Xerox Hiking Club 2017 Calendar

Dear All,

We now have a definitive calendar for 2017. Since my last note a few things have changed.

  • Instead of Swanage we will go to Weymouth where we found a comfortable bunkhouse with bedding provided, several ensuite, including doubles, and accessible by train.
  • The dates for the trip to Cornwall have moved to Thursday 8th to Tuesday 13th
  • The camping week end in Edale will take place on 28th to 30th July which is during the summer school holidays –children welcome.
  • We have finalised dates for our trip to Glenridding in the Lakes District and the YHA in Eastbourne.

The organisers will be sending reminders nearer the time, but if you are interested in attending any of these week ends, please let me know –the sooner, the better.

If you have any questions regarding arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact me.

For those of you who are still working at Xerox, please do not hesitate to forward this note to colleagues who might be interested in joining these walks.

Hope to see you in the New Year, in the meantime very best season’s greetings.

Nicole

Xerox Hiking Club 2017 Calendar
Dates Location
3-5 March White Peak District Ilam National Trust bunkhouse, near Ashbourne, White Peak. The bunkhouse has 16 places and is situated in an excellent location. It offers great walking opportunities in the Manifold and Dovedale valleys.
http://www.nationaltrustholidays.org.uk/bunkhouses/ilam-bunkhouse/
21-23 April DorsetWeymouth, Bunkhouse plus. A comfortable bunkhouse in town (for a change) and accessible by train. There are 23 places, bedding is provided and several bedrooms are ensuite, including two doubles. Opportunity to walk East along the Dorset Coastal Path towards Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, North West along the Downs where we will find Roman ruins, tumuli and barrows and Hardy’s monument or South on Portland island.
http://www.bunkhouseplus.co.uk/
Thurs. 8 to Tues. 13 June North Cornwall – National Trust Beach Head bunkhouse, on the coastal path between Newquay and Padstow –a stunning coastal location and an excellent base to explore Cornwall. There are 14 places. Stay the whole 5 nights or just a couple of days, the choice is yours.
http://www.nationaltrustholidays.org.uk/bunkhouses/beach-head-bunkhouse/
Tim is the organiser of this trip.
28-30 July Dark Peak District, Camping Edale. Another old favourite and again for good reasons, best part of the Peak District and if you want to venture further into the Peaks there is a station –in fact, you can easily make your way there from London by train. The campsite is nice, flat and well located. John Adams is the organiser, if you wish to attend please contact him so that appropriate bookings can be made with the campsite.
If you do not want to camp, there are B&Bs in the village and you can join the group for the Saturday walk and, if you wish, the barbecue in the evening.
Th. 7 to Su 10 Sept. Lakes District – Glenridding, at the foot of Helvellyn. Some of us visited the Bury Outdoor Pursuit Centre in 2015 and considered that it was worth another visit. We booked from Thursday night given the distance, but you can join just for the week end if you prefer.
http://www.buryhostel.org.uk/
3 to 5 Nov. South Downs Coast – Eastbourne YHA – Back by popular demand. Everybody enjoyed our last visit so we have booked the YHA for our exclusive use again. This is a comfortable venue (bedding provided, all rooms ensuite) with many footpaths on the front door (both inland towards the downs and seaward towards Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters cliffs), a coastal bus service for those wanting to do a linear walk and a good pub down the road for the Saturday evening dinner. This is our largest venue with 30 beds, so mark the date in your diary.
http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/eastbourne
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Xerox Hiking Club – Llanthony, Brecon Beacons National Park – 9-11 September

Dear All,

After a successful camping trip to Edale in July, the next trip of the Hiking Club will take place in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. The bunkhouse is in a lovely valley, next to the ruins of Llanthony Priory, a location which offers walking from the front door on Offa’s Dyke path. September should be a good time of the year for this location.

The Wain House, Llanthony, Brecon Beacons National Park – 9-11 September [link]

Whilst there is a total of 20 bunk beds, the capacity is limited to 16, giving us a choice of bunkand some extra space.

If you wish to attend, please let me know.

Also, the last meeting of the year will take place in Darsham, Suffolk on 28-30 October –if you wish to participate, please let me know too.

Approximately 2 miles inland, close to Dunwich and the Minsmere bird reserve, between Aldeburgh and Southwold, the old Stationmaster’s house is in a good location to explore the best of the Suffolk coast. A comfortable place, with a piano (any talent?), table tennis table and all bedding provided.   [link]

In the meantime, enjoy the summer.

