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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Annual Dinner, Langdale
3 Nov 2017 to 5 Nov 2017

Eat, drink, be merry, and vote for Rockhopper of the Year.

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All Stretton, Shropshire
1 Dec 2017 to 3 Dec 2017

The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty is a little gem in the Welsh Marches. All Stretton and the nearby town of Church Stretton are particularly handy for the hills and moors of the Long Mynd and the wonderfully named Caer Caradoc, where Caractacus made his lanst stand against the Romans.

For this one we are in the very well endowed but small All Stretton Bunkhouse.

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Christmas Dinner - India Club Restaurant
6 Dec 2017 to 7 Dec 2017

It's that time of year again, and you are hereby cordially invited along to the annual Rockhopper Christmas bash!

This year we have secured a most exclusive venue at a convenient central location, namely the India Club Restaurant at the Strand.

During the evening you will be served an opulent buffet-style menu of delicious Indian curries, which will cater to carnivores and vegetarians alike (you do not need to make any choices in advance as the dishes are served buffet style) .

Drinks are self-catered, so feel free to bring along your favourite beverage! The restaurant sells tea, coffee, water and lassi.

All this comes at the very reasonable price tag of £21 (incl. £2 tip) which will be payable upon booking.

We will gather here from 7PM onwards.

NB ignore the "leaving location" fields - we assume you will all get yourselves there and back!

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Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons
15 Dec 2017 to 17 Dec 2017

Ystradfellte in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons National Park is famous for its limestone scenery, waterfalls and caves. Here the rebel leader Llywelwyn surrendered ending his 1316 revolt against the English.

Serious cavers might want want to tackle the Wormhole in Porth yr Ogof, but I suspect Rockhoppers will prefer to stay above ground: Fforest Fawr contains the peaks Fan Fawr (734 m), Fan Frynych (629 m), Craig Cerrig-gleisiad (629 m), Fan Llia (632 m), Fan Nedd (663 m), Fan Gyhirych (725 m), Fan Bwlch Chwyth (603 m) and Cefn Cul (562 m), adding to this trip’s linguistic complexity.

We will be staying in the Clyngwyn Bunkhouse.

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New Year trip - Crianlarich
28 Dec 2017 to 2 Jan 2018

--- Please email Bill Hetherington to book onto this trip. ---

Our usual New Year shenanigans will be based in Crianlarich at the northern end of the Trossachs National Park. We have the whole Crianlarich hostel exclusively to ourselves so expect the usual fun and entertainments including us all mucking together for dinner on New Year’s eve itself.

The cost will be £63 per head for the five nights which is rather a bargain.

Let’s hope it snows!

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Borrowdale
12 Jan 2018 to 14 Jan 2018

Borrowdale should need little introduction to Rockhoppers, being a Lake District favourite. As jumping off point for the acsent of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, there are plenty of Fells to explore. There are convenient valley crags nearby, but should we have a dream winter how about the routes on Great End... We can always hope!

The base for this one is the Old Grange School, a hut belonging to the Climber’s Club

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Malham, Yorkshire Dales
26 Jan 2018 to 29 Jan 2018

On this trip , the ‘hoppers are heading back up north to Malhamdale in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. In the Domesday Book the village was given the name as Malgun, meaning ‘settlement by the gravelly places. Situated on the major walking and cycling routes including the Way of the Roses and the Pennine Way. Other walks could include visiting the lime pavement scenery around Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, the Yorkshire Three Peaks (Whernside – 736m, Pen-y-ghent – 694m and Ingleborough – 793m) or other smaller Yorkshire dales. For the hardcore climbers of the club I believe there are many outstanding routes on Malham Cove itself. Or you could decide just to eat the Yorkshire pudding and drink tea for the weekend.

We will be staying in the Airton Barn.

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Ogwen, Snowdonia
9 Feb 2018 to 11 Feb 2018

Why not join us for the year's first trip to Snowdonia, with the Ogwen valley being a classic destination for hikers and climbers alike! Given current conditions there should be plenty of opportunities to get your winter gear out, and it looks like crampons and ice axes will be needed for any hill activities (please flag when you book if you need to borrow any of this gear from the club by emailing me directly). You can follow the ground conditions via the webcam on the Ogwen Valley Rescue Team website at https://ogwen-rescue.org.uk/.

