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Minibus update 11th July
Due to the M4 motorway still being closed and the sizeable traffic problems at Hammersmith we'll be departing from Richmond station at 12 noon instead and also returning to Richmond. Full details will be emailed out to attendees.
With a good number of weekend trips on this summer, something is still missing from the Outdooraholics diary. We've got some fabulous trips in the calendar, but how about a weekend in a characterful, luxury and stunning 4 star country mansion set in the depths of the rural Brecon Beacons, with 62 acres of well maintained grounds to explore that include a stretch of the river Usk. How about entirely vegetarian (and mainly organic) food catered for by the hotel, consisting of breakfasts, dinners and packed lunch on Saturday and lunch on Sunday and to ensure we truly relax and revitalise why not have a yoga instructor come along with our group to provide yoga classes as well. A weekend at Buckland Hall itself is fabulous and it's a great place to explore, but to make it even more exciting we'll add in a couple of walks taking in waterfalls, caves and a reservoir, but nothing too tough. Let's also visit an 850 year old Abbey ruin
Sounds good? Come and join us for a weekend to Buckland Hall in the glorious Brecon Beacons.
The waterfalls walk is a lovely and relaxing walk for Saturday with some gorgeous scenery and superb photo opportunities for those who wish to play with their SLR settings. At just 5 miles it’s got a few good climbs but nothing too demanding. We’ll follow a river through a deep and rich woodland valley passing four waterfalls on the way one of which we can walk behind. The area has very lush vegetation and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. We’ll also visit the largest cave opening in South Wales
On Sunday we’ll have a short 3 mile walk heading up on a ridge behind a picturesque Victorian reservoir high in the valleys before heading back to the hotel for lunch at 1pm.
As with a previous trip we shall be joining up again with another Meetup group - "Girls on the Go" run by Jen who is a full time yoga instructor and will be providing our classes for the weekend exclusively for our two groups. Jen runs the following Yoga group in London:
For more info on Buckland Hall, please see the link below:
The focus of the weekend is on relaxing, revitalising and having a great time so our hikes will be gentler and the Waterfall walk will also be done at a more relaxed pace to fully appreciate it.
Friday 13th July:
Leave Richmond at 12 Midday. Head over to the Brecon Beacons, stopping en route to briefly visit the enchanting Tintern Abbey ruins and check into Buckland Hall for 5pm. We'll then have dinner there shortly afterwards before having an evening to explore the house and grounds and relax in the gorgeous Welsh hills, banishing our worries from the week.
Saturday 14th July:
We'll start off with a yoga class before breakfast to get us relaxed and ready for our days hike.
After breakfast we'll head off on a stunning walk that takes in four of the most beautiful waterfalls in South Wales (one of which we can walk behind) as well as visiting the largest cave opening in South Wales.
We'll then head back to Buckland Hall late afternoon for another yoga class followed by dinner there.
Sunday 15th July:
We'll start off with another yoga class before breakfast
After breakfast we'll embark on a short 3 mile walk by a picturesque Victorian reservoir and up onto the ridge behind for some great views.
Lunch is served at Buckland Hall at 1pm, after which we'll make our way back to London
The price of the trip is £220 per person. To RSVP you'll need to pay a £50 deposit by Paypal and the remainder will be due 10th June. As we have to pay the venue in advance the payments are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled, but if you need to drop out you can sell your place to another member of the same sex and with the same transport requirements.
Buckland Hall will be providing dinners on Friday and Saturday evening, a packed lunch on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. These are included in the cost of the trip. You will need drinks for the trip and money for drinks on Friday and Saturday evening. Please note: All food for the trip is vegetarian and where possible organic and local too. In their own words: "In keeping with our ethos of care for health and the environment, all catering at Buckland Hall follows a lacto-vegetarian cuisine. We use milk and dairy items, but no other animal products. We try to ensure that produce is local, fresh and, often, organic."
Minibus hire including fuel, insurance, parking and the Severn toll from London to the Brecons, all weekend travel and back to London is £39 pp. If you are planning to make your own way there please email before RSVPing yes.
We'll be leaving from Richmond at 12 midday on Friday, so you'll need to take a half/full day off work (unless you want to drive and arrive later). Expected return time to London: 5 to 6pm Sunday
The price includes:
•2 nights accommodation in Buckland Hall (twin bed, single sex ensuite rooms). It may be possible to get a double room if you're coming with your partner.
•Entry to Tintern Abbey
•Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday provided by the hotel
•Packed lunches on Saturday provided by the hotel
•Lunch on Sunday provided by the hotel
•Two guided hikes by a trained Walk Group Leader (MLTE) and Outdoor Activity First Aider
•Two yoga classes on Saturday and one on Sunday
The price doesn’t include:
•Transport between London and the Brecons and during the trip
In addition to what you'd usually take for a weekend, please ensure you have:
Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (hiking boots or similar as we're likely to see some mud)
Water (at least 1 litre per hike)
Sun lotion and a hat for head protection (if sun looking likely)
Waterproofs (if wet or rain looking likely)
Camera essential as there are some great photo opportunities
Although the walk on Saturday is fairly short by our usual standards, it’s steep in places and sturdy hiking boots are strongly advisable. A reasonable level of fitness is required, but it’s no tougher than most of the walks we do near London.
Below are some shots (mainly) from our previous visit to the Brecons