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Bowline CC - Lakes MTB blog article by Haydn

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 12th November 2017 @ 11:38pm

Hey Everybody,

Haydn has a new blog post up about our Lake District Mountain Biking meet - check it out on Hadyn's website.

Kind regards,

BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - Party Time!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 10th November 2017 @ 4:17pm

Hey Bowliners,

It's our annual dinner coming up on Saturday 18th November. We're going to meet at the Belmont Hotel at 7pm for drinks before sitting down for dinner at 7:30pm. You can wear what you like of course but why not take the opportunity to get dressed up; you'll be in good company as some members are wearing their DJ's and sparkly dresses.

Have a good weekend,

BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - BMC Winter Skills lectures

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 6th November 2017 @ 7:00pm

Hey Everybody,

The BMC are once again hosting a series of Winter Skills lectures. These are great for those thinking about getting into winter walking and climbing in the mountains. Tickets are normally £9, BMC members can get them for £7 but we can also get a group discount with tickets at only £4.75 if we book 10 or more. 

The nearest lecture venue is in Birmingham on Monday 27th November. If you are keen to attend let me know by this Friday and if there is more than 10 people I'll make a group booking and collect the money from you.

Full details here -

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Mountain bikers where are you?

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 30th October 2017 @ 4:02pm

Hi Everyone,

Usually we are fully booked for our annual Mountain Biking meet but I've just check on our website to see who is coming and we still have lots of spaces. Where are all the Mountain Bikers?

If you're wanting to join us then please do book your place now as I need to know who is coming by the end of Wednesday at the latest. The weather forecast looks pretty good and some great trails are waiting for us to ride. You don't need to be an experienced rider to join us, in fact you can join us even if you just fancy a weekend in the Lake District for walking/scrambling/etc.

We've got a nice bunkhouse with hot showers and a log fire to warm yourself when you return, plus a group dinner on the Saturday night - see all the details on the website.

Look forward to see all the places taken by Wednesday!

Any questions give me a shout!


BMC Midlands area - AGM and Organisational Review discussion

  • Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to our…

    • 3 people attended

Bowline CC - Club committee meeting Wednesday 1st November, 19:30 at the Blackhorse Pub

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 25th October 2017 @ 5:29pm

Hi Bowliners,

Our next club committee meeting is on Wednesday 1st November, 19:30 at the Blackhorse Pub in Aylestone. Club members are welcome to attend committee meetings so feel free to come along. If you are one of the people who contributed suggestions for the improvements to the hut, we'd like you to come along and discuss your idea's with the committee if possible.

Kind regards,

Andy Potter
BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - Learning to fly

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 25th October 2017 @ 12:05am

Hey Bowliners,

You may have noticed the new awesome photo of the week over on the club website featuring club member Blanka who has just got back from a trip to Spain for some sport climbing performance coaching. She has written a great article about her experience, check it out.

And if your inspired to grab your harness and get climbing then join us on Thursday night at The Tower!

Kind regards,


Mountain Biking Weekend

  • Friday, 3rd November 2017 at 6pm - 4pm Sunday, 5th November
    Location: Lowick School Bunkhouse, Lowick, Nr Ulverston, LA12 8EB

    Our annual Mountain Biking weekend will be on the 4th/5th of November this year. We are off to…

    • 7 people attended

Stanage Sunday (Climbing and Bouldering)

  • Sunday, 15th October 2017 at 10:30am
    Location: Stanage Edge, Peak District

    Could be the last chance to spend a lovely day climbing in the Peak District. We'll be heading…

    • 4 people attended

Charnwood Hills Race 2018

  • Sunday, 4th February 2018 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093

    The Bowline Climbing Club are pleased to be hosting the 32nd Charnwood Hills race on Sunday 4th…

Bowline CC - Improvements to the hut, have your say!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 28th September 2017 @ 5:13pm

Hi Bowliners,

For over 12 months now we have been in the process of planning, and preparing for, some major improvement works to our club hut. All being well we will be ready to do the works in the early part of 2018. The core of the planned works is the fitting of new insulation to the walls in the main living room and the bedroom of the hut. We are also taking the opportunity to improve the lighting and electric points in these rooms. 

As this work will require us to empty the hut of all the tables, sofa's, bed's, etc, the hut will necessarily be unavailable to be used for a period of around 4 weeks. The nature of the works means that all the wall panelling will be removed and the ceilings will also need to be taken down. This means that we can consider the possibility of doing other improvements to the hut at the same time whilst the hut is empty and the walls/ceilings have been stripped back.

As users of the club hut we would like to hear any practical, and financially achievable, suggestions from club members for things we could do to improve the hut that might fit in with the work we already have planned. Please send your suggestions to the hut secretary (Dave Toach, and he will collate the idea's for the committee to review at our next meeting on 1st November.

