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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Exmoor - Countisbury
21 Jan 2022 to 23 Jan 2022

***This trip is currently planned to go ahead. We are monitoring Government guidance on household mixing closely, which means that the trip may be cancelled at short notice.
For this reason, prepayment is not required for this trip and payment will be taken nearer to the trip date. If you sign up, please keep an eye on your emails for trip updates.***

Another booking postponed from last year: we will be based at the National Trust's cosy Exmoor Basecamp at Countisbury near Lynmouth.

We will be just yards from the SW Coast Path, and excellent moorland circuits inland. Next door is the cosy Blue Ball Inn, dating from the 14th Century.

Time to blow away those New Year cobwebs! Price: £40

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There are 2 x 8-bed dorms and 1 x twin room in this hut. If possible, we will endeavour to provide a single-gender room if required. Please let the trip steward know confidentially if you require this.

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Brecon Beacons - Black Mountains
4 Feb 2022 to 6 Feb 2022

***This trip is currently planned to go ahead. We are monitoring Government guidance on household mixing closely, which means that the trip may be cancelled at short notice. If you sign up, please keep an eye on your emails for trip updates.***

Another trip postponed from last year!
The Wain House at Llanthony Court is in the midst of the Black Mountains, the eastern section of the Brecon Beacons, making these the closest mountains to London! Are you ready to take on Lord Hereford's Knob? Once the hut is full there is the option for basic camping.

The hostel has three bunk rooms (1x9, 1x7, 1x4) so we will make a best effort to accommodate separate sex sleeping arrangements. Please note that this is not guaranteed but if you have a particular request please email the trip organiser.

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Snowdonia - Cwm Eigiau
11 Feb 2022 to 13 Feb 2022

***This trip is currently planned to go ahead. We are monitoring Government guidance on household mixing closely, which means that the trip may be cancelled at short notice.
For this reason, prepayment is not required for this trip and payment will be taken nearer to the trip date. If you sign up, please keep an eye on your emails for trip updates.***

Another chance to go to this popular meet!

Cwm Eigiau is "Bowl of the Shoals". A welcome return to Cwm Eigiau Cottage, 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. We usually meet wild ponies. Now has anyone told you about the loo...?

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Lake District - Little Langdale
18 Feb 2022 to 20 Feb 2022

***This trip is currently planned to go ahead. We are monitoring Government guidance on household mixing closely, which means that the trip may be cancelled at short notice***

We'll be staying at Low Hallgarth, a National Trust Farmhouse that is leased to the Yorkshire Ramblers Club. Cosy and full of character this is a classic club hut full of memorabilia from the Ramblers' adventures (they are a lot more hardcore than the name suggests!). Nestled just above Little Langdale Tarn it is ideally suited for both the Coniston Fells, Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.

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Snowdonia - Ogwen Valley
4 Mar 2022 to 6 Mar 2022

Postponed from 2021, Caseg Fraith is a well endowed club hut at the foot of Tryfan. Could be we have snow? What is for sure are big mountain days in this classic venue. The hut has a wonderfully cosy Alpine style snug with open fire for drying out. But who knows, it could be sunny and dry in which case there's the possibility of some climbing. NOTE: UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO PARKING RESTRICTIONS, NO FURTHER DRIVERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.

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Scotland "Snowchaser"
16 Mar 2022 to 20 Mar 2022

What is the "Snowchaser"? Well it's a 4 day trip timed to catch the best winter conditions that Scotland offers... we hope.

We'll be staying at the cosy Newtonmore Hostel https://www.newtonmorehostel.co.uk/ tucked into the NW of the Cairngorms National Park. This allows us to hedge our bets somewhat with the snow. We are equidistant between the Northern Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh, both venues renowned for their winter conditions that provide ample opportunities for winter climbing, mountaineering and hill-walking. The hills of Lochaber and Ben Nevis are not a ridiculous distance away either should conditions be better in the west. On the doorstep are the hills and glens of the Monadh Minigaig and Monadh Liath, and Glen Feshie is not far away. So there's more than enough to keep us busy for four days.

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Mid Wales - Trefeglwys (1)
18 Mar 2022 to 20 Mar 2022

An alternative to the "snowchaser". In uncrowded mid Wales, where there is superb walking and mountain biking. We are staying in the Bwthyn Bach bunk barn cottage, next to the village pub. N.B. There is a double room, so if any couples attend, we can accommodate 14.

