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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Edale is a small village at the start/end of the UK's first and most famous long distance walking path - the Pennine Way. The village itself grew from the herdsmens' shelters or 'booths' at what are now the hamlets of Upper Booth, Barber Booth, Ollerbrook Booth and Nether Booth.
We are staying at Stables Bunkhouse, a recent barn conversion situated on a working hill farm.More
We are staying in the bunkhouse of the White Horse Inn. Currently 12 beds booked, but extra may be added if interest is expressed.
Located just outside the picturesque village of Threlkeld at the foot of the Blencathra and Sharp Edge, it is ideal base for trekking, with paths to the mountains immediately from the beer garden.More
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.
Previously we have 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 ;)More
We're running an extra Scottish winter trip this year due to member demand.
It's a slightly longer trip (Wednesday to Sunday) to make the journey to Scotland worthwhile.
The area is one of the UK's premier mountaineering areas, boasting many 'Munroes' as well as plentiful smaller hills and climbing crags.
If the weather plays ball you can expect spectacular views and memorable days out. There are many classic routes near the hostel and hundreds within a short drive, including Ben Nevis a half hour away.
Read more about other things to do in the area here:
So far it has been a mild winter, but the dangers of cold and exposure should not be underestimated. The weather can change abruptly and it will be mandatory to have sufficient winter kit with you. If you are going high, it may be necessary to use ice axes and crampons. If you have questions about this, please contact me (Rob) directly to talk about whether this trip would be suitable for you.
Maps - highly recommended you bring your own map (and compass):
OS Explorer 384 - Glen Coe and Glen Etive (1:25,000)
Harvey British Mountain Map - BMC - Ben Nevis and Glen Coe (1:40,000) (less detailed than OS but easier to manage)
We'll be staying at the bunkhouse at Glencoe Independent Hostel. Note this will not be as extensive as a full Scottish hostel and so the trip will have a 'cosier' feel to it
Self catering is available in the bunkhouse and I expect most people will do this. Sharing cooking is recommended to make the most of limited facilities. There are large supermarkets in Glasgow and Fort William. There is a pub serving food approx a 20 minute walk away
Please plan your journey carefully and contact me if you have questions.
Glencoe is approx a two hour drive north of Glasgow, a half hour south of Fort William or two hours south of Inverness.
There are trains to Glasgow, Fort William and indeed Inverness. Flying to Glasgow or Inverness is also a possibility. Car hire is available and car sharing is highly recommended for mobility in the area.
It is possible to get to the hostel by taking a bus from Fort William and walking 30-40 mins from the bus stop.
Live it - visit Scotland :)More
Staying at Abbots House Farm (bunkhouse, with camping options, see below) on the edge of the village of Goathland, which does a nice line in being picturesque (it was the main location for the saccharine-but-scenic police drama series Heartbeat and its railway station - part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on which steam trains still run - was used in the Harry Potter films as ‘Hogsmeade’. There’s also the photogenic Mallyan Spout waterfall). The cosy Goathland Hotel is the local pub, doing the sorts of food and drinks you’d expect.
Walkers will find loads of options, some from the door, and others nearby (it’s a 20 minute drive to the coast at Whitby (full of history and goths) and not much further to the ludicrously pretty village of Robin Hood’s Bay, endpoint of the Coast-to-Coast walk (which, according to Country Walking magazine is the second-best walk in the world)) .
No shortage of climbing too: lots of seaside routes at Smugglers’ Terrace and inland ones at Bridestones among others.
We have 12 spaces in the bunkhouse however opportunities for camping are also available.Best to pay directly to the farmer, but ensure you notify trip organiser if you're hoping to partake in lift sharing.More
Tranearth is an excellent base. for the South Lakes. Dow Crag is reached direct from the hut (40 – 60 min walk). There is easy access by car to the Duddon Valley and Langdale. Fell walking from the door includes the Coniston Fells from Walna Scar to Wetherlam. There are also some good off road cycling opportunities.More
First camping trip of the year and an opportunity to get some outdoor climbing in as well.
We will be staying at a lovely campsite Park House Camping (no webpage) but the friendly owner Peter is very happy for us to come. It will be £7/person and there are pubs in walking distance from it.
We will be staying very close to the famous Horseshoe Quarry a place with a vast variety of sport routes.
There is plenty of walking to choose from in the area as well.More
The Easter trip this year is to Glen Affric for the 18th to 22nd April (That is the Thursday to the Monday) and the booking is now open.
Chat about routes, travel, etc here: http://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/forums/categories/2/forums/7/topics/3345
The booking is for 12 beds in the hostel and camping is possible, but the club would like to fill the bookings for the beds first before people sign up for camping.
