What we're about
Upcoming events (4)
OCTOBER 25 - 27 - CAMBRIAN MOUNTAINS, WALES Neuadd Arms Hotel. This Victorian Grade II listed hotel is set at the heart of Britain's smallest town surrounded by beautiful hiking country. The hotel even has its own award winning brewery! Number of beds - 33. Number of nights - 2. Cost - £182 per person in twin share or double occupancy room. The Cambrian Mountains region is one of Wales' best kept secret. Its colourful and varied landscapes are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. We will explore the rugged mountains and hills, dotted with forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Our accommodation is provided in a family run hotel which has stood in the center of Llanwrtyd Wells for over 130 years. Its 19th century character, complete with open log fires, has been preserved in the lounge and public bars. The hotel even has its own brewery producing delicious regular and seasonal ales. Come enjoy this most beautiful and unspoilt landscape with us! :D Price includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation in twin share rooms (double room for couples). Private rooms available too. Single supplement applies. 2 cooked breakfasts 2 packed lunches 2 delicious home cooked dinners A choice of guided hikes by trained Mountain Leaders (http://www.mlte.org/content.php?nID=29) (MLTE) and qualified first aiders Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992 Amazing value!!! :D Price does NOT include: Transport expenses Single supplement 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] 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
Join us in La Palma for an amazing hiking holiday and winter break! La Palma is often referred to as the 'Green Island' or 'Beautiful Island' because of it's fabulous scenery and unspoiled nature. This gorgeous isle in the Atlantic belongs to Spain and is the most tranquil, verdant and suited to hiking within the Canary Island group. Being close to the African mainland it enjoys a wonderful winter climate and is something of a lost paradise. The vegetation is flamboyant, the mountains are high, the beaches uncrowded and the sea is a vivid blue. The island is also known for being the steepest island in world (based on height to surface area) and benefits from over 1000km of waymarket paths while still remaining virtually untouched by tourism. No wonder some commentators have identified La Palma as the prototype for Atlantis! For an unforgettable hiking holiday we will base ourselves in a superb 4 star hotel right near the beach while also being close to the island's charming capital, Santa Cruz. Our location is perfect for accessing the very best hiking trails and also enjoying the fun of being a short journey from the vibrant bars of the main town on the island. Naturally our modern accommodation offers all the comforts you would expect like free Wi-Fi, private en-site bathrooms, 3 adult swimming pools (one heated in winter) and large, bright rooms. Other amenities include a vibrant restaurant where breakfast and other meals are served plus we will be located on the seafront, only 300 metres from the well-known Playa de los Cancajos. The hotel is recently renovated, highlights include its comfortable rooms, pools and terraces with spectacular views of the sea and its varied cuisine with typical products of the Canary Islands. La Palma is considered to be the "hikers island" of the Canaries as it offers an abundance of superb walking 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: 7 nights accommodation (twin rooms) in a 4-star hotel on the seafront. All breakfasts and dinners. Two trip leaders. Swimming pools. Wifi connection. Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Single supplement £170 extra if you require a private room. Packed lunches. Transport on the island. Cars can be hired very cheaply and costs can be shared. Flights. The meeting point is at Santa Cruz de la Palma Airport on Saturday 8 February. We will return to the airport on Saturday 15 February. Our recommended flights: • OUTBOUND - Saturday 8 February easyJet flight EZY8711 Departs - 07:35 London Gatwick Arrives - 12:00 La Palma • INBOUND - Saturday 15 February easyJet flight EZY8712 Departs - 12:45 La Palma Arrives - 17:05 London Gatwick Flights are currently less than £71 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.
TRIP UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
There is a mountain in Bulgaria like no other – Rodopi! An ancient mountain surrounded by ancient legends. Dark forests and bright meadows, deep gorges and spacious views, stone villages scattered on its slopes and cattle grazing on its pastures. We will experience the northern part of the Rodopi Mountains on horseback, with all rides starting from the village of Galabovo, just 20 minutes drive from Plovdiv. Three days of a complete union with the nature! Horses: Our horses are comparatively small at 14.1hh to 15.5hh and are locally bred Karakachan along with Arab crosses. They are strong, agile and used to hard work. Their stamina and agility are outstanding. They are also tough and extremely sure footed over rocky or even snow covered mountains. The horses are ridden in snaffle bits. Saddles: Western and English saddles are available. Saddle bags are provided. Itinerary: DAY 1 22 June - Saturday Arrival in Sofia and check into the hotel. You can then explore Sofia on your own or with the group. No meals included on this day but there are many great dining options in the city. DAY 2 23 June - Sunday. Transfer to Purvenets. Ride to Leshtensko - Bryanovshtitsa Hut. We head south-west, riding through meadows and beech forests with good stretches for trotting and cantering. We will make a stop in the Leshtensko area, enjoying the beautiful views on both sides of the trail. Overnight in Bryanovshtitsa hunting lodge. Rooms with shared facilities. Dinner included. Approximately 4 to 5 hours riding. DAY 3 24 June - Monday Bryanovshtitsa Hut - Hrabrino - Dedevo. Now the trail goes to the east, following some dirt roads. We reach the village of Hrabrino where we stop for lunch. Then we saddle up and make for the village of Dedevo, a small mountain village standing at 1050m above sea level. The night is spent in a bungalow with two rooms sharing WC/shower. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Approximately 5 hours riding. DAY 4 25 June - Tuesday Dedevo - Zdravets Hut - Purvenets - Sofia. This is the last riding day and it will take us back to the starting point of our trail. We ride along the crest of Chernatitsa (Black Mountain) Ridge, having our lunch close to Zdravets Hut. Then the trail descends to Purvenets village where we say farewell to our horses before heading back to Sofia/Plovdiv and the end of our tour. Breakfast and lunch included. Approximately 4 hours riding. If you are planning to fly on 25 June, please book your flight after 18.00 o’clock. It is recommended to extend your stay 1 night in Plovdiv and fly on Wednesday 26 June. See the recommended flight details below. Price: £275 per person. Price includes: One night hotel accommodation in centre of Sofia sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available for an extra £20 supplement. English speaking riding guide. Rental of saddled horses. One night in a bungalow and one night in a lodge. All meals listed on the itinerary. Luggage transport plus transfers from Sofia/Plovdiv and return transfer to Sofia/Plovdiv. Price does not include flights, personal expenses, insurance, drinks and meals not mentioned in the program. 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] Please email [masked] as soon as you make payment so that we can secure your accommodation and confirm everything with you. Thanks. :) Recommended flights: • OUTBOUND - Saturday 22 June Ryanair Departs - 06:10 London Stanstead Arrives - 11:20 Sofia • INBOUND - Tuesday 25 June Ryanair Departs - 21:55 Sofia Arrives - 23:05 London Stanstead