Based in the South Lakes but with members from all over the UK (and a few overseas!) K Fellfarers is one of the longest established outdoor clubs in the Lakes, and according to the late Harry Griffin in his book The Coniston Tigers, has the third oldest bunkhouse. It was started in the 1930’s by Somervell Bros (who later became K Shoes) as an employee benefit, and during the same period, a lease on the High House property in Seathwaite, Borrowdale was acquired for conversion into a bunkhouse. Ownership of the property subsequently passed to the National Trust who is now the lease owner.
In the early 1980’s, Clarks Shoes bought out K Shoes, and to ensure the clubs survival, it was decided to sever its links with K Shoes/Clarks and the club became open to anyone to join. It currently has over 130 members, including Life Members, and is a member of the BMC.
High House continues to be the focal point of the club. It is made available for external groups to hire, including corporate bodies such as training centres, though it is reserved for Fellfarers and their guests at all Bank Holidays, and other weekends and weeks throughout the year. See the booking calendar for availability, and the High House link for information on staying there.
Working weekends are held in March and September every year and gives all members the opportunity to help with regular maintenance at High House, and are also a great way to meet other members. Fortunately, letting High House to other clubs enables us to pay local people to do the more difficult jobs.
K Fellfarers has reciprocal membership rights with the OREAD club based in Derbyshire, so as well as having access to High House, Fellfarers also have access to OREAD’s huts in North Wales and Baslow. See the High House link for more information
Members don’t just meet at High House. There is a programme of walks throughout the year and there are away meets in places such as Glencoe, the Peak District, Snowdonia, etc. Each year the Club organises a walking and climbing trip abroad – recent trips were to the Dolomites in 2012, the Vercors in 2013, Gran Paradiso in 2015, and the Pyrenees in 2016, with this year being Chamoix. There is also a calendar of social events throughout the year, including walk-meals, slide shows, quiz nights, flora and fauna walks, and the annual dinner.
Members receive a regular newsletter with an update on recent meets and events and the forthcoming social calendar.
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