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Eat, drink, be merry, and vote for Rockhopper of the Year.More
The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty is a little gem in the Welsh Marches. All Stretton and the nearby town of Church Stretton are particularly handy for the hills and moors of the Long Mynd and the wonderfully named Caer Caradoc, where Caractacus made his lanst stand against the Romans.
For this one we are in the very well endowed but small All Stretton Bunkhouse.More
It's that time of year again, and you are hereby cordially invited along to the annual Rockhopper Christmas bash!
This year we have secured a most exclusive venue at a convenient central location, namely the India Club Restaurant at the Strand.
During the evening you will be served an opulent buffet-style menu of delicious Indian curries, which will cater to carnivores and vegetarians alike (you do not need to make any choices in advance as the dishes are served buffet style) .
Drinks are self-catered, so feel free to bring along your favourite beverage! The restaurant sells tea, coffee, water and lassi.
All this comes at the very reasonable price tag of £21 (incl. £2 tip) which will be payable upon booking.
We will gather here from 7PM onwards.
NB ignore the "leaving location" fields - we assume you will all get yourselves there and back!More
Ystradfellte in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons National Park is famous for its limestone scenery, waterfalls and caves. Here the rebel leader Llywelwyn surrendered ending his 1316 revolt against the English.
Serious cavers might want want to tackle the Wormhole in Porth yr Ogof, but I suspect Rockhoppers will prefer to stay above ground: Fforest Fawr contains the peaks Fan Fawr (734 m), Fan Frynych (629 m), Craig Cerrig-gleisiad (629 m), Fan Llia (632 m), Fan Nedd (663 m), Fan Gyhirych (725 m), Fan Bwlch Chwyth (603 m) and Cefn Cul (562 m), adding to this trip’s linguistic complexity.
We will be staying in the Clyngwyn Bunkhouse.More
--- Please email Bill Hetherington to book onto this trip. ---
Our usual New Year shenanigans will be based in Crianlarich at the northern end of the Trossachs National Park. We have the whole Crianlarich hostel exclusively to ourselves so expect the usual fun and entertainments including us all mucking together for dinner on New Year’s eve itself.
The cost will be £63 per head for the five nights which is rather a bargain.
Let’s hope it snows!More
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 ClubMore
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.More
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.More
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.More
We will be visiting the most London accessible group of the Brecon Beacons on this trip, staying six miles North of Crickhollow. 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.More
This trip will be to the Rugby Mountaineering Clubs hut in Cwm Eigiau (https://sites.google.com/view/rugbymc/book-eigiau-cottage). This tiny jewel of a hut is a long way from the road, is difficult to find (in the dark!) and only sleeps twelve people (just!)More
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.
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.More