• Winchester Circular and Christmas Market - memorial hike for Simon
    Backabush would like to invite all our members to join this FREE hike in memory of our good friend and hike leader, Simon Waddington. Many people in our group had enjoyed Simon's hikes over the past years as he had been a popular hike leader for Backabush since 2015. Sadly Simon passed away earlier this year. He was such a gentle and giving person and we will miss him but on November 25 we wish to celebrate his memory by offering all our members the Winchester Christmas Market hike he liked to lead around this time every year. Even if you didn't know Simon, please feel welcome to join us. Simon had a sweet tooth and loved cakes so we will be sure to pass some around on top of St Catherine's Hill! :) ******************************************************************************* This is an approximately 10 mile (16km) circular walk from Winchester. We will start the walk at Winchester railway station. From there we will join the Clarendon Way around the west side of the town to the village of Shawford. Next we will cross Twyford Down, part of the South Downs to St Catherine’s Hill. St. Catherine's Hill is a fine example of a Celtic Iron Age hillfort. The rampart and ditch of the fort are still in evidence, and the crown of trees at the top of the hill has a rather mystical feel, perhaps because they grow on the site of a medieval chapel. The Mismaze on the summit of the hill is a complete mystery. Some say it is ancient, perhaps a penance for monks, while other recon is it more modern. We will finish the walk around 5pm with a visit to the Winchester Christmas Market. Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. The market features wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods. After a glass of gluehwein and a snack at the market. NB. The precise route and timings may vary depending on the weather conditions and the speed of the group. Equipment Please bring a waterproof jacket and trousers, and wear suitable footwear, as the paths are likely to be muddy. It is also advisable to bring a torch if you have one in case we get delayed. Travel Travel by train from London Waterloo (departing 9.27am) to Winchester, arriving at 11.07am. Train return ticket to Winchester with Groupsave or Network Railcard (requires a minimum of 3 people) @ £24.05 per person or full price at £36.40. We will meet at Winchester station at 11.00am and wait for the 09:27am from London to arrive. I will be waiting by the ticket barrier on the south side where the London trains arrive. For car drivers, there are many car parks in the centre of Winchester. There is also a park and ride near to Junction 9 on the M3. Please be aware that there will be heavy demand for parking in the pre-Christmas period. If you are arriving by car, please allow plenty of time to find a parking place. Lunch Please bring your own packed lunch which we will have on the route at a suitable picnic spot. We will stop for refreshments at the Christmas market at the end of the walk. Return There are frequent trains back to London. The precise return time depends on the pace of the group, but is likely to be between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please consider yourself committed for the entire day. Pace Moderate. Since the days in November are quite short, we need to keep a reasonably brisk pace. There is a short steep climb up St Catherine’s Hill, but otherwise the walk is quite flat.

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  • OCTOBER 19 - 21 - PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
    OCTOBER 19 - 21 - PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK * We have booked a delightful hostel for our exclusive use. We are perfectly situated for the best hiking in this beautiful region. * Number of beds - 36. Number of nights - 2. Cost - £131. ********************************* Join us for 2 nights at this lovely hostel right in the heart of the fabulous Peak District National Park! This comfortable hostel is perfectly located to explore the wonders of the 'Dark Peak' part of the National Park which offers the most dramatic scenery and great walks amongst mysterious rock formations and pretty rural villages. The Peak District is also known for its deep caves and sweeping views. Come join the fun! :D ********************************* PRICE INCLUDES: * 2 nights hostel accommodation. * Buffet style dinner on Friday night. * Dinner on Saturday night. * Breakfasts and packed lunches. * A choice of hikes led by Mountain Leader (http://www.mlte.org/content.php?nID=29) (MLTE) trained guides and qualified first aiders. * Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992. PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: * Transport expenses. ********************************* 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. :) ********************************* 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 .

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  • OCTOBER 5 - 8 - LAND'S END (CORNWALL COAST)
    OCTOBER 5 - 8 - LAND'S END (CORNWALL COAST) * We have booked a delightful YHA hostel, close to Land's End in Cornwall, for our exclusive use. It is just a short stroll from the coast. * Number of nights - 3. Cost - £138. * This is a 3-night trip, you will need to take Monday 8 October off work to make the most of this weekend away. ********************************* Join us for 3 nights at the seaside in lovely Cornwall! The area is famous for its beautifully rugged coastline, secret coves and long sandy beaches. It offers you the chance to explore the finest coastal scenery in England and visit delightful local harbours and villages. We have managed to book quality hostel accommodation close to Land's End in Cornwall for our exclusive use. It provides a superb base for exploring the spectacular coastline of the Cornish peninsula. On this weekend away we will embrace some of the finest coastal scenery in England as well as enjoying picturesque harbour villages, lovely woodlands, wild moorland, fields and country lanes,which together make Cornwall so delightful. This trip is not to be missed! :D ********************************* PRICE INCLUDES: * 3 nights hostel accommodation * All meals * Packed lunches * 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 PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: * Transport expenses ********************************* 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. :) ********************************* 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 .

