Meets

Meets are what the club is all about. They're run by members, for members. The club thrives by having members take an active interest in the meets that are run. We typically agree the next year's meets - where we're going and who's organising which meet - at our AGM in October. The Frequently Asked Questions page offers advice on what to expect on a meet.

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Borrowdale
12 Jan 2018 to 14 Jan 2018

Borrowdale should need little introduction to Rockhoppers, being a Lake District favourite. As jumping off point for the acsent of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, there are plenty of Fells to explore. There are convenient valley crags nearby, but should we have a dream winter how about the routes on Great End... We can always hope!

The base for this one is the Old Grange School, a hut belonging to the Climber’s Club

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Malham, Yorkshire Dales
26 Jan 2018 to 29 Jan 2018

On this trip , the ‘hoppers are heading back up north to Malhamdale in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. In the Domesday Book the village was given the name as Malgun, meaning ‘settlement by the gravelly places. Situated on the major walking and cycling routes including the Way of the Roses and the Pennine Way. Other walks could include visiting the lime pavement scenery around Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, the Yorkshire Three Peaks (Whernside – 736m, Pen-y-ghent – 694m and Ingleborough – 793m) or other smaller Yorkshire dales. For the hardcore climbers of the club I believe there are many outstanding routes on Malham Cove itself. Or you could decide just to eat the Yorkshire pudding and drink tea for the weekend.

We will be staying in the Airton Barn.

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Ogwen, Snowdonia
9 Feb 2018 to 11 Feb 2018

Why not join us for the year's first trip to Snowdonia, with the Ogwen valley being a classic destination for hikers and climbers alike! Given current conditions there should be plenty of opportunities to get your winter gear out, and it looks like crampons and ice axes will be needed for any hill activities (please flag when you book if you need to borrow any of this gear from the club by emailing me directly). You can follow the ground conditions via the webcam on the Ogwen Valley Rescue Team website at https://ogwen-rescue.org.uk/.

We will stay in the remote Caseg Fraith hut, which sleeps 25 people and is ideally situated for hill access with its location at the bottom of Tryfan (http://www.ulgmc.org/caseg.html). Note that given the remote hut location you will need to bring food/drinks for the entire weekend with you, and we will arrange for a communal meal on the Saturday evening for those interested.

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Glenridding, Lake District
23 Feb 2018 to 25 Feb 2018

Bury Jubilee Hostel in Glenriding is just a walk down the hill from England's highest ski resort, run by the Lake District Ski Club ... bring your own skis if we're in luck with the conditions! Of course the hills around Hellvelyn are fantastic with or without the snow, so we are going to have a couple of great days out.

The hostel looks luxurious and has a wood burning stove, so bring some wood, wine and food to cook and enjoy a nice warm evening in - no need to tramp a couple of kilometers down the hill to the pubs and village lights.

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Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons
9 Mar 2018 to 11 Mar 2018

We will be visiting the most London accessible group of the Brecon Beacons on this trip, staying six miles North of Crickhowell. There are plenty of high walks to enjoy the snowy landscapes, the main summit Waun Fach intersects Offa’s Dyke path, other notable peaks include Hey Bluff and Lord Hereford’s knob. Not to be confused with the King of Hey on Wye and owner of many of that town’s famous bookshops, a twenty minute drive from the Bunkhouse providing a handy retreat in the unlikely event of poor weather. Brecon is a similar distance and if you’re going that far then the rest of the Beacons come into reach including the majestic Pen-y-fan for more walks or an icy winter dip in leech lake. Lower level walks include the lovely Ystradfellte waterfalls.

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Cwm Eigiau
16 Mar 2018 to 18 Mar 2018

Cwm Eigiau Cottage
Grid Ref: SH 713638

This one is a bit special: the cottage, which sleeps only ten, sits in spectacular isolation in remote upper Cwm Eigiau and is accessible only by foot! You will have to walk the last 3 km up a mountain path in the dark, possibly in a blizzard, whilst carrying everything you need for the weekend. The hut is a superb starting point for all the hills of the Carneddau. The classic climbs on Craig yr Ysfa are only 45 minutes walk from the front door. Snowdonia’s second highest mountain Carnedd Llewelyn can be reached via the highest lake in Wales and the wreckage of a crashed plane! In 1925 the dam of the nearby reservoir was breached, the ensuing torrent rushing downhill to destroy the village of Dolgarrog below. There are wild ponies.