We will stay in the remote Caseg Fraith hut, which sleeps 25 people and is ideally situated for hill access with its location at the bottom of Tryfan (http://www.ulgmc.org/caseg.html). Note that given the remote hut location you will need to bring food/drinks for the entire weekend with you, and we will arrange for a communal meal on the Saturday evening for those interested.

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Glenridding, Lake District
23 Feb 2018 to 25 Feb 2018

Bury Jubilee Hostel in Glenriding is just a walk down the hill from England's highest ski resort, run by the Lake District Ski Club ... bring your own skis if we're in luck with the conditions! Of course the hills around Hellvelyn are fantastic with or without the snow, so we are going to have a couple of great days out.

The hostel looks luxurious and has a wood burning stove, so bring some wood, wine and food to cook and enjoy a nice warm evening in - no need to tramp a couple of kilometers down the hill to the pubs and village lights.

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Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons
9 Mar 2018 to 11 Mar 2018

We will be visiting the most London accessible group of the Brecon Beacons on this trip, staying six miles North of Crickhowell. There are plenty of high walks to enjoy the snowy landscapes, the main summit Waun Fach intersects Offa’s Dyke path, other notable peaks include Hey Bluff and Lord Hereford’s knob. Not to be confused with the King of Hey on Wye and owner of many of that town’s famous bookshops, a twenty minute drive from the Bunkhouse providing a handy retreat in the unlikely event of poor weather. Brecon is a similar distance and if you’re going that far then the rest of the Beacons come into reach including the majestic Pen-y-fan for more walks or an icy winter dip in leech lake. Lower level walks include the lovely Ystradfellte waterfalls.

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Cwm Eigiau
16 Mar 2018 to 18 Mar 2018

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.

Last year we 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 ;)

Oh, and it's sort of my birthday...

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BANFF Mountain Festival, London
20 Mar 2018 to 21 Mar 2018

Come along with Rockhoppers to the annual BANFF event at the Union Chapel in North London, to enjoy a diverse range of high quality outdoor films in good company!

Sorry you have to put in lift details - we assume you will be able to make it to the wilds of Islington yourself.

We will go for the Blue programme, which among other things includes films on ice diving, free soloing, canoeing on the Amazon, acrobat BASE jumping, and a heart-warming story about a man and his dog!

The film programme starts at 7.30pm, and we will meet at the bar from 6.30pm onwards.

Venue:
Union Chapel
Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

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West Penwith, Cornwall - Easter Trip
29 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018

Our first official camping trip of the year takes us to Cornwall to enjoy the granite crags and coastal walks of the Land's End Peninsula.

We'll be staying in Lower Penderleath Farm campsite; a few miles south of St. Ives and just five miles from Bosigran and Great Zawn, home to some of the greatest climbing routes in the UK.

Also within 30 mins drive, climbers can take their pick from the classics of Sennen, Land's End and Chair Ladder, lesser known areas such as Trewavas and Carn Gowla, and extensive bouldering around St. Ives Bay.

Walkers should find the coastal path provides plenty to occupy themselves with; and while it may be a touch early in the year for sunbathing, the beaches offer kayaking, sailing and, if foolhardy enough to brave the March waters, surfing.

Finally, for the end of the day the campsite can provide fire buckets and a communal fire pit to warm up the spring evenings, and there are a couple of pubs within staggering distance, where the three great culinary masterpieces of the region - cream tea, cornish pasties, and cider - can be sampled.

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Skye - Glenbrittle (Easter)
30 Mar 2018 to 2 Apr 2018

For Easter this year we are heading to the wonderful Isle of Skye.

We've booked out the Glenbrittle hostel, nestled between the west side of the famous Cuillin ridge and the sea loch Brittle. The hostel was refurbished just over 4 years ago, so we should have a comfortable stay.

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/57.21042,-6.28874,13/pin

For those that like to supplement their mountain fix, we're less than 1 km from the beach, close to the Fairy Pools and around 7km from the Talisker distillery.

Arriving earlier won't be possible at this hostel (it's closed before we arrive), but staying on will be. If you plan to arrive earlier than Friday, then the hostel in Portree will be open for you to book. Let me know if you plan to stay on afterwards and I can coordinate the booking.

