Meets

*COVID - 19 update* Please note that the club is currently running only a limited programme of overnight meets as circumstances permit. Please check back here to see what is running, postponed or cancelled.

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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Depending on the program or application you're using, you may need to choose the "subscribe" or "add by URL" option. Contact the Webmaster for help.

Need help booking onto or organising a meet? Find instructions here

Dartmoor
10 Jan 2020 to 12 Jan 2020

For the first trip of the new year we're off to Dartmoor to stay in Dewerstone Cottage.  If you weren't able to make it to Braemar here is an early opportunity to get off the sofa, get some fresh air and walk off the excesses of the festive season!

The Dewerstone Cottage is situated in the heart of the Dewerstone National Trust Estate on the southern flanks of Dartmoor National Park. Comfortable and warm with excellent facilities, including a wood burning stove - just what you need after an active day out. (Note you'll need to bring a sleeping bag.)    

There's plenty of lovely walking, you can head out across the moors, to the nearby river valleys of the Meavy, Tavy and Tamar or even the South West Coast Path which isn't too far away. If the weather is kind it is ideal for those who wish to climb as the Dewerstone, a fantastic climbing venue. There's also the West Devon Way cycle path on the doorstep. Finally, we're close to the wild camping areas of the National Park if you want to go off and explore. Just take a look at OL28 - Dartmoor for inspiration.

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Snowdon - Nant Gwynant
24 Jan 2020 to 26 Jan 2020

Winter is a great time to enjoy the delights of Snowdonia.

Snowdon itself may still be busy but not like in Summer. The Snowdon horseshoe is a classic winter route and while it shouldn't be underestimated, it is within most people's ability.

The Glyders provide an entertaining traverse - with the option to drop down for a pint or two in the Vaynol arms before getting the bus back to the hut.

The hut is also perfectly located for an ascent of Moel Siabod by its lesser trod west ridge - you'll probably not see anyone else here.

Cnicht - the Welsh Matterhorn - is within a challenging day's hike.

Hopefully there will be winter conditions - i.e. ice and snow. This increases the objective risks of most mountain activities. You are responsible for ensuring you have the correct kit and skills for whatever you plan to do. Please do ask me if you have any questions.

We're staying at the Pinnacle Club's Emily Kelly Hut in Nant Gwynant below Snowdon (SH 653541).

https://pinnacleclub.co.uk/club-hut/
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/53.06711,-4.01177,7/

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Lake District
7 Feb 2020 to 9 Feb 2020

Pattterdale at the southern end of Ullswater: the last time we went in winter we had blue skies and hard snow! Does Striding Edge beckon, or perhaps you prefer St Sunday Crag or a round of the Dodds. Bring your skis and make use of the Helvellyn ski-tow!

We'll be staying in the intimate Shepherd's Crook Bunkhouse, which we have on an exclusive basis.
https://www.noranbankfarm.co.uk/shepherd-s-crook-bunkhouse.

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Scotland "snow chaser"
12 Feb 2020 to 16 Feb 2020

Our "snow chasing" short break to Scotland this year is to Tulloch, staying at the Station Lodge.
https://www.stationlodge.co.uk/hostel/
Just step off the train and you are there, making this ideal for public transport. There are 6 Munros reachable on foot from the hostel, with more accessible by bus/train or car, as is the winter climbing on Ben Nevis and Creag Megaidh, skiing in the Nevis Range and even the Cairngorms and Glencoe are not that far away making this a true snow-chaser. Or jump on a train to Corrour and re-enact "going for a walk" from Trainspotting.

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Howgills - Shap Fell
21 Feb 2020 to 23 Feb 2020

In 2016 the National Parks of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales were expanded so now meet either side of the M6. Ever wondered what is there? We are staying at Shap Fell Bothy, a private but very well endowed bothy that was once a telephone repeater station by the old A6 high up on the Eastern Lakeland fells at 1390ft.
http://www.shapfellbothy.co.uk/
It has heating, a wood burning stove, electricity, a small kitchen with gas burners, and a star gazing window in the ceiling of the upstairs dorm! Perfect for exploring the western edge of the Howgills, the Shap Fells and the other Borrowdale. Did you know Monty's Cottage from Whitnail and I is just over the hill in Wet Sleddale?

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Snowdonia - Dinorwic
6 Mar 2020 to 8 Mar 2020

Off to Llanberis, staying at the Karabiner Hut, Ty Powdr, once the gun powder store for Dinorwic slate quarries. https://www.karabiner.org/hut/
Obvious proximity to the quarries would be a boon to any early season climbers. Or there's always the full traverse of the Glyderau starting on the doorstep.