Last year we cooked breakfast porridge and Saturday's evening meal together - space is at a premium so everyone needs to be prepared to help out - including burying the chemical loo on our way out. But it really is a special place and we expect it to be a popular trip once again, despite the hardships. Let's hope no-one gets lost this year ;)

Oh, and it's sort of my birthday...

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BANFF Mountain Festival, London
20 Mar 2018 to 21 Mar 2018

Come along with Rockhoppers to the annual BANFF event at the Union Chapel in North London, to enjoy a diverse range of high quality outdoor films in good company!

Sorry you have to put in lift details - we assume you will be able to make it to the wilds of Islington yourself.

We will go for the Blue programme, which among other things includes films on ice diving, free soloing, canoeing on the Amazon, acrobat BASE jumping, and a heart-warming story about a man and his dog!

The film programme starts at 7.30pm, and we will meet at the bar from 6.30pm onwards.

Venue:
Union Chapel
Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

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West Penwith, Cornwall - Easter Trip
29 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018

Our first official camping trip of the year takes us to Cornwall to enjoy the granite crags and coastal walks of the Land's End Peninsula.

We'll be staying in Lower Penderleath Farm campsite; a few miles south of St. Ives and just five miles from Bosigran and Great Zawn, home to some of the greatest climbing routes in the UK.

Also within 30 mins drive, climbers can take their pick from the classics of Sennen, Land's End and Chair Ladder, lesser known areas such as Trewavas and Carn Gowla, and extensive bouldering around St. Ives Bay.

Walkers should find the coastal path provides plenty to occupy themselves with; and while it may be a touch early in the year for sunbathing, the beaches offer kayaking, sailing and, if foolhardy enough to brave the March waters, surfing.

Finally, for the end of the day the campsite can provide fire buckets and a communal fire pit to warm up the spring evenings, and there are a couple of pubs within staggering distance, where the three great culinary masterpieces of the region - cream tea, cornish pasties, and cider - can be sampled.

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Skye - Glenbrittle (Easter)
30 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018

For Easter this year we are heading to the wonderful Isle of Skye.

We've booked out the Glenbrittle hostel, nestled between the west side of the famous Cuillin ridge and the sea loch Brittle. The hostel was refurbished just over 4 years ago, so we should have a comfortable stay.

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/57.21042,-6.28874,13/pin

For those that like to supplement their mountain fix, we're less than 1 km from the beach, close to the Fairy Pools and around 7km from the Talisker distillery.

Arriving earlier won't be possible at this hostel (it's closed before we arrive), but staying on will be. If you plan to arrive earlier than Friday, then the hostel in Portree will be open for you to book. Let me know if you plan to stay on afterwards and I can coordinate the booking.

Also, do let me know if you are a couple when you book for when I sort room allocations out.

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Portland, Dorset
20 Apr 2018 to 22 Apr 2018

It's time for spring sunshine at the seaside!
As one of the closest climbing venues to London, Portland offers a good mix of social, low-fear sport climbing and some long, pumpy, committing routes too. Deep-water soloing for the brave! For the trad purists, there are a few “proper climbing” routes on Portland – and Swanage is a short-ish drive.

This is also a super spot for walking the Jurassic Coast (or maybe a trail run or a bike ride?). The coast has spectacular footpaths and nice beaches and I expect the ice cream is pretty good too.

We'll be staying on this lovely campsite http://www.weymouthcampingandcaravanpark.co.uk/, right next to Chesil beach, between Portland and Weymouth. There's a farmshop on site selling bacon butties in the morning and has fire pits for hire at night. and yes, it's 5 minutes to the pub. From £12/night for a one person tent.

Time to get your tent out!

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Wooler, Northumberland
4 May 2018 to 7 May 2018

A trip to the forgotten borderlands... long empty beaches, sandstone crags, the Cheviot hills, Kielder forest and the Farne islands.
Spend your May bank holiday exploring Northumberland. There's loads of bouldering and trad climbing, walking in the hills or along beaches, mountain biking in Kielder forest, run, swim, go to a seal sanctuary... it's a great playground.

