Xerox Hiking Club – 2014 Diary

Hello Everybody,

We now have a full program for 2014. Each organizer will be sending a reminder closer to each meeting, but here is the summary for your diaries and to enable you to make early bookings.

When building the program, we tried to achieve a balance which reflects the wishes expressed by the group during the AGM in particular, whilst keeping within the budget. After mid-year concerns following some losses, we managed to keep John (Robertson), our Treasurer, happy by the end of the year. However, this made us reconsider the approach for making reservations for camping trips and the May meeting in Chapel-Le-Dale which is a larger venue (Please see more below)

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The first meeting will be on February 21 to 23 in Lyme Bay on the Jurassic Coast. We have booked the Golden Cap bunkhouse from the National Trust –giving us access to walks along the coast or inland.

There are only 8 bunks, so early booking is recommended; please note that dogs are not allowed. Please contact Tim at  to book. If you miss on a bunk or wish to go to a bed and breakfast, the nearest town is Charmouth; alternatively, Lyme Regis is only 3 miles away.

Golden Cap, Dorset


[Golden Cap National Trust website link]

[A walk from Lyme Regis to West Bay including Golden Cap]

[Golden Cap wiki link]


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Sheen_bunkhouseWhilst we visit the Dark Peak area every July, we have overlooked the Dales of the White Peak. On 21 to 23 March we will be staying at Sheen. The venue is the YHA bunkhouse, close to Manifold Dale and the Northern reaches of  Dove Dale. Broadly speaking, the White Peak covers the Staffordshire Peaks, the Cheshire Peaks around Macclesfield and the Derbyshire Peaks from the Hope Valley southwards.

If you wish to book a place, please contact me (Nicole Canuet) at:


[White Peak District National Park Authority website link]

[Manifold Way web link]

[White Peak wiki link]

[Manifold Way wiki link]

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DeepdaleGranaryOur April trip will be in Deepdale on the Norfolk coastline from 25  to  27th.  The Club visited this venue, Deepdale Granary Group Hostel,  some  years ago. As well as the lovely walk in the woodland and on the beach; you may want to take the opportunity to visit Blakeney Point and the seal colonies.

If you wish to book a place, please contact Maeve at:



Previous XHC Norfolk Coastal Walks [1]

[Blakeney Point website link]

[Blakeney Point wiki link]


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OldSchoolBunkhouseMay 16 to 18th will see us in Chapel-le-Dale in the Yorkshire Dales. As before, the venue is the Old School Bunkhouse in Chapel-le-Dale. Located between Ingleborough and Whernside, the bunkhouse is ideal for anyone wanting to attempt the Three Peaks walk; though some find the local pub and its sweets an equally good attraction. This is a large bunkhouse and if take up by club members are low we will be sending invitations  to non-club members to ensure that we cover costs.

Please book early by contacting Martin at


Previous XHC Three Peaks Walks [1] [2] [3]

[Yorkshire Dales website link]

[Yorkshire Dales wiki link]


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EdaleCamping08tngam5July 11 to 13th, camping in Edale in the Dark Peak District  and August 8 to 10th Great Langdale in the Lakes District. The venue is the Fieldhead Campsite, Edale. Unlike previous years, we will not make a large block booking of pitches, so if you intend to attend and want to secure a pitch please inform John (Adams) at as early as possible.



Previous XHC Walks Edale/Kinder Scout [1] [2] [3]

[National Park Authority Dark Peak District website link]

[Dark Peak District wiki link]


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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAfter a lovely walk with splendid views (and excellent Chili con Carne by Chris) in the hills of the Black Mountains in September 2013, we will be returning to South Wales on September 12 to 14th, this time closer to the Brecon Beacons (Pen y Fan) and the Waterfalls. The venue is the Clyngwyn Bunkhouse.

Chris will be making the arrangements again, please contact him at  to reserve a place.



Previous XHC Walks Brecon Beacons [1]

[Brecon Beacons website link]

[Brecon Beacons wiki link]


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OctaviaHillOutridgeFarmFor October 24 to 26 a location close to greater London has been chosen –Toys Hill in Kent. The venue is Octavia Hill, Outridge Farm. Many were surprised at how Leigh Hill in Surrey which we visited in 2012 appeared to be so far from it all despite its proximity to urban areas. This location will offer a similar mix of woodland, hills and pasture. The nearest famous landmark is Chartwell. It is said that Churchill bought the place for its views –so join us and experience why “a day away from Chartwell is a day wasted”.

If you wish to book a place, contact me at



[Toys Hill National Trust link]

[Toys Hill wiki link]


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DavidDonaldFieldStudiesBaseThe last week-end meeting will be on November 21 to 23  in Worth Matravers, near Swanage in Dorset.  The David Donald Field Studies Base, run by Poole and Dorset Adventure Centre, is actually a converted RAF radar station, first erected in May 1940. It has been extensively renovated with full central heating and double glazing.  Please note that whilst some pictures show some 3-tier bunk beds, all bunk beds have been changed to a maximum of 2 tiers. The venue is right on the South West Coastal Path and close to Corfe Castle.

Let’s hope that we get as clear and sunny weather as our last week-end meeting of 2013 in Eastbourne; and that our Amigo(s) can join us for musical entertainment (thanks Rob).

If you wish to book a place, please contact Anne Young:


[South West Coastal Path (Dorset) website link]

[Swanage website link]

[South West Coastal path wiki link]


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The December meeting will be the usual London walk and is scheduled for Saturday 13th December.  We have come to rely on Tim to plan an interesting walk and no doubt he will organise another great day out.

LondonWalkDec08 (111)

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Hope that you will be able to join the group for one or more of the activities this year.

Best regards



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