K Fellfarers - the outdoor club for people in south Cumbria
About the club
We meet socially in the Rifleman's Arms in Kendal on the first Tuesday of each month after 9pm, have our own bunkhouse - High House - in Seathwaite, Borrowdale, and hold regular indoor and outdoor events throughout the year - see the Social Calendar.
As a member you will receive every three months a 20+ page club magazine called the Fellfarer. This will update you on recent meets and events, the forthcoming social calendar, and occasional extracts from the past activities of the club.
As one of the longest established outdoor clubs in the Lakes (we were 75 years old in 2009) , we have a great pedigree, that includes strong local links with formative people like Howard Somervell, Sid Cross, and Jim Duff.
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 nearly 140 members, including 10 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. Each year, there are away meets in places such as Glencoe, the Peak District, Snowdonia, etc. For the past few years the Club have organised a walking and climbing trip abroad. Recent trips include the Ecrin Alps, Andalucia, the Pyrenees, Kalymnos in Greece, the Dolomites in 2012, and the Vercors in 2013. 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.
There are various sub-groups within the club -
The Climbing Group calls itself The Shinscrapers. They meet each Thursday night at the Kendal climbing wall through the winter months and climb on the local outcrops and Lakes crags through the summer. .
The Caving Group are generally also members of Kendal Caving Club. This club organises mid-week and weekend trips underground, and often have a major trip abroad each year.
The Canoeing Group are a small group who like to paddle in canadians or kayaks. Some members have even been known to make their own canoes, and each year there is usually at least one meet near water where the group can participate.
The Fellfarer newsletter is issued quarterly, and carries reminders of forthcoming events, as well as reports on past events. It is now in its 15th year and is a great publication. As well as being posted to members, it is also available on-line.