Also, do let me know if you are a couple when you book for when I sort room allocations out.

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Portland, Dorset
20 Apr 2018 to 22 Apr 2018

It's time for spring sunshine at the seaside!
As one of the closest climbing venues to London, Portland offers a good mix of social, low-fear sport climbing and some long, pumpy, committing routes too. Deep-water soloing for the brave! For the trad purists, there are a few “proper climbing” routes on Portland – and Swanage is a short-ish drive.

This is also a super spot for walking the Jurassic Coast (or maybe a trail run or a bike ride?). The coast has spectacular footpaths and nice beaches and I expect the ice cream is pretty good too.

We'll be staying on this lovely campsite http://www.weymouthcampingandcaravanpark.co.uk/, right next to Chesil beach, between Portland and Weymouth. There's a farmshop on site selling bacon butties in the morning and has fire pits for hire at night. and yes, it's 5 minutes to the pub. From £12/night for a one person tent.

Time to get your tent out!

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Wooler, Northumberland
4 May 2018 to 7 May 2018

A trip to the forgotten borderlands... long empty beaches, sandstone crags, the Cheviot hills, Kielder forest and the Farne islands.
Spend your May bank holiday exploring Northumberland. There's loads of bouldering and trad climbing, walking in the hills or along beaches, mountain biking in Kielder forest, run, swim, go to a seal sanctuary... it's a great playground.

We'll be staying here http://www.highburn-house.co.uk/index.htm.
Campsite comes with a colony of ducks and rabbits and there's pubs and shops just down the road. The camping is cheap - works out at about £8 pppn.

Cars are useful for this area - especially for the climbers so perhaps get a train to Newcastle and drive from there?

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Novice Climbers' Meet - Peak District
18 May 2018 to 20 May 2018

Our annual climber’s Novice meet to Stanage, Hope Valley, staying at Hardhurst Farm camp site.

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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Treen, Cornwall
25 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedn_Vounder 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.

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At the road end, turn right past the "Camping Full" sign and follow the narrow dirt track up a short hill to the campsite gate (track turns sharp left). In the gate then right at reception and again at the toilet block (sign for Rockhoppers). About 2/3rds of the field will be reserved for us and there is usually a rope across to mark our patch - try not to drive through/over it in the dark. There is a hedge up the middle of the field longways. We have both sides of the hedge beyond the rope. Please pitch against the hedge or wall surrounding the field and park against the fence at the end of the hedge or out in front of tents NOT between them. Our host is VERY particular about this and will ask you to move things around if your tent is in risk of being run over or cars are where tents should be. Just go with it ok.

Climbing Guides:

Climbers Club West Cornwall volumes I & II
https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/shop/books/south-west/west-cornwall/
New CC book looks lurvely for those of you who don't have one or just love guides:
https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news/guidebooks/climbers'_club_guides_to_west_cornwall_volume_2nbsp-10038

Run out of petrol? there'll be somewhere to climb on route!
https://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/west-country-climbs-2010/

Tide times at the bottom

Bouldering
Not the first thing that springs to mind but some notes here http://javu.co.uk/Climbing/WestCornwall/index.shtml including a big thumbs up for the beaches mentioned above :) Just remember the tide is high middle to late afternoon so not ideal.

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 :)
All joking aside the scenery is stunning and the walking far more enjoyable and challenging than you might imagine from this dodgy description, and there are lots of options (including a bus back for those waylaid by a cruel and heartless ice-cream salesman)

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).

Tides

(are not great time wise with low tide at 10 and 1045 am high tide at 3.30 and 4.30 pm so plan your routes accordingly)

Penzance (Penwith SW)
(GMT so Add 1 hour)

25-May Fri 01:18 H 4.7m 08:00 L 1.6m 13:48 H 4.7m 20:24 L 1.6m
26-May Sat 02:12 H 4.9m 08:54 L 1.4m 14:36 H 4.9m 21:18 L 1.4m
27-May Sun 02:54 H 5.0m 09:42 L 1.3m 15:18 H 5.1m 22:00 L 1.3m
28-May Mon 03:36 H 5.2m 10:18 L 1.1m 15:54 H 5.2m 22:36 L 1.2m
29-May Tue 04:12 H 5.2m 10:54 L 1.1m 16:30 H 5.3m 23:18 L 1.1m
Thanks go to the CC : https://www.climbers-club.co.uk/information-summary-list/tidal-information/

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Rosthwaite, Lake District
8 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

We're off to Borrowdale in the Lake District. For the climbers we are close to Shepherds Crag and Black Crag which is easy to access from the road and has abundance of low level, fast drying crags. The Bowderstone is a well know and popular bouldering venue. For walkers we are close to Glanmara, Great Gable and Scafell.