Kind regards

Nicole

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XHC – Chapel le Dale Yorkshire – 13th May – 15th May 2016

 

Morning all,

Our annual trip to the lovely Yorkshire Dales is booked for the 13th-15th May 2016. I have the attendees so far confirmed below. If your name is not on the list below please could you let me know if you would like to join us?

There are a number of beds left, but we may have a Xerox team who are doing the 3 Peak Challenge for charity, so we may be booked up fast.

Our venue is the Old School Bunkhouse in Chapel le Dale, Nr Ingleton in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, an area renowned for its beautiful scenery and many outstanding walks. This is one of our regular trips, with some great walking right outside the back door!

From easy strolls, right up to The Three Peaks challenge, Ingleborough, Pen-Y-Ghent and Whernside, a classic walk of 24 miles. Or you can do just one, have lunch in Horton and get the train back, travelling over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. In Ingleton there is the Waterfalls Walk, which takes you up past a series of waterfalls in a deep wooded gorge, great for a Sunday stroll before lunch!There are also some of the best caves and potholes in the country, including White Scar Caves , Ingleborough Show Cave , and Gaping Ghyll which is a pothole 365 feet deep.

Our accommodation, the Old School House allows us to provide a full weekend, including B&B for around £40-50 depending on numbers. Excellent evening meals and ale are available from the Hill Inn which is just across the road.

Additional information about this event and the surrounding is available on the following websites  [Old School House] [Ingleton]

Some other useful websites:-  [1] [2] [3]

Hopefully see you there!

Regards

Martin

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Xerox Hiking Club – 2016 Calendar

Dear All,

Another year comes to a close and we now have a full calendar of walks to look forward to in 2016; a mixture of old favourites and new locations. Hope that you will be able to come along to some of the events. If you are interested, please contact the named contact for the event (email details are in cc).

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy Christmas and New Year.

Best regards

Nicole

Date Location Contact
Fr 4 to Su 6 March Big Mose, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire Hills

http://www.shropshiretourism.co.uk/accommodationdetails.php?estid=7904

Bernie Gardner
Th 14 to Su 17 April Exmoor – Next to Lynton/Lynmouth and the Valley of Rocks, excellent walking from the bunkhouse. We have booked the bunkhouse from Thursday, if you are interested, please state how long you wish to stay.

http://www.nationaltrustholidays.org.uk/bunkhouses/exmoor-bunkhouse/

Tim Porter
Fr 13 to Su 16 May The Old School Bunkhouse – Chapel le dale, an old favourite on the Yorkshire Three Peaks trail between Whernside and Ingleborough. You don’t have to do them all on the same day; but if you fancy a challenge then it’s the perfect location… and if you fancy half a challenge, take the famous Settle to Carlyle train between Pen y Ghent and the bottom of Whernside, cutting the boring bit some would say. Alternatively, climb them all over the week end.

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales/things-to-see-and-do/get-outdoors-dales/walking/yorkshire-three-peaks

http://www.oldschoolbunkhouse.co.uk/

Martin Lighten
Fr 8 to Su 10 July Camping Edale, Peak District. Another old favourite and again for good reasons, best part of the Peak District and if you want to venture further into the Peaks there is even a station –in fact, you can easily make your way there from London by train. The campsite is nice, flat and well located. John Adams, is the organiser, please let him know if you wish to attend so that appropriate bookings can be made with the campsite.
If you do not wish to camp, there are B&Bs in the village and you can join the group for the Saturday walk and, if you wish, the barbecue in the evening.
John Adams
Fr 9 to Su 11 September The Wain House, Llanthony, South Wales. In the Black Mountains, just off Offa’s Dyke path –a beautiful location.
http://www.llanthonybunkbarn.co.uk/
Nicole Canuet
Fr 28 to Su 30 October The Darsham country centre, Suffolk –approximately 2 miles inland, close to Dunwich and the Minsmere bird reserve, between Aldeburgh and Southwold. The old Railway Stationmaster’s house should be a more comfortable place, with a piano (any talent?), table tennis table and all bedding provided. An opportunity to celebrate Halloween?
http://www.darshamcountrycentre.org.uk/
Nicole Canuet

 

 

 

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XHC camping, Edale, Peak District 10th – 12th July.

