I have paid the hire money by bank transfer and their Treasurer of Watermillock Village Hall confirms my money credited to their account.

LBW2024 is go at Watermillock Village Hall on Lake Ullswater, near Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0LR, England.


Sunday 4th August 13:00 camp field opens
Sunday 4th August 17:00 approx Hall building opens when Organisers arrive.
Saturday 10th August camp field closes 13:00
Saturday  10th August Hall 13:00 clean up Hall building and exit 17:00
Saturday 10th August 17:00 depart to last Pub of The Day in Pooley Bridge

I have already started writing content for our event website customized to Watermillock.
It needs corrections of local governments websites due changes since 2019. Plus other Ullswater changes.
So our full details event website is planned to be up in June. In the mean time:-

Start looking out your

Essentials: Passport, Driving Licence, UK money, Hiking Boots, Hiking Clothes

No street lights on roads near Hall:  Torches, Hi-visibility vests
Camp Field: Air-Beds and thick roll mats recommended. Because field a bit lumpy.
                   No electrics. No lights. Bring torches various and solar charged lights.

Maps: Ordnance Survey Sheet 90, Penrith & Keswick.
OL5, The English Lakes, North-Eastern Area, Penrith, Patterdale & Caldbeck.

Scouting observations 28th March 2024

Area overview: https://www.ullswater.org/getting-to-ullswater/map-of-ullswater/

Travel overview:   https://www.ullswater.org/getting-to-ullswater/transport/

Bus 508, Penrith rail station to Watermillock:
Watermillock is between Pooley Bridge and Gowbarrow Cottages

Devices Wifi: 5GHz Access Points inside W-V-H building
Main Hall 100+104, Kitchen 48+52, Reading Room 124+128
By LBW start we aim to have Wifi 5GHz Clients to Wired RJ45 in Main Hall
and Wifi 5GHz cross band repeater for Camp field.

Devices display: Main Hall has Optima ceiling projector looks to have VGA and HDMI.

Projector Screen: Roll down screen over the stage in Main Hall.

Telecoms: Pooley Bridge & Watermillock:  All four Vodafone, O2, EE, Three.
                Glenridding to Patterdale: Vodafone, O2, EE.
                Far South of Patterdale to Sykeside: EE only.

Activities initially suggested

Sunday 04/08/2024, 17:00-23:59        Discuss week activities and read leaflets. Tables setup. Test Wifi.

Monday 05/08/2024, 18:00-23:59,      “Pot Luck” Cooking evening

Tuesday 06/08/2024,   during day      Keswick Brewery, 13 beers !  https://www.keswickbrewery.co.uk/tour/
                                  19:00-23:59    “Show and Tell” evening talk about your technical things

Wednesday 07/08/2024, 19:00-23:59    Quiz night

Commentary on Watermillock location to local services

Glenridding had been my first choice and Pooley Bridge had been my second choice due they were easy walk to pubs and food shops and cafes.
They both declined hire due many weekend Craft Fairs scheduled and other mid-week bookings not visible.

Watermillock V-H is two miles from three pubs and two food shops and one cafe in Pooley Bridge.

On A592 nearby the "Brackenrigg Inn" reopened with beer inside, Wainrights and Tirril, but no footpaths so safe transport needs consideration.

Penrith has rail station, 508 bus, many supermarkets with beers and three petrol stations.

If driving at Rheged Discovery Centre A66/A592 roundabout there are some shops and one petrol station.

So you will likely have to plan ahead more for food shops and beer.

If you drive from England South-East or EU going around M25 London

This year 2024 the M25 circular motorway around London has had major roadworks causing full closure across sets of two junctions. Diversions along side roads have been in place.  Deviation from the approved diversion routes will likely result your vehicle is significantly fined money due hostile London ULEZ zone within the M25. Consider select a route drive the other way around the M25 circular motorway avoiding these road works.

Check here for updates https://nationalhighways.co.uk/
If you drive up the M25 East side remember there is a Toll at Dartford Crossing at https://www.gov.uk/pay-dartford-crossing-charge .
The approx £3 pay ahead online with Automatic Number Plate Recognition is a lot cheaper than a ULEZ fine.

Update 14 May 2024