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Mid Wales - Trefeglwys (2)
25 Mar 2022 to 27 Mar 2022

Staying at Bwthyn Bach (www.bwthynbach.com), surrounded by spectacular welsh scenery. And we're next to the pub.

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Dark Peak - Bamford
1 Apr 2022 to 3 Apr 2022

Another trip postponed from last year...
Bamford: just how close to the Edges do you want to be? If the sun is shining how about some early climbing? There's always the usual fun to be had on Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, but being this end of the Peak also opens up the lesser visited Bleak Low. Situated on a working farm in the centre of Bamford Village the Homestead Bunkhouse is just over the road from the fantastic community owned pub and cafe, The Angler's Rest. ( www.anglers.rest )
www.independenthostels.co.uk/homesteadandcheesehouse

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Easter meet - Northumberland
14 Apr 2022 to 18 Apr 2022

Our first camping trip of the year is to Highburn House, near Wooler. Fine walking opportunities include the Northumberland coast path and the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne. Nearby climbing includes crags at Kyloe and Bowden Doors, and bouldering at Hangmans Rock. Wooler is a lovely market town with a good selection of pubs.

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Swanage
22 Apr 2022 to 24 Apr 2022

Staying at Tom's Field. Brilliant sea cliff climbing + some bolted options. Coastal walking plus sea swimming around the lovely Isle of Purbeck. Please book your place directly with Toms Field (www.tomsfieldcamping.co.uk).

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Bank holiday - Gower
29 Apr 2022 to 2 May 2022

Staying at Nicholaston Farm campsite. Excellent sea cliff climbing, both trad and bolted. For walkers there is the Gower coast path and the Gower way. Also ideal for beach barbecues.

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Novice meet - Peak District
20 May 2022 to 22 May 2022

Update 17/05 - final trip email has been sent. Please contact Anne or Wei if you have not received this.

BOOKINGS CLOSED EXCEPT TO EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEER LEADERS

Our annual climber’s 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.

If climbing on the classic gritstone climbing edges of Bamford, Burbage and Stanage is not for you, there is walking through Edale and Kinder Scout, or rent a mountain bike and explore the local tracks.

Camping equipment essential, basic climbing equipment (helmet, harness, shoes) suggested. Look out for the email in advance of the trip with more details.

Note: The Rockhoppers Club does not directly provide formal training, the Novice Meet simply offers guidance from club members.

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Bank holiday - Cornwall
2 Jun 2022 to 5 Jun 2022

Four day bank holiday in the land of pasties and cream teas. Staying at Treen, with sea cliff climbing at Chair Ladder, Bosigran and Sennen and walking on the coast path and inland. We are a short walk from the Logans Rock Inn.

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Snowdonia - Nant Peris
17 Jun 2022 to 19 Jun 2022

After a few weeks away from the mountains, we will be back in one of the UK's most famous mountain areas, in Nant Peris at the base of Snowdon.

For walkers, there are the magnificent peaks, ridges and scrambles of Snowdon and the Glyders. The classic Snowdon Horseshoe can be accessed from just up the road at Pen-y-Pass, with the option of the iconic Grade I scramble Crib Goch for those with a head for heights. Or you could walk up one of the routes up the Glyders which begin from near the campsite; alternatively, other routes up Snowdon and the Glyders (from Ogwen Valley for Tryfan) are a short drive away.

For climbers, the Llanberis Pass has the highest concentration of classic routes in North Wales. The main attractions are the crags of Dinas Cromlech, Carreg Wastad and Dinas Mot, with loads of great routes from VD upwards. Or you could go to the high mountain walls of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu or Lliwedd. If you are in more of a mood for sport climbing, you will find bolted routes in the Dinorwic slate quarries. There is plenty of great scrambling around too.

If you are feeling especially fit, this meet is at the weekend with the longest days of the year, so ideal for tackling the "Welsh 3000s" challenge walk, starting at Pen-y-Pass.

We will be staying at Ty Isaf campsite in Nant Peris which is right opposite the Vanyol Arms and directions can be found on the website:
http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=14919
The cost is £10/night payable (cash) direct to the campsite. It is recommended you bring your own toilet paper, just in case.

WHATSAPP GROUP: We will set up a WhatsApp group of all meet participants, to use for keeping in touch on the trip and sharing virtual route cards. The trip organiser will set this up a few days before the meet. If you'd prefer to opt out, just contact the meet organiser (Simon).

