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    Join us or a very special AAA London Group winter hiking and New Year Eve Party  3 nights trip  - all inclusive with home made hearty meals.

    This is a great opportunity to spend your time with friends you know and meet some new faces, being active and enjoying the Festive season.

    We organised this trip last year and everyone had great time. You may see the photos and reviews here.

    The Peak District has something for everyone. In the northern area you can roam on wild open moorland with magnificent views overlooking sites such as the Derwent Dams. Further south, stroll alongside sparkling rivers in wildlife-rich valleys far from the hustle and bustle of town.

    The Peak District National Park suffers from a split personality with its contrasting White and Dark Peaks. Within easy distance from Manchester, Sheffield and the Midlands there is much for the visitor to see. The contrast between quiet limestone dales and wild upland moors provides the basis for a diverse range of walks within this National Park with scenic variety the keynote.

    This time will be based and hiking in  Dark Peaks.

    Being there in a middle of winter gives us a high chance of challenging weather conditions, very likely snow on the ground and some frost.

    The hiking will be very tough and the routes will depend on the weather a lot. This is why we can not promise you any particular routes now but on a day, taking the latest weather broadcast into consideration.

    Once we had to reschedule our winter hiking trip, based in this hostel, due to plenty of snow on the ground, the roads were not accessible!

    Hiking in snowy conditions can be very rewarding a great fun but demands good equipment and fitness level!

    You can be caught in snow storm and must be ready for that!

    Keeping warm in Penguin style, during a "lunch break" Brecon Beacons 2012.

    Caught in snow storm in Brecon Beacons 2012.

    Designated Britain's first National Park in 1951, the area has two distinct landscapes. In the south are the gently rolling hills of the limestone White Peak.

    To the north, west and east are the wild, heather-clad moorlands of the Dark Peak peat bogs, superimposed on millstone grit. Predominantly in Derbyshire, parts of the national Park also extend into the neighbouring counties of Staffordshire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

    THE DARK PEAK - a complex area of high land best studied in four distinct areas. Although the underlying gritstone is hard and enduring, the thick layer of peat covering the area can be energy sapping. After heavy rain paths can be waterlogged, requiring frequent diversions into banks of drier heather. The best time for walking is either at the end of dry spell in summer or after a heavy frost in winter.

    The breathtaking views span in every direction as far as the eye can see, whilst a climb to the top of one of the hills gets the heart pounding and really makes you feel alive. Alternatively, a stroll around one of the beautiful nearby reservoirs is a pleasant way to spend a day.

    The Edale Valley - the most popular area in the Dark Peak for walkers, it contains the Kinder Plateau to the north of Edale, and the Castleton Ridge to the south of the valley. The village of Edale is the southern terminus of the Pennine Way and is a perfect base for walks in this area. The Kinder plateau is exactly what its name suggests - an area of flat land around 2000 feet above sea level with up to 12 feet of peat covering the gritstone. Almost all the way around the plateau the underlying gritstone outcrops forming "edges" that provide excellent walking and brilliant views down into the surrounding valleys. One superb place to rest awhile is the Kinder Downfall - a waterfall that plunges over the edge. Exposed to the westerly winds, there are days when the water goes up rather than down! 

    The Castleton Ridge includes Mam Tor and is another area where massive landslides have left their mark - to the point of closing the main road into Castleton from Chapel-en-le-Frith.

    On top of Mam Tor with AAA LG a few years ago.

    There are plenty of things to do here: hiking, caving, sightseeing.


    Take an incredible

    Underground Journey by Boat

    Enter the inner world of the underground cave system in the heart of the Peak District National Park and absorb the atmosphere as a watery silence echoes all around you.

    Set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton, Speedwell Cavern takes you on an incredible underground boat journey.

    Descend the 105 steps from the almost hidden cave entrance to the landing stage of an underground canal where you step on to your tour guides’ boat.

    From here you glide quietly through the workings of a 200 year old lead mine. Picture in your mind what it must have been like to carve out these tunnels using only the most primitive tools as your guide recounts the story of the mine which opens into a network of natural caverns and underground rivers.

     Castleton is an outstandingly pretty village situated at the head of the lovely Vale of Hope, in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.

    On a hill, overlooking Castleton, is the ancient Peveril Castle. Hiking there with AAA LG a few years ago.

    There are  4 underground show caves, all worth a visit, for their own interesting features. These are Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Peak Cavern.

    Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff contain the treasured, pretty blue and yellow fluorspar called Blue John. It was first mined at Treak Cliff and by 1770, 16 mines were extracting the stone and selling it to several firms in Derbyshire who turned it into ornaments, vases, clocks and jewellry. Blue John is only found in this area of Britain, andsmall pieces of the mineral are still plentiful, large pieces are now rare.

    Peak Cavern, also known as the Devil's Arse (called so because of the flatulent-sounding noises from inside the cave), is the source of the village river, Peakshole Water and as such it is the only Cavern that has to be closed during the winter due to flooding. In the mouth of the cave, the largest in Britain, rope makers use to live and work. Their cottages have been demolished but 'rope walks' are still to be found. The show cave is only part of a much larger cave system which attracts cavers from all over the world.

    Hiking with AAA LG in Brecon Beacons in 2012


    Details for the programme of events for a typical AAA weekend can be found via the links below.