We are staying at the Glen Affric youth hostel which is Scotland’s most remote hostel. Situated between Inverness and Skye, it’s about an 8 mile walk/cycle from the closest road. Or about 3 to 4 hours walk carrying everything you need for your stay. The hostel sounds great, is eco-friendly and with warming fires. It even won an award for hostel of the year 2018.
Some claim Glen Affric is Scotland’s finest with stunning views and is home to some native Scots Pine forest. Though I think the main attraction is that the area gives access to 15 Munros and several Corbetts. It is also on the Affric Kintail Way a relatively new route through the area which provides an alternative to the hills. By late April there should be about 15 hours of daylight, that far north, allowing for some long days on the hills.
The Hostel costs £104.55 each for a bed in a dorm. Once the 12 beds have been booked on the website the booking will be open to those who want to camp to sign up and coordinate their travel arrangements with others.
Note that if you camp you will not have access to the hostel at all. We don't have exclusive use and you will not be allowed inside. Nor is there a nearby pub or any other indoor space! You'll be in the tent for four days with nowhere warm to go. Just to make that clear!
Getting the sleeper up to Glasgow or Inverness and public transport onwards makes sense as if you have a car, it will be sat in the Cluanie Inn car park for four days.More
A few days in the glorious Peak District for those who want a shorter travel time and shorter routes than Scotland...
For climbers, Stanage Edge alone has enough to keep you going for years; there are a ton of other top-quality gritstone crags around, as well as some excellent limestone (trad and sport). Bouldering is also an option if you must.
For walkers, there are countless options in the Dark and White Peak, of which Mam Tor and Kinder Scout may be the best known.
Other activities include mountain biking, caving and wild swimming. Rainy day options include the Swearing Caves of Dovedale (http://viz.co.uk/2015/06/13/the-swearing-caves-of-dovedale/) - er, I mean the show caves of Castleton - plus the obligatory gear shop faff in Hathersage and the metropolitan delights of nearby Sheffield.
We'll be camping at the wonderful Hardhurst Farm just outside Hope.More
The Gower! What’s not to like. Beaches, cliffs rising from the sea, historic caves, and coastal walking, including the opportunity to get cut off if you time it wrong. Also almost certainly going to be sunny ...
Come along. We are staying at Nicholaston Farm campsite, just next to the coastal path and behind the beach.
Cost - £9 per person per nightMore
**Booking closes on 3 May**
Our annual Novice meet at Stanage, Hope Valley, staying at Hardhurst Farm campsite.
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.
Climbers - look out for the meet reminder email and fill out the survey! I will arrange you into groups for the weekend.
In addition, Marcus will be offering navigation and route planning training on the weekend. On Saturday there will be a skills session looking at navigational tactics such as relating the map to the terrain, understanding contours, bearings, estimating distances and timings etc. This will culminate in a session of "micro-nav".
The emphasis will be on skills that make you self-sufficient in the hills and will include a route planning session for the Sunday walk which will be led by the participants.
If you want to take part please indicate this in the comments box on sign-up. You will require a map: preferably OS Explorer OL1, 1:25,000 although if you already have a Harvey map (either the BMC Dark Peak 1:40,000 or Superwalker Peak District Central 1:25,000) do bring it along as well. You will also need a compass. The Club library has a limited supply of maps, map cases and compasses available on a first come first served basis, email Marcus to reserve these or to ask any further questions.
Camping equipment essential, basic climbing equipment (helmet, harness, shoes) suggested. Further information will be provided on email - please contact Anne if you have any questions
Notes: The Rockhoppers Club does not directly provide formal training, the Novice Meet simply offers guidance from club members.
As the purpose of the Novice meet is to up-skill our members, it is preferred not to bring guests on this trip. Please contact the trip organiser otherwise.
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 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.
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 :)
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).More
Rockhoppers will return to Ogwen at the first weekend in June and stay at Gwern Gof Isaf campsite. https://gwerngofisaf.co.uk/how-to-find-us. The campsite is close to the base of the well-known peak, Tryfan, surrounded by peaks of the Glyders, and the Carneddau. We have unlimited choice of activities for walkers, climbers and other outdoor activists.
Walking/Scrambling : There are three areas you may want to look into : Snowdon, Glyders and Carneddau. Snowdon is the most popular area as many first time walkers stride to the highest peak in Wales. Even easy scrambling routes, the Horseshoe has often traffic jams on sunny summer weekends. Glyders are soaring behind our campsite. The routes are short and scrambly. Carneddau is recommended for people walk fast and far, escaping from crowd, seeking tranquillity in nature.