Also on this weekend is the Keswick Mountain Festival, which has numerous events from running 5k to 50k, swimming 1500m to 3k on Derwent water, triathlons, speakers on Friday and Saturday night and music on Saturday night. http://keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

We are staying at Chapel House Farm campsite (post code for SatNat CA12 5XG) Grid refs: NY 25651, 14020
325651, 514020

https://www.chapelhousefarmcampsite.co.uk

£6 per night.

The nearest pub is the Scafell Hotel, about a mile away.

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Nant Peris, Snowdonia
22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Bookings are open for next trip, which is to Nant Peris in North Wales. Its the longest days of the year so can get in maximum climbing and walking. Please sign up via the web site:
https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/meets/6029
For walkers there are the magnificent peaks, ridges and scrambles of Snowdon and the Glyders. If you are fit, you could tackle the 14 “Welsh 3000s”. 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 the high mountain walls of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu or Lliwedd. Not to mention the atmospheric Dinorwic slate quarries.

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 £5 per person per night please pay to the farmer who will be around early Saturday morning.

The Vanyol Arms is a great pub with great food and drink and it is just across the road from the campsite.

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North Devon
29 Jun 2018 to 1 Jul 2018

After a couple of weekends in the mountains, it’s time to recapture the Cornwall vibe: another scenic campsite on a working farm, great sea cliff climbing, walks on the coastal path which starts near the campsite, and more cream teas.

We will be staying at Stoke Barton farm, a highly rated campsite, with good facilities and shop. http://www.westcountry-camping.uk/. Definitely options for Saturday campsite eating and barbecues.

Climbing is around Hartland peninsula; or a bit of a drive to Baggy Point. Walks - turn left or right- to Morwenstow or famous Clovelly. Even scope for doing some messing around in the sea..

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North Peak District aka South Pennines
13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

We'll be staying at the Well-i-Hole campsite in Greenfield. It's £8 per person per night for a 1-man tent.

For climbers, there are some excellent gritstone crags nearby, eg. Dovestones and Wimberry Rocks.

I'm sure the walkers among you will enjoy exploring this lovely part of the South Pennines. This site may help with planning/inspiration: https://www.hikideas.co.uk/walk-saddleworth.html

Fans of Last of the Summer Wine can visit nearby Holmfirth and have a nice cup of tea in Ivy's Cafe. Pensioners sliding down the hill in a bath cannot be guaranteed, however.

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Dartmoor
27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

I have it on good authority that Dartmoor is the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of "spectral hounds", and a large black dog, and during the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, it was visited by the Devil. For this reason we will be camping at Princetown, whose own motley inhabitants are securely locked up, whilst we can enjoy the facilities of the Plume of Feathers Pub http://theplumeoffeathersdartmoor.co.uk/

In fact we are staying in the pub garden! They even do breakfast if you are organised enough to ask for it when you arrive, which should be before the pub shuts on Friday, it being (hopefully) a fairly quick nip down the motorway after work… (relatively of course)

Although Dartmoor is often passed over by those rushing to the granite of the Cornish sea cliffs, there’s some granite here too: https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/destinations/dartmoor-8950

Also some great walking – especially if you are into stones: check out the stone circles or the lost bits of London Bridge http://www.cabbieblog.com/lost-bits-of-london-bridge/

It is also the only place where local common law allows you to wild camp in an English National Park (see the National Park interactive wild camping map http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/about-us-maps/new-camping-map). Please respect the byelaws.

In fact I will already be doing just this with a few other hoppers, and if you want to join us on Saturday night let me know when you sign up and I’ll provide details for meeting up: we will be some where round Evil Combe or Dead Man’s Bottom! But make sure you sort out your return lifts with your drivers or you may be there longer than you planned… and I haven’t even mentioned the Beast yet: its probably just a big pussy cat… but who knows, when the pixies are about.

