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

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

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

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

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

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

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Easter - Trossachs
9 Apr 2020 to 13 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Northumberland - Bamburgh
7 May 2020 to 10 May 2020

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

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Cornwall - Treen
22 May 2020 to 25 May 2020

Traditional May Bank holiday epic adventure.

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Snowdonia
12 Jun 2020 to 14 Jun 2020

Exact location - TBC

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Gower-Oxwich
26 Jun 2020 to 28 Jun 2020

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

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Lake District - Eskdale
10 Jul 2020 to 12 Jul 2020

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

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

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

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North Devon
31 Jul 2020 to 2 Aug 2020

tbc

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South Wales sport climbing
14 Aug 2020 to 16 Aug 2020

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

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North Pembroke
28 Aug 2020 to 31 Aug 2020

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

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Austria - Montafon
29 Aug 2020 to 6 Sep 2020

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

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Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale
4 Sep 2020 to 6 Sep 2020

Keld or thereabouts

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

it's our time to give back to the nature again.
Join the Snowdonia Society for an action-packed weekend of volunteer activities across Snowdonia with camping, music and food on the Craflwyn Estate, Beddgelert.

In order to sign up you will also need to register with the Snowdonia Society, which will secure you a place on the campsite: more details here:
https://www.snowdonia-society.org.uk/save-the-date-mad-weekend-2020-confirmed/

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Lake District
25 Sep 2020 to 27 Sep 2020

Camping at Turner Hall farm in the Duddon Valley.

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Wye Valley
9 Oct 2020 to 11 Oct 2020

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

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North Pennines
23 Oct 2020 to 25 Oct 2020

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

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Dartmoor
30 Oct 2020 to 1 Nov 2020

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

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Annual Dinner
13 Nov 2020 to 15 Nov 2020

Location TBC

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

Staying in the Yorkshire Subterranean Society Schoolhouse, Helwith Bridge: anyone up for some underground adventures. Also handy for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.

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Snowdonia - Cwm Eigiau
11 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

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

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Scotland New Year - Aviemore
28 Dec 2020 to 2 Jan 2021

The only way to spend New year: we will be staying at SYHA Aviemore. We have a block booking for 5 nights from 28 December, but it will also be possible to arrive on the 27 December and to stay on later for those that wish to.

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Exmoor - Lynmouth
15 Jan 2021 to 17 Jan 2021

Based in the National Trust's 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!

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Lundy
18 Sep 2021 to 25 Sep 2021

An epic trip to the wild isle of Lundy, where there are no cars, phone signal or WiFi - but there is a great shop, a great pub, some amazing climbing and some beautiful wildlife and scenery.

Climbing on Lundy is very seriou so please only sign up for this trip if you are experienced in sea cliff and multipitch climbing and abseiling (or find someone ahead of time who is experienced and is willing to climb with you for the whole week). If you don't know the meet organiser, please summarise your climbing experience when booking.

Walkers won't find much of sustained interest since the island is only about 3 miles long and half a mile wide, but it's a brilliant place to just come and chill out. Photographers will love it. Scuba diving and sea kayaking are doable if you bring your own kit or sort out something with an external provider.

We'll be staying at the Barn, a fairly civilised bunkhouse, so communal meals or pub dinners are an option. https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book/properties/the-barn-4891#Overview

The cost is £132 per person for the week plus approx £75 for the return boat trip from Ilfracombe/Barnstaple.

More on Lundy: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lundy

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Scotland New Year - Ratagan
27 Dec 2021 to 2 Jan 2022

Yes, believe it or not we already have New Year 2021-22 booked. By popular demand we have secured SYHA Ratagan on an exclusive basis. On the banks of Loch Duich and its otters and seals there are views over the nearby Five Sisters of Kintail.

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