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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.

Camping


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

Tramp up Snowdon with our woad on: never mind if we get rained or blowed on

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North Devon
29 Jun 2018 to 1 Jul 2018

Staying at Stoke Barton Farm.

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Chew Valley, North Peak District
13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

Time to climb the Western grit for a change! Some lovely walking on and around Saddleworth Moor too.

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

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Dartmoor
27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Once again we will be splitting the trip in two. As well as the usual campsite based climbing trip to the tors, we will be putting together a backpacking itinerary, the National Park being the only place in the UK outside Scotland that legally permits wild-camping.

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Tremadog, Snowdonia
10 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

No doubt including a visit to Eric's cafe

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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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Peak District
7 Sep 2018 to 9 Sep 2018

Dark or light?

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Volunteering weekend - Snowdonia
21 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018

Details TBC

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Bosherton, South Pembroke
28 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

Arguably the best climbing in the UK!

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Wye Valley
5 Oct 2018 to 7 Oct 2018

Wintours Leap area

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Swanage, Dorset
19 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018

The beautiful Isle of Purbeck

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