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#61444 - 17/05/11 10:35 AM May 2012
joyce taylor Offline
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Registered: 31/01/07
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Loc: byrness village
Anyone planning a Pennine Way at the start of May 2012 check if you are due into Bellingham around the first May bank holiday as there is a music festival on this weekend every year I think it`s round about 4th,5th & 6th next year.The accommodation providers are already taking bookings from the music fans, there were lots of Pennine wayers struggling for beds this year and it looks as if it will be worse next year. It caused a bottle neck for people coming up and we were quiet up in Byrness for a few days after as things got back to normal.
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#61670 - 29/05/11 02:28 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: joyce taylor]
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Registered: 26/05/11
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Loc: Sussex
I'm planning one but not starting til end of May 2012. Problem that might affect anyone planning around then is the Appleby Horse Fair, 7 to 13 June, which I've been told has a significant impact on accommodation in Dufton.
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#61674 - 29/05/11 08:31 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: sussamb]
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Loc: Yorkshire
The fall out from the Appleby horse fair actually lasts far longer than the official dates. Participants start arriving in mid May and often stay until well into late June. Most however, are travellers who have their own accommodation but there are a large number of followers who can also monopolise accommodation well beyond the end of the official fair.

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#61687 - 30/05/11 03:38 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: slowcoach]
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Loc: West Lancs.
Yes, I almost fell foul of this fair, last year.
Doing the Westmorland Way starting at Appleby and staying there overnight for an early get away the following morning, I never thought anything about it and turned up at the campsite to find it completely empty.
The owner explained that they didn't open until after the fair had finished, because if they got 'that lot' on the site they would never get rid of them.
She was kind enough to make an exception and allowed me to camp there.
Dave.

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#61708 - 01/06/11 08:30 AM Re: May 2012 [Re: Slogger]
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: hertfordshire
When I came through Bellingham last year it was jammed, there was a fair and music in the evening, all the pubs full to bursting. The camp site was rammed too and the farmer squeezed me and another couple backpacking in a corner of the field. The noise was bad and the site was full of 'revellers' making a good old racket up to about 2am. Didnt get much shut eye. If I ended up there again I'd walk on and wild pitch somewhere. Mind you that was later in the year, maybe the August bank holiday weekend?
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#61724 - 01/06/11 10:28 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: Les + Heidi]
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Loc: Yorkshire
The fair generates "caution" in the eyes of officialdom. Some would call it fear. The unofficial official advice to publicans and shops etc is "if they look like travellers, sell them drink. It doesn't matter if it is a five year old with a bottle of vodka, sell it to them". This avoids any flare-ups with the fair folk who genuinely believe (and this belief is reinforced by the police etc), that they are beyond the law.

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#61939 - 19/06/11 02:40 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: slowcoach]
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Registered: 30/06/05
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Loc: Coniston, Cumbria, UK
For those looking for accommodation around Bellingham, I have just stayed at Brandy Bank (B&B) in West Woodburn which is about 4 miles from Bellingham. They are happy to pick you up and return you.

This licensed B&B can not be faulted in terms of hospitality, rooms, and importantly, food. They do evening meals and the food is sooo yummy. And the price is reasonable too.
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#61944 - 19/06/11 07:24 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: Janice & Rottie]
Slogger Offline
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You getting out and about again then, Janice?
Dave.

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#61961 - 20/06/11 09:07 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: Slogger]
Janice & Rottie Offline
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Registered: 30/06/05
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Loc: Coniston, Cumbria, UK
Hi Dave, I have always been "out and about", but it is the busiest time of the year where my job is concerned, and since I didn't have a computer at home, I just haven't had the time to sneak into the Forum.

I have just spent a few days walking in Northumberland with my rottie of course, hence the comment about the B&B.

Your little photo Dave...is it Ennerdale YH by any chance?
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#61968 - 21/06/11 04:57 PM Re: May 2012 [Re: Janice & Rottie]
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