What we're about

The UK's 15 National Park areas and our UK National Trails are some of the most awesome places to walk on Earth and we want to take you there on weekends away or longer trips. http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/ http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/

Whilst of their nature many of these places include uphill terrain and wild moorland walking we aim to tackle longer and more difficult routes in easy stages where most with previous walking experience and reasonable levels of fitness can join in.

We use YHA and independent hostels for accommodation typically with single sex shared rooms for four people or occasionally six and the cost of breakfasts are included in our very low costs. Evening meals are normally taken in a local pub or restaurant. Bedding is provided in the hostels, sleeping bags are not required, but you need to take your own towels.

We don't arrange transport to our events but car sharing is the norm and we can usually arrange a pickup from the nearest station if using public transport.

We do have full Civil Liability Insurance and your money is protected through a designated Trust Account according to UK and EU Travel Package regulations.

This Meetup group is one of three who work together to deliver a regular diary of day walks in the Peak District and walking weekends and other events across all of the UK's National Parks and National Trails.

Peak District Walkers Hikers Ramblers and Leisure Meetup Group

http://www.meetup.com/peak-district-meetup-group/

National Parks and Trails Walks and Weekends (London) Meetup Group

http://www.meetup.com/National-Parks-and-Trails-Walks-and-Weekends-Meetup-Group/

National Parks and Trails Walks and Weekends Midlands Meetup Group

http://www.meetup.com/National-Parks-and-Trails-Walks-and-Weekends-Midlands-Group/

Financially, all three groups are managed through a not for profit limited company, Peak Activities and Leisure Limited to ensure complete transparency. We have no paid staff or leaders so costs for weekends away and other activities can be kept to a minimum and we do not charge separately for individual walks.

Our Peak District group which principally offers regular day walks in the Peak District National Park does charge a £10 Annual Subscription to cover insurance and other costs whilst our other groups offering primarily weekends away are subscription free.

Should you have any questions about the group or how it operates, please message Gordon Conway via Meetup or email gconwayuk@gmail.com.

Upcoming events (5)

February Citybreak and Countryside Walking Break in Wonderful Bath

ALL FEMALE SPACES NOW TAKEN - UP TO FIVE MORE MALE SPACES STILL AVAILABLE. Ancient Bath with it's historic sites and lovely houses is one of the UK's premier destinations but it is also surrounded by wonderful countryside as well. There is also a YHA conveniently positioned about a mile from historic parts of the city centre and about the same from the lovely walking locations around the River Avon. Tempted, we hope so. We'd have loved to have got exclusive use of the hostel but it's such a popular spot that this isn't an option so at the moment only 15 places are guarenteed. Get in quick if you want to join us. The format will be ever so slightly different to our usual weekends away as on this occasion we'll provide a welcome meal on Friday but eat out in the city on Saturday night paid for individually. Breakfasts and packed lunch items will be provided as usual. As well as a choice of walks on Saturday and Sunday, we will also be organising a bonus walk Friday for those able to travel for a 12 noon start. Accommodation is single sex bunk rooms of a variety of sizes with full bedding provided but not towels. If you have to cancel more than 28 clear days before the event start date you will get a full refund less 15% cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 but more than 14 clear days notice the cancellation fee increases to 50%. No refunds will be provided to those cancelling with less than 14 clear days notice unless the event is otherwise full and we can re-sell your place. ("clear" means does not include event start date or cancellation date!) Other meetup groups do trips at similar venues for more than twice our price which is only possible as all of our organisers and walk leaders are unpaid volunteers and we only seek to cover our costs on weekends.