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Tremadog, Snowdonia
10 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

A famous cragging location, Tremadog is also conveniently situated for the Snowdonia Mountains and the lovely Welsh coast so is good for walkers and climbers alike.

UKC reviews it here:
https://tinyurl.com/ydzykato

Classic easy-ish climbs include:
- Christmas curry
- One step in the clouds
- Scratch arrest hvs
- Olympic slab
- Poor mans pertere (start by tree route).
- Bramble buttress
- Craig do wall (above hospital)

If you've not been to Port Merion (location for the 1960s cult classic series The Prisoner), then I highly recommend a visit, perhaps as part of a longer walk around the estuary.

We will be staying at Eric's Cafe and Camping:

http://www.ericjones-tremadog.co.uk/

So you'll be literally meters away from a famous bacon sandwich. Other food and beer options seem to abound too. There is a fire pit available to us so if the weather is nice a BBQ and log fire is definitely on the cards.

Note: Pay me, rather than the campsite for the accommodation.

See you there!

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Ireland - Macgillycuddy’s Reeks/Dingle Peninsular
23 Aug 2018 to 28 Aug 2018

We are going to MaGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s premier range of mountains, home to its four highest summits, and a further seven tops in excess of 3000 feet (914 metres). It's a compact range, so it is possible to traverse the main ridge in one long day (probably fairly similar to the traverse of the Mamores in Scotland), but it is probably best divided down into more manageable sections. The western end of the range has the highest mountains, which can be linked by an impressive horseshoe walk which involves a little easy scrambling. The eastern end is defined by the impressive Gap of Dunloe, and the lower mountains to the east of this feature have excellent views over Killarney National Park with its fine lakes and rivers.

An alternative walking venue is the Dingle Peninsula, which has slightly lower, grassier, and more rounded range of mountains along its spine, but is still home to Ireland’s only 3000 foot mountain outside the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Access to these mountains is quicker and less effort, thanks to a couple of high road passes which save a lot of slogging uphill! In addition there are beautiful coastal walks and fine beaches in this area. Its about an hour’s drive from Killarney.

Please book as soon as possible. This is very much in your interest, as the cost of flights and hire cars will only increase. I also won’t be booking a campsite until I have an idea of how many people are attending the trip - so the sooner you book the better the campsite is likely to be.

Book through the website. In order to group members together in hire cars from the airport we will need to know your preferred arrival airport, and the date and time of your flight. Please use the Leaving Place/Time fields for this, and add a comment if you are prepared to be flexible. You will also need to use the comments for your preferred return date and flight time. If you are prepared to hire a car please say so - once we have four people who intend travelling to/from the same airport then they can organise themselves into a car and book their flights. The sooner you book, the easier this process will be.

If you are travelling independently either before or after the trip (so you don’t need a car to or from the airport) then again please say so. Communication is good - it helps to avoid confusion!! Please don’t assume other people attending the trip can mind read.

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Hope Valley, Peak District
7 Sep 2018 to 9 Sep 2018

Dark or light?

I think Dark! We will be going to the wonderful Hope Valley, with the infamous Stanage Edge.

Situated north of Hathersage, Stanage Edge is a popular place for walkers and for rock climbing with stunning views of the Dark Peak moorlands and the Hope Valley. The gritstone edge stretches for approximately 4 miles and offers trad climbing for all grades. Don't forget the many other famous crags in the area as well; Burbage, Bamford, Dovestone Tor, Froggatt and many more. For more serious walkers, Kinder Scout and Edale are also nearby for some spectacular hiking views.

We will be staying at Hardhurst Farm Campsite in Hope which has its own cafe onsite for a hearty breakfast and located right next to the Travellers Rest pub for that well earned pint at the end of the day.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/listings/info.php?id=96&t=stay

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Peak District navigation training
7 Sep 2018 to 9 Sep 2018

We've hired an instructor to provide 2 days of navigation training - learn how to use a map and compass, read the terrain and weather conditions, and much more.

Upon successful completion of the course you'll receive the NNAS Silver award. More info: https://nnas.org.uk/national-navigation-award-scheme/silver-national-navigation-award/

Rockhoppers will subsidise the course; the total cost to you is dependent on how many people sign up, but will be no more than £50.

