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Road triiiiiip!!!! Let's pack a day bag and hit the road.

The purpose of this group is to organise road trips in the UK and Europe using the clubs Minibus.

You should join if you are an adventurer at heart, who enjoys long walks, silly talks, and long drives to see the world.

In our events we will be travelling together in our minibus to amazing day trips in the South of England or longer trips to elsewhere.

Upcoming events (5+)

Magical Isle of Skye and Harry Potter Steam Train - Easter Bank Holiday

Easter Bank Holiday 1st to 5th April
£420 per person/ per bed
Early Bird £380 until 31st December 2020
Hikes and tours

For more information and to book, please follow this link:
https://www.hikingnation.co.uk/product-page/magical-isle-of-skye-and-harry-potter-steam-train-easter-bank-holiday

Fly or take a train to Inverness any time on Thursday and book yourself a nice room in the city. We will meet somewhere near Inverness Station on Friday at 9 am to start our adventure. Exact location to be decided.

The trip will be run by private minibus from Inverness and our hotel to every attraction, then back to Inverness.

You can choose to not do any of the hikes and stay at another location convenient for us to drop you off and pick you up, or stay on the bus.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND DO

Inverness
Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle
Catch “Harry Potter’s” Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig
Option to stay with the bus and watch the train pass over Glenfinnan Viaduct and meet the group at the Isle of Skye
The Fairy Pools - 1 or 2 hours hike
Neist Point - 2 hours hike
Fairy Glen - 1 or 2 hours hike
Rha waterfalls - 30 mins stop
Quiraing and Staffin - 3 hours hike
Kilt Rock - 30 mins to 1 hour picture stop
The Old Man of Storr - 2 to 3 hours hike
Dunvegan Castle - 2 hours for pictures and optional guided tour
Portree Harbour - 1 or 2 hours free explore or short hike
Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintail - 30 mins stop for pictures
Eilean Donan Castle - 30 mins stop for pictures
Distillery - 1 hour visit with option of tasting

HOTEL

The Dunollie Hotel
Shared twin rooms - same gender

Flights

Please book return flight to leave Monday after 5 pm from Inverness

FEE
£420
Optionally pay a refundable deposit now of £50
Remainder to be paid 40 days before the trip starts
Early Bird £380 until 31st December 2020

INCLUDED IN FEE

3 nights hotel accommodation - per person per bed
Full minibus travel from Inverness and throughout the trip
Guided hikes

NOT INCLUDED IN FEE
Meals
Flights
Distillery visit
Jacobite Train
Ferry
Dunvegan Castle
We will book the below for you in advance unless you opt-out. Prices are from 2020 and maybe a bit higher when we visit:

Jacobite train £36.00
Ferry £5.00
Dunvegan Castle and Gardens £14.00
Distillery tour £10 - not including tasters

REFUNDS

Full refund guaranteed if we have to cancel the trip for any reason.
No refund if you cancel.
Please take insurance to cover you in case you have to cancel if you fall ill or anything else happens, including COVID.

For more information and to book, please follow this link:
https://www.hikingnation.co.uk/product-page/magical-isle-of-skye-and-harry-potter-steam-train-easter-bank-holiday

Puffins and Bluebells of Skomer Island and the coast of Pembrokshire - Bank Hol

Monday 31st May is Bank Holiday!

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Spring on Skomer Island is a colourful affair with bluebells and pink campion carpeting most of the island. The colours are so vivid they can easily be seen from the mainland.

Skomer island is also a great place just to sit and watch the comings and goings of the puffins. You won’t need your binoculars here but a camera is a must.

The puffin is one of the country's favourite birds and there are few better places to see them up close than on Skomer Island.

The puffin is unmistakable; once seen, never forgotten. With its beautiful markings, strikingly coloured bill and almost comic gait it is a bird that has endeared itself to millions. Though often known as a sea parrot, locally in Northumberland, the bird is known as a 'Tommy noddy'. It is a member of the auk family, alongside guillemots and razorbills - also present on the Islands.

We will also make the most of this long weekend by hiking the Atlantic coast side of Pembrokshire and if the weather permits or if you are very brave, take a dip in the sea.

ITINERARY
FRIDAY
Set off by coach Swansea to break up the journey the next morning.

SATURDAY
Drive straight to meet our ferry to Skomer.
At Skomer island, you will be free to roam alone or as a group for 4 hours!

The island has a lovely cafe where we meet again for lunch and drinks before heading back to the mainland.

TECHNICAL NOTES
Circular walk length: 6km / 4 miles
Ascent: 100 metres

After that, we hike the coastal path of St David's Head circular, via St David's Cathedral in St David's, Britains smallest city.

