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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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
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 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.

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Torver, Lake District
22 Mar 2019 to 24 Mar 2019

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.

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Peak District - Horseshoe Quarry-Sport edition
5 Apr 2019 to 7 Apr 2019

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.

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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 (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.

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

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.

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Bank Holiday - Gower
3 May 2019 to 6 May 2019

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.
https://www.nicholastonfarm.co.uk/

Cost - £9 per person per night

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

**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.

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

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).

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Ogwen, Snowdonia
7 Jun 2019 to 9 Jun 2019

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

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Lake District - Langdale
21 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Originally down as a Grasmere trip but Great Langdale (Baysbrown Campsite in nearby Chapel Stile) is as close as we could get camping.

Grasmere - Home of one of the world's finest poets. It's unlikely you'll wander lonely as a cloud, or see daffodils but there are some wonderful walks and classic Climbs to enjoy.

Grasmere is in the heart of the lake district and plenty of walks start right in the village. You can head up Helvellyn and do the horseshoe backwards or amble up the delightful Loughrigg for fantastic views to some of the highest peaks.

Or walk / scramble up Helm Crag, the only Wainwright that Wainwright never managed.

There's plenty of opportunities for swimming too, in the local tarns.

Climbers won't be disappointed with the tremendous rock routes in the area.

There is even a classic scramble, Jack's rake, for those who can't decide on whether to walk or climb.

Nearby Ambleside has a cinema and two rather good vegetarian restaurants if you fancy some alternative fun.

And, of course, Grasmere has the finest gingerbread in the central lake district.

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Improvised Rescue for Rock Climbers - Snowdonia
28 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

What: With the weather warming up, it’s great to picture a whole summer spent outdoors on the crag/cliff/mountain. However, in addition to your climbing skills, do you have the skills and knowledge to get yourself and your partner out of an unexpected or emergency situation?

We have arranged training with Snowdonia Mountain Guides for improvised rescue training. Typical skills covered are:

- Tying off a belay plate and an Italian Hitch
- Ascending a rope or prusiking
- Creating an ‘auto-block’ or progress capture system
- Escaping the belay system both in-reach and out of reach
- Basic hoists – Assisted Hoist, Unassisted Hoist and mechanical advantage
- Abseil rescues
- Calling out mountain rescue or coastguard

https://snowdoniamountainguides.com/course/improvised-rescue-for-rock-climbers/

Where: Camping in Snowdonia

Who: Attendees should already be experienced in trad lead climbing outdoors, including setting up anchors and abseiling.

As the club offers training as an investment in promoting skills and best practice among members, we ask that you are an active member and have been on at least 4 Rockhopper meets before this.

How much: Cost for the training will be up to £150 per person; this represents excellent value as it can typically cost £300 per person outside of a group booking. Additionally, the Rockhoppers Mountaineering Club will be offering a subsidy, however the value of this will be agreed once numbers are confirmed (will be divided per person from a fixed pot). Payment will be requested in advance of the training weekend to confirm your spot.

Camping, food, travel and any other costs outside of the training will be additional, as per a “regular” Rockhopper meet.

Bookings close on 13 June. To sign up, click the "Book by Email" button to email Anne Stijne. Please put “RMC Rescue Course” in the subject . Please send any queries to the same email.

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Peak District
5 Jul 2019 to 7 Jul 2019

For climbers there's the Dark Peak AKA multiple Gritstone edges to smear or jam your way up as well as its opposite number The White Peak hosting many Limestone crags to slip and slide around on. Just too many to mention here but no doubt some members will head to Stanage! So with that in mind this article is worth a read! :
Eastern Grit across the grades
https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/destinations/classic_eastern_grit_across_the_grades-7222

Walkers have endless miles of open moorland to explore in and around the Hope Valley with
Kinder Scout and Edale nearby for some spectacular hiking views.

We will be staying at Hardhurst Farm Campsite in Hope (£7pppn) which has its own cafe onsite for an artery clogging breakfast and just a short stroll away to the Travellers Rest pub for that all important end of day refreshment.

Far too many climbing guides to list here so if your in need of a guide then I'd google the following guide publishers : Rockfax, BMC, Vertabtrae and the Climbers Club who all produce guides for climbing on Grit, Limestone, bouldering as well as Off Road biking routes in the case of Vertabrae!

OL24 - Explorer 1:25 000 scale Map covers the White Peak Areas of Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock & Dove Dale

OL1 - Explorer 1:25 000 scale Map covers
the Dark Peak Areas of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow, Black Hill & Ladybower Reservoir

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Offa's Dyke - Tintern
19 Jul 2019 to 21 Jul 2019

We're heading to Beeches Farm campsite above Tintern Abbey and a stone's throw from Offa's Dyke (an earthwork built by King Offa in 750AD to mark the border between Mercia and Powys - i.e. England and Wales).

