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March 8-11 Maslenitsa in The Yorkshire Dales National Park

  • Mar 8, 2013 · 6:00 PM

If you can not make it a 3 day trip you are welcome to join us for 2 days for only £99.

If you would like to bring your own bike,

Then there, is also an option of doing a bike ride on one the 3 days , where we can explore the country lanes , with some sightseeing of some villages en-route.

Please bring your Helmet, bike lights, waterproof jacket and suitable bike clothing.

Exact address and directions will be sent later

Join us for another fantastic weekend of outdoor fun and Russian culture!

The Yorkshire Dales are a truly stunning part of Northern England with mountains to climb, deep limestone caves to explore and the most impressive waterfalls in the country. http://www.yorkshired...

We had amazing time last year at Maslenitsa 2012, you may see reviews and photos here:

If you really feel like indulging yourself, we also have a qualified/insured massage therapist along with us. See the info below.

Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnaval, Karneval . . . that’s Maslenitsa by any other name. And if you haven’t heard of it, no one would blame you—it wasn’t celebrated to much extent for 85 years in Russia. However, Maslenitsa is back in full force.

Maslenitsa week began as a pagan ritual and has since been absorbed into the Eastern Orthodox religion. As it stands, Maslenitsa serves many purposes. Maslenitsa signals the exit of winter and heralds the coming of spring. As a part of pre-Lenten celebrations, it is also a pre-emptive strike to the upcoming fast. Because meat and dairy would traditionally be forbidden, Maslenitsa is the time for feasting (especially on pancakes). The name of the festival has its roots in the Russian word for butter, “maslo.”

The Maslenitsa Pancake

Blini are Russian pancakes, and they are essential to the celebration of Maslenitsa. Said to symbolize the sun—being warm, round, and golden—they are an appropriate warning to the lingering cold weather. Blini are given to friends and family all through the week and are topped with caviar, mushrooms, jam, sour cream, and of course, a lot of butter. l

Maslenitsa also known as Butter Week, Pancake week or Cheesefare Week, is a Russian and Ukrainian religious and folk holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent—that is, the seventh week before Pascha (Easter). Maslenitsa corresponds to the Western Christian Carnival, except that Orthodox Lent begins on a Monday instead of a Wednesday. The Orthodox date of Easter can differ greatly from the Western Christian date.

Maslenitsa has a dual ancestry: pagan and Christian. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun festival, celebrating the imminent end of the winter.

All in all, Maslenitsa is a good excuse to go out and have good time, eat until you burst, and do something you wouldn't do any other time of the year .

This is how it is celebrated in Russia :!

We plan to combine the festive season, fun games with hiking, biking and sightseeing in the lovely area of The Yorkshire Dales National Park.

We usually have 3 hike leaders on each trip and 3 organised hikes/walks on every day with different length and pace, members may choose their routes according to their fitness and abilities.

There will be challenging enough or relaxed if you wish, for everyone. The routes are confirmed in the morning on a day, taking the latest weather broadcast into consideration.

As with all AAA weekends a number of different walks will be available for all types/speeds of walkers/hikers. In addition we have put in place some additional ideas and options which are listed below, some require you to sign up and make a payment in advance.

The optional activities are as follows:


Option 1 - Cycling

If you would like to bring your own bike,

Then there, is also an option of doing a bike ride on one the 3 days , where we can explore the country lanes , with some sightseeing of some villages en-route.

Please bring your Helmet, bike lights, waterproof jacket and suitable bike clothing.

Independent cycling so please bring a map (OS OL2)

Option 2 - Ascend 2 of Yorkshire Dales famous Three Peaks (Full long day)

This mini group will depart the hostel early on Saturday and drive over to Ribblehead from where we you will ascend Wernside (736m) before descending and ascending Ingleborough (724m). All the time enjoying great view over Ribblehead Viaduct and the surrounding valleys.

Good walking boot and equipment required.


Option 3 - Abseiling, gorge walking, scrambling and Via Ferrata (3 hours)

Prepare for adventure at the How Stean Gorge which is a spectacular limestone gorge in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. This steep sided chasm is almost 1 km in length and up to 26 metres (80ft) deep in places.

You will follow winding walkways, explore caves and tunnels or challenge yourself on the Via Ferrata course – an aerial network of beams, ladders and cables. This is one of only two Via Ferrata courses in the England.