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  • SEPTEMBER 28 - 30 - BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK, WALES
    SEPTEMBER 28 - 30 - BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK, WALES Wonderful 4-star* accommodation in a country mansion with expansive gardens and arboretum, set in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons. Number of beds - 26. Number of nights - 2. Cost - £205 (twin share) 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, 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 will be a fantastic trip in one of the most fabulous parts of Wales! :D Price includes: 2 nights accommodation in an idyllic country mansion All meals (vegetarian, home cooked, and organic) Packed lunch 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 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

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  • SEPTEMBER 11 - 16 - THE JURA, FRANCE
    Backabush is heading back to one of our favourite hiking regions of France - the Jura mountains! This wonderfully unspoilt province is blessed with dark and mysterious forests that cling to the steep slopes of the mountains. Crystal clear streams cascade down spectacular waterfalls to join the rivers and lakes of the valley. We will hike through deep limestone gorges which hide natural caves as well as medieval villages, abbeys and castles. Baume-Les-Messieurs, with its amazing setting, features on the list of The Most Beautiful Villages of France. Maybe for the gourmets amongst us we should mention the delicious cheeses like comté, morbier and tomme which are still made the traditional way in local fromageries. And, of course a good cheese should be enjoyed with a fine wine like vin jaune straight from the vineyards around Château-Chalon which cover many sun facing slopes. Naturally the hiking is absolutely superb and the area is dotted with lakes for swimming. There is so much we could tell you about this lovely region but if you want to experience it all please join us on this holiday! :D ++++++++++ WHAT IS INCLUDED: 5 nights chalet accommodation - rooms are twin-share ensuite (private rooms available, supplement applies). Logistical support and planning. Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Food kitty - the chalets have self-catering facilities. Restaurant meals - the region is famous for its cuisine. Entrance fees for optional visits to caves, castles, etc. Flights, airport transfers & local transport. Recommended maps for this holiday are available locally and we advise that you never hike alone. ++++++++++ The meeting point is at Geneva Airport on Tuesday 11 September at 14:20. We will return to Geneva Airport at 15:45 on Sunday 16 September. Our recommended flights: • OUTBOUND - Tuesday 11 September British Airways flight BA0730 Departs - 11:35 Heathrow Arrives - 14:20 Geneva • INBOUND - Sunday 16 September British Airways flight BA0733 Departs - 17:45 Geneva Arrives - 18:25 Heathrow Flights are currently only £89 return so it is best to book early! If you choose to book other flights make sure you arrive no later and leave no earlier than the group. There is no public transport to our accommodation. ++++++++++ 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. Thanks. :) ++++++++++ IMPORTANT NOTES: SAFETY: 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. VISA: Please check with the French & Swiss embassies if you need a visa to travel there. France is within the Shengen zone. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents, including visa. INSURANCE: You will need to have travel insurance and provide details before travel. It is strongly recommended to have this in place at the time of paying for this holiday or the flight. It is also essential that you take out travel insurance that covers hiking activities up to 1500 meters. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates

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  • SEPTEMBER 1 - 8 - FRENCH ALPS, MONT-BLANC MASSIF & CHAMONIX VALLEY
    Join us in France for an amazing Alpine adventure! :D We will take you to one of the most beautiful high mountain areas in the world, staying right at the foot of the Mont-Blanc massif. The hiking here is world class with Alpine scenery that seduces the senses and elevates the spirit! These are mountain landscapes on a colossal scale and Mont-Blanc is the highest peak in Europe. An area of glaciers, icy lakes, remote mountain passes, high meadows and sun-dappled forests. Although best known for skiing, the Chamonix region is a playground for hikers and this is a perfect time to go when the weather is generally settled and the winter snows are still many weeks away. We are spoiled for choice here as the Alps can offer epic challenges or quiet exhilaration. No words can really do these mountains justice! This is also a wonderful part of France for delicious Alpine cuisine. We will actually be staying very near to Switzerland and it is easy enough to pop across the border not only for hikes but also for a bit of traditional Swiss fare. Local people are of course very proud of their fine AOC (Apellation d'Origine Contrôlée) cheeses produced here. There is also simply just so much 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 nor the ascent to the summit of Mont-Blanc. However, the hikes will be challenging so you need to have a reasonable level of hiking fitness. WHAT IS INCLUDED: 7 nights apartment accommodation - rooms are twin-share. All apartments are excellent and we are very lucky to be able to enjoy such a high standard of accommodation at these prices. Carte d'Hôte pass - unlimited travel on buses and trains for journeys between Servoz and Vallorcine. Logistical support and planning. Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Food kitty - the apartments have self-catering facilities. Restaurant meals - the region is famous for its cuisine. Entrance fees for optional visits, cable car & chair lift, etc. Flights & airport transfers. Alpine guide. This is a self guided walking holiday. Please remember that you hike and join our organised itineraries at your own risk. It is important that you understand that you are responsible for your own safety. Recommended maps for this trek are available locally and we advise that you never hike alone. The meeting point is at Geneva Airport on Saturday 1 September. We will drop you off at Geneva Airport on Saturday 8 September. Our recommended flights: • OUTBOUND - Saturday 1 September easyJet flight EZS8472 Departs - 10:45 Gatwick Arrives - 13:20 Geneva • INBOUND - Saturday 8 September easyJet flight EZS8475 Departs - 14:35 Geneva Arrives - 15:05 Gatwick 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 send payment so that we can confirm everything with you. Thanks. :) This trip is recommended for fit and experienced hikers. If you would prefer a less strenuous hiking holiday please check out our trip to the Jura mountains: SEPTEMBER 11 - 16 - THE JURA, FRANCE (https://www.meetup.com/Backabush/events/249259043/) IMPORTANT NOTES: SAFETY: 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. VISA: Please check with the French & Swiss embassies if you need a visa to travel there. France is within the Shengen zone. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents, including visa. INSURANCE: You will need to have travel insurance and provide details before travel. It is strongly recommended to have this in place at the time of paying for this holiday or the flight. It is also essential that you take out travel insurance that covers hiking activities up to 3500 meters. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Policies.aspx .

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  • August 26 - Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
    Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge! This activity event is only available to attendees of the August bank holiday weekend away in the Yorkshire Dales national park. Please don't RSVP if you have not secured a place on this weekend: AUGUST 24 - 27 (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY) - YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK (https://www.meetup.com/Backabush/events/248506308/) The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of the Pennine range that encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The aim is to accomplish the route in under 12 hours. The August bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to take on this challenge! In order for you to join us on this event it is essential that you have confirmed your place (with payment) on our bank holiday weekend to the Yorkshire Dales: AUGUST 24 - 27 (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY) - YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK (https://www.meetup.com/Backabush/events/248506308/) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZy_B74X4AEc_Ar.jpg:large The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge involves a hiking a loop over 3 mountains which includes: • Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres) • Whernside (736 metres) • Ingleborough (723 metres) Our walking challenge route will start and end at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, visiting the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. It must be completed in under 12 hours. This is a lengthy and demanding hike, which involves a total climb exceeding 1500m. Some navigation with a map and compass may be required on some sections if visibility is poor. These peaks can be extremely challenging in hostile weather so all hikers must have a good standard of fitness and plenty of stamina. Suitable clothes, equipment and some outdoors experience is essential before attempting the challenge. A variety of terrains will be encountered during the challenge. In recent years some sections of ground have been improved but other parts of the route remain boggy and exhausting to cross. All in all this is a rugged, high mountain adventure and should not be underestimated! The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge includes some of the wildest and most spectacular countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. For the fit and prepared it can be a true delight and the panoramic views are some of the finest in England. There will be a charge of £10 per person to join this event. This will be used to cover the cost of providing an experienced and trained "3 Peaks Challenge coordinator" to manage the group on the day. Each individual should also carry their own first aid kit and be fully prepared with a map of the route and a compass. SAFETY: 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 .

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  • Rock climbing and caving in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
    Backabush has teamed up with Yorkshire Dales Guides to offer some exciting optional activities at excellent rates. With qualified and experienced local instructors you are in good hands and all technical equipment is provided. CLIMBING & ABSEILING The spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yorkshire Dales make for superb venues to enjoy the challenge and vertical adventure of climbing and abseiling. CAVING There are excellent caving opportunities in this area. The area around Clapham and Ingleton is an ideal location with some exciting and challenging caves involving waterfall climbs, large stream ways, small hand line climbs and optional crawling sections. ++++++++++++++ It is possible to take part in both activities as they run in sessions. The activities will take place on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend, with rock climbing in the morning (9:00am start and back for lunch at 12:30pm) and the cavers kitting up at 1:15pm in the afternoon. Cavers should be back by 5:30pm. It will cost only £30 per person for a session or just £50 for both activities which is exceptional value for money. These activities are a great option for anyone planning to do the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge on Sunday. It gives you a chance to be active without too much 'wear and tear' on your feet before the big hiking challenge. ++++++++++++++ If you would like to join any of these activities please let us know now so that we can book it for you. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first to pay basis. You then need to send payment to: Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS Sort Code:[masked] Account Number:[masked] Of course these activities are entirely optional. Our accommodation is located right on the edge of the National Park so the hiking options are endless. You can join the group hikes and these do not cost anything extra. ++++++++++++++ IMPORTANT NOTE: In order for you to join these exciting activites it is essential that you have confirmed your place (with payment) on our bank holiday weekend to the Yorkshire Dales: AUGUST 24 - 27 (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY) - YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK ( https://www.meetup.com/Backabush/events/248506308/ )