We'll be staying here http://www.highburn-house.co.uk/index.htm.
Campsite comes with a colony of ducks and rabbits and there's pubs and shops just down the road. The camping is cheap - works out at about £8 pppn.

Cars are useful for this area - especially for the climbers so perhaps get a train to Newcastle and drive from there?

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Novice Climbers' Meet - Peak District
18 May 2018 to 20 May 2018

Our annual climber’s Novice meet to Stanage, Hope Valley, staying at Hardhurst Farm camp site.

Interested in trying out climbing, or getting into outdoor trad? Come along!
Do you lead trad already? We need you to share your skills and knowledge with newer climbers in the Club.

If climbing on the classic gritstone climbing edges of Bamford, Burbage and Stanage is not for you, there is walking through Edale and Kinder Scout, or rent a mountain bike and explore the local tracks.

Camping equipment essential, basic climbing equipment (helmet, harness, shoes) suggested. Look out for the email in advance of the trip with more details.

Note: The Rockhoppers Club does not directly provide formal training, the Novice Meet simply offers guidance from club members.

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Treen, Cornwall
25 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

The annual epic bank holiday trip - sea, sand, cream teas and hopefully not too much fog.

For those as haven't been, West Cornwall is what Cornwall is really all about, beautiful scenery, stunning wild craggy coast line to walk, immaculate granite to climb on, gorgeous sandy coves to surf, swim or just laze in and more tourist tat in St Ives than you can shake a candy floss stick at. Add to that tin mines, the Minack Theater and various other wet weather alternatives just in case, and you're made for a perfect escape from London.

We're staying at Treen Farm Campsite again. A fantastic setting, a mere field inland from the cliff top and coast path, a skip from Logan Rock itself, and a gentle stagger from the Logan Rock Inn. Within a 10-15 minute walk there is a lovely beach at Porthcorno accessible at all tides by coast path & road, and the stunning 'secret' Pedn Vounder beach https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedn_Vounder directly under the campsite for those prepared to scramble. This needs to be vacated before high tide though so be warned. Weather, tides and group momentum permitting we often see Rockhopper penguins gather on one or other beach for a BBQ one of the evenings. They also have a wee shop on site that does a roaring trade in coffee, croissants and pasties of a morning and a whole wealth of other stuff. Plus they usually have some flavour of food vendor on site (breakfast fry up and something different from curry to burgers of an evening) morn and night.

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At the road end, turn right past the "Camping Full" sign and follow the narrow dirt track up a short hill to the campsite gate (track turns sharp left). In the gate then right at reception and again at the toilet block (sign for Rockhoppers). About 2/3rds of the field will be reserved for us and there is usually a rope across to mark our patch - try not to drive through/over it in the dark. There is a hedge up the middle of the field longways. We have both sides of the hedge beyond the rope. Please pitch against the hedge or wall surrounding the field and park against the fence at the end of the hedge or out in front of tents NOT between them. Our host is VERY particular about this and will ask you to move things around if your tent is in risk of being run over or cars are where tents should be. Just go with it ok.

Climbing Guides:

Climbers Club West Cornwall volumes I & II
https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/shop/books/south-west/west-cornwall/
New CC book looks lurvely for those of you who don't have one or just love guides:
https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news/guidebooks/climbers'_club_guides_to_west_cornwall_volume_2nbsp-10038

Run out of petrol? there'll be somewhere to climb on route!
https://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/west-country-climbs-2010/

Tide times at the bottom

Bouldering
Not the first thing that springs to mind but some notes here http://javu.co.uk/Climbing/WestCornwall/index.shtml including a big thumbs up for the beaches mentioned above :) Just remember the tide is high middle to late afternoon so not ideal.

Climbing not your thing?...

Apparently you can walk too - there's Left or Right - almost certainly there will be parties going in both directions at least two out of 3 days :)
All joking aside the scenery is stunning and the walking far more enjoyable and challenging than you might imagine from this dodgy description, and there are lots of options (including a bus back for those waylaid by a cruel and heartless ice-cream salesman)

Then there's Surfing (Sennen is a good place to try this - there are two surf hire shops), Kite Surfing, Coasteering, Kayaking, (a quick google will find companies more than happy to exchange a day of adrenaline fuelled fun for some hard earned wonga) Not to mention Tin Mines, Minack, Eden (for the drive back perhaps).