If you would like to come along to the committee meeting to discuss your idea's in person that would be fine too. Club members are welcome to attend all committee meetings.

Kind regards,

Andy Potter
BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - New door at the hut, key holders take note!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 27th September 2017 @ 3:29pm

Hi All,

We now have a new front door at Dinorwic Mill Cottage, which has meant a change in the lock. If you are an existing key holder, you can exchange it for a new one. If you are not a key holder, then you can have a key for a deposit of £15. To exchange or obtain a key, contact Dave Toach at A new key has been put into the key safe so if you arrive at the hut with the old key, you can still gain access. For the current code contact either Paul Parker or Dave Toach.

Kind regards,


Climbing - Thursday 7th Sept - Beacon Hill 6pm

  • Thursday, 7th September 2017 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Beacon Hill

    Hi folks, we will be climbing at Beacon Hill this Thursday, weather permitting. This will be…

    • 2 people attended

Climbing - Thursday 31st August Markfield

  • Thursday, 31st August 2017 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Markfield

    Hi folks, climbing at Markfield this Thursday from 6 p.m. onwards if weather OK, if it looks…

    • 4 people attended

Craig Buddon Climbing Thursday 24th August 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, 24th August 2017 (all day)
    Location: Craig Buddon

    Hi some folks are planning to go climbing this Thursday at Craig Buddon from 6 p.m. onwards. I…

Bowline CC - One year in the Bowline

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 17th August 2017 @ 12:44pm

Hey Bowliners,

Checkout the new article on our website by club member Andy Harper:

One Year In The Bowline

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Dream of white huts

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 13th August 2017 @ 11:01pm

Hi All,

It's been back to back hut meets over the past two weekends. We had a super time on our Family Meet, where we had the Morrison family joining us for the first time. The weather was kind to us on Saturday so we went Scrambling around Lion Rock, followed by sport climbing in the slate quarries and then back to the hut for a lovely BBQ. Sunday the weather was not so favourable so we all turned our hand to helping with the hut improvements by preparing the base for the new shed. A big thanks to all the kids and grown ups who all mucked in to get it done despite the pouring rain!

I've not heard how this weekends hut meet went but if you were there I hope you had a great time. I did     see a picture of a sunny belay at the top of Dream of White Horse posted on Facebook so perhaps there was some adventures afoot (well done Derek).

Whilst we're on the subject of the hut, a page from the old website that I'd been meaning to copy across to our new website is now available. This page details various walks/runs that can be done from our club hut, check it out.

You won't be hearing from me for a while now as I'll be off in India for some trekking. My next update will likely be in mid September. So in the meantime don't forget all the club meets are on the website and we've had some brilliant times already this year so make sure you get involved and share in the fun. Tuesday bouldering will be running as always and I'm hoping Andy Railton and Brian Quinn will keep the Thursday climbing scene active as the evenings start to draw in.

Have a good few weeks!


Bowline CC - Head to the hut

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 31st July 2017 @ 7:16pm

Hi All,

We had a cracking days climbing on Saturday at Bamford Edge. Despite the wind plenty of top 50 and 3 star climbs were done at one of the lesser known gems of the Peak District, in my opinion. Some Bowliners were out at Stanage on the same day, and also I hear tales of adventure from the alps too. Next time any of you see Simon Perry, be sure to enquire about his experiences with abseiling back down alpine routes.

The next couple of weekends we are heading to our lovely club hut so why not join us? There is our Summer family meet this coming weekend with still a few spaces left (note these meets are open to all club members, not just those with children). And the following weekend it's our "Climbing all the things" meet where we'll be aiming to do, you guessed it, lots of climbing (and post climbing socialising of course)!

And finally just one more reminder to about the BMC undertaking an organisational review. This is an important opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in the anonymous survey -

Enjoy your week everyone!


Peak district climbing

  • Saturday, 29th July 2017 at 10am
    Location: Bamford Edge

    We're heading to the Peak District this Saturday. Target is Bamford Edge depending on the…

    • 5 people attended

Bowline CC - Make your voice heard

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 25th July 2017 @ 11:03pm

Hey Bowliners,

Looks like the Alpine season is in full swing with various Bowliners out in the mountains and valleys having some pretty awesome adventures judging by the posts on various people Facebook pages. It's making me slightly envious but only a little bit as it's only a few weeks until I'll be off trekking in the Indian Himalayas. But before that I'll be looking to get lots of climbing in here while the sun shines and with that in mind I'll be at Markfield Quarry this Thursday and also hopefully out in the Peak District Saturday (watch out for an invite soon as the forecast is a bit clearer).

As I've mentioned before the BMC is undertaking an organisational review and the team heading the review are asking all members for their views. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard so please take a moment to fill in this anonymous survey -

Don't forget our next club hut weekend is coming up on the Weekend of 12th/13th August. Get your places booked before there all gone!

Have a great week!


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