Meets

*COVID - 19 UPDATE* Meets are back on from the 11th June - please check below for details of our upcoming trips. We are still looking for trip stewards, so do volunteer if you can help coordinate a meet. See you on the campsites, hills and crags very soon!

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.

To subscribe to the meets calendar on your PC or smartphone, copy-paste this link. NOTE: subscribe rather than downloading or it won't update automatically. https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/webmasterrockhoppers%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

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

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

Snowdonia - Capel Curig
25 Jun 2021 to 27 Jun 2021

** PLEASE NOTE ** Due to the current COVID-19 guidance for Wales, car sharing is not recommended on this trip except for those in the same extended household or support bubble. Driving solo or taking public transport are still permitted :)

https://gov.wales/restrictions-7-june-2021-frequently-asked-questions#section-67271

Described by "Visit Conwy" as "the small mountain village with the big reputation".
Perhaps you'll tackle the nearby Carneddau or Glyders, or go big and attempt the Welsh 3,000s...

We will be staying at the Garth Farm Campsite in Betws-y-Coed.

Public Transport:
Euston to Llandudno Junction (with change at Crewe or Warrington Quay) https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/
Llandudno Junction to Betws- y-coed https://tfwrail.wales/ (6 trains a day) (all trains approx. 6 hours)
Bus S2 Betws-y-coed to Lugwy terrace https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Residents/Parking-roads-and-travel/Travel-passes/Snowdon-Sherpa.aspx

Covid-19 Requirement:
This campsite does not utilise the official Track & Trace app - the attendee list will be retained by RMC. Please ensure that your contact details are up-to-date and do not attend the meet if you or a member of your household has symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid.

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North Devon - Croyde
9 Jul 2021 to 11 Jul 2021

Another chance to climb and walk on the sea cliffs of the south-west whilst eating ice-cream. Surf will probably be up as well!

We will be staying at the Cherry Tree Farm Campsite. Price is £14 / person / night - a minimum of three nights must be booked, which means you can leave your tent up until you leave on the Sunday. Each trip attendee must book and pay for their place on the campsite website in advance.
https://www.cherrytreecampingcroyde.co.uk/

Public Transport:
Paddington to Exeter St David’s (2 hours, 8 mins) https://www.gwr.com/
Exeter St David’s to Barnstaple https://www.gwr.com
12 minute walk to bus stand G (also stops at train station) 21A/21 42 to 36 minutes http://www.stagecoachbus.co/regional-help-and-contact/southwest
Sunday – two hourly bus services from Croyde Ruda

Covid-19 Requirement:
This campsite requires members to register their attendance on the campsite website. You are required to register your attendance on this meets page, too. The guidance on car sharing has been updated and is currently permitted for groups of no more than 6 people. Further information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles

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Peak District - The White Peak
23 Jul 2021 to 25 Jul 2021

The southern peak district is known as the White Peak, as opposed to the Dark Peak to the north. It is home to the Derbyshire Dales. People have been walking and climbing in the Dales for thousands of years.

We will be staying at the Parkhouse Campsite. The cost is £16 for the weekend, payable on arrival (or to the trip steward if arriving after 10pm).

Public Transport:
London St Pancras International to Derby https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk (1 h 24 mins)Derby to Matlock https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk (34 minutes)
Walk to interchange stand 1 Derwent way, Matlock,
Transpeak bus to Ashford in the water (29 mins) http://www.highpeakbuses.com
Walk via hillcross/ashford lane B6465 (21 minutes)

Covid-19 Requirement:
You are required to use the NHS Track & Trace app for this trip. The guidance on car sharing remains the same and is currently permitted for groups of no more than 6 people. Further information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles. Please do not attend the meet if you or a member of your household has symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid.

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Lake District - Eskdale
30 Jul 2021 to 1 Aug 2021

Another chance to bag Scafell Pike, this time from the south. Plenty of crags and supposedly the "best bouldering in the Lakes" at Fisherground.

We will be staying at the Fisherground Campsite.
www.fishergroundcampsite.co.uk.
PLEASE NOTE: This trip will close for bookings on 23RD JULY. This is so that we can inform the campsite of numbers.

Public Transport:
London Euston to Lancaster (2 hours 45 mins) https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/
Lancaster to Barrow in Furness (1 hour, 1 minute) https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/
Barrow in Furness to Ravenglass (45 minutes)
https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/
Ravenglass to eskdale rail way
https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

Covid-19 Requirement:
This campsite requires the names and telephone numbers of all attendees, which will be provided by RMC. Please make sure your contact details are up-to-date and do not attend the meet if you or a member of your household has symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid.

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Peak District - The Roaches
6 Aug 2021 to 8 Aug 2021

Classic climbing on the Roaches gritstone escarpment on the Staffordshire (i.e. oatcake) side of the Peak District. Walkers can make a visit to the mysterious chasm of Ludd's Church.

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Yorkshire - Ilkley
13 Aug 2021 to 15 Aug 2021

Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane
Tha's bahn' to catch thy deeath o' cowd
Then us'll ha' to bury thee
Then t'worms'll come an' eyt thee oop
Then t'ducks'll come an' eyt up t'worms
Then us'll go an' eyt up t'ducks
Then us'll all ha' etten thee
That's wheear we get us ooan back.

We will be staying at Clarion Lodge Campsite:
https://www.clarionlodgecampsite.co.uk/

Price: £21 / person / weekend.