Camping will be at Hardhurst Farm with everyone who signs up for the standard meet this weekend.

Sign up here if you want to come; payment will be collected nearer the time, and I'll also add your details to the main meet page so that you can sort out lifts etc.

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Volunteering weekend - Snowdonia
21 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018

It's that time again when Rockhoppers give something back to the great outdoors. Once again we've teamed up with The Snowdonia Society to volunteer at their annual Make A Difference festival in Beddgelert. We'll be fixing up the environment with path building and rhododendron bashing together with other groups at the National Trust's own private campsite. And... there's a free barbecue and entertainment too!

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Bosherton, South Pembroke
28 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

The annual Pembroke trip is to the south side this year, camping at Bosherton. This is one of the finest climbing areas in the uk with sharp limestone cliffs rising over 50m from the sea. Mid grade classics include Sea Mist (HS), Myola (HS), Blue Sky (VS), Riders on the Storm (HVS) and Army Dreamers (HVS). The Saddle Head area is suitable for low grade climbers but needs an abseil or mild scramble to get to it.

For walkers the Bosherton lilly ponds are adjacent to the campsite and fine coastal walks with beaches extend in both directions. This is also often a good trip for seeing sealife. Various watersports are also available in the wider Pembrokshire area.

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Wye Valley
5 Oct 2018 to 7 Oct 2018

We’re going to the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty with great walking, challenging climbing, and even kayaking.

We’ll be staying at Beeches Farm Campsite, which has direct access to Offa’s Dyke, views across the the Wye Valley and isn’t far from the Forest of Dean. It will be £8 per person per night or £6 if you don’t come in a car. There are fire pits on the site, with wood available to buy. The pub is a 20 minutes walk away, although apparently a longer walk on the way back as the site is on a steep hill (challenge?!).

It should be a fab weekend, there’s lots to do and a really lovely part of the country.

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Swanage, Dorset
19 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018

Located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast Swanage has something for everyone. The nearby limestone cliffs offer both trad and sport routes at stunning coastal locations such as the bolted quarries at Dancing Ledge and Winspit, and the gentler trad sectors such as Subluminal and Cattle Troughs. Walkers have the Isle of Purbeck, Studland Bay and Poole Harbour on their doorstep. To top it off the local pub manages to combine scrumpy cider, taxidermy and its own fossil museum to provide a great place to recover from all that exercise!

This is a camping trip and we will be staying at Tom’s Field: www.tomsfieldcamping.co.uk. Rates around £7 pppn which is directly to the farmer.

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Annual Dinner - Pembrokeshire
2 Nov 2018 to 4 Nov 2018

Our annual gathering comes round again!

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, 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.

We’ll be staying within the National Trust’s Stackpole Nature Reserve with miles of footpaths and nearby access to the Pembrokeshire coastal path. Within a stone's throw there’s the dramatic Stackpole Quay, stunning Barafundle Bay for a swim and Freshwater East if you fancy a surf.

For climbers if it’s warm and dry it's is one of the finest climbing areas with limestone cliffs rising over 50m from the sea. Stackpole Head's mid grade routes include Diedre Sud (HS), The Curver (VS), Blowin’ in the Wind (HVS) and Heart of Darkness (HVS). A little further south west the Saddle Head area is suitable for low grade climbers but needs an abseil or mild scramble to get to it. So plenty for everyone.

Look forward to seeing many of you there!

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Chapel-le-Dale, Yorkshire Dales
16 Nov 2018 to 18 Nov 2018

Yorkshire. Home of Geoffrey Boycott, Rhubarb, Sticky Parkin, freedom itself? And some darn fine hills. 

We will be staying in what no doubt will be a stereotypically picturesque Dales hamlet, excellently situated for the hills and with its own pub The Old Hill Inn. Our accommodation is the Old school bunk house:

https://www.oldschoolbunkhouse.co.uk/

It's so well situated that the route of the Yorkshire three peaks challenge runs through our village. So why not have a go. I’m going to run it, who’s with me? Other walks available!