Spring Snowdonia Easier / Hard Walking & Social Break

YHA Snowdon Ranger

£79.00

We have just had a fantastic weekend away in Snowdonia with some awesome walks, amazing weather and lovely people in the group. https://www.meetup.com/peak-district-meetup-group/photos/29305794/475038423/ Some of us can't wait for the next one so here it is. As this is quite hard to get hold of on an exclusive basis we are very pleased to announce a stay at the characterful YHA Snowdon Ranger for our exclusive use from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March 2019. Our fantastic weekend including bonus walk Friday provides options for a RELAXED walk up Snowdon (or as relaxed as is possible), Crib Goch for those who really must do this, Glyder Fach & Glyder Fawr (pronounced glidders) from Capel Curig, possible Tryfan and an amazing quite hard walk Saturday featuring Y Garn (633m), Mynydd Dr.ws-y-coed (695m), Trum Ddysgyl (709m), Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd(653m) , Craig Cwm Silyn(734m) and Carnedd Goch (700m). We may also repeat our much loved walk up Moel Hebog, Moel Ogof and Moel Lefn we did a while ago which is where the picture comes from above. Wild, wild place. The benefit of the location is that whilst being right at the foot of Snowdon and surrounded by these amazing peaks, there is plenty of sight seeing, easy walks, mine tours etc and it's not even that far from the coast (at Carnaerfon) so even those who don't want to walk up a big hill will find plenty to keep them entertained. It is however also our intention from this event onwards to inaugurate a sub group within the group which we are calling for the moment Mountain Members i.e. those who have demonstrated to us that they can cope competently with some of the more extreme walks and scrambles we like to do when we visit the mountains. More of this later. In any event all of our weekends where we can secure exclusive hire are ultra sociable with some lively music in the evenings and loads of fun. For those wishing to use public transport we can arrange to pick you up from Conwy station either in time for the friday walk or for later in the evening. Lift sharing is always recommended and we have a specific lift sharing message board for this event as below. https://www.meetup.com/peak-district-meetup-group/messages/boards/thread/51797069/ Other than the Friday evening meal which is not included, all food is included throughout the weekend and vegetarians and other special dietary requirements will be catered for. Help yourself cooked breakfasts and packed lunches are provided as is dinner on Saturday night but please bring desserts, cakes and other goodies to share as well as your own drinks. Tea and coffee will be provided. Accommodation is single sex bunk rooms of a variety of sizes with full bedding provided but not towels. Total cost for the weekend including all food, accommodation and walks is now just £79.00 which needs to be paid when you book. If you have to cancel more than 28 clear days before the event start date you will get a full refund less 15% cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 but more than 14 clear days notice the cancellation fee increases to 50%. No refunds will be provided to those cancelling with less than 14 clear days notice unless the event is otherwise full and we can re-sell your place. ("clear" means does not include event start date or cancellation date!). Other meetup groups do trips at similar venues for more than twice our full price which is only possible as all of our organisers and helpers are unpaid volunteers and we only seek to cover our costs on weekends.

