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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Doethie Valley, Mid Wales
14 Dec 2018 to 16 Dec 2018

Staying at Ty’n Cornel Hostel. It lies in splendid isolation 7 miles from Llanddewi Brefi village, in the beautiful Doethie valley.

LIMITED HOSTEL SPACES REMAINING

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Ullapool New Years Trip
27 Dec 2018 to 2 Jan 2019

Before I start, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. and anyway I have only managed 949. I was so stunned by the scenery the last time the Club went to Ullapool that I made a short slide show. It has remained I think the best trip I have ever done with the Club, so I have updated this and you can view it here: https://youtu.be/COyWw1JJZ0w

As last time we will be staying at SYHA Ullapool and have exclusive use (6 nights total cost £122.39). Situated right on the harbour front the dining room and kitchen have spectacular views straight out over Loch Broom towards Beinn Dearg. Ullapool itself has plenty of friendly pubs, cafes, restaurants, delightful local shops as well as a supermarket. In fact everything we need for our Hogmanay home from home!

But it’s the mountains that are the real draw, and so many and such variety to chose from. To the south lie the Fannichs group which includes 10 Munros (for the baggers): an area of long smooth ridges ideally suited to long traverses. Next comes Beinn Dearg and the peaks of Easter Ross, which include a further 7 Munros. Beinn Dearg itself sits at the head of Loch Broom at the centre of a group of craggy mountains whose accessibility from the road belies the existence of a vast tract of high remote ground extending from coast to coast. Or a visit to nearby An Teallach and its serious mountaineering traverses if that was on your list. In Coigach and Assynt to the north of Ullapool the scenery changes. Here a violent geological event from the past known as the Moine Thrust forced some of the oldest rocks in the world over younger layers. The line of the Thrust is now followed by the road north: to the west the hills of Torridian sandstone have been shaped into fantastic cones and mounds, capped with a layer of quartzite. These rise like giant whales or the bows of ships, sailing across bays, headlands, and moors studded with hundreds of lochans. The names of these hills ring resonant to mountaineers: Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Quinag, so apt for such a mysterious landscape unlike any other in Scotland. East of the road the character changes again with outcrops of Cambrian limestone, and cave networks in which man once lived alongside long gone lynx and polar bears! You are now in Sutherland, the south lands of the Vikings, reaching north to Cape Wrath and the northern oceans! A further 2 Munros! They are sometimes described as the “Empty Lands”, not because they are a natural wilderness, but as a result of the Duchess of Sutherland forcefully evicting 15,000 crofters from her vast estate between 1807-21 and replacing them with sheep. This is why we have haggis!

This far north the days will be very short: the last time we were there I did not see Ullapool in daylight until the day we left: so it will be up early and back late to maximise what little daylight we have. The hostel however provides a delightful base for the long evenings and we will of course have the usual Rockhopper Hogmanay meal and shenanigans. And of course its winter, so hopefully we will have snow, but you must be prepared and ready for whatever extremes the weather can throw at us! Again this is an area of contrasts: it could be sunny on the coast, whilst those inland could be battling a white-out! For those who feel they need it we will be providing winter training through our usual instructor. If you are not into winter mountain walking there are of course coastal and lower level options: sandy beaches, nature-reserves, gorges, forest walks abound, and if its been raining heavily the Eas a ‘Chual Aluinn Falls are a must: the highest in Britain at nearly four times as high as Niagara!

I should maybe even mention climbing: the last time we went some rock-climbing was achieved on Stac Pollaidh on New years Day. The intrepid Rockhoppers involved enjoyed it so much they left the rope behind so they could go back the next day!

How to get there? We will of course be running the usual car share, but as is always the case at New Year many will not be leaving via London. Whatever mode of transport you chose you will be arriving via the A835 from Inverness. There are the usual options of flights and trains including the sleeper, in various combinations. For the final leg Citylink run a coach from Inverness to Ullapool but this really should be booked in advance. Beware of the seasonal timetable which may cause changes to coaches and Scottish trains on the 2 January as this is a Scottish holiday.

It should also be noted that in order to get to the hills from Ullapool cars will be essential. There is virtually no scheduled public transport onwards from Ullapool except for the ferry to Stornoway! We all need to be aware of this and pay close attention to the vehicle accommodation required. As on some recent trips getting organised to share a hire car was found to be a great solution.

I will attempt to answer any further questions as they arise, and there is a forum on the website dedicated to discussions for this trip. Also, as we are travelling so far, maybe its worth considering extending… skip two days of work and you can stay on until Sunday (although please note the hostel itself is not available outside of the club’s booking.) I will probably be taking my tent...

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Edale
11 Jan 2019 to 13 Jan 2019

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.

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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, remote, but cosy

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

A Scotland trip where snow is almost certain (make the most of it before it goes).

More details soon...

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North York Moors
8 Mar 2019 to 10 Mar 2019

Staying at Abbot's House Farm, Goathland

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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

Will there be snow?

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

TBC. Cornwall? Swanage? 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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