Covid-19 Info: Rockhoppers Mountaineering Club will collect and names & telephone numbers and transfer to the campsite. Details will be held by the campsite for 21 days.

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SW Wales - Gower - TBC
26 Aug 2021 to 30 Aug 2021

More bank-holiday fun on the beaches and cliffs of the Gower Peninsular. Get to Swansea and keep going and you'll reach the Worm's Head. Soak up the Gower Power.

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Snowdonia - MAD volunteering
10 Sep 2021 to 12 Sep 2021

MAD: Make A Difference. A weekend of giving something back. An activity packed weekend of conservation activities across Snowdonia, based at the National Trust Estate of Craflwyn near Beddgelert. In the past we have bashed rhododendrons, collected litter in canoes, counted newts... and lets not forget the live music and bbq!

Pre-registration required with the Snowdonia Society: full details to follow.

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Lundy
18 Sep 2021 to 25 Sep 2021

Joint trip with the Pinnacle Club.

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 serious 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). VS climbers and above will find plenty of quality routes to do; there's also enough, though few classic routes, for those leading lower grades - with the exception of the Devils Slide, a 5-pitch HS slab.

If you don't know the meet organiser, please summarise your climbing experience when emailing.

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 £210 per person for the week including accommodation and return boat trip from Ilfracombe/Barnstaple. Boat departs at ~10am Sat 18th and returns at ~6pm Sat 25th so you may need to travel to Devon the night of the 17th and prepare for a late return.

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

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Wye Valley
24 Sep 2021 to 26 Sep 2021

Climbing and walking in the wooded Wye Valley. We will be camping at the beautiful Beeches Farm with its stunning views over the valley and by then they should have got the windows back in the Brockweir Inn at the bottom of the hill.

We will be staying at an old favourite, the Beeches Farm Campsite. Price is £10 / person / night.
PLEASE NOTE: This trip will close for bookings on 17TH SEPTEMBER. This is so that we can inform the campsite of numbers.

Public Transport:
London Paddington to Newport ( 1 hour 38 minutes)
https://www.gwr.com/
Newport to Chepstow (21 mins)
https://tfwrail.wales/homepage
Walk to Tesco grounds (3 mins) bus stop
Take 707 to B4228 by St Michael & all angels Church Tidenham Chase
Forest community transport http://www.lydneydialaride.co.uk/mywebsite_003.htm
Please check Sunday services

Covid-19 Requirement:
This campsite utilises the NHS Track & Trace app, but also requires the names and contact details of all attendees prior to arrival. Please do not attend the meet if you or a member of your household has symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid.

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Dorset - Portland
1 Oct 2021 to 3 Oct 2021

Coastal climbing and walking on the Isle of Portland (no boats required). Portland Bill was not a pirate, but he should've been.

We will be staying at the Weymouth Camping & Caravan Park. Price £12 / tent / night (£18 for a 2-person tent).
www.weymouthcampingandcaravanpark.co.uk

Public Transport:
Waterloo to Weymouth https://www.southwesternrailway.com/
Weymouth Kings statue to Wyke smugglers (No.1)
https://www.firstbus.co.uk/wessex-dorset-south-somerset/plan-journey/timetables/?operator=7&page=1&redirect=no

Covid-19 Requirement:
This campsite does not utilise the NHS Track & Trace app- the attendee list will be retained by RMC. Please do not attend the meet if you or a member of your household has symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid.

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Brecon Beacons - Black Mountains - TBC
15 Oct 2021 to 17 Oct 2021

At the far west end of the Brecon Beacons can be found the Black Mountains. Do not confuse them with the Black Mountain which is at the east end of the Brecon Beacons.

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Dartmoor - Princetown
29 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Postponed from last year's calendar, 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. Wild moorland walking and climbing on the Tors. Can you find the partially completed corbels once intended for London Bridge, left abandoned on King's Tor?

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Yorkshire Dales - Helwith Bridge
26 Nov 2021 to 28 Nov 2021

We should have been staying here a year ago! The Schoolhouse in Helwith Bridge is headquarters of the Yorkshire Subterranean Society: anyone up for some underground adventures. Also handy for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge as its just down the road from Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Horton is on the scenic Settle to Carlisle Line so this could be done by train.

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Snowdonia - Cwm Eigiau
10 Dec 2021 to 12 Dec 2021

Cwm Eigiau is "Bowl of the Shoals". A welcome return to Cwm Eigiau Cottage, a homely but very basic mountain hut remotely situated on the slopes of Carnedd Llewelyn, the second highest of Snowdonia's summits after Snowdon itself. We usually meet wild ponies. Now has anyone told you about the loo...?

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

By popular request 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. Further details will be available in due course.

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Exmoor - Countisbury
21 Jan 2022 to 23 Jan 2022

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

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

Time to blow away those New Year cobwebs!

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

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

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

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

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Snowdonia - Ogwen Valley
4 Mar 2022 to 6 Mar 2022

Postponed from 2021, Caseg Fraith is a well endowed club hut at the foot of Tryfan. Could be we have snow? What is for sure are big mountain days in this classic venue. The hut has a wonderfully cosy Alpine style snug with open fire for drying out. But who knows, it could be sunny and dry in which case there's the possibility of some climbing.

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Dark Peak - Bamford
1 Apr 2022 to 3 Apr 2022

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

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