Those of us who arrived on Thursday night were driven off the hills by heavy rain on Friday but we had a very pleasant trip to Caernarfon in the afternoon, discovering a top curry house and a couple of good pubs. For most of the rest of the weekend the weather was great. Most people headed either for the Nantlle ridge or the hills to the east, where we reached […]

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Summer arrived early this year – just in time for our April weekend. The NT hut was perched high in the hills between Charmouth and Golden Cap – and proved to be very comfortable apart from the ‘petite’ bedrooms – luckily some of us were able to make use of the lounge sofas instead! Our walk on the Saturday saw us all head towards Golden Cap then on towards the […]

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We had a an excellent weekend at High House in Borrowdale with better weather for some than others, good snow cover on Glaramara and a great curry on Saturday night. Those of us who arrived on Friday night met some rather bedraggled walkers returning from Great/Green Gable, but Saturday started fair. Two parties headed for Glaramara and most of the rest for some lower hills further down the valley. The […]

Some great photos from Tony from what looks like an excellent weekend at Patterdale. After an advance party visited some smaller tops round Ullswater on Friday, Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Place Fell were visited on Saturday and Sunday, along with the pick of the local hostelries.

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A cheery gathering of 18 headed off to the Peak District for the annual Festive Meet in December. ‘Were we meant to bring sleeping bags?’ asked Shira as we sped up the M1….. ‘Oh I am sure the hut will have spare blankets’ was the reassuring reply…… First stop was the impressive gritstone crag of The Roaches on Friday afternoon where two carloads converged on foot (after several mobile phone […]

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Seven attended for what turned out to be a nice hut in a good location with favourable weather for early October. A late Thursday night arrival for Adrian S, Manoj and Dave followed by a few drams of malt whisky and dodgy ‘banana rum’ made for a late start on Friday morning, after Michael joined before breakfast. We were lucky to get the last parking slot at Pen y Pass […]

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A first visit to Dartmoor for many of us, staying at the Okehampton Youth Hostel which was well placed for Saturday’s expedition to Yes Tor, High Willhays and the beautiful West Okement valley with a fair bit of trackless moorland on the way. On Sunday the biggest group went to Postbridge and headed for Sittaford Tor, where a group of people walking off into the moor to stand in a […]

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Bryn Hafod, the Mountain Club’s hut near Dinas Mawddwy was our base for the weekend. Nestled up a valley under the Arans there were great walks from the door to Aran Fadwwdy and several other peaks. Saturday took us over to Cadair Idris for a circuit of the tops looking over the sea and the rest of Snowdonia.    

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We had an excellent weekend based at the Rucksack Club hut in the Duddon Valley. A fair number of us got a walk in on Friday afternoon on Crinkle Crags or Pike o’Blisco. On Saturday most people walked up Coniston Old Man from the hut and traversed over the intervening tops to Grey Friar and back by Seathwaite Tarn, in superb weather. Harter Fell was attacked by various routes on […]

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February meet at the Chester Mountain Club hut Pen Ceunant Uchaf located near the start of Snowdon’s Llanberis (tourist) Path, half a mile out of Llanberis.  Comfortable hut, nice coal fire. Sleeping was on the loft floor a touch chilly. Saturday. Chased horse from Chester hut grounds before walking Snowdon’s tourist path, sunny and easy going until the snow line, then crampons and mist near