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Lake District - Borrowdale
20 Mar 2020 to 22 Mar 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The bunkhouse is now full. Camping spaces at Chapel House Farm campsite(a couple of miles down the road from the bunkhouse) £7 per person per night. You pay at the campsite but please book your place on the meets page as we need to let the campsite know numbers. https://chapelhousefarmcampsite.co.uk/

Ever climbed the Bowderstone in Borrowdale? Well here's your chance as we are staying at Bowderstone Bunkhouse right next door.
https://www.calvertlakes.org.uk/what-we-do/bowderstone-bunkhouse/
Ideally placed for the big fells around Scafell Pike, and if winter pans out nice winter climbing on Great End (we can hope).
Please note its a 600m walk from the carpark to the hut which you will be doing in the dark whatever the weather. Once the hut is full overspill camping is available down the road at Chapel House Farm. So make your choice - last hut trip or first camping trip of the year?

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Thorpe Park - Saturday March 28
28 Mar 2020 to 29 Mar 2020

ALL MEETS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Some real thrills for a change as Rockhoppers go rollercoasting on a social trip to Thorpe Park! Bring your waterproofs for the water rides...

The cheapest option for tickets is the 2 for 1 offer that we can get if we travel by train - it works out at £27.50 per person. https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/thorpe-park-resort

I'll coordinate ticket purchasing and train times nearer the time. We'll probably leave from Waterloo at about 9 and go to Staines where we can get a bus to the park.

The website doesn't allow me to set a 1-day event but be assured we are not planning to stay overnight at Thorpe Park.

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Easter - Trossachs
9 Apr 2020 to 13 Apr 2020

ALL MEETS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
It's time we went back to the Beinglas campsite and enjoyed the hospitality (and taxidermy!) of the Drovers Inn. Nestled at the northern end of Loch Lomond, we will be surrounded by Munros, and as Easter is not too early this year, we'll be camping.

For those using public transport, you can get the Citylink coach 914/915/916 from Glasgow (Glasgow-Skye route), or take the train to Ardlui, and pick up the same coach for the last few miles (in both cases we recommend you book!).

Location: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/56.33174,-4.72068,17/pin
Nearby Monros:
http://www.trossachs.co.uk/mountains.php

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Easter - somewhere where the weather is good!
9 Apr 2020 to 13 Apr 2020

ALL MEETS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
An Easter alternative to Scotland. Maybe Pembroke, but the final decision will be decided by those who want to go. How's that for democracy?

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Novice meet - Hardhurst Farm
24 Apr 2020 to 26 Apr 2020

ALL MEETS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Our annual novice meet: further details will be released closer to the time, but this is your chance to get an introduction to outdoor climbing and gain some insights from some of our more experienced members.

There is also ample opportunity for the walkers to test their navigation skills on the Kinder plateau!

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Northumberland - Bamburgh
7 May 2020 to 10 May 2020

A trip to the Northumberland coast. Plenty of climbing and coastal walks plus much fun to be had in the hills of the Northumberland National Park.

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Cornwall - Treen
22 May 2020 to 25 May 2020

Traditional May Bank holiday epic adventure.

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Snowdonia
12 Jun 2020 to 14 Jun 2020

Exact location - TBC

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Gower-Oxwich
26 Jun 2020 to 28 Jun 2020

Handy for climbing at Three Cliffs Bay, plus oodles of great coastal walking.

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Lake District - Eskdale
10 Jul 2020 to 12 Jul 2020

A base in Eskdale is ideal for England's highest mountains clustered around Scafell Pike.

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Peak District - Hardhurst Farm
24 Jul 2020 to 26 Jul 2020

Second trip to the Peaks of the year. We will be staying in Hardhurst

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North Devon
31 Jul 2020 to 2 Aug 2020

tbc

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South Wales sport climbing
14 Aug 2020 to 16 Aug 2020

How do you drive with a car full of cheese? ... Caerphilly!

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North Pembroke
28 Aug 2020 to 31 Aug 2020

CANCELLED
Porthclais campsite - bank holiday sea cliffs, coastal walks and ice-cream. I recommend the mango if you can find it: and it's not sorbet!

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Austria - Montafon
29 Aug 2020 to 6 Sep 2020

CANCELLED
We are going to the Montafon valley in the Alps in western Austria. The valley is surrounded by three different mountain groups (Verwall, Silvretta and Ratikon, wildlife, small glaciers and limestone peaks with via ferrata). All have well waymarked and signposted routes, you will often be able to incorporate a refreshment break at a mountain hut into your day’s walk, and access from the valley floor is usually effortless thanks to buses and chairlifts. So while the mountains are bigger and scenically impressive much of the walking is no harder than that in the mountain areas of the UK. Accomodation to be confirmed.

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Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale
4 Sep 2020 to 6 Sep 2020

CANCELLED
Keld or thereabouts

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Make a difference - Snowdonia
10 Sep 2020 to 13 Sep 2020

CANCELLED
Unfortunately the Snowdonia Society have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this years volunteering bonanza but they have confirmed 10-12 Sept ember 2021 for next year's event.
Watch this space for an action-packed weekend of volunteer activities across Snowdonia with camping, music and food on the Craflwyn Estate, Beddgelert.

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Lake District
25 Sep 2020 to 27 Sep 2020

CANCELLED
Camping at Turner Hall farm in the Duddon Valley.

