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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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.

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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).

Getting to the Emily Kelly Hut:
From the Pen y Gwryd pub, drive downhill for about five minutes (towards Beddgelert) and take the first turning on the right, which is a sharp turn into the Llyn Gwynant campsite (if you reach the lake, you have gone a bit too far). Don’t go into the campsite, but drive all the way along the road (heading back on yourself, but in the valley bottom), until you reach a farmhouse with a cattle grid. Carry on through the gate and then take the steep, rough track left down the hill towards a power station (which looks like a church) at the foot of the black pipeline. Hut users have permission to park at the bottom inside the big gates. On the opposite side of the car park to the big gates, there is a little gate and a narrow, stone bridge across the stream. Cross the stream and bear right up the grass track to the hut (1-2 minutes walk).

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Lake District
7 Feb 2020 to 9 Feb 2020

Highlight: a visit to Tebay Services

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Howgills
21 Feb 2020 to 23 Feb 2020

Another visit to Tebay!

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Snowdonia
6 Mar 2020 to 8 Mar 2020

Off to Llanberis, staying at the Karabiner Hut, Ty Powdr.

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Lake District
20 Mar 2020 to 22 Mar 2020

Another trip to Tebay! Te-yay!

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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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