For the climbers there is Wintour's Leap where you'll find panoramic views across the valley and the river. Shorn cliff has a selection of single pitch routes, with pocketed limestone and good tree anchors. Symonds Yat (a little further afield - about 35mins drive) is famous for the river rapids and a free standing pinnacle to ascend. Wyndcliff has both sport climbing and trad. There's also well-sheltered quarry climbing at Tintern Quarry.

For the walkers a couple of obvious options are to walk south, cross the river in Chepstow and come back up the other side. Or walk north cross the river at Bigsweir and come back down the other side. But there is plenty else to do, just browse OL14.

For cultural types; Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle and Monmouth Castle.

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South Pembroke
2 Aug 2019 to 4 Aug 2019

South Pembroke - home to some of the UK’s finest limestone cliffs rising over 50m from the sea...expect an audience of bemused seals looking on.

For non-climbers, there’s some dramatic coastal walking to be had. In fact theres 186 miles to choose from! http://nt.pcnpa.org.uk/website/sitefiles/nt_page.asp?PageID=7
The Bosherton lilly ponds are nearby with beaches and fine coastal walks extending in both directions. Various watersports are also available in the wider Pembrokshire area aswell as opportunities for sealife spotting.

We’ll be camping @ Bosherton camping which is literally next door to both the cafe and local pub. We'll have part of the field sectioned off just for the Rockhoppers. This will be £4pppn and I will be collecting money Saturday morning. I believe it is only cold showers available but they have upgraded the portaloos to flush ones : )

Like other sea cliff destinations the climbing at South Pembroke is generally pretty serious. Most crags will require an abseil down to sea level with the only escape options being to climb out again or prussic up the abseil rope.

With this in mind it is not an ideal trip for novice climbers or new club members who have no experience of climbing outdoors. However having said that if you come on the trip with an open mind then there may be some members willing to take you climbing on some of the easier crags although this is not gauranteed and you may have to join one of the walking groups instead. Which wouldn't be a bad thing since the walking is pretty stunning!

Learning how to abseil and prussic up a rope is highly advisable before climbing on sea cliffs. This is a useful article about Pembroke to read beforehand: https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/destinations/beginners_pembroke-10261

Rockfax covers all the areas in one simple guide : https://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/pembroke-2009/

Climbers club has everything in 5 volumes : https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/shop/books/mid-south-wales/pembroke-guidebooks-set/

OS Map OL36 - Explorer 1:25 000 scale covers South Pembroke
or if your venturing further afield then OL35 covers North Pembroke

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Swanage
16 Aug 2019 to 18 Aug 2019

Located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast Swanage has something for everyone.

Walkers have the Isle of Purbeck, Studland Bay and Poole Harbour on their doorstep. Alternatively the Corfe Castle and the Swanage Steam train can be visited.

The nearby limestone cliffs offer both trad and sport routes at stunning coastal locations such as the bolted quarries at Dancing Ledge and Winspit. There are both gentler trad sectors such as Subluminal and Cattle Troughs as well as more committing areas such as Boulder Ruckle and Cormorant Ledge within walking distance. Please, (re-)familiarize yourself with the intricacies of sea cliff climbing beforehand:
https://www.thebmc.co.uk/climb-skills-top-ten-sea-cliff-climbing-tips

One thing we can all share is a local ale, a scrumpy cider, a pie and a local fossil museum in the most picturesque pub of the Jurassic Coast, The Square and Compass.

This is a camping trip and we will be staying at Acton fields (next to Tom’s fields) for £8.00 p.p.p.n.

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Bank Holiday - Eskdale
23 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

This August Bank holiday, the Rockhoppers will be staying at a new campsite for the club, the picturesque Fisherground Campsite Fellside Cottage, Eskdale, Holmrook
https://www.fishergroundcampsite.co.uk/

Located in the Eskdale Valley, nestled in the foothills of The Screes and not too far from Scarfell Pike (9.5 km, as the crow flies)

Hill walking in the area needs no introduction, there are plenty of steep fells to walk up and down, either directly from the campsite or from a short drive away. The following Wainwrights are in the vicinity: Whinn Rigg, Illgill Head, Green Crag & Harter Fell.

For climbers, Eskdale has some of the best climbing in the Lakes, with access to Scafell and all the surrounding crags. A UKC search shows 219 crags in a 10km radius! The valley has several fast drying crags, including Hare Crag which has some excellent bouldering, as does Fell End just above Fisherground. Linbeck crag has many routes on sound rock and is near the road. The gullies and buttresses of Scafell and The Pike are within easy walking distance, and Wasdale is only 20 minutes drive from Eskdale Green.

