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Greg's Hut Association

What is Greg's Hut Association?

Greg's Hut Association is an organisation which, in collaboration with the Mountain Bothies Association, maintains Greg's Hut on Cross Fell as a valuable (and on occasion life-saving) shelter for the many users of the fells and the Pennine Way. It is the highest bothy in England sitting on the 700metre contour line.

 

The Hut is used not only by walkers but by local shepherds and Penrith Mountain Rescue Team. It is open all year round. Usually, over 600 visitors are recorded annually in the Visitors Book from this country and all over the world.

 

The Association was founded in memory of John Gregory, who was killed in a climbing accident in the Alps in 1968. A group of his Climbing Club friends adopted the building, an old lead-mining Blacksmiths Shop, rebuilt it from a ruin and maintained it for many years. As many of them are now well past retirement age maintenance has been taken over by GHA members who come from all parts of the country – the majority coming from Alston Moor and the Eden Valley.

 

Over recent years GHA and MBA volunteers have replaced the windows, installed a new stove and fitted a new wooden floor over the original stone flagged Blacksmith’s shop floor. They do repainting, cleaning and minor repairs on a continuing basis as and when needed. They ensure that some fuel is brought up to the Hut at the beginning of Winter (since there is no natural supply close by) but this supply does not usually last until Spring. We hope that visitors to the Hut will help us to keep it clean and tidy and bring enough fuel for the stove to last them for their own visit and perhaps a little more for the use of those who follow them.

 

The Association holds an Annual General Meeting every September, somewhere in the Alston area, usually preceded by a working party which makes sure that the Hut is ship-shape before winter sets in.

Donations are always welcome - we are a small organisation with no outside funding other than subscriptions and donations.

 

If you would like to join our Association, you would be most welcome, especially if you use the Hut and appreciate why it is there. We don't mind where you live, how old or young you are or whether or not you know one end of a paintbrush from the other!

 

To contact us, please complete and send the form below or copy its contents into an email and send it to:-

 

Download the form in pdf here