Tides

(are not great time wise with low tide at 10 and 1045 am high tide at 3.30 and 4.30 pm so plan your routes accordingly)

Penzance (Penwith SW)
(GMT so Add 1 hour)

25-May Fri 01:18 H 4.7m 08:00 L 1.6m 13:48 H 4.7m 20:24 L 1.6m
26-May Sat 02:12 H 4.9m 08:54 L 1.4m 14:36 H 4.9m 21:18 L 1.4m
27-May Sun 02:54 H 5.0m 09:42 L 1.3m 15:18 H 5.1m 22:00 L 1.3m
28-May Mon 03:36 H 5.2m 10:18 L 1.1m 15:54 H 5.2m 22:36 L 1.2m
29-May Tue 04:12 H 5.2m 10:54 L 1.1m 16:30 H 5.3m 23:18 L 1.1m
Thanks go to the CC : https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/information-summary-list/tidal-information/

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Rosthwaite, Lake District
8 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

We're off to Borrowdale in the Lake District. For the climbers we are close to Shepherds Crag and Black Crag which is easy to access from the road and has abundance of low level, fast drying crags. The Bowderstone is a well know and popular bouldering venue. For walkers we are close to Glanmara, Great Gable and Scafell.

Also on this weekend is the Keswick Mountain Festival, which has numerous events from running 5k to 50k, swimming 1500m to 3k on Derwent water, triathlons, speakers on Friday and Saturday night and music on Saturday night. http://keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

We are staying at Chapel House Farm campsite (post code for SatNat CA12 5XG) Grid refs: NY 25651, 14020
325651, 514020

https://www.chapelhousefarmcampsite.co.uk

£6 per night.

The nearest pub is the Scafell Hotel, about a mile away.

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Nant Peris, Snowdonia
22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Bookings are open for next trip, which is to Nant Peris in North Wales. Its the longest days of the year so can get in maximum climbing and walking. Please sign up via the web site:
https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6029
For walkers there are the magnificent peaks, ridges and scrambles of Snowdon and the Glyders. If you are fit, you could tackle the 14 “Welsh 3000s”. For climbers, the Llanberis Pass has the highest concentration of classic routes in North Wales. The main attractions are the crags of Dinas Cromlech, Carreg Wastad and Dinas Mot, with loads of great routes from VD upwards, or the high mountain walls of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu or Lliwedd. Not to mention the atmospheric Dinorwic slate quarries.

We will be staying at Ty Isaf campsite in Nant Peris which is right opposite the Vanyol Arms and directions can be found on the website:
http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=14919
The cost is £5 per person per night please pay to the farmer who will be around early Saturday morning.

The Vanyol Arms is a great pub with great food and drink and it is just across the road from the campsite.

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North Devon
29 Jun 2018 to 1 Jul 2018

After a couple of weekends in the mountains, it’s time to recapture the Cornwall vibe: another scenic campsite on a working farm, great sea cliff climbing, walks on the coastal path which starts near the campsite, and more cream teas.

We will be staying at Stoke Barton farm, a highly rated campsite, with good facilities and shop. http://www.westcountry-camping.uk/. Definitely options for Saturday campsite eating and barbecues.

Climbing is around Hartland peninsula; or a bit of a drive to Baggy Point. Walks - turn left or right- to Morwenstow or famous Clovelly. Even scope for doing some messing around in the sea..

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North Peak District aka South Pennines
13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

We'll be staying at the Well-i-Hole campsite in Greenfield. It's £8 per person per night for a 1-man tent.

For climbers, there are some excellent gritstone crags nearby, eg. Dovestones and Wimberry Rocks.

I'm sure the walkers among you will enjoy exploring this lovely part of the South Pennines. This site may help with planning/inspiration: https://www.hikideas.co.uk/walk-saddleworth.html

Fans of Last of the Summer Wine can visit nearby Holmfirth and have a nice cup of tea in Ivy's Cafe. Pensioners sliding down the hill in a bath cannot be guaranteed, however.

