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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Threlkeld, Lake District
25 Jan 2019 to 27 Jan 2019

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.

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Snowdonia Cwm Eigiau
8 Feb 2019 to 10 Feb 2019

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 ;)

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Glen Coe - long weekend!
20 Feb 2019 to 24 Feb 2019

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:
https://www.glencoescotland.com/see-do/

Conditions:
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)

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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
https://glencoehostel.co.uk/hostel-bunkhouse/alpine-bunkhouse/

Directions here:
https://glencoehostel.co.uk/location/

Food:
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
https://clachaig.com

Getting there:
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 :)

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North York Moors
8 Mar 2019 to 10 Mar 2019

Staying at Abbot's House Farm, Goathland, According to their website it is situated in the heart of the idyllic Yorkshire Moors. We will be next to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Yorkshire Television's 'Aidensfield' in the 'Heartbeat' series.. We will also close to the coast - Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hood's Bay are nearby.

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Torver, Lake District
22 Mar 2019 to 24 Mar 2019

Staying at Torver in the Lakes

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Portland or Peaks
5 Apr 2019 to 7 Apr 2019

Or somewhere else beginning with P.

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Easter trip - Scottish edition: Glen Affric
18 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

The Easter trip this year is to Glen Affric for the 18th to 22nd April and the booking is now open. You will have seen Tim’s email the other day about train tickets recently becoming available to book. 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 Corbet’s. 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.

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Easter trip - Southern edition
18 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

TBC. Cornwall? Pembroke? The Peaks? Email me with any strong preferences.

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Bank Holiday - Gower
3 May 2019 to 6 May 2019

There's lovely

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Novice Climbers' Meet - The Peak District
10 May 2019 to 12 May 2019

Hardhurst Farm

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Bank Holiday - West Cornwall
24 May 2019 to 27 May 2019

Treen Farm

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Ogwen, Snowdonia
7 Jun 2019 to 9 Jun 2019

Welsh Wales

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Lake District - Grasmere
21 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Home of the most epic gingerbread. https://www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk/

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Peak District
5 Jul 2019 to 7 Jul 2019

Probably Hardhurst Farm.

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Offa's Dyke
19 Jul 2019 to 21 Jul 2019

Climbing, walking, canoeing etc

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South Pembroke
2 Aug 2019 to 4 Aug 2019

Home to the finest climbing in the UK...?

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Swanage
16 Aug 2019 to 18 Aug 2019

The glorious Isle of Purbeck

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Bank Holiday - Wasdale
23 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Off to the Lakes again

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Exmoor
6 Sep 2019 to 8 Sep 2019

Darkest Devon

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Brecon Beacons
4 Oct 2019 to 6 Oct 2019

The Black Mountains

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The Roaches
18 Oct 2019 to 20 Oct 2019

Who will dare tackle The Sloth?

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Catalunya
26 Oct 2019 to 2 Nov 2019

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.

https://abellaclimb.com/info/

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Yorkshire Moors
1 Nov 2019 to 3 Nov 2019

It's not grim up North

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Annual Dinner
15 Nov 2019 to 17 Nov 2019

Location TBC

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Mid Wales
29 Nov 2019 to 1 Dec 2019

In the middle of Wales

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South Peak District
13 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

TBC

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New Year - Braemar
27 Dec 2019 to 2 Jan 2020

TBC

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Dartmoor
10 Jan 2020 to 12 Jan 2020

Watch out for giant cats

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Snowdonia
24 Jan 2020 to 26 Jan 2020

Snow not guaranteed

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Lake District
7 Feb 2020 to 9 Feb 2020

Highlight: a visit to Tebay Services

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Howgills
21 Feb 2020 to 23 Feb 2020

Another visit to Tebay!

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Snowdonia
6 Mar 2020 to 8 Mar 2020

Again.

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Lake District
20 Mar 2020 to 22 Mar 2020

Another trip to Tebay! Te-yay!

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Easter - Trossachs
10 Apr 2020 to 13 Apr 2020

Scotland innit.

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