Via Ferrata – literally means ‘Iron Way’ is a network of metal beams, ladders and cables set in the rocks to help adventurers climb, wade and abseil through How Stean Gorge. You will find yourself wading through gushing water, traversing rock walls, balancing on ladders and beams, abseiling 60 feet off a bridge, sliding through water spouts and sitting under waterfalls. It’s a brave challenge for UK thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts!

This Via Ferrata is a short but interesting introduction to Via Ferrata, it will not compare to some of the more challenging European routes.

Equipment is provided, however you will need to bring some suitable shoes and old shorts. Full details will be provided in advance

Cost: The event price of £50 pp. Once we have 8 or a multiple of 8 a refund of approx £10 pp will be refunded. Should less than 8 people participate then the price will increase to £50 pp. Please only book your place if you agree to this.

We will require confirmation in advance in order to prebook this activity. To register interest please add your name to the forum post and we will contact you with more details.

The group will depart at 9am from the hostel. The experience commences at 10am and will last 3 hours. Returning to the hostel at 2 pm. Transport will be co-ordinated locally between those with vehicles.

Check out the videos by clicking the links below

Absail into the gorge
Gorge walk and wade
Via Ferrata

Option 4 - Pony Trekking
Due to the nature of this activity and the limited availability of horses for different sized and experienced people we recommend that you contact the stables directly to make arrangements.

You might wish to post something on Meet up to see if others are interested.
The stables that are local are situated near Kilnsey which is 4 miles from the hostel, a 10 min drive or a 60-80 min walk along the valley.

Click here to contact the stables and for more info. Best to e-mail them rather than call.


Option 5 - Chatworth House & Gardens visit

Depart the hostel early AM.

Drive to Chatsworth House and Gardens (2hrs 30mins approx) where we will break the journey. London is a further 2 hour plus drive.

Chatsworth is uncountable one of the finest country house and gardens that England has to offer. It is set in rolling country side and attracts around 300,000 visitors a year. It is a blend of different features from six different centuries and covers 105 acres.

The house is steeped in history and with all of the esteemed residents adding a new layer of history and leaving their trace through paintings, furniture or developments to the buildings and estate. |making a myriad of interesting artefacts to view.

Group admission (self guided) based on 15 people would be £11 or £19 if not in a group.

Those not wishing to enter Chatsworth House and Gardens could enjoy a walk in the surrounding countryside.

If you are not into hiking , you may join us for Maslenitsia celebration, be based with us and organise your own sightseeing trips in Yorkshire Dales in a car.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place: it has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It is a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

The National Park was established in 1954, and covers an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles) in the north of England, straddling the central Pennines in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. It is 50 miles (80.5 kilometres) north east of Manchester; Leeds and Bradford lie to the south, while Kendal is to the west and Darlington to the east.

The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the best hiking country in the UK.

It is a fabulous place to go walking whether you are looking for a gentle stroll besides one of the many rivers, or you are looking for a hike on a wild and empty moorland.

The Yorkshire Dales, popularised by the television program "All Creatures Great And Small", are a region of charming rural villages, pastureland and meadows surrounded by high fells and moors. These are interspersed with stone barns, dry stone walls, caves, potholes, waterfalls and stunning limestone scenery centred around the three peaks (Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent), which is probably the finest in Britain.

We plan to visit Malham - a popular village in the Yorkshire Dales on the Pennine Way. The main attractions are the stunning scenery of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar - probably the two most impressive sights in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales and both within easy walking distance of the village as is Janet's Foss Waterfall.

Kettlewell bridge

We will be based in Kettlewell - a tranquil village in Upper Wharfedale with many 17th and 18th Century houses. Kettlewell is a superb base for walking and the Dales Way passes through the village. There are beautiful walks along the scenic fells or more gentle strolls along the river bank of Cam Beck. The village was used as a film location for the recent hit movie ‘Calendar Girls’.


We rented 3 star high quality group accommodation privately for 3 nights just for our group.

A family based holiday in Upper Wharfedale. Great walking & cycling area for all levels.

YHA’s base is an old stone house with good access to the Embsay Steam Railway and Bolton Abbey. It is surrounded by limestone pavements and lush green dales.

If you really feel like indulging yourself, we also have a qualified/insured massage therapist along with us.

Serena runs Hands On Health and comes along to a number of our trips to provide massage as an optional extra. Serena is ITEC qualified in Swedish/Holistic, Indian Head and Deep tissue/Sports Massage - specializing in deep tissue massage. She has worked at many sporting and social events throughout London, from volunteering for charities at events such as the London Marathon to working with young people in schools to the young @ heart in leisure centres. Massages on offer are specifically catered for hikers to help ease muscle tension and over-training.

