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Pennine Way Winter Walking Weekend
This will be a full weekend involving some full-on walking over some famous stretches of the Pennine Way, and opportunities for warming social evenings on Friday and Saturday.
Don't be deceived by the moderate ascent to 500m/600m above sea level, the Pennines are open and exposed, and can be fierce and unforgiving, and usually have snow and ice through much of the winter. The Frozen Ground is actually a blessing as it protects our feet from the open moorland. In reward there are spectacular views and an ultimate sense of freedom in the wilderness.
Our overnight accommodation will be a Business Class budget hotel in the historic and traditional Lancashire market town of Glossop, with ensuite twin or double rooms for our members. We will be situated in the centre of Glossop just off the A57 and near to Glossop Train Station. Hotel check-in will be from 3pm or a little earlier if rooms are ready.
The cost for 2 nights and 2 guided walks is just £39, for the first 24 members to book their places. Meals are not included.
We have several possible walks planned, which are unlikely to have midway pub stops, so bring refreshments and lunch on the walks as well as full winter walking gear. Each will be of 10 to 14 miles in distance, and will be a loop rather than linear.
(1) From Glossop. This walk will head east along the Doctor's Gate path passing a waterfall. Our Pennine way adventure will include the stretch from 'The Old Woman', past Shelf Moor, over Bleaklow, passing Clough's Tor, to Rhodeswood Reservoir. We will return along Longdendale via Valehouse Reservoir.
(2) From Crowden. We begin overlooking Torside Reservoir, and will take the Pennine Way rising for several miles to the summit of Black Hill. From here we return via Tooleyside Moss and Hey Edge as great views over two large reservoirs eventually greet our return.
(3) From Hayfield. This walk will head along the Snake Path past Kinder Reservoir. Our Pennine way stretch will encompass Mill Hill, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Top, Swine's Top and Jacob's Ladder before returning to Hayfield via Oaken Clough
(4) From Hope Forest. This area provides a less strenuous and less exposed walk to the east should someone wish to lead this route, or in case weather deems another walk impossible.
We will undertake two of these walks on Saturday and Sunday, leaving the other main walk for anyone arriving early enough on Friday willing to lead it, or a shorter version of it, depending on time available.
Payment is required by paypal to [masked] or by cheque or via the meetup.com link to secure your place on this adventure.
This applies whilst group places last, and until early January 2017. This Hotel operates a supply/demand based pricing system, so prices tend to increase quite a bit during the last few weeks, and their 'saver' rooms are non-refundable.
Due to the logistical nuisance of communicating with a split party of people, and there being a potential lack of phone signal for much of the weekend, we are not proposing to offer this event to anyone who is not staying with us in Glossop. A decision will be taken later as to whether or not to open up any of these routes as separate day walk events.
With regret we will not be able to accept withdrawals or any booking amendment requests within the final weeks prior to the event start date. This is now policy for all weekend events due to the unreasonable nuisance workload created by changing RSVPs late in the process.
All payments go directly to the hotel, and rooms are reserved at a deal price which is non-refundable, so the only recourse for withdrawals is to re-sell your place to another member (usually, same gender) once all other places are filled.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.