The valley has lots of scrambles including the classic 3 star route up the Eskdale Gorge. This is a great day out but you will get wet unless it has not rained for about 3 months!. Easier routes include Cow Cove Beck which starts with a hard pitch, this is best avoided unless quite dry, but the route from there is good and can form part of a circular route or as an interesting way onto the Scafell range. Birker Force is a grade 3 and quite exposed near the top, a rope would help. Many of the crags in the area have excellent routes which can be varied to depending on the weather and ability.

Another activity of interest is the The Ravenglass & Eskdale miniature steam railway which runs near to the campsite with a station located at Fisherground Halt

https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

Also the beach at Ravenglass is not far, plus Muncaster Castle looks good for a rainy day.

There is a pub located 8 mins walk away, The King George IV Inn - very likely to be busy on bank holidayhttp://www.kinggeorge-eskdale.co.uk/

Or further away are The Bower House Inn (2.7 km), The Brookhouse Inn (2.7 km ) or The Boot Inn (3 km). All about 35 mins walk.

Eskdale Green has a small village shop for essential forgotten supplies
https://www.eskdalestores.co.uk/

OS Map: 1:25k OL6
Harvey Superwalker Lake District West

Arrival instructions:
Checking in is from 14:00 - 20:00
The barrier closes at 21:00, thereafter there is no vehicle movement or access to the site until 08:00 the next day
Late arrivals will be asked to park at the other side of the barrier (parking area) & walk through on foot with their tent, belongings etc

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Alps - Chamonix (Full)
31 Aug 2019 to 7 Sep 2019

The Chamonix trip is now full.

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. 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:
http://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/forums/categories/2/forums/7/topics/3344

Please put any questions in the forum rather than emailing if you can.

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Exmoor
6 Sep 2019 to 8 Sep 2019

Please note that the location for this weekend will now be Channel View Caravan & Camping Site very close to Lynton and with views overlooking the Bristol Channel.
www.channel-view.co.uk

The weekend is therefore now equally climber and walker friendly as access time to the Valley of the Rocks for climbers is drastically reduced and walking possibilities are just as plentiful!

Again, don't be put off by the word caravan site, as this is another peaceful family run campsite costing £6.00 per night. It is within walking distance to the Valley of the Rocks for climbers and the nearby long distance paths including the South West Coast Path, TheTwo Moors Way, and Samaritans Way are virtually on the doorstep. There is a pub named the Beggers Roost within a very short walk of the campsite which serves meals. The approach to the campsite is just off the A39.

Please feel free to sign up!

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MAD Volunteering weekend in Snowdonia
13 Sep 2019 to 15 Sep 2019

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.

https://www.snowdonia-society.org.uk/event/mad-weekend-2019/

To register you need to contact Claire Holmes to book your place and secure a camping spot on the Craflwyn estate:

claire@snowdonia-society.org.uk

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!

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Brecon Beacons
4 Oct 2019 to 6 Oct 2019

Did you know the Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve, with an outstanding quality of night sky. This status was given in 2013 and was only the fifth location in the world to be given this status (and the first in Wales!)

Also the Batcave entrance from The Dark Knight Rises is located at Henrhyd Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park. THE BATCAVE PEOPLE!

I'm sure i could stop there and watch the signatures for this trip just roll in but i wont. As I'm sure most of you will know, this area offers some of the most stunning scenery, exquisite walking and varied climbing crags in the UK.

Unlike recent trips we will be camping for this one - what better way to take advantage of that award winning night sky!

The site is Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer (link below) which is about equidistant between the crags near Ponsticill (boasting over 100 routes) and some excellent walking to the north including Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion as well as the peaks of Cribyn and the Brecon Beacon's highest point, Pen y Fan for the very keen/fast.

It will be a great trip!

Camp site link:
https://www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/dolygaer/Camping

UK Climbing crag finder:
https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=17418#maps

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The Roaches
18 Oct 2019 to 20 Oct 2019

Who will dare tackle The Sloth?

The Roaches are synonymous with classic gritstone climbing. The classic routes like Valkyrie, The Swan and The Sloth are the obvious ticks for those able to do them.

Walkers have the wonderful escarpments of Hen Cloud etc. and you might see a wallaby if you are very lucky.

We are staying at the Tearooms campsite http://www.roachestearooms.co.uk/camping.html. This is an old faithful site for the Club and is directly below Hen Cloud and there is a pub Ye Old Rock Inn within walking distance. This is really the only viable site for the Roaches. Note the tearooms are worth a visit but have nothing to do with the campsite.

For those who don’t know the campsite, it has no facilities. Water and toilets (no showers) are at the farm up the road. £5 per night.
There is also a bunkhouse down the road https://www.roachesbunkhouse.com/ and many holiday cottages if you prefer something a little warmer.