TECHNICAL NOTES
Length: 14 km
Surface: Moderate
Difficulty: Medium
Average Duration: 6 hrs
Total Ascent: 465 meter

SUNDAY
Green Bridge to St Govan circular
TECHNICAL NOTES
Length: 15.53 km
Surface: Moderate
Difficulty: Medium
Average Duration: 6
Total Ascent: 537 meter

The most spectacular hike of the Pembrokeshire coast with views of Green Bridge, an arch resembling Durdle Door, the Elegug Stacks, the Cauldron, to St Govan's Chapel, a tiny cliff-side chapel accessed by steps & named for a hermit who lived there in the 6th century.

From there, a road trip to visit the idyllic Tenby Harbour is in order where we relax, take pictures, stroll and have an early dinner.

MONDAY
We spend the morning enjoying what we have right at the doorstep of our hostel. Broad Haven beach, coast and Brides Bay!

Drive to London around lunchtime.

FEE
£225

Please follow this link to our website to make your booking:

https://www.hikingnation.co.uk/product-page/pembrokeshiremay2021

Pay a refundable deposit to mark your interest. The remainder must be paid 40 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED
Full travel by private coach
3 nights accommodation
Guided walks

NOT INCLUDED:
Ferry trip and entrance to Skomer Island - £30
Meals

ACCOMMODATION:
Our first night will be one hour away at Swansea. We will stay in an Ibis Hotel in shared twin rooms (same gender).

The other two nights will be spent at the best hostel in the area, the YHA Broad Haven with Broad Haven beach and Brides Bay just outside.

MEALS
The hotel serves breakfast at around £10 (to be confirmed)
At the hostel, we have access to a self-catering kitchen where you can prepare breakfast, packed lunches and dinner.

There will be the option to join the rest of the group for dinners at local restaurants.

On Friday night we will stop at nice service stations where we can have some hot food for dinner.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking gear
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof overtrousers
- Water bottle
- Backpack
- Hiking poles

ATTENTION:

1 - It is your responsibility to ensure you check messages on this event and private messages sent to you before the trip starts and up to the morning of the trip.

2 - As with any road trips, there is a chance of heavy traffic, accidents and break-downs which could force us to skip parts of the trip, or stop it completely.

We will make a full refund if the trip is cancelled for any reason.

3 PEAKS IN 3 WEEKS - Snowdon and Anglesey Island - travel included - hotel stay

All our events are fully refundable in case of government restrictions or if we have to cancel for any reason.

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The UK 3 Peaks challenge is usually accomplished in 24 hours with no sleep and includes the highest mountains of Scotland (Ben Nevis 1345 metres), Wales(Snowdon, 1085 metres) and England (Scafell Pike, 978 metres).

We, however, will take our time and space-out each trip allowing extra time in the region for another easier hike and free time to explore.

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WEEK 1 - SNOWDON

Join us for the most popular and fabulous trip in the UK! The Snowdon summit is a must-do, a challenging hike with super rewarding views.

The hike is steep and difficult, but we will walk slow and wait for whoever is struggling. This is a trip where we will stick together as a team looking after each other and having good fun.

You must have strong knees, have hiked steep hills in the last few weeks before the trip and not be afraid of heights as there are some easy scrambling included.

We will spend Sunday morning hiking the pretty fishing island of Holyhead in Anglesey.

ITINERARY

FRIDAY
Drive up to Anglesey, North Wales to check in our hotel and get a good night rest for our hike the next morning.

SATURDAY
- 8 am - We drive straight to Pen-Y-Pass to secure our car parking
- 9:30 am - Hike up Snowdon via the easier trails - around 7 to 8 hours
- Try not to die
- Drive back to the hotel for dinner and a well-deserved rest

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Snowdon Pyg Trail up, Miners Trail down

Length: 7.23 miles
Surface: Moderate
Difficulty: Hard
Total Ascent: 2681 feet - 820 metres
Total Descent: 2717 feet - 830 metres
Max Elevation: 3425 feet - 1085 metres
Start Elevation: 1185 feet - 360 metres

SUNDAY
Explore Anglesey!

This is an idyllic yet busy fishing island, full of life and a lot to take in.

We will do a short hike in Holy Island with beautiful views of the sea and local hills.

Estimated arrival time in London at 9 pm

TRAVEL

Meeting Hammersmith London
Location TBA
Full coach travel is included.

FOOD

Meals are not included to facilitate for those who prefer to bring their own food
Lunch: We will buy something at a local supermarket
Dinner: The hotel serves a nice dinner where we will eat on Saturday night

FEE
£250 - shared room
£335 - single occupancy

Bookings refundable up to 30 days before the event starts

Follow this link to book your place:

INCLUDED:

- Full travel from London and back
- CPC driver trained and qualified to drive double-decker buses
- Accommodation
- Guided hike by a trained mountain-guide
- First aid kit and trained first aider

WHAT TO BRING:
Snowdon is a mountain and the weather is highly unpredictable. You MUST have adequate hiking gear to attend this trip.

