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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
A bit of a unique trip this week, as we go to Alton Towers, where the only hiking we'll be doing is around the theme park! A perfect way to let your hair down in between two of our weekend trips. We'll be going on the Sunday to save those freshers out there who have let themselves go a bit too much on Friday night!
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 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.
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.
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.
We’ve all loved being your committee, so have made our last trip before the AGM a cracker, spending a weekend in the incredible scenery of Snowdonia in North Wales. These are rugged, epic mountains with many opportunities for brilliant scrambling. There’s far more to explore in this region than just Snowdon, such as the Glyders, Carneddau and Nanttle ridge, fitting a huge variety of scenery into a very small region. Like the winter trips there’s an option to go for three days to pack in more routes, but this weekend is completely open to everyone.
Member Sign Up: Monday 6th March
Leader Sign Up: Tuesday 7th March
Brand spanking new for this year only, a joint collaboration between LUUHC and the union’s speleologists, the Leeds Uni caving club! We’ll all be going to the uni’s Selside hut on the side of Ingleborough in the Dales, for a mix of hiking and caving. This will be an amazing, fun weekend with the opportunity to try out lots of new things and meet people from another society. The Dales is one of the best caving destinations in the country, and a wonderful area to walk, so this is guaranteed to be a great weekend.
Member Sign Up: Monday 27th February
Leader Sign Up: Tuesday 28th February
The Howgills is the area between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. These national parks have recently been extended to include this area, which on a map appears as a complex swirls and knots of contour lines. Subsequently, this is a perfect place for a navigation-focused Sunday skills hike! It also boasts the longest waterfall in England, if interesting terrain and views of both the Lakes and Dales weren’t enough.
Member Sign Up: Monday 27th February
Leader Sign Up: Tuesday 28th February
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 an early departure on the Thursday before. Trusts us, this is one to get psyched for!
Member Sign Up: Tuesday 14th February
Leader Sign Up: Tuesday 14th February
Cost: £40 (2 days) / £50 (3 days)
This is another opportunity to come and try out the club if you’re undecided whether it’s for you. As we never made it to Kettlewell for our September GIAG, where else could possibly go! Nestled amidst the rolling scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, there are scenic rivers, the closest thing to a ridge line in the Dales and even a scramble! The peaks of Buckden Pike and Great Whernside are some of the highest in the Dales; there’s no better way to get to know the Yorkshire landscape.
The theme, as voted for by you, will be "literal mountain names". This could be trasnlated or not. For example:
Ben Nevis - the venomous one (snake, or anyone called ben)
Ben Macdui - mountain of the black pig
Stob Binnien - anvil mountain
Beinn Bhrotain - hill of the mastiff
Castail Abhail - castle of the fork
Lord Hereford's Knob
Come dressed as your mountain of choice for an evening of hiking themed fun!
We will be starting at Woodies Ale House at 17:00. Please join whenever you can as we make our way into town!
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 stay in Scotland on the Monday 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.
Member Sign Up: Monday 30th January
Leader Sign Up: Tuesday 31st January
Cost: £40 (2 days) / £50 (3 days)
The Cleveland hills form a dramatic boundary to the North Yorkshire moors national park, dropping away to the extensive plains below. Thus there will be many great extensive views! There’s a wide range of steep hills, gentle valleys and extensive moorland, just a short drive up the motorway from Leeds.
Member Sign Up: Monday 30th January
Leader Sign Up: Tuesday 30th January
Psyched for winter but not sure you have everything you need? Ski goggles went amiss somewhere at your New Year's rave? Just know you need to look fabulous on top of Britain's highest mountains?
Never fear, LUUHC is here for you. Instead of our usual Library pub trip, we will be getting the bus out to Chevin Trek in Otley. Exact time and place for outward journey tbc
Especially for LUUHC, they are going to be staying open until 7:30, and everything will have a 10% discount for members (including sale items).
Afterwards we will go for fish and chips and then on to sup at the finest publican's establishments Otley has to offer!
In winter, the nights begin early, so its easy to end up on a hill after the sun has gone down, suddently presenting a new navigational challenge. The best way to deal with this is to have practiced before! We'll go and do some nav challenges up on Ilkley moor, with experienced leaders showing you how not to get lost in the dark. We'll then go to a warm pub at the end! We're getting the train to Ilkley from Leeds, but please meet at Parkinson at 3pm, and note this is a SATURDAY!
One moment we were at the beginning of the semester, eager (hopefully) to learn lots of new stuff. Now we’re at its end, brimming with new knowledge (supposedly). What better way to celebrate a fantastic couple of months than a visit to one of our classic Yorkshire locations, Malham. Famous for everything from featuring in Harry Potter to being a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the limestone pavements and cliffs of this landscape guarantee interest and intrigue. As there is also a Christmas season to be ushered in, Santa hats and walking to carols is an optional added bonus.
***Sign Up - Monday 28th November, 20:00***
Often hills get really boring, obvious names; Red Hill, Broad Peak. The Dragon’s Back, on is the kind of name hills should have. It lives up to it too, offering a relatively narrow crest that leads you up to its summit. Located in a less-frequented area of the Peak District, the surrounding hills aren’t too shabby either – they’re actually the remains of a prehistoric atoll, like those in the modern tropical Pacific! Whatever the November weather throws at us, there’ll be a cosy pub at the end, and dreams of dragons to warm your heart.