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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/

Cost: £240 per person with £100 deposit payable now and the balance by Sept 30.

Cost includes:
Accomodation
Share of car hire and petrol (drivers will be given a budget)

Not included:
Travel to and from Barcelona
Food and drink

Recommended travel options:
Train (Eurostar to Paris then TGV to Barcelona) 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).

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North York Moors
1 Nov 2019 to 3 Nov 2019

For the first hut weekend of the season, we'll be going to the delightful Bransdale Mill Bunkhouse, a converted mill nestled in a secluded spot in the North York Moors National Park.

For walkers, the whole of the western side of the North York Moors National Park is on your doorstep, including Round Hill, the highest point of the National Park, which is also noted for its prehistoric remains.

For climbing, if the weather's up to it, there's a range of trad options only a short(ish) drive away including Park Nab, Wainstones, Scugdale Scot Crags and (maybe a longer drive) Highcliffe Nab.

The National Trust (who own the bunkhouse) promise no WiFi and no mobile phone signal, and there is barely anybody else for miles around - so come and enjoy getting away from it all!

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Annual Dinner
15 Nov 2019 to 17 Nov 2019

For this year's knees up, we are staying at Hargate Hall near Buxton. hargate-hall.co.uk

Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, this family-run venue and accommodation is truly stunning. Built in 1899, Hargate Hall is a unique building near Buxton, surrounded by the beautiful Derbyshire landscape. This large country house is situated in over 7 acres of grounds, and looks out onto the picturesque views of the Peak District.

It’s that time of year where we come together, share memories of trips throughout the year, re-acquaint ourselves with members who we’ve met on trips (and meet those who’ve not been on a trip recently - if that’s you don’t worry, we’d love to see you!).

Saturday evening is the main event, when we’ll have:
- a photo slideshow of the past year
- a prize giving
- a vote for ‘Rockhopper of the Year’
- a dinner and,
- a dance led by a local ceilidh band.

If the weather is dry, climbing is a possibility at nearby Chee Dale, Miller's Dale or Staden Quarry.

In terms of walking, the above dales through which the River Wye cuts through make for a stunning walk and nearby trails include the Limestone Way, Pennine Bridleway (not just for horses!) and the Monsal Trail (a former railway with many tunnels).

If the weather is unfavourable or you just don't fancy the outdoors, there are plenty of local and cultural attractions within a short drive. Namely; Chatsworth House (30 mins), Haddon Hall (also 30 mins), Buxton Opera House (10 mins) and Poole's Caverns (15 mins).

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Mid Wales
29 Nov 2019 to 1 Dec 2019

Beautifully situated in rolling sheep pasture in the upper River Wye catchment, Beili Neuadd has delightful views and stands in 6 acres of gardens and paddocks with a stream, ponds and woodland.

We are staying in a centrally heated self catering barn sleeps 16 in 3 en-suite rooms. There is a drying room for boots and hanging space for wet gear and a washing machine is available. All bed linen is provided for the bunks with duvets.

The Elan Valley Walking Trail begins in nearby Rhayader and takes you to the Elan Valley and its lakes. The Wye Valley Walk is a perfect mix of hill and river walking and can also be picked up in Rhayader. There is also plenty of cycle trails in the area if that takes your fancy. Bikes can be stored at the barn and handily a hose for hosing bikes is also provided. Bikes can be hired locally if you don’t fancy lugging your wheels all the way there.

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Christmas Dinner
11 Dec 2019 to 12 Dec 2019

We're teaming up with Mike's Table for the Rockhoppers Christmas dinner. Tickets are £30 each for a 3-course meal, and your ticket pays for the same experience for someone in need of a night out. We'll be mingling with other guests so prepare to be sociable!

Address: Bong Bongs Manilla Kanteen, 460 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
Time: 19:30-22:30

We'll start with welcome drinks and an ice breaker quiz. Then we'll enjoy a fabulous 3 course meal devised on the night by our amazing chefs from surplus food. Our venue is well-renowned for its amazing Fillipino inspired menu so we guarantee to spice up your evening.

Buying a ticket means someone else gets to enjoy this evening for free. What better Christmas present can you give? We’ll be sharing tables with our non-paying guests, coming together in the true spirit of the festive season.

Free soft drinks will be served all evening. A paying bar will sell reasonably prices beers spirits and amazing wine-on-tap!

More info: https://www.mikes-table.org/

Ignore the driving options.

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Dovedale
13 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

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.

There is a pub called the George in the village of Alstonefield which apparently does award winning food. Those who do not particularly want to cook by candlelight may wish to eat in the pub which is about a mile walk away or alternatively a short car ride away. https://thegeorgeatalstonefield.com/

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