The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) announce it has taken over responsibility for maintaining the Great Lingy Hut, in the Lake District Northern Fells.
Situated at around 600m in the Lake District Northern Fells alongside the route of the Cumbria Way Long Distance footpath, the Great Lingy Hut is an important shelter in the Lakes for walkers and mountaineers alike.
The bothy is currently maintained by the Lake District National Park Authority and their rangers will continue to check its condition and make reports to us on any issues that require attention. Local volunteers who have been involved in the maintenance of the hut in the past will also continue their interest.
There is room for three to four persons in the bothy. It is weathertight and dry inside and generally in good condition. We will be arranging a work party in the autumn to improve the internal cladding, make a new cooking bench and generally tidy up the bothy before the winter sets in.
David Moorat, MBA area organiser for Northern England and Borders said: “We are delighted to be taking over responsibility for this important Lake District shelter. It certainly meets the MBA criteria of being in a wild and lonely place. Until recently, it was held down by wire hawsers to keep it from being blown away. It is used regularly by back packers and day walkers as a lunch stop. I am certain that it will continue to be well used and appreciated.”
The Great Lingy Hut will now be maintained by the MBA. Photo: MBA
Who is the MBA?
The MBA is a charity and was established in 1965. It has around 3,800 members, and, with the consent and support of their owners, undertakes the restoration and maintenance of a number of old cottages, huts and similar buildings throughout the wilder parts of Scotland, England and Wales for use as open shelters for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Many of the buildings that are cared for by the MBA would otherwise have become derelict.
The Association currently looks after 103 bothies. All of the restoration and maintenance work is undertaken by volunteers and is financed by member subscriptions and by donations. The work of the Association was recognised by the award of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2015.
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