The Xerox Hiking Club would like to invite you to our camping event of the 2015 calendar. John Adams is organising this trip, so please let him know asap via email if you are going;jnadams@ntlworld.com

The venue is Edale situated in the beautiful Peak District close to the official start of the Pennine Way. The delightful campsite is in a great location close to Kinder Scout. This will be our seventh year at this site, which is made up of 5 small hedged fields which are well drained. We are normally allocated the “Garden” field, which is the 2nd field  down the path to the RHS of the buildings from the car park. The area for our pitches are usually indicated by a sign. Some of us (retirees!) will probably be arriving earlier on the Wednesday to make the most of the w/e.

There are plenty of walking routes from the campsite, and also other beautiful walks within a short drive, including Mam Tor, Ladybower reservoir, and Stannage Edge. Also nearby is the famous Blue John mine nr. Castleton, and the scenic Hope Valley railway. There is plenty to see and do in the area, apart from walking! Additionally, the site is only five minutes walk from the Edale railway station and local loop bus stop – you will find Jeremy the bus driver extremely helpful and knowledgeable – he will also drop you off (and pick you up!) anywhere along his route. Both these public services offer the opportunity to explore further afield without having to drive.

As always we have pre-booked a number of tent pitches for the weekend. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis; any extra will be booked as required if the site still has room. . Please let me know if you want one of these to be yours. B&B is available nearby, also the Edale YHA (a bit further away), if you want to join us and don’t fancy being under canvas for the weekend; but please book this yourself.

Link to the Fieldhead web pages covering this campsite.

This is a beautiful area of the country and well worth a visit. For more information visit these websites: [1] [2]

This is a camping trip so you will need the basic equipment associated with this activity (tent, sleeping bag, camp bed / mattress / foam roll, torch). As usual, XHC will provide a mess tent and all the associated equipment for a cooked breakfast, tea, coffee etc.

If you don’t possess a tent, some of the regulars have more than one, which they may be willing to lend you; let us know if we can help.

The approximate cost is around £30  per person for the Fri / Sat nights.

Please let me know if you would like to join us for fun in the sun at one of the premier campsites in this area! Have a look here.

Regards

John.

jnadams@ntlworld.com

 

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XHC – Lake District 19-21 June

Hello,

Some venues are somewhat distant, but after an excellent trip such as our stay in Cragside (a lovely bunkhouse right in the middle of the Cragside estate) last weekend, the journey is quickly forgotten.

The June meeting of the Xerox Hiking Club is also distant as it will take us to the Lakes District, but again the variety and quality of walking justifies the trip.

We have hired the Bury Outdoor Centre located in Glenridding. Glenridding,_Cumbria

The hostel offers plenty of accommodation, it overlooks Ullswater, is close to Helwellyn and there are lots of walks for all capabilities.

Weather permitting, we will be able to make use of the barbecue and enjoy the longest day of the year outdoors.

Car sharing from the Welwyn Garden City/St Albans area will be available; leaving sometime on the Friday.

If you would like to attend, please let me know (ncanuet@yahoo.co.uk ) at the earliest.

Hope to see you there,

Best regards

Nicole

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XHC – Chapel le Dale Yorkshire – 8th-10th May 2015

Hi all,

Our annual trip to the lovely Yorkshire Dales is booked for the 8th-10th May 2015. I have the attendees so far confirmed below. If your name is not on the list below please could you let me know if you would like to join us. There 28 beds left.

This is a large bunkhouse so we have plenty of spare beds. If you have any friends or relatives that would like to join us then please invite them. The scenery is beautiful, and there are many activities apart from walking so it really is not to be missed! 

Our venue is the Old School Bunkhouse in Chapel le Dale, Nr Ingleton in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, an area renowned for its beautiful scenery and many outstanding walks. This is one of our regular trips, with some great walking right outside the back door!

From easy strolls, right up to The Three Peaks challenge, Ingleborough, Pen-Y-Ghent and Whernside, a classic walk of 24 miles. Or you can do just one, have lunch in Horton and get the train back, travelling over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. In Ingleton there is the Waterfalls Walk, which takes you up past a series of waterfalls in a deep wooded gorge, great for a Sunday stroll before lunch!There are also some of the best caves and potholes in the country, including White Scar Caves , Ingleborough Show Cave , and Gaping Ghyll which is a pothole 365 feet deep.

Our accommodation, the Old School House allows us to provide a full weekend, including B&B for £40 depending on numbers. Excellent evening meals and ale are available from the Hill Inn which is just across the road.

Additional information about this event and the surrounding is available on the following websites  [1] [2]

Some other useful websites:-   [1] [2] [3]

Hopefully see you there!

Regards

Martin

07889 491211

https://xeroxhiking.wordpress.com/

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