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New Year 2004

This is the new year between 2004 and 2005

Organised by Tim Bray

We have booked the Hebden Hey hostel at Hebden Hey scout camp. 29th December 2004 - 2nd January 2005 (4 nights).

Format will be probably similar to previous years - local activities with time to do your own thing if you want.

Dusaggers are welcome as well as dogs people.


Grid Reference: SD 979291 - Site website

It is in West Yorkshire. The hostel is part of a larger scout campsite, hidden inside a steep sided valley. There are lots of paths to explore, a river, stepping stones, dams and old mill workings. Most of it is National trust stuff - called Hardcastle Crags, but the actual crags aren't all that impressive.

On the site, there is loads of room. I'm pretty sure there is campfire circle. There are definitely fireplaces on the camping areas which we can use if not. There is another similiar hostel right next door, but I guess nobody will be camping.

Nearby there is the village of Heptonstall - nice and pretty. Hebden bridge is a small town with loads of touristy stuff. The pennine way goes past nearby. There is a canal with boats.

A little bit further away you are in Howarth, and Bronte country. There are plenty of moors to wander over, but all quite bleak.


The expected total cost is 55 pounds [1]. If you really want to go, then get a 15 pound deposit to Dominic. Also email tim to let us know.

We would like to have the full money from everybody going before December 10th. There is nothing to stop you making your mind up later on, but the earlier we know you are coming, the better.

Price includes food and accomodation. You need to get yourself there, and you will need some beer money.

There are only 44 beds, so book early (lots of room to camp though).

Travel Arrangements

The hostel is near to Hebden Bridge rail station. It is walkable, but very scary in the dark. It is on one of the lines between Leeds and Manchester.

For drivers, it is about 20 minutes drive from Junction 24 (or 22) of the M62.


From the M62/west bound - leave at Junction 24, follow the A629 towards halifax. At traffic lights turn left and then straight across mini roundabout for Sowerby Bridge.

In sowerby bridge, turn left at first lights, then right at lights up steep Hill (Tuel Lane), and left at top. All this following signs for Hebden Bridge.

In hebden bridge, go straight on through town centre. Follow signs for Heptonstall, via turning circle. At top of hill, keep right. Then the site entrance is a fork to the right.

Keep straight on down a very long track, as far as you can go

From M62 eastbound. Junction 22, follow signs for Sowerby Bridge then as above. Turning left into Tuel Lane.


This is the definitive list, so if you aren't on it, I don't think you are coming.

Name PaidTraveling from Method
1 Tim Bray P Huddersfield Car
2 Ian Wild D
3 Laura Wild D
4Sarah Bosworth
5 Dominic
6 Penny D
7 Lizzie Charters D
8 Stuart Charters D
9 Mad Mad P
10 Mad Rob P
11 Katie Adlard D
12Mark Atkinson P
13 Carolyn De Jonckheere D
14 Ian Hammond D
15 Emily Roberts D - Veggie
16 Andrew Turnbull D
17 Naomi Potter D
18 MC
19 Rob (MC)
20 Paul Mansfield D
21 Ali Bell D
22 Steven Tupper D
23 George

People who said they might come for some of it

Becky Riley Hudderfield Not for all of it.
Rachel Hiley


If you definitely aren't able to come, then please also let us know. This way we won't try phoning, chasing or writing to see if you want to come.


Arrive after 1600h on the 29th. We may be able to get access earlier.

The Theme for new year is Cocktails

Activity Ideas

Room layouts

44 beds: 1x18, 1x16, 1x6 and 1x4. First grab is yours, all in together. Reservations only for families with 2 kids or for the 1 person who has a really good excuse for needing a good nights sleep.

Minimum Kit

Warm clothes - it is winter. Waterproofs are a must, and shoes for walking would be very useful. Hat and Gloves.

Whatever you wish to wear for new year

You need your sleeping back, or sheets and duvets.

Indoor shoes

Dietary Requirements

Allergies, weird preferences, vegetarians etc. Let us know before we plan the food, or be hungry.

[1] - If lots of people come, then it will be cheaper than 55 pounds. You may get some money back. As we get more deposits and definite answers from people, the picture will become clearer.

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