Since time immemorial the Hiking Club has made the annual pilgrimage to the Lakeland village of Braithwaite for its first weekend trip. The origins of this never-changing ritual are lost in the mists of which they get a lot in the north Lake District. So cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth as a proclamation is nailed to the gear-store door, stating that this year’s first weekend will be a whole 10km east of Braithwaite, in the village of Threlkeld. We know not what lies in this hitherto uncharted territory. All we can say is that you ought to bring a pair of sturdy walking boots and a good packed lunch and we can only hope that we haven’t opened a Pandora’s box creating a schism between Braithwaitists and Threlkeldians. All this will be happening to the accompaniment of Prokofiev’s ‘The Montagues and Capulets’ (the theme from The Apprentice).
His Grace The Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate is famously the site of the magnificent Bolton Priory (and, less famously, the 19th century birthplace of Britain’s largest ever cow, weighing in at 1.13 tons!). Here we’ll be practising our navigational skills, so if you want to get more involved in leading hikes, or just fancy being a bit better an nav anyway, come along even if you are unsure of what a ‘map’ actually is. Musical accompaniment: the ‘Downton Abbey’ Theme.
Come one, come all! Give hiking a go this Sunday. If you’ve spent the term so far stuck in Leeds and feel like you need to get out into the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, then join us for the day in Ribblehead. As you look down from one of Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks, remember that had you been here 140 years ago you would probably be helping to carry some of the 1.5 million bricks used to build the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct (so tell whoever’s carrying the group first aid kit to stop complaining!). This week’s musical accompaniment is the ‘Colonel Bogey March’.
If the name ‘Kinder Scout’ means anything to you then you’re in the right place, if it doesn’t then you’re about to be acquainted with a place dear to the hearts of many a hiker. The village of Edale and its surroundings offer some wonderful hikes, with plenty of opportunity for a bit of scrambling en route. This week’s suggested musical accompaniment is Richard Strauss’s ‘Am Wasserfall’.
Our first Sunday hike takes us to the village of Malham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Whether a seasoned hiker or total beginner, all are welcome to join us in exploring some of the finest scenery near Leeds. If this year’s trips were an opera, it would be Wagnerian in scale, and Malham would provide the perfect Prelude to Act One. Our Trip Sec’s suggested musical accompaniment to this trip is Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, which ought to be playing as you stride across the limestone pavement and peer over the precipitous Malham Cove, surveying some of the most magnificent views Yorkshire has to offer.
As announced at our winter briefing, what better way to round off your year by joining us on an awesome trip to the Swiss Alps?! We'll be going for two weeks either side of Swiss National Day, and there's a chance for some proper alpine mountaineering with all the trimmings. Further info to follow, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!
After a fantastic trip at the tail end of November to Snowdonia, we're going back this Easter for another go! Hopefully we'll have the chance to do some brill scrambles and have some great mountain days too, but this time instead of having to traipse back to Leeds after a few days, we can stay for a week! What better way to get some air before diving into revision?
Our last weekend trip of the semester is to Duddon Valley in the Lake District! If you've never been on a weekend trip with us, now is your chance. The Lake District is home to England's highest mountain, as well as many other fells just waiting to be climbed. If the weathers good, there potential for some scrambling too. Sock wrestling anyone?
Two weeks after the journey to Scotland, we do it all again. This time we head to some of the most renowned Scottish mountaineering areas, the peaks and secret corries surrounding Fort William and Glencoe. There is a huge variety of terrain and routes, which depending on the weather conditions may allow you to access high peaks such as Bidean nam Bian, Am Bodach or Ben Nevis itself. The same requirements hold for this trip as for the Cairngorms, but you are only required to do skills training if you weren't on that trip. There is again an option to extend your time in this mountaineering nirvana, with a chance to leave Scotland on both the Sunday afternoon and the Monday afternoon. Trust us, this is one to get psyched for!
This week you have another chance to give us a go. Today we are off to Rivington In Lancashire. Home of Lord Levers private estate and Winter Hill. Lancashire's answer to Emley Moor. Whether you fancy a hike up to the viewpoint at the pike, or wander around the reservoirs, there should be something to suit most here. Hopefully you'll have a cracking time.