20mins (neck, shoulders, back) - £20
30mins (legs, feet, buttocks) - £25

Please note: this service is provided by Serena and Not AAA London Group and all bookings/inquiries should be directed to Serena. Please feel free to contact her for more information:
Mobile: [masked] (incoming calls only, texts cannot be answered to).
Email: [masked]

Price includes:

3 nights accommodation,

Financial Consumer Protection according Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,

guided hikes by Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre ) guides, and certified First Aiders

and all meals

(AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else. Meat we use for our meals is always Halal)

but NOT transport.

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  • Maria

    Hi Guys! Thank you for the lovely walk in fantastic weather and for the good company. I have uploaded a few photos, and some more you can find on facebook:

    Please add you and feel free to tag yourself! :)

    March 17, 2013

  • Delfim

    Great weekend up in the Dales .... Good company, enjoyable hikes, top grub and a in crowd. I never never went on a better trip

    March 14, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Насыщенные весельем готовивших, всюду были расставлены лакомые блюда: пышущие жаром блины, затейливо сложенные где стопками, где трубочками, искусно составленные на диво цветастые салаты и, основа и отрада русской кухни - согревающий душу борщ!

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Tatiana

      AAA got talents!!! :)

      March 14, 2013

    • Delfim

      Don't speak Russian

      March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Misha....awesome hikes, great laughs and fun snowball fights. Loved the Yorkshire Dales and the company. Thanks for the quiz Del and thanks to the Tatiana, Serena and Oxana for the pancakes and food. One of the best trips for sure!

    March 14, 2013

  • Mike H

    For those of you that walked with me on Saturday or Sunday and want to checkout the distance and route I've downloaded the data from my watch....

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weekend. This was my first trip with the group but it was well organised and lots of fun. I hope to make another trip soon. Thanks to Misha and all.

    March 13, 2013

  • Mike H

    Misha, Excellent weekend as always. Thanks thanks to Del for the Quiz and Kieron for his driving and the cooking crew for excellent food

    March 13, 2013

  • Serena :.

    First there was sleet, then snow
    Followed by a blizzard that kept the pace slow
    Getting slapped in the face was not our idea of fun
    Especially when there was no sign of the Sun
    Someone suddenly thought this is it
    And before you know it everyone was at it
    Snowballs here & there, snowballs everywhere
    Everyone aim at Misha, if you dare!
    The Sun finally came out of its hiding spot & boy were we a happy lot!
    We conquered the Waterfall at Gordale Scar
    And witnessed Janet's Foss from afar
    Limestone Pavement provided a lovely place to rest
    Before descending to Malham Cove watching climbers at their best
    To help celebrate Maslenitsa
    There's Tatiana, Anna and Oxana
    Making pancakes in different shapes & sizes
    With sweet & savoury fillings & lots of spices
    There were also banana & honey cake - who said Misha couldn't bake!
    Great weather, amazing views, food galore
    Quizzes & games for one and all
    We couldn't have come to a more perfect end
    To a Yorkshire Winter hiking weekend!

    March 12, 2013

    • Tatiana

      Serena you are multitalented! Can't wait to see your photos :)

      March 12, 2013

    • Serena :.

      There's no end to my talents! Hahaha! Seriously though, just something to commemorate my first hike in the snow.....

      1 · March 12, 2013

  • Kieron D.

    Some of the hardest weather conditions I've had on Meet-up and I was still warm enough with 2 layers? I'd only done one day in the Dales before so was pleasantly surprised. I must go back again. Thanks Misha and everyone :-)

    March 12, 2013

  • Tatiana

    Fantastic weekend! Snow, sun and climbing waterfall, one of the best hike for sure. Great company and so much fun, thank you Misha and everyone :D

    March 12, 2013

  • sofia

    the best hike I have had!!thank you Misha, for making it so special, wonderful and fun in so many ways

    March 11, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Great experience jumping from Winter into Spring and back :)

    March 11, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Weather on a first day could be better, but the rest was very nice! Delicious food, interesting walks, lots of fun

    March 11, 2013

  • Anna B.

    I'd like to see Chatworth House & Gardens and Yorkshire Dales famous Three Peaks !

    March 7, 2013

  • Delfim

    Is anyone planning to drive up early Friday afternoon? If so, how about combing cars ...could do with some company as will be jet lagged!

    March 5, 2013

  • Vera

    I would like to sell my place and place on the bus
    Please contact me[masked] Vera

    March 1, 2013

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