Key summits to bag, singly or all together will be:
- Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres)
- Whernside (736 metres)
- Ingleborough (723 metres)

But it doesn’t stop. There is actual fun too - like caves and goats.  

http://www.oldenglishgoats.org.uk/

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Newlands Valley, Lake District
30 Nov 2018 to 2 Dec 2018

Explore the quiet Newlands Valley from Stair Cottage. The valley is regarded as one of the most picturesque and quiet valleys in the Lake District National Park.

The cottage makes an excellent base providing a huge variety of walking routes including low level valley walks, ridge walks and fell walks such as Causey Pike, Barrow, Robinson, Hindscarth, Catbells, Maiden Moor and Dale Head.

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Christmas Feast of Fun - 5 December
5 Dec 2018 to 6 Dec 2018

In association with Mike's Table, a social enterprise run by long-time member and former President Louise Holstein. £30 gets you a slap-up three-course meal and funds the same restaurant experience for someone else, for free.

Please state any dietary requirements in the comments box when booking.

Ignore the travel boxes - we assume you will all find your own way there!

Booking closes on 21 November.

Date: Wednesday 5 December, 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Address: Refottorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s, 51 Philbeach Gardens, London, SW5 9EB
Directions: Closest tube station is Earl’s Court

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

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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
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)

Accommodation:
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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New Year - Braemar
27 Dec 2019 to 2 Jan 2020

This year's New Year trip is going to Braemar, in the Cairngorms.

Braemar sits right in the heart of the mountains, and walking options range from short days in the relatively accessible hills around the Devil's Elbow pass to long hard walks out to remote peaks in the subarctic wilderness of the Cairngorm plateau. Depending on conditions, there might also be opportunities for skiing at Glenshee, winter climbing at Lochnagar and beyond, or even a round of golf at Scoland's highest 18-hole course!

The New Year trip is also a great social occasion - in the past, we've filled in the long evenings with everything from impromptu ceilidhs to big dinners, dubiously legal fireworks to demonstrably unsafe party games. I think this is going to be my tenth New Year trip, and all of them so far have been memorable experiences.

We've got Braemar Youth Hostel booked for exclusive use from the 27th of December to the 2nd of January.

Visit the forum for more travel info: https://www.rockhoppers.org.uk/forums/categories/2/forums/30/topics/3352

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Dartmoor
10 Jan 2020 to 12 Jan 2020

Staying at Dewerstone Cottage, situated in the heart of the Dewerstone National Trust Estate.

If the weather is kind it is ideal for those who wish to climb as the Dewerstone, a fantastic climbing venue but also a lovely spot to walk, either through the estate or onto Dartmoor. We are also close to the wild camping areas of the National Park.

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Snowdonia
24 Jan 2020 to 26 Jan 2020

Staying at the Pinnacle Club's Emily Kelly Hut in Nant Gwynant below Snowdon (GR SH 653541).
https://pinnacleclub.co.uk/club-hut/
This puts us right on the lower southern slopes of Snowdon itself, perfectly placed for a winter round of the horseshoe.

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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 initimate Shepherd's Crook Bunkhouse, which we have on an exclusive basis.
https://www.noranbankfarm.co.uk/shepherd-s-crook-bunkhouse.
Once that hut is full on a first come first served basis we have a further 8 places reserved in the Agnes Spencer Hut belonging to the Cleveland MC down the road.
https://www.sakmc.org/venues/huts/19-agnes-spencer-memorial-hut

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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 bunkhouse, plus 3 more easily accessible by bus or car: as is the winter climbing on Ben Nevis and Creag Megaidh, skiing in the Nevis Range and even the Cairngorms and Glen Coe 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
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 and electricity 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
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
20 Mar 2020 to 22 Mar 2020

Ever climbed the Bowderstone in Borrowdale? Well here's your chance as we are staying 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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Easter - Trossachs
10 Apr 2020 to 13 Apr 2020

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

As Easter is not too early this year, we'll be camping, but like last time, this campsite also offers 4-bed cabin pods for those who would like a bit more comfort. Please book a cabin pod spot below if interested and I'll gather folks together in pods. PLEASE BOOK POD SPACES EARLY TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY.

For those using public transport, it's a short ride from Ardlui station (Citylink bus 914/915)

Location: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/56.33174,-4.72068,17/pin
Cabin pods: https://www.beinglascampsite.co.uk/camping-cabins.php

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