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  • AUGUST 24 - 27 (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY) - YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK
    AUGUST 24 - 27 (AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY) - YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK Accommodation in Scandinavian style lodges with sauna. Number of beds - 60. Number of nights - 3. Cost - £169. Join us for 3 nights over the bank holiday weekend in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales! We have managed to secure an exclusive booking over the bank holiday weekend in the Yorkshire Dales, an area renowned for rolling hills, timeless valleys and picturesque villages. We will be staying in real log cabins constructed from pine logs from the forests of Finland and Norway. The accommodation even includes a sauna. The local area offers a range of spectacular natural wonders and magnificent scenery including the famous Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen y ghent and Whernside. This trip is not to be missed! The Yorkshire Dales National Park featured in a number of scenes in the Harry Potter movie - The Deathly Hallows, so this is your chance to experience the magic of the area for yourself. Price includes: 3 nights hostel accommodation. All meals. Packed lunches. 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. Price does NOT include: Transport expenses. Optional activities. 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. On previous visits to the area everybody loved the caving and rock climbing organised by the Yorkshire Dales Guides and their prices are extremely reasonable if we can get a group together of 8 people. 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 .

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  • AUGUST 10 - 12 - NAVIGATION COURSE in the Shropshire Hills
    AUGUST 10 - 12 - NAVIGATION COURSE in the Shropshire Hills * Course based at nearby All Stretton Village Hall. * Accommodation at All Stretton Bunhouse. We have booked the whole hostel for our exclusive use. * Number of places - 10. Number of nights - 2. Cost - £129. ********************************* Have you ever wanted to unlock the secrets of navigating with a map and compass? Do you want to become confident enough to find your way around in mountains and moorlands whatever the weather? Do you like the idea of getting off the beaten track independently? Then this is just the weekend for you! :D This course is aimed at hikers and hillwalkers looking to learn how to enjoy getting outdoors safely and independently using a variety of navigational techniques. In just two days you can develop your skills and have a lot of fun out in the beautiful Shropshire Hills. Our training period runs from Saturday morning to Sunday late afternoon. The course content will be delivered both during indoor and outdoor sessions. These sessions will include: * MAP BASICS - types of map, map symbols and conventions, navigation process, contour interpretation * USING THE COMPASS - bearings, national grid and 6-figure grid references, theory of grid, magnetic & true North, walking on a bearing * OUTDOOR PRACTICAL - introduction to: distance measurement, feature recognition, contour interpretation, using the compass, dead reckoning, aiming off / attack points, etc * MOUNTAIN SAFETY - discussions and DVDs, hazards and avoidance * ROUTE PLANNING - factors, time & distance measurement & calculation, self-location tools & techniques * OUTDOOR PRACTICAL - practising navigation techniques ********************************* PRICE INCLUDES: * Two nights hostel accommodation * Two-day navigation training for hillwalkers with Etiennette, qualified mountain leader and first aider * Use of maps and compasses * Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992 Amazing value!!! :D PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: * Transport expenses * Meals ********************************* To confirm your place on this course 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 your bed and space on the course. Please email [masked] as soon as you send payment so that we can confirm everything with you. :) ********************************* ACCOMMODATION: Our delightful bunkhouse has 10 beds, all of which have been reserved for us. Depending on who is coming it may be necessary for a bedroom to be mixed sex. Bedding is provided. TRAVEL: Car sharing is recommended, also there is a good train service between Euston or Paddington to Church Stretton. The bunkhouse is a half hour walk or short taxi ride from the train station. FOOD: The bunkhouse is self catering and the kitchen is fully equipped with cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge. You will need food for breakfasts and pack lunches. Nearest Supermarket is Co-op Supermarket 2km at Church Stretton, open[masked] Mon-Sat [masked] Sun). There are several restaurants in Church Stretton for dinner on Saturday night. We can book a table if people want to eat out as a group (not compulsory, please contact us for details). Tea, coffee and biscuits etc are provided during the course. INSTRUCTOR: Etiennette is a qualified Mountain Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) with many years of leadership experience in the outdoors. She lives locally in the Shropshire Hills and has been helping people to master map and compass skills in this beautiful part of England for several years. ********************************* 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.

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