With a covering of snow Scotland’s mountains reveal their true colours, and can pose a technical challenge equal to any range in the world. Winter mountaineering is beautiful, exhilarating, tiring, unique and totally unmissable! On the first day we will show you the skills needed to explore the transformed terrain safely. Safety and planning are paramount in winter, so we ask everybody to do this. To come on this trip, you must attend the Winter Briefing that will be held in December, and we require that you have been on at least one weekend trip. The club provides ice axes, crampons and helmets, but you will need to bring a pair of B2 or B3 rated mountaineering boots along with everything else on our Winter Kit List. When you climb out of a steep snowy gully onto the Cairngorm plateau and reach your first winter summit though, all the investment and training will be completely worth it! This trip has the option to leave Leeds both on the Thursday evening and Friday evening, if you just can’t get enough. The morning starts are early, the long late journeys through the night are tiring and the weather can be pitiful; but the fire in your heart the morning you arrive home will leave you feeling no regrets.
Its night nav time again, where we take to the slopes of Ilkley Moor in the cover of darkness to practice our skills. Its a great opportunity if you fancy helping us out by becoming a leader, or if you just want to hike in the dark. Obligatory pub trip afterwards. Head torch essential (obviously), and if you bring a compass too even better.
LUUHC is off to the Peaks again and this time to Hayfield, at the foot of Kinder Scout. Some might say Hayfield and its mass trespass of 1932 was the birth of hiking in the UK, so join us for our penultimate Sunday hike of the semester in the place that gave us free access to the hills.
Our last trip in the Spring to Snowdonia was a bit damp so hopefully we'll have better weather this weekend! We're offering both a 2 night and 3 night option for this trip, for those keen beans who fancy skipping a day of uni. Possible routes include Snowdonia, Moel Siboad and perhaps some cool scrambles. Again, expect this trip to sell out fast! This is our last weekend trip before winter, so make sure if you want to join us for our winter trips, that you've been on at least one weekend trip with us beforehand!
LUUHC's first weekend trip of the semester is to Braithwaite, near Keswick in the Lake District. Last year's routes included Striding Edge on Helvellyn, routes above Buttermere and Blencathra. Weekend trips are a great way to get to know everyone in the club better, and are always a good laugh. And who would turn down a weekend in the Lakes? Expect tickets to sell out fast, and don't forget if you want to join us in second semester for winter trips, you must have been on a weekend trip with us beforehand!
Hiking's Give it a Go this semester is to Ribblehead in the Dales, home of the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the famous Ribblehead viaduct. This is your chance to try out the Hiking club and get to know us better, before you decide whether to join us for real! So join us as we explore some of the three peaks... perhaps not all of them in one go! Hopefully you'll enjoy a fab hike and become a fully-fledged LUUHC hiker!
We go to the coast this week and the quaint coastal village of Robin Hood's Bay. There's clifftops a plenty and loads of chance to get some sea air, in a village reknowned for its smuggling past. Long distance walk fans will also recognise Robin Hood's Bay as the end of the Coast to coast path, but don't worry we probably won't end up doing that - today anyway.
Pendle is dominated by Pendle Hill, and whether its witches you're interested in, the Quaker movement, or just a walk up Lancashire's most infamous peak, this should be a good day out on the dark side of the Pennines. This is what happens when you get a trip sec from Lancashire.
Join LUUHC on our first Sunday hike of the year, to Eyam in the Peak District, Derbyshire's plague village where, in 1665, the inhabitants chose to quarantine themselves rather than let the disease spread. Whether it's a wander around the plague "places of interest", a walk on the moors or some interesting edges, there should be something for everyone on this hike. Get your ticket on the LUU Hiking Shop from 8pm on Monday 18th September. Places are limited. Please only buy a ticket for yourself and if you can no longer go, please email Shona our secretary on email@example.com so that the first person on the waiting list can have your ticket. That way it's fair for everyone. If all the tickets sell out, email Shona to be added to the waiting list.
How to celebrate the end of exams and the long year of work they represent? A week in the north west of Scotland! We’ll be camping up near Ullapool, in the region of Wester Ross, surrounded by some of the finest mountains in the British Isles, such as Suilven and An Teallach. This is arguably the remotest, wildest part of the UK, where the mountains soar out of a land of ancient geology, intricate lochans and heathery moors. Such a setting makes a fitting place for another multi-day hike, where we will explore the Fisherfield forest.
The AGM has passed and a new committee is beginning to exert its organisational muscles, but we’ve fixed up this final trip! We’ll be heading to the islands of Mull and Arran on the west coast of Scotland, spending a week climbing their peaks, walking their coasts and seeing their sights. Potential highlights include Ben More, the fossil tree and Staffa on Mull, and the mountains around Glen Sannox on Arran. There will also be a multi-day hike on this trip, which is one of the options you must do if you’re going to Iceland. Whatever you do, before exam season kicks in this is a brilliant way to unwind and have a great week in the hills.