They do act like they own Pen-y-ghent. The Three Peaks of Yorkshire 'Club' does not contribute to the upkeep of the paths and the cafe owners keep all the money themselves.
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Myself and a friend did this wonderful challenge a while ago. We set off at 6am on a Tuesday morning and got back at 5.20pm. We left our details as described on their poster in the window at the "cafe" and when we got back it was closed. We were booked for the night at the pub down the road so went back the next morning. We went in and picked up a couple of badges and proceeded to pay. I was then horrified to be told by this obnoxious individual (cafe owner) that as we did the walk on a Tuesday it "did not count" as there was no proof we had done it. Who do they think they are? Why would anyone want to say you have done something you have not? I find it appalling that they get so much publicity by acting as the "official" stewards of this challenge. Anyone would think they own the mountains.
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tobey12, 20 March 2011:
zakkaz, 21 March 2011:
Exactly, it is a pity this can not be publicised more widely as it basically the people that enjoy the countryside that keep them in business but are obviously unaware of this false pretence that they are some kind of charity. From a few people we spoke to in the village I doubt many of them use that cafe as they did not have a good word to say about them!
This is one of those rare cafes that caters for outdoor folk: walkers, cyclists, climbers, potholers and the like. In other words, those in need of thirst-quenching pints of tea and big plates of hearty simple food.
When you’ve been cycling for hours it’s no use stopping at a chintzy tea shop, trying not to look sweaty while balancing a dainty thimble-sized cup in your dehydrated mitts. That’s why we called in at Pen-y-ghent cafe on a recent cycling trip.
We weren’t disappointed - huge veggie breakfasts were on offer and the all-important pint-sized mugs were in use. After shovelling down the food (rather stodgy but that’s what you want when you have a very empty stomach) and slurping up the tea I felt full of energy and zoomed the rest of the way home.
We decided to eat in the garden which was very pleasant - wooden tables set out on a grassy bank. The interior of the place looks cosy though - good for those winter days. Service was encouragingly cheery and I’ll definitely stop here again. It was busy though - if it’s a weekend be prepared to wait!
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