    >>> Typical Weekend programme <<<


    There will be a minimum of two very capable hike leaders on this weekend, both with extensive navigational and leading experience and trained in wilderness first aid.

    The choice of hikes will differ in distance and toughness and we usually aim to have no more than 20 people per hike.  This ensures that the groups are not left waiting for long periods whilst the 40th person catches up.

    Usually you can expect the shorter of the hikes to be around 10 miles / 16km and the longer hike to be 16 miles / 25 km plus. This will vary according to the terrain and ascents.

    AAA choose not to repeat the same hikes from previous trips, we also choose not to publish our hikes in advance, although we usually plan them ahead of the weekend.  We will take into account our own local knowledge and that of the locals, along with the weather conditions, prior to announcing the hike options available.

    We are passionate about hiking and experienced navigators as such we don’t need to repeat the same hikes on the same weekends.


    We booked high quality hostel accommodation just for our group,

    with maximum ONLY 4 people in a room!

    There are some single and twin rooms for £50 per person extra, email to [masked] if you'd like to reserve them.


    AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking Meetup community.  We typically greet you with a warm soup supper with cold meats and bread on your arrival on Friday night topped off with a large homemade cake.

    You can enjoy Misha’s famous hearty porridge with fruits, nuts and honey both mornings topped off by a cooked breakfast, freshly brewed coffee and juice.  The perfect start for a days hiking, other cereals, breads and food are also available.

    We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair and we provide you with all the ingredients for you to make up your own sandwiches, so if you want to make your own peanut butter and banana sandwiches here’s your chance.  Fruit, crisps and biscuit snacks are also available. 

    After returning from your hike scones, jam and clotted cream are available with your afternoon tea.  However, some hikes might, if the opportunity arises for go the cream teas and pop into a local country pub before returning.

    Saturday dinner is a group event; members will help with some of the preparation whilst reflecting on the day’s scenery.  Dinner is usually served at 8 pm and includes a wide selection of salads with meat and a vegetarian dish.

    If you have any special diet requirements please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.

    You will need to bring your own alcoholic drinks in advance, as AAA are not licenced to sell alcohol.

    There is no need for additional expense or travel for a meal out at a local restaurant or pub.

    (AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else. )

    PRICE of £186 INCLUDES: 

    • 3 nights accommodation in rooms for 4  people

    • Friday night light supper,

    • 3 Cooked breakfasts,

    • 3 Packed lunches,

    • 3 Guided Hikes by experienced hike leaders

    • 2 Cream Tea

    • 2 Dinner on Saturday & Sunday

    . MIDNIGHT BUFFET on Dec.31

    • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.

    Price DOES NOT include:

    • Transport to the destination

    • Alcoholic drinks and other incidentals


    After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £186  to

    Account Name: AAA LG

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    Trip Itinerary


    4 pm onwards  arriving

    From 8 pm       light supper -  some vegetable soup, ham, cheese.

     AAA London Group "speciality" - home made banana cake , drinks (variety of tea, cocoa, coffee or your favourite ones if you have brought it with you .


    8-8:45 am   breakfast ( fresh brewed coffee, juice,  just made for you porridge with choices of toppings, cereals, yogurts, sausages, eggs, baked beans)

    8-8:45 am    making your own sandwiches for lunch from some food provided plus fruit, crisps, chocolates

    8:45 -9 am   tidy up a kitchen and a dinning room

    9:00 am    all equipped and ready to go gathering for hike briefing

    ( we usually have 2-3 hikes organised on the same day for you to choose from with different distance and pace to suite you according your fitness level, abilities and gear.) Hikes are led by experienced leaders/First Aiders.

    We can not tell you the hike routes until the morning on a day. All depends on the weather. Safety first!

    Hikes may vary from 10 to 15 miles, return at about 4 pm

    4-5 pm         Cream Tea time ,have some cookies, cakes with tea, coffee, favourite  drinks.

    8 pm            dinner



    8-8:45 am   breakfast ( fresh brewed coffee, juice,  just made for you porridge with choices of toppings, cereals, yogurts, sausages, eggs, baked beans)

    8-8:45 am    making your own sandwiches for lunch from some food provided plus fruit, crisps, chocolates

    8:45 -9 am   tidy up a kitchen and a dinning room

    9:00 am    all equipped and ready to go gathering for hike briefing

    Hikes may vary from 10 to 15 miles, return at about 4 pm

    4-5 pm         Cream Tea time ,have some cookies, cakes with tea, coffee, favourite  drinks.

    8 pm            dinner


    8-8:45 am         breakfast, making your packed lunch as on Saturday

    8:45 -9:30  am  tidy up a kitchen and a dinning room, pack your bags and put them in     cars, getting ready to go

    9:30 am            all equipped and ready to go gathering for hikes briefing

    10 am               leave hostel for shorter hikes for 6-9 miles

    2:30 - 3 pm       pop in the pub for a hot drink

    3:30 - 4 pm       leave for London

    AAA prides itself for great organisation but this itinerary is subject to change due to weather and other uncontrolled circumstances.

    Let the party start: Celebrating Maslenitsia with AAA LG in 2012

    Safety is always paramount with AAA London Group!

    All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly.

    If you have signed up to the event you acknowledge the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions.

    Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.

    The BMC: offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates.

    © AAA London Group Ltd 2016.

    Errors and Omissions Excepted

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    June 28

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