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BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT NOW CLOSED! We are now just over a month away from our magical trip along the West Highland Way in Scotland which is bound to be a brilliant highlight for the group. Most places were reserved by interested members last June when the idea of doing this was first raised but we have now secured further places so a small number of additional bookings can be taken. Whilst some will want to do the first days walk from Glasgow for completeness, this is not a very exciting part of the overall route so we have made this first day optional with everyone then gathering at Balmaha on Thursday night to set off in earnest on Good Friday. We will arrive in Fort William, weary but happy on the following Wednesday afternoon (24th). Here is a map of our planned route:- http://www.peakmeetupgroup.com/whw2019/ Our costings include all accommodation between the Thursday arrival in Balmaha and our arrival in Fort William and baggage transfer (20kg per person) for each overnight stay in between. Whilst most of the accommodation is hostel based or similar, we have allowed for one twin/double roomed hotel stay in the middle as a special treat! A full breakdown of the itinerary and options is available at the following link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13llY5KUqGIwccjzW6VvZOfD9xZGfduKaT3y0A39zJ3Y/edit?usp=sharing Our costings do not include travel, to and from Scotland, accommodation for Wednesday 17th for those planning to do the Glasgow to Balmaha walk on the Thursday or accommodation once we arrive in Fort William which due to everybodys differing arrival and departure requirements we will leave to be done individually. We shall collect a £40 per person food kitty contribution for all the meals we purchase collectively but individuals should make there own payments for pub / hotel meals out. We shall keep an accurate breakdown of kitty expenditure and any surplus will be split or put towards the costs of our final meal out. Overall cost for the trip is £199 which now needs to be paid when you book. Cancellation with more than 14 clear days notice will result in a full refund less a 15% deduction but only if we can resell your place as all our costs for the trip will still have to be met. Further information will follow shortly but if you have any queries at all please address them to [masked] or[masked] (txt only please). Everyone who has done this trip raves about it afterwards and it is so much more fun in a group. Join us! Once we arrive in Fort William, some of us plan to stay on for a few days and tackle some of the amazing hills in the area including Ben Nevis via the CMD arrete if conditions are appropriate. This will be published as a separate event shortly.
Our weekends away in the Yorkshire Dales have always been amongst our most popular e.g. Hawes, Malham, Lyttondale etc. This time we are going just to the North of the Yorkshire Dales National Park into the North Pennines AONB which is equally lovely. As we never seem to want these weekends to end, this time we have made an attempt to deal with that by utilising a Bank Holiday weekend where 3 nights away are possible rather than the usual two. We hope you like that plan. YHA Langdon Beck in a brilliant location next to the River Tees and just above the renowned High Force and Low Force crashing waterfalls provides us with brilliant walking routes in ever direction from challenging through to easy but rewarding strolls along the river. Plenty to do for everyone. Here's our advance plan for walk options over the weekend but these will get discussed after arrival and can be modified to suit the mix of people on the weekend. Something for everybody we hope. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RSOo2JFyvuPZAtSg0Ih8CiR7LqEqrDxy76wQtSldZEU/edit?usp=sharing This can also be accessed in OS map form. http://www.peakmeetupgroup.com/mbh2019/ 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/51937642/ 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 and Sunday 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 £89.00 (including THREE nights accommodation) 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.
Carsington Water Tuesday 14th May 10.15am Carsington Water is a large reservoir, which lends itself to a leisurely and scenic circular walk / ride of 8 miles. On this occasion we are going to enjoy Carsington both by foot (8 miles) and then by bicycle (8 miles) - Total distance of 16 Miles. If anyone would like to join in with just the walking (10.15am start) or just the cycling (13.30pm start) you are more than welcome. Meeting Point: Outside Carsington Water Visitor Center DE6 1ST Please feel free to bring a packed lunch and/or beverages.
Sherwood Forest is a truly outstanding location for a spring walk. It is an important area for its wildlife and contains some of Europe's greatest trees and heathland. We will visit the major oak which is between 800 and 1000 years old and was according to folklore Robin Hoods hideout. For the rest of the walk it is intended to avoid the little Robin Hoods and explore the remote trails of the forest. The walk will be just under 8 miles on flat terrain.