- Awesome Skye in June
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/
- Spring in Sherwood Forest
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.
- May Bank Holiday Weekend at Langdon Beck
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.
- West Highland Way Adventure 2019
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.
- Family Friendly Walk from Monyash
If you are like me over school holidays with kids at home and not quite sure what to do with them, here's another option in a lovely part of the Peak District. The plan is for a relatively easy and interesting walk of as much as 9 miles but with a much shorter option possible for any that need it. Children, teenagers and young adults are welcome to join this one as long as they are with a responsible adult member of the group (over 18) who accepts full responsibility for them at all times. Although we won't set arbitrary age limits on attendance the walk is unlikely to be suitable for under 8's unless they are already regular country walkers (as some including my own definitely are). Grown ups attending will need to be patient as we will be going slowly, making frequent stops and explaining features as we progress. The walk start opposite the church in Monyash so park where you can. The walk includes a large section of the lovely Lathkill Dale and other delights. No problem with anyone attending who hasn't got children as long as they appreciate that we may be going a bit slower than usual. Please feel free to contact me if concerned about any aspect of this event. Book kids in as guests so we can count numbers correctly.
- 30K BIG Walk Around the Chatsworth Estate and the Derbyshire Edges
So a BIG walk of just under 20 miles but if you are not up for that distance don't panic as there are several points at which it can be shortened and for some to come back by an easier route. For those going the distance the walk includes the lovely Beeley Wood, Hob Hursts House (neolithic site), open access moorland across Gibbet Moor, Birchen Edge, Nelsons Column and the Three Ships, White Edge, Hay Wood, Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge, Baslow Edge, Wellingtons Monument and Chatsworth Estate. Fantastic! Over distance approximately 19 miles Accumulated ascent 770 m
- Bicycle Ride - Manifold Track - 18 Miles
Manifold Track Saturday 13th April 10.15am Come and join us cycling the Manifold Track which is a 100% off road route following the disused Leek and Manifold Light Railway. The trail is a scenic and leisurely 9 miles in length starting at Hulme End to Waterhouses. From Waterhouses we will head back to Hulme End - Stopping off to take the steps up to visit Thors Cave (as pictured). Our total cycling distance is 18 Miles. Meeting Point: Hulme End Car Park SK17 0EZ This ride is approximately 3/4 hours long. Diffiiculty Level 1/5 Please feel free to bring a packed lunch / beverages if required.
- Derby Canal, Cloud Trail and River Derwent BIG Bike Ride (42 miles)
Derby Canal, the Cloud Trail and the River Derwent all provide excellent traffic free trails for bicycles so we have just added some quiet lanes to the North of Loughborough to complete a fantastic circular ride. If doing long distance rides or cycling holidays in a reasonably relaxed fashion you'd tend to be aiming for 45-50 miles in a day which is where we have pitched this ride in anticipation of several cycling weekends we have planned for later in the year. Helmets should be worn.