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Kent - Hever Castle
25 Sep 2020 to 27 Sep 2020

MEET FULL: awaiting clarification re new government regulations restricting gatherings to 6.

We will be staying at Hever Camping, Wilderness Farm Markbeech, not far from Hever and Chiddingstone Castles in the High Weald area of Kent. The cost is £20 per person for the two nights. There are plenty of paths in the area, and UKclimbing does list some crags, but they may not be to everyone’s taste!
https://www.hevercamping.co.uk/

The campsite is an easy 2.2 km walk from Cowden Station down country lanes, with a train every hour from London Bridge on Friday £14.20, Sunday return to Victoria every hour £10.
Pub option: Kentish Horse, Markbeech http://www.kentishhorsemarkbeech.co.uk/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING COVID 19: PLEASE READ
If coming by public transport you need to come packed and prepared to walk to the campsites. We can leave the tents up until we leave so no need to carry everything around all day Sunday! It is your responsibility to follow the government advice re use of public transport.

The campsite allows campfires, sells wood and provides fire-pits (although advises bringing kindling), so evenings by the fire are an option. For those that prefer the pub nearby options are listed, but it will be up to you to make any booking and comply with the relevant regulations.

During the trip you agree to follow government guidelines regarding social distancing at all times.

Walking groups will be restricted to a maximum of 6 so please do use the club’s subscription to OS maps to plan your weekend activities, record a route, and step forward to lead a walk. https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

By signing up to a trip you confirm that you are happy for your contact details to be given to the campsite for purposes of NHS track and trace.

You agree not to attend if any of the following apply for the last 14 days, in which case we will offer a refund.

1) You have tested positive or shown symptoms of COVID-19
2) Someone in your household has tested positive or shown symptoms of COVID-19
3) You have spent time with anyone who has been tested positive or shown symptoms of COVID-19

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Peak District - Hathersage
2 Oct 2020 to 4 Oct 2020

MEET FULL: awaiting clarification re new government regulations restricting gatherings to 6

We will be staying at North Lees run by the Peak District National Park. It’s just underneath Stanage Edge. What more do I need to say? This is one for the climbers.
https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/camping/camping-northlees

The campsite is a 3km uphill walk from Hathersage Station. Buy a return to Sheffield and get the ticket to Hathersage separately for the best deals.

Campfires are not allowed, those seeking refreshment in Hathersage will find numerous options.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING COVID 19: PLEASE READ
If coming by public transport you need to come packed and prepared to walk to the campsites. We can leave the tents up until we leave so no need to carry everything around all day Sunday! It is your responsibility to follow the government advice re use of public transport.

Those that wish to eat in Hathersage will have to make their own bookings and comply with the relevant regulations.

During the trip you agree to follow government guidelines regarding social distancing at all times.

Climbing/Walking groups will be restricted to a maximum of 6 so please do use the club’s subscription to OS maps to plan your weekend activities, record a route, and step forward to lead a walk. https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

By signing up to a trip you confirm that you are happy for your contact details to be given to the campsite for purposes of NHS track and trace.

You agree not to attend if any of the following apply for the last 14 days, in which case we will offer a refund.

1) You have tested positive or shown symptoms of COVID-19
2) Someone in your household has tested positive or shown symptoms of COVID-19
3) You have spent time with anyone who has been tested positive or shown symptoms of COVID-19

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Wye Valley
9 Oct 2020 to 11 Oct 2020

CANCELLED
Sport or trad, or just go for a walk. We will be staying at our old favourite, Beeches Farm Campsite

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North Pennines
23 Oct 2020 to 25 Oct 2020

CANCELLED
Camping somewhere near Alston. Cross Fell is not far from here, the highest hill in England outside the Lakes.

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Hertfordshire Way Day Walk
24 Oct 2020 to 25 Oct 2020

SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER
A circular day walk along part of the Hertforshire Way including woods, an old moated settlement and a potential pub stop.

As with all walks you need to register to attend and numbers are limited in accordance with whatever the latest Covid-19 guidance applies at the time. Please see the email sent to members for full details and to enquire

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Dartmoor
30 Oct 2020 to 1 Nov 2020

POSTPONED TO 29-31 OCTOBER 2021
For our first hut trip of the season we will be staying in Princetown right at the centre of the Moor. The bunkhouse is in the Fox Tor Cafe, handy for a cream tea.

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Annual Dinner
13 Nov 2020 to 15 Nov 2020

CANCELLED

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Yorkshire Dales - 3 Peaks
27 Nov 2020 to 29 Nov 2020

POSTPONED TO 26 - 28 NOV 2021
Staying in the Yorkshire Subterranean Society Schoolhouse, Helwith Bridge: anyone up for some underground adventures. Also handy for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.

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Snowdonia - Cwm Eigiau
11 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

POSTPONED TO 10-12 DEC 2021
Cwm Eigiau Cottage is a homely but very basic mountain hut remotely situated on the slopes of Carnedd Llewelyn, the second highest of Snowdonia's summits after Snowdon itself.

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