- Hiking waterproof jacket
- A warm layer for the summit
- Hiking trousers or hiking leggings (yoga pants are only allowed on really good weather)
- Waterproof overtrousers
- Hiking boots
- Backpack with a waist strap
- At least 1.5 litres water bottle or water bladder

ATTENTION:

1 - It is your responsibility to ensure you check messages on this event and private messages sent to you before the trip starts and up to the morning of the trip.

On occasions, meeting location, time and other details might have to be changed and the event could also be cancelled last minute.

2 - As with any road trips, there is a chance of heavy traffic, accidents and break-downs which could force us to skip parts of the trip, or stop it completely.

3 - This is a mountain hike. You must ensure you are fit and have adequate insurance to cover you in case of an accident. The guide or anyone else involved in organising this trips does not accept responsibilities for injuries, loss or death during this trip.

4 - Refunds are not possible unless we cancel the trip for any reason, so please take travel insurance in case you fall ill.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
https://www.hikingnation.co.uk/term-and-conditions

3 PEAKS IN 3 WEEKS - Scafell Pike, Lake District - Travel included

Premier Inn London Kings Cross hotel

All our events are fully refundable in case of government restrictions or if we have to cancel for any reason.

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The UK 3 Peaks challenge is usually accomplished in 24 hours with no sleep and includes the highest mountains of Scotland (Ben Nevis 1345 metres), Wales(Snowdon, 1085 metres) and England (Scafell Pike, 978 metres).

We, however, will take our time and space-out each trip allowing extra time in the region for another easier hike and free time to explore.

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SCAFELL PIKE

A beautiful circular hike, using different trails up and down the mountain to make the most of the incredible views.

We will walk slow and allow you to catch your breath as much as you need. We will stick together to the end :-)

Other than that, the rest of the trip will be quite relaxing.

ITINERARY

FRIDAY

Meet at 6 pm outside Kings Cross Station
Drive around 4-5 hours including 1-2 service station stops
Check-in the Holiday Inn hotel in Preston, partway to Scafell Pike - option for single occupancy

SATURDAY

Leave the hotel at 8 am
Drive to Scafell Pike
Hike Scafell Pike (around 6 hours of a slow amble)
Length: 11.46 km
Surface: Very Rough
Difficulty: Medium
Total Ascent: 804 meter

Check in our hostel in Eskdale

Shared rooms - no option for single occupation

SUNDAY

Leave hostel at 10 am
We will hike Elterwater Cathedral Quarry

Highlights of the day

Moderate lowland walk, with beautiful alpine-like views
Waterfalls
A pretty bridge
Length - 7 miles
Total ascent – 1,068 ft - 330 metres
Total time - 4 to 5 hours of a slow amble

Drive back to London

FEES
£265 per person - shared rooms
£345 per person - part single occupation (single room 1 night, shared 2nd night)

Please follow this link to pay for your booking:
https://www.hikingnation.co.uk/event-details/3-peaks-in-3-weeks-scafell-pike-lake-district-travel-included-hotel-stay

INCLUDED

Full travel from London’s Kings Cross on a rented coach
2 nights accommodations
Full guided hikes

TRAVEL
Departure and meeting point
Friday 6 pm

Bus Stand across from Premier Inn – Kings Cross
26-30 York Way,
Kings Cross,
London N1 9AA

Arrival time: Around 10 pm

ACCOMMODATIONS
Night 1 - Holiday Inn Preston
Night 2 - YHA Eskdale

LUGGAGE

Please bring no more than a backpack and a small suitcase. The small suitcase can be a bit bigger than a cabin bag.

MEALS

Meals are not included in the paid fees.

Breakfasts
Hotel £10 full English
Hostel £3 per breakfast.

Lunches

We will buy packed lunches

Dinners
Friday
On a service station

Saturday and Sunday
TBA

WHAT TO BRING

Must have or you will not be allowed to hike:

· Hiking shoes or trail running shoes
· Backpack (you will thank yourself if you bring one with a waist belt)
· Hiking or gym clothes
· Waterproof jacket

Others

· Towel for the hostel (you can hire one from the hostel if you prefer)
· Toiletries
· Sunglasses
· Waterproof over-trousers
· Hiking poles

ATTENTION:

1 - It is your responsibility to ensure you check messages on this event and private messages sent to you before the trip starts and up to the morning of the trip. On occasions, meeting location, time and other details might have to be changed and the event could also be cancelled last minute in case of extreme weather or other unexpected events.

2 - As with any road trips, there is a chance of heavy traffic, accidents and break-downs which could force us to skip parts of the trip, or stop it completely. We will do our best to make your day better, and of course to avoid any of these, but we expect your understanding on these occasions.

3 - This is a mountain hike. You must ensure you are fit and have adequate insurance to cover you in case of an accident. The guide or anyone else involved in organising this trips does not accept responsibilities for injuries, loss or death during this trip.

4 - Refunds due to illness or any other unforeseen events are not possible, but good travel insurance should cover you in such cases.

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