Guide book: Hill walking in Snowdonia by Steve Ashton (Cicerone) Ridges of Snowdonia by Steve Ashton (Cicerone) Scrambles & Easy Climbs in Snowdonia (Grey Stone Books) Map: OL17
Climbing: Tryfan East Face, Tryfan Milestone Buttress, Cwm Idwal are close to the campsite. Llanberis Pass and Lliwedd is about one-hour drive from the campsite. Tremadog is worth trying if the weather is not good in the mountains. Most of routes in those areas are multi-pitch, experiences are required. Little Tryfan, 30 minuets’ walking from the campsite, is excellent venue for climbers who just started trad. For Sport climbers, Slate is one hour driving. Scary climbing but fan!
Guide book : North Wales Climbs (Rockfax), North Wales Slate (Rockfax), Ogwen (Climber’s Club), 100 Classic Climbs North Wales by Stephen Aston (Crowood)
If rain: Walking in rain, scrambling in the rain, visiting National Slate Museum and Dinorwig Power Station, taking mountain train to the top of Snowdon, window shopping at outdoor shops, etc
Home of the most epic gingerbread. https://www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk/More
Probably Hardhurst Farm.More
Climbing, walking, canoeing etcMore
Home to the finest climbing in the UK...?More
The glorious Isle of PurbeckMore
Off to the Lakes againMore
Chamonix - home of adventure
For those who have never been, Chamonix is a beautiful place, with some wonderful walks and hikes with stunning mountain views (and cable cars to help you up).
There's also plenty of climbing and mountaineering for the more experienced, or novices with a guide. See the link here for some ideas: https://www.chamonix.com/what-to-do,121,en.html
Please express your interest by filling out the survey:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FSZ7MKR by 12th May. You cannot book this trip online.
The trip details will be confirmed by mid to end of May. The cost for accommodation (about £140 to £200 for the week) will be payable then.
As this trip is overseas and the risk is generally higher than a home trip (at least for those who go mountaineering - not so much for hikers), this trip is only open to those who have already been on at least one trip with the club.
The trip is partly intended for people to get their first taste of the Alps with like-minded folk so if you've never been, then you are welcome. We can help find nice hikes and other activities (and there really is no shortage), but as with all trips, what you do when you get there is, ultimately, up to you. We can also help organize qualified guides to spread the cost with others. This can be for anything from basic Alpine skills or to take on one of the many great routes. The more experienced members on the trip may be willing to take a group out to a hut or try for an easy peak depending on the skills of the group / individuals.
The trip will run from Saturday 31st August to 7th September and travel will be via Eurostar and coach. The cheapest / most convenient train departs St Pancras at 07:19 on 31st and arrives Lyon at 13:00. Alternatives, changing at Paris, are available. Onward travel to Chamonix via coach or train. Return trip: Eurostar 17:25 from Lyon on 7th September.
See the forum for more details:
Please put any questions in the forum rather than emailing if you can.More
Join the Snowdonia Society, and perhaps some Alpine Club members, for an action-packed weekend of volunteer activities across Snowdonia with camping, music and food on the Craflwyn Estate, Beddgelert.
To register you need to contact Claire Holmes to book your place and secure a camping spot on the Craflwyn estate:
There are other camp sites down the road at Hafod y Llan and Llyn Gwynant. But it would be simpler to be together so book early!More
The Black MountainsMore
Who will dare tackle The Sloth?More
Staying at the wonderful Eco-Refugi in the remote village of Abella della Conca. A ton of amazing climbing nearby - single-pitch sport, plus multi-pitch sport and trad. Great walking options too, plus mountain biking, rafting etc.
Cost: £240 per person with £100 deposit payable now and the balance by Sept 30.
Share of car hire and petrol (drivers will be given a budget)
Travel to and from Barcelona
Food and drink
Recommended travel options:
Train or flight to and from Barcelona, arriving after 2pm on Sat 26 Oct and departing after 6pm on Sat 2 Nov (assuming you want a morning's climbing on the last day).
Staying in the village of Fadmoor at Bransdale Mill Bunkhouse, a converted mill nestled in a secluded spot in the North York Moors National ParkMore
In the middle of WalesMore
Staying at Alstonefield Camping Barn in Dovedale. near Alstonefield on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border, Its near Dovedale, the Manifold Valley, Hartington, Leek and Ashbourne. Also close to Manifold and Tissington off road trails for cyclists, Ramshaw Rocks for climbers and for those who enjoy water sports the barn is 20 minutes drive from Carsington Water.
You need to bring usual camping equipment including camping mats or blow up air bed, sleeping bags, cooking stove and fuel, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. There is no electricity in the barn so bring torches, tea light candles and logs for the woodburning stove.More