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There can't be many hills in Oxfordshire but this 15 K hike takes in two with surely the county's finest views. The hike up to Round Wood and its neighbour Castle Hill is rewarded with a stunning vista of the county, stretching as far as the Chiltern hills in the east and the Cotswolds to the west. Known as Wittenham Clumps, the trees on both summits are the oldest planted hilltop beeches in England. Weather permitting we will stop for a picnic on route so it would be a good idea to bring some food and enough water to sustain you for the duration of the hike. This circular finishes with a visit to the Abbey Tea Rooms for afternoon tea and delicious home made cakes. A look round the ancient Dorchester Abbey and museum is also highly recommended. There is a £4.00 charge payable at the start of the walk. This contributes towards our public liability insurance and other running costs of the group. Some parking is available at Bridge End car park but if there are no spaces free then you can park along the road in the village. As always, well behaved dogs are welcome. My mobile number is[masked] for anyone who may need to contact me on the day.
Stunning walk along the Thames looping up to the Moulsford and Thurle Downs before returning along the Ridgeway. SUMMARY - meet at 09:45 in front of Goring & Streatley Station, walk starts at 10:00 - 3 1/2 - 4 hours - Moderate difficulty walk due to the distance requiring a basic level of regular fitness. - Terrain: footpaths, bridleways, grassy riverside + some pavement/tarmac WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, layering is a good idea and check the weather forecast beforehand. Suitable shoes for walking on rough and muddy terrain advised as well as bringing plenty of water and snacks for walking 3-4 hours. We will stop for a light snack/quick packed lunch during the walk weather permitting. THE ROUTE 10.5 mile Circular Hike starting along the River Thames to Moulsford, then climbing south west, then returning along The Ridgeway to Streatley where the walk finishes. It is a short walk back to Goring & Streatley Station. The route follows mostly footpaths and bridleways with some stretches on pavement at the beginning and the end. AFTERWARDS Please join me afterwards at The Swan Hotel's Bar & Terrace in Streatley where I will be having a coffee. They also serve pastries, cakes, ready-to-go sandwiches, salads, light refreshments and drinks. https://www.theswanatstreatley.com/hotel/bar GORING & STREATLEY Goring & Streatley have a few pubs and cafes. As well as the Bar & Terrace at The Swan Hotel in Streateley, in Goring-on-Thames, The Catherine Wheel and The Village Cafe are also recommended. PARKING Goring & Streatley Station APCOA £3.30/day Wheel Orchard Car Park, RG8 9HB - free on Sundays + free public toilets There is some roadside parking in residential streets in Goring-on-Thames, but please park considerately. TRAINS dep Reading 09:23, arr Goring & Streatley 09:36 dep London Paddington 08:33, arr Goring & Streatley 09:36 (change at Reading) dep Didcot Parkway 09:34, arrive Goring & Streatley 09:45 dep Oxford 08:55, arrive Goring & Streatley 09:45 (change at Didcot Parkway) WALK LEADER AND COST Your Walk Leader is Emma Holland,[masked] Cost - the usual £4.00 payable to the Walk Leader at the start.
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning
All inclusive 3 nights weekend escape in EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK Escape to the smallest National Park in the UK for the May Bank holiday weekend, staying in an eco-centre. A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce. On Exmoor it is still possible to find tranquillity and peace as well as rediscover your sense of adventure; to catch a glimpse of wild red deer, be amazed by dark skies full of stars, and explore villages full of character. Exmoor is a unique place shaped by people and nature over thousands of years and is recognised as one of the UK's finest landscapes. Large areas of open moorland provide a sense of remoteness and tranquillity rare in southern Britain. Spectacular coastal views, deep wooded valleys, high sea cliffs and fast flowing streams all combine to form a rich and distinct mosaic. It is a landscape that has inspired poets writers and artists for hundreds of years and continues to inspire people today. ACCOMMODATION: We have exclusive hire of a bunkhouse formerly was a Victorian farmstead in a stunning isolated location on Exmoor. The Bunkhouse is an Eco-centre, featuring a photovoltaic roof and wind turbines to reduce the environmental impact. The surrounding area is ideally suited for hiking and mountain biking. HIKES: You have the choice of joining in on either a shorter or longer hikes. The hikes are approximately 8.5 to 10 miles for the shorter routes - 13 to 16 miles for the longer routes. All hikers will be briefed on the hike options, routes and what to expect from the terrain and weather conditions. Hikes are led by an experienced Group Leader to ensure everyone's safety, they are supported by a back Leader. MOUNTAIN BIKING: We will be taking the bicycle trailer for those who want to take their mountain bikes or hybrid bikes. Our Cycle Leader will be organising 2 rides of between 20 miles and 35 miles mainly on trials (limited to 8 MTB bikes). If you wish to take your bike, please advise when booking. COST AND PAYMENT: The cost of this trip is only £139. The price includes: • 3 nights in hostel accommodation (single sex occupancy) • 3 Breakfasts including bacon, eggs and freshly made bread • 3 Packed lunches • Lite pasta supper on arrival on Friday night • Dinner on Saturday & Sunday evenings • 2 afternoon teas with home made cakes • 3 hikes led by 2 experienced hike leaders • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection. The price doesn’t include: • Transport • Drinks and personal expenses HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE: RSVP and reserve your place with payment of £139 via PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can pay by bank transfer to the following account: Escape Your Everyday Sort Code:[masked] Account Code:[masked] Reference: Exmoor19+(Your Meetup profile name) Once payment has been made, please send an email to [masked] so we can acknowledge receipt and confirmation of the booking. The balance amount of £99 must be paid by 1st April. Once payment has been made, please send an email to [masked] so we can acknowledge receipt and confirmation of the booking. Terms and Conditions: when you RSVP onto an event, activity or trip run by Escape Your Everyday, you are agreeing to the terms & conditions. All participants are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. Insurance Escape Your Everyday does not accept liability for personal injury howsoever caused, or for the loss or damage of property while participating on any Escape Your Everyday event. It is strongly recommended that you take out appropriate insurance to cover yourself against potential personal accident or loss or damage to personal property. Errors and Omissions Excepted