Awesome Skye in June

SYHA Glenbrittle Hostel

£149.00

NOW FULL! - MAY INTRODUCE A CAMPING OPTION NEARER THE TIME The month of June is the ideal time to visit the amazing Isle of Skye on the Scottish West Coast when the weather is as good as it gets, the days are long and the midge numbers have not yet risen to their July/August intensity. Our plan is to stay at Glenbrittle in the heart of the Cuillin Mountains with some awesome scenery which you can either enjoy from easier paths lower down or tackle the peaks themselves for some of the most fantastic and scary walking, scrambling and climbing in the UK. Tackling the so called Inaccessible Pinnacle won't be everybodys glass of malt but if some are up for it, I am sure we can find a local guide willing to take them. Lots of walks at every level including coast, forest and the Cuillin Ridge or parts thereof. Something for everyone. Also of course, the chance to stay on in the area and make a longer break of it. If you can travel up Thursday and maybe stay overnight in Invergarry/Fort William you can get an extra days walking in Friday, otherwise we meet at our remote hostel near to the well known Fairy Pools on Friday Night. Saturday some can do an easier coastal / forest walk whilst those of sterner stuff tackle Sgurr Dearg which is a fantastic viewpoint, as well as being one of the most dramatic spots on the Cuillin ridge, being overtopped by the famous and incredible Inaccessible Pinnacle. This circuit visits the base of the pinnacle but does not include the ascent! The route involves fairly straightforward scrambling but has difficult route finding so although not long in distance we will be taking our time. Sunday and Monday easier walks for some but some real toughies for those who feel the need. Here are some of the proposed routes planned so far:- www.biznetuk.org.uk/gMaps/skye2019 An amazing spot. Due to the very prompt response of a lot of people in the group, we have been able to now secure exclusive occupancy of the Glenbrittle SYHA for the Friday to Monday period above and it should be relatively easy for people to extend their stay individually if that is required. Whilst the initial group of people to book have done so on an accommodation only basis I have had to adjust the price for the last few bookings to balance up the financial numbers, but this is on a fully catered basis for which the initial bookers will pay an extra charge later. The cost for the three nights including 3 x cooked breakfasts 3 x pack yourself lunches and 3 x dinners, 3 nights accommodation and of course walks Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday is now £149 which needs to be paid when you book. We regret that if you have the need to cancel later we can only refund you if the event is otherwise full and we can re-sell your place when a 15% cancellation/administration fee would be charged. The event is still a bargain and we are confident is going to be great for all those taking part. Transport for such a far away location is of course an additional issue especially as some people will be wanting to arrive earlier / leave later than others. To facilitate maximum lift sharing we have set up a message board for this where you can request or offer lifts (expecting to share costs). We should also be able to co-ordinate pickups from Fort William or more local public transport destinations if appropriate. The link for the message board is as follows:- https://www.meetup.com/peak-district-meetup-group/messages/boards/thread/51789782/

Walking and Social Weekend in the Gower Peninsula 2019

YHA Borfa

£69.00

We have had two spectacular weekends at the Gower over the last two years and it seems we must go again if only to do that amazing tidal island walk and scramble (as above) which was just amazing. You can even just chill on the beach which is right out of the back door. The UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty probably speaks volumes. We have exclusive use of the same highly recommended and very comfortable bunkhouse accommodation for Friday and Saturday night, breakfasts and packed lunches Saturday and Sunday, massive dinner spread on Saturday night and choice of walks on Saturday and Sunday with extra bonus walk on Friday for those who can get away early enough. Friday arrival at our accommodation is from anytime after 6pm but we will lay on a bonus walk for those who can arrive for 12 noon with lots of routes to choose from. We are not catering on Friday night so eat on the way, visit one of the excellent local pubs before you get to the accommodation or bring your own grub and cook it yourself. This is intended to be a sociable event all weekend so expect a bit of party music both nights and if you play a musical instrument or can provide some other entertainment for us feel free. There's lots of social space at the venue so we shall again bring the casino equipment which was a brilliant ice breaker the last time we were there. Help yourself cooked breakfasts and packed lunches are provided as is hot and cold party food Saturday night but please bring desserts, cakes and other goodies to share as well as your own drinks. Tea and coffee will be provided. Accommodation is single sex bunk rooms of a variety of sizes with full bedding provided but not towels. Saturday and Sunday we intend to have both short and long walks to hopefully meet everyone's requirements and we are hoping to get some help leading these if some of you regular walk leaders wouldn't mind. Please contact Gordon directly for details. We shall also do our best to visit the tidal island at Worm Head and hopefully this time won't have to come back in the dark! Total cost for the weekend including all food, accommodation, walks and parties(!) is now just £69 which needs to be paid when you book. This price will rise by a further £20 pp when 20 bookings have been achieved. If you have to cancel more than 28 clear days before the event start date you will get a full refund less 15% cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 but more than 14 clear days notice the cancellation fee increases to 50%. No refunds will be provided to those cancelling with less than 14 clear days notice. ("clear" means does not include event start date or cancellation date!) If choosing to travel by public transport the nearest mainline station is Swansea and we could pick you up from there with trains from London, Birmingham or Manchester. We think it's a great venue in a brilliant location so come and join us.

Past events (60)

Lake District Walking and Social Weekend

YHA Wasdale

£89.00

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