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Alpine Club and the George Starkey Hut

Note: The Hut has been closed since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdown. There will be restricted access for Members and their household from 7th. August 2020. Please see Alpinet notice or GSH website for more details. It is expected that this restricted access will continue until further notice, and probably until the end of 2020.

Since 2016 the Alpine Club has a partnership with the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club (ABMSAC) to lease and manage the George Starkey Hut in Patterdale, in the Lake District. We held a consultation of the AC membership before taking this on, and there was strong support, so we're pleased to say that the hut is now available for members to use.

It's a fantastic new AC membership benefit, with its excellent location in the eastern Lake District by Ullswater, with easy access to the M6 from Penrith. There is direct walking accesss to some of the best winter climbing in England and great multi-pitch climbing and scrambling in the area. Rock climbing in Langdale and Borrowdale can be accessed in 45 minutes driving. It is also a great location for mountain-biking, fell-running, and canoeing on Ullswater Lake.

There has been a fair bit of refurbishment of the hut amenities recently and more is planned, so if you remember it only from years past it would be worth another visit.  8 beds are reserved for members and guests of the AC and ABMSAC on a first-booked, first-in basis. Given the combined numbers in our clubs it is essential to confirm availability each time before travelling, and regular users can apply for their own key. The remaining 20 beds may be booked by our clubs, or by other clubs or groups, and the availability for club booking is shown on the online calendar. In addition to the members area, individual AC members can book half the hut (10 beds), if available, via the Group booking system. Of course weekends get booked up but week days are often available. Charges:- Members pay £7.00 from the 1st January 2020, guests £13.00 per night.

Already the influx of AC members wishing to use the hut has seen an increase in bookings, and to make this easier for everyone there is an on-line booking system where members can see what is available, when, and  book places to secure them. If you have any questions or problems, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click on the link here to access the system   BOOKING SYSTEM