A picturesque location in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, this location offers wonderful views of the viatuct backing on to Whernside. From here there are options to explore any of the three famous Yorkshire Peaks: Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Those looking for a challenge are well catered for, alternatively, those looking for a gentle strole an enjoy the viaduct and the gentle slopes surrounding it.
The second weekend trip of the year takes us to Snowdonia national park in Wales. A part of the world renowned for its long periods of warm weather, consistent sunshine and definitely not wind and rain...*. This time we will be taking refuge in the Caseg Fraith hut found right at the base of Tryfan. This gives easy access to loads of great scrambling and views. *weather subject to change.
The final weekend trip for this semester takes us close to home in the Lake District. The small village of Threlkeldis nestled nicely below Blencathra, and has quick access to interesting scrambles like Sharp edge. Complete with nearby pub this is may be a more relaxed trip than the previous two.
CHEESE!! Walace's favourite no less, crumbly with a slight tangyness. This hike always starts with good intentions, long routes across the dale and down the valley, but, honestly, they always get cut short and we enjoy some cheese from the creamery and tasting room.
The first weekend trip of the year, where normaly we would go closer to home, this year we're starting off with a big trip. Crainlarich is found north of Glasgow, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park. Well situated between Ben Lui and Ben More, there is a whole host of big hills to climb and Munroes to be bagged. If that doesn't that doesn't take your fancy, 10km down the road is Loch Lomond with its tranquil green forests the splendor of Loch Lomond.
A glorious location in the heart of the Peak District, and in good weather, with spectacular views across Edale moor from Kinder Scout. When the weather deteriorates, well, that makes the day even more exciting. Low lying dense cloud and sudden cliff edges make you pay more attention to your surroundings. Of course Edale has a fine selection of pubs to finish the walk on.
We will meet at the Parkinson steps for 8:30, make our way to Leeds train station to catch the 9:19 train to Hebden Bridge, arriving in the town for 10:09.
The small market town of Hebden bridge is full of treats when it comes to hikes. To the north there are large open moors leading down to waterfalls and old industrial mills. Hebden bridge offers an look into the areas industrial heritage.
Tickets for the AGM will become available online shortly!!
This year the AGM will be hosted at La Besi (the Italian place near the Library pub), which is bring your own alcohol....
We will be meeting there at 8pm.
So, if you fancy being on committee next year these are the possible roles you can choose from:
PRESIDENT (if you like power)
SECRETARY (if you like emails plus it’s obviously the best role)
TREASURER (if you like money)
TRIP SECRETARY (if you like places)
GEAR SECRETARY (if you like shiny things)
WEB SECRETARY (if you like pretty pictures of pretty places)
SOCIAL SECRETARY (if you like being social)
GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS (if you just like knowing what’s happening)
If you are thinking of running for one of these roles you will need to prepare a short manifesto detailing why you are suited to the role, as well as a speech to give on the night before votes are cast. The proper descriptions of the above roles will be in separate emails/Facebook posts, so keep an eye out (these will also help you with what to out in your manifesto’s).
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you're interested!