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Lake District - Borrowdale
1 Jul 2022 to 3 Jul 2022

Staying at Stonethwaite Farm campsite in the heart of Borrowdale, which has Scafell Pike and Great Gable at one end and Derwent water at the other.

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Peak District - The Roaches
15 Jul 2022 to 17 Jul 2022

A mecca for gritstone routes and bouldering problems. The walking is good too. Look out for wallabies and oatcakes. We are staying at the Roaches campsite, opposite the Roaches tea room and within walking distance of Hen Cloud and the other crags. (£3pn, cash only).

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Swanage
29 Jul 2022 to 31 Jul 2022

Popular climbing areas are Dancing Ledge, Cattle Troughs and Subliminal, to name but three , with sport climbing in nearby quarries. Other activities include the south west coast path, and swimming at Winspit. Not forgetting home pressed cider in The Square and Compass. Staying at Acton Field campsite in Langton Matravers. £12 single tents/ £18 double.

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Snowdonia - MAD weekend
29 Jul 2022 to 31 Jul 2022

Our annual trip for a weekend of volunteering has moved date and place this year - to Bethesda. Activities are taking place over 3 days again, Fri-Sun. There will be a free BBQ followed by live music on the Saturday night, and a curry on the Friday night if you can get there in time! Also on offer is early morning yoga, and a neolithic tool workshop. The campsite base is the Bethesda rugby club, on the banks of the Ogwen. For added incentive, the club will reimburse your camping/breakfast/packed lunch fees.
**PLEASE NOTE you must register with the Snowdonia Society by 15th July**
https://www.snowdonia-society.org.uk/event/penwythnos-mad-weekend-2022/?event_date=2022-07-09

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Lake District - Glenridding
12 Aug 2022 to 14 Aug 2022

Staying at Gillside Farm campsite. At the foot of Helvellyn, close to Ullswater and Patterdale. The Travellers Rest pub is a five minute walk.

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Bank holiday - South Pembrokeshire
26 Aug 2022 to 29 Aug 2022

"Scenic Welsh camping". Take your pick from walking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, coasteering.

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North York Moors - Farndale
9 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Staying at Oak house farm campsite (£6ppn), which also has a bunkhouse option. Fabulous walking nearby, including stretches of the Coast to Coast and Cleveland Way. Also Goathland for fans of steam trains and Heartbeat. Crags on the NYM for climbers include Park Nab, the Wainstones (also good for scrambling), Scugdale and Highcliffe Nab. The Feversham Arms is 1km down a quiet road, or the Lion Inn a short drive.

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Indoor to Outdoor Training Course: Swanage
17 Sep 2022 to 18 Sep 2022

Please note this is a BMC organised "Ready to Rock" and they have said there would be a possible 6 places available for a Rockhopper 2 day course.
Time: 8:30am to 4pm on both days
Location Swanage, Dancing Ledge, meet at the Spyway Carpark
Cost is based on the ratio of 6:1, so the cost is £60 per person per day: the Club has agreed to subsidise this from our training budget by 50%, so you will only be charged £60 for the two day course.
You will be resposnible for your own accommodation: there are places such as Camping at Tom's Field. You can book for the course here and then use the club's lift sharing feature to co-ordinate.

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Dartmoor
23 Sep 2022 to 25 Sep 2022

Home of the Hound of the Baskervilles, Princetown brewery, and the Merrivale stones also known as the Plague Market, with reference to the 17th century pandemic. Many climbing and bouldering options including the Dewerstone.

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Brecon Beacons
30 Sep 2022 to 2 Oct 2022

Said to be named after the practice of lighting fires to warn of invasion. Climbing and walking options including the Beacons Horseshoe.

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Wye Valley
14 Oct 2022 to 16 Oct 2022

Can't put it better than Wordsworth:
"Once again
I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
Which on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky."

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Yorkshire Dales
4 Nov 2022 to 6 Nov 2022

First hut meet of the season, in limestone country.

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Annual Dinner: Buttermere
18 Nov 2022 to 20 Nov 2022

For our usual annual celebrations we have exclusive use of Buttermere YHA. The tiny hamlet of Buttermere has a couple of pubs, a cafe, and farm that produces excellent ice cream from its own cows. The lake of the same name is surrounded by some of the finest high fells that the Lake District can offer and is famous as a wild swimming venue.
Expect a range of the usual activities to be confirmed.

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