• JANUARY 17 - 22 - MADEIRA, ISLAND OF ETERNAL SPRING
    Join us in Madeira for an amazing hiking holiday and winter break! Madeira is often referred to as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ because of it's fabulous year round climate. This beautiful island in the Atlantic belongs to Portugal and was voted 'Europe's Leading Island Destination' at the World Travel Awards in 2016. Madeira is in fact closer to the African mainland than Europe and is enveloped in vibrant lilac jacarandas, fragrant bougainvillea, orchids and frangipani trees, creating a colourful, picture-perfect landscape. The island is also known for rugged natural attractions like rocky coves, towering mountains and beautiful beaches. All in all, Madeira is a perfect place for hiking as well as more relaxed exploration of the many lovely small villages and hidden bays. For an unforgettable hiking holiday we will base ourselves in a charming 3 star hotel right in Funchal’s city center and it’s a very good example of late nineteen sixties interior design, which confers it an identity and style of its own. Our location is perfect for accessing the very best hiking trails and enjoying the fun of being in this cosmopolitan capital, Funchal, sits high on a hillside on the coast, around a pretty bay of warm waters and cultural heritage. It has a real mix of old and new with modern boutiques, chic cafés and stylish seafood restaurants, whilst amidst the Old Town’s cobbled streets you’ll find colonial buildings and authentic tavernas where you can sample the local cuisine. Naturally our modern accommodation offers all the comforts you would expect like free Wi-Fi, cable TV and private en-site bathrooms. Each room is uniquely decorated. Other amenities include a vibrant restaurant where breakfast and other meals are served. The bar on the reception floor has a nice terrace, and a television where guests can watch Sports TV channels. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel. On the last floor there’s a swimming pool with a wonderful view over the bay and the surrounding mountains. Madeira also offers an abundance of superb hiking options and the networks of trails are endless. We could keep busy exploring for many, many weeks if only we had the time! This trip does not involve technical mountaineering but the hikes on the island can be quite challenging so you need to have a good level of hiking fitness. A head for heights is also necessary in the mountainous terrain. WHAT IS INCLUDED: 5 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel (twin rooms) in the heart of the city with views of the mountains. All breakfasts and 3 dinners. A generous amount of beer and wine with dinner! Airport transfers and taxi rides to and from the hikes. Swimming pool. Wifi connection. Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Packed lunches. Two dinners. We will eat out in Funchal to enjoy local cuisine in this charming town. Flights. The meeting point is at Funchal Airport on Thursday 17 January. You will return to the airport on Tuesday 22 January. Our recommended flights: • OUTBOUND - Thursday 17 January easyJet flight EZY8137 Departs - 14:05 London Gatwick Arrives - 18:00 Madeira Funchal • INBOUND - Tuesday 22 January easyJet flight EZY8136 Departs - 11:40 Madeira Funchal Arrives - 15:25 London Gatwick Flights are currently less than £155 return so it is best to book early! To confirm your place on this trip use internet banking. The account details are: Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS Sort Code:[masked] Account Number:[masked] Only payment secures your place. Your RSVP is not sufficient for us to hold a place for you. Please email [masked] as soon as you send payment so that we can confirm everything with you. Thanks. :) This trip is recommended for reasonably fit hikers with some previous mountain walking experience.