***Sign Up - Monday 21st November, 20:00***
Here’s our proposal: one weekend, one trip, about 40 people, one universe and we take you somewhere in it. Only 4 of us know the details of this trip and we have secrecy protocols equal to any in MI5. No amounts of persuasion will give up the answer! All we can tell you is that the location is fantastic for all sorts of hiking; it’ll be one heck of a good laugh; and it’ll easily rank among your best weekends of the semester.
***Sign Up - Monday 7th November, 20:00***
For many years LUUHC has driven to Glencoe for our winter trips and training, driving along the glens and past the starlit mountainsides and lochs of the Southern Highlands. Yet we’ve never stopped – this is all changing! With a 2 or 3day option this is the perfect opportunity to go and unravel the secrets of one of the UK’s largest national parks. It’s a long drive and will require prompt departures from Leeds, but what beckons is worth it. There’ll be hikes and scrambles for every ability, and for all you Munro baggers a chance to add a good few to your list!
***Sign Up - Monday 24th October, 20:00***
This hike can be sold simply in two words: FREE CHEESE. Yes, really! Hawes is the home of the famous Wensleydale creamery where Wallace’s favourite cheese is birthed into the world, and it comes complete with a free tasting room. There’s also some of the highest fells in the Dales and passes used by the Tour de France two years ago to walk it all off. There will be a nav training element to this hike over the surrounding fells also, but let’s face it the free food is the main attraction.
***Sign Up - Monday 24th October, 20:00***
Just outside the city of Sheffield lies verdant wooded gorges, wide expanses of open hillside and some of the classic Peak climbing venues such as Stanage and Millstone Edges. These long edges over wide views over the Peak District and will be a wonderful contrast to the tight and verdant Padley Gorge. Whether you want to see some classic trad climbing routes or autumnal leaves, this should be a wonderful hike.
***Sign up - Monday 17th October, 20:00***
It’s time to head to the mountains! Braithwaite lies in the northern Lake District, and is close to an extensive variety of routes. Whether you want hidden valleys to discover, or airy ridges to scramble along, all are nearby. Possible routes are Blencathra, the famous Striding Edge on Helvellyn, the Grisedale Horseshoe and the beautiful lake and mountains of Buttermere. Our weekend trips are always a great way to get to know everyone in the club that little bit better, have a laugh, get out into the mountains and escape the city!
***Sign up - Monday 3rd October, 20:00***
Sutton Bank is spectacularly situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors national park. It offers beautiful autumnal woodland with extensive views all across the county. Nearby lies the medieval ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, one of the great northern Cistercian abbeys on which Yorkshire’s wealth was built. You’ll have plenty of time to explore, being situated only just over an hour from Leeds.
***Sign Up - Monday 3rd October, 20:00***
For our first GIAG we are going to the centre of the Peak District. This gives you the chance to come on a hike with us and get to know the club before you decide to join us for real! Come and explore old classics such as Mam Tor and Kinder Scout, in the place that gave birth to our free access to the hills. So come along, get to know us, enjoy a fab hike and hopefully you'll be sold and become a fully-fledged LUUHC hiker!
The first social of the year sees LUUHC take on the infamous Leeds institution that is Bierkeller - this is not one to miss!
Whether you're a fresher, new member or a club elder this is going to be a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with old friends.
We will meet at the Library Pub at 20:30 where we can take advantage of our discount cards before heading into town for what promises to be a spectacular night.
Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lederhosen and table dancing are mandatory
Join us for the first Sunday Hike of the year! We’re heading to Kettlewell, a village nestled amidst the rolling scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. There are scenic rivers, the closest thing to a ridge line in the Dales and even a scramble! The peaks of Buckden Pike and Great Whernside are some of the highest in the Dales; there’s no better way to get to know the Yorkshire landscape.
Come along to the Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theater (G.02) in the buisness school for a talk about what it means to be a member of LUUHC and all the benefits membership brings. You will be able to meet your commitee for this year and ask any questions you may have!
Based around the Italian Dolomites, we will spend 2 weeks hiking, scrambling, doing Via-Ferratas, and site-seeing or extra activities on rest days, amongst soaring towers, luscious Alpine meadows and picturesque Italian villages. We hope to build on our successes of the trips in recent years to Norway, the Pyrenees and the Austrian Alps. This is a once in a lifetime trip not to be missed!
The trip will start in a campsite in the area of Cortina d’Ampezzo where we will stay for the first week, we will then have a trip to Venice for some sightseeing and stay nearby in a hostel or campsite for 1 or 2 nights. The second week will be spent at a campsite around Trenta. The exact dates of when we will be staying in each location haven’t been decided yet.
The costs of food, transport, insurance, sightseeing and souvenirs will be covered by yourselves. Looking at past trips we have estimated the total cost (payment to the club and costs to yourselves) to be approximately £350 per week.
SIGN UP*: 23rd February Onwards. There is no limit to the numbers for the trip and sign up will include paying a £50 deposit. You are free to join and leave when you like but any time other than these dates won’t be part of the official club trip.
*Sign up online. Buy tickets on the Leeds University Union website Hiking 'Shop' page at www.luu.org.uk/groups/hiking.
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