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Dartmoor
27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

I have it on good authority that Dartmoor is the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of "spectral hounds", and a large black dog, and during the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, it was visited by the Devil. For this reason we will be camping at Princetown, whose own motley inhabitants are securely locked up, whilst we can enjoy the facilities of the Plume of Feathers Pub http://theplumeoffeathersdartmoor.co.uk/

In fact we are staying in the pub garden! They even do breakfast if you are organised enough to ask for it when you arrive, which should be before the pub shuts on Friday, it being (hopefully) a fairly quick nip down the motorway after work… (relatively of course)

Although Dartmoor is often passed over by those rushing to the granite of the Cornish sea cliffs, there’s some granite here too: https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/destinations/dartmoor-8950

Also some great walking – especially if you are into stones: check out the stone circles or the lost bits of London Bridge http://www.cabbieblog.com/lost-bits-of-london-bridge/

It is also the only place where local common law allows you to wild camp in an English National Park (see the National Park interactive wild camping map http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/about-us-maps/new-camping-map). Please respect the byelaws.

In fact I will already be doing just this with a few other hoppers, and if you want to join us on Saturday night let me know when you sign up and I’ll provide details for meeting up: we will be some where round Evil Combe or Dead Man’s Bottom! But make sure you sort out your return lifts with your drivers or you may be there longer than you planned… and I haven’t even mentioned the Beast yet: its probably just a big pussy cat… but who knows, when the pixies are about.

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Tremadog, Snowdonia
10 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

No doubt including a visit to Eric's cafe

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Ireland - Macgillycuddy’s Reeks/Dingle Peninsular
23 Aug 2018 to 28 Aug 2018

We are going to MaGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s premier range of mountains, home to its four highest summits, and a further seven tops in excess of 3000 feet (914 metres). It's a compact range, so it is possible to traverse the main ridge in one long day (probably fairly similar to the traverse of the Mamores in Scotland), but it is probably best divided down into more manageable sections. The western end of the range has the highest mountains, which can be linked by an impressive horseshoe walk which involves a little easy scrambling. The eastern end is defined by the impressive Gap of Dunloe, and the lower mountains to the east of this feature have excellent views over Killarney National Park with its fine lakes and rivers.

An alternative walking venue is the Dingle Peninsula, which has slightly lower, grassier, and more rounded range of mountains along its spine, but is still home to Ireland’s only 3000 foot mountain outside the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Access to these mountains is quicker and less effort, thanks to a couple of high road passes which save a lot of slogging uphill! In addition there are beautiful coastal walks and fine beaches in this area. Its about an hour’s drive from Killarney.

Please book as soon as possible. This is very much in your interest, as the cost of flights and hire cars will only increase. I also won’t be booking a campsite until I have an idea of how many people are attending the trip - so the sooner you book the better the campsite is likely to be.

Book through the website. In order to group members together in hire cars from the airport we will need to know your preferred arrival airport, and the date and time of your flight. Please use the Leaving Place/Time fields for this, and add a comment if you are prepared to be flexible. You will also need to use the comments for your preferred return date and flight time. If you are prepared to hire a car please say so - once we have four people who intend travelling to/from the same airport then they can organise themselves into a car and book their flights. The sooner you book, the easier this process will be.

If you are travelling independently either before or after the trip (so you don’t need a car to or from the airport) then again please say so. Communication is good - it helps to avoid confusion!! Please don’t assume other people attending the trip can mind read.

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Peak District
7 Sep 2018 to 9 Sep 2018

Dark or light?

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Volunteering weekend - Snowdonia
21 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018

It's that time again when Rockhoppers give something back to the great outdoors. Once again we've teamed up with The Snowdonia Society to volunteer at their annual Make A Difference festival in Beddgelert. We'll be fixing up the environment with path building and rhododendron bashing together with other groups at the National Trust's own private campsite. And... there's a free barbecue and entertainment too!

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Bosherton, South Pembroke
28 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

Arguably the best climbing in the UK!

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Wye Valley
5 Oct 2018 to 7 Oct 2018

Wintours Leap area

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Swanage, Dorset
19 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018

The beautiful Isle of Purbeck

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