    Madeira Island

    Funchal · Madeira Island

    £449.00
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  • Yoga & Hiking Weekend in the Brecon Beacons National Park
    Set in the spectacular countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Buckland Hall is surrounded by mountains with vistas along the Usk Valley. Only 3 hours from central London by road or rail, 2 hours from Birmingham and 1 hour from Cardiff. From the days of Arthur, through a medieval prince of Wales to Lord Buckland, the site has been home for generations of families and hobbits (Buckland Hall was reportedly the inspiration for J R R Tolkien in choosing the childhood home for Frodo Baggins, when the author was in the area). Now its doors welcome you to experience the comfort and therapeutic qualities of this idyllic 4-star country mansion. In keeping with their health and environmental ethos, Buckland provide a wholly vegetarian menu guaranteed to be mouth-watering for everyone, even those less accustomed to vegetarian cuisine. Lunches and dinners are served at the table 'home-style' which enhances the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is a permanent tea station offering teas, coffees as well as a range of herbal teas. Also, fresh water from Buckland's own spring is freely available at all times, in fact, you will notice the difference as you bathe in it! After a wonderful day's hiking relax in the cosy library or main hall to enjoy good company and roaring log fires. The Brecon Beacons National Park contains some of the most beautiful and distinctive uplands in Britain with spectacular mountains, lakes, rivers and caves. The surrounding villages are perfect for historic exploration or quiet relaxation. This weekend is £225 per person and includes • 2 nights accommodation in shared twin rooms all of which are en-suite • 3 Alignment-based Flow Yoga classes - suitable for all levels including beginners • 2 guided hikes • All meals - vegetarian, home cooked, and organic *Transport costs are not included. Programme for the weekend: Friday Arrive from 5pm onwards 6.30pm Optional Yoga Class with Manel Rodrigues 7.30pm dinner Saturday 8am Yoga session 9.15am Breakfast 10.15am set off for the hike (with a picnic lunch) Arrive back around 4pm for time to relax 6pm Yoga 7.30pm dinner Sunday 8am Yoga session 9am Breakfast 9.30am Check out of rooms - facilities will be available to shower and change after the hike 10.15am Set off for a shorter hike 1pm Sunday lunch at Buckland Hall 3pm Depart For details on train times and fares to Abergavenney visit http://www.nationalra... (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/%3C/p%3E) ** All photos used have been taken by previous members and have been sourced from the photo albums on the Yoga Trails Meetup site. Join us and take some memories of your own! :-)

    Buckland Hall

    Bwlch, Brecon Beacons · Powys

  • APRIL 19 - 22 - EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK AND NORTH DEVON
    APRIL 19 - 22 - EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK AND MID DEVON * Best Western Tiverton Hotel * We have booked a delightful hotel on the edge of the market town of Tiverton in the heart of the beautiful mid-Devon region. Exmoor national park is nearby, so we will have plenty of hiking opportunities to explore the great outdoors during our stay. * Number of nights - 3. Cost - £244. ********************************* Join us for 3 nights at this lovely hotel right in the heart of the beautiful Devon! https://d2nuhorlnps36p.cloudfront.net/images/Hotels/best-western-tiverton-hotel-images-83757/rooms/tiverton-hotel-bedrooms-20-83757.jpg?sfvrsn=0 This comfortable hotel is perfectly located to explore the wonders of Exmoor National Park and the beauty of rural Devon. Much loved by walkers this is an area with delightful scenery and great hikes along clear rivers, open moorland and pretty rural villages. Devon is well known for its rural landscapes and wonderful range of hiking opportunities to suit all tastes and abilities. Don't miss this fabulous Easter break! :D ********************************* PRICE INCLUDES: * 3 nights hotel accommodation in double occupancy rooms. Private rooms are also available (single occupancy supplement charge applies). * 3 breakfasts. * 3 delicious three-course evening meals. * A choice of guided hikes. Our leaders are Mountain Leader http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader (MLTE) trained and qualified first aiders. * Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992. Amazing value!!! :D PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: * Transport expenses. * Lunches (we can purchase packed lunches locally). * Single occupancy supplement - £64.50 extra for a private room. ********************************* To confirm your place on this trip please use internet banking. The account details are: Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS Sort Code:[masked] Account Number:[masked] Only payment secures your place. Your RSVP is not sufficient for us to hold a bed for you. Please email [masked] as soon as you send payment so that we can confirm everything with you. :) ********************************* https://d2nuhorlnps36p.cloudfront.net/images/Hotels/best-western-tiverton-hotel-images-83757/rooms/tiverton-hotel-bedrooms-27-83757.jpg?sfvrsn=0 IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in. We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx .

    Needs a location

    £244.00
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  • MAY 24 - 27 (LATE MAY BANK HOLIDAY) - THE VALE OF LLANGOLLEN - NORTH WALES
    MAY 24 - 27 (LATE MAY BANK HOLIDAY) - THE VALE OF LLANGOLLEN - NORTH WALES Delightful 3-star* accommodation right in the charming town of Llangollen and overlooking the River Dee. Number of beds - 42. Number of nights - 3. Cost - £219. Nestled in the scenic and outstandingly beautiful countryside of the Vale of Llangollen is one of the most charming towns of North Wales. Surrounded by green hills and perched above the rapids of the winding River Dee, Llangollen is perfectly situated for some superb hiking. This broad rift valley is also the location of very many natural features and historical treasures. The Shropshire Union Canal traverses the steep hills and is certainly amongst the most brilliant of Thomas Telford's greatest engineering feats. The famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is part of a UNESCO World Hertage Site and is a true marvel at over 1000 feet long! There are monuments from ancient history too with the Iron Age hill fort of Castell Dinas Bran overlooking the romantic ruins of the medieval Valle Crucis Abbey. We can walk straight from our accommodation to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the wonder of the local history. The delightful Hand Hotel stands above a beautiful stretch of the river Dee close to the centre of the pretty market town of Llangollen. With its stunning riverside garden, old world charm, ample free parking and idyllic surrounding countryside, we have the perfect accommodation from which to enjoy a superb hiking holiday. After a wonderful day's hiking relax at the hotel bar or stroll down to one of the many charming local pubs. This will be a fantastic trip in one of the most fabulous parts of Wales! Price includes: 3 nights accommodation in a lovely 3-star* hotel on the River Dee 3 cooked breakfast A choice of guided hikes by trained Mountain Leaders ( http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader ) (MLTE) and qualified first aiders Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992 Price does NOT include: Transport expenses Packed lunches (there are local shops to pick up supplies) Dinners (our hotel can serve a delicious 3 course meal for £20) To confirm your place on this trip please use internet banking now. The account details are: Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS Sort Code:[masked] Account Number:[masked] IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in. We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx

    The Hand Hotel

    Bridge Street · Llangollen

    £219.00
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  • AUGUST 23 - 26 (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY) - LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
    AUGUST 23 - 26 (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY) - LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK Best Western Shap Wells Hotel. Quality accommodation in a secluded valley. Number of places - 60. Number of nights - 3. Cost - £234 per person in double occupancy room. Private rooms available (single supplement of £60 applies). _______________________________________________________________________ With the most breathtaking natural landscapes and the highest mountains in England, there really is no other national park in the country to compare to the Lake District. Nowhere else can offer quite so much opportunity for outdoor adventure with the finest hiking options. It is hard to imagine a more lovely place to spend the late May Day bank holiday. Delightful villages, craggy mountains, babbling streams, mossy woodland and beautiful wildflowers all add to the magic of this region at this time of year. Our hotel is located high in the Cumbrian Fells, while the countryside setting ensures peace and quiet. It is the perfect place from which to hike and explore in the Lake District. The rooms offer all the necessary comforts in a warm, relaxing, family run environment. This is a charming country hotel with a mile-long drive along a private road with breathtaking, rugged scenery in every direction. A pretty waterfall and trickling stream running by the front door will leave you with no doubts in your mind that this is a wonderful place in which to get away from it all. There are even red squirrels in the grounds and you are virtually guaranteed to see them in the morning! We will have a team of trained and experienced hike leaders offering fabulous hikes of different length and difficulty each day so you can choose exactly the kind of walk you like. Don't miss this fabulous weekend away! :D _______________________________________________________________________ Optional activities: --- ROCK CLIMBING --- Professional rock climbing instruction is available to take you out for fun on the rocks. The Lake District is one of the best places to climb in England so you won't be disappointed. --- GHYLL SCRAMBLING --- This is generally the most popular activity and everyone seems to love it. Get your wetsuits on and descend the fast flowing mountain streams over boulders and through deep pools! *** PLACES ARE LIMITED SO BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! *** The activities take place on the same day and it is possible to take part in both activities as they run in sessions. The cost is only £35 per person for each session. If you sign up for two activities the discounted rate is £60 for the day, which is exceptional value for money. Please email [masked] NOW to reserve your places. :) _______________________________________________________________________ PRICE INCLUDES: * 3 nights hotel accommodation in double occupancy rooms. Private rooms are also available (single occupancy supplement charge applies). * 3 breakfasts. * 3 delicious three-course evening meals. * A choice of guided hikes. Our leaders are Mountain Leader ( http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader ) (MLTE) trained and qualified first aiders. * Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992. Amazing value!!! :D PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: * Transport expenses. * Optional activities - one session £35, two sessions £60. * Lunches - depending on the hike you choose we can either take a packed lunch with us or stop in a village pub. * Single occupancy supplement - £60 extra for a private room.

    Needs a location

    £234.00
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