We’re talking of holding a retreat in North Yorkshire in the Summer, and of course, the Black Sail will be on again in the Spring of next year. Anyone is free to come along yes.

      If you can get a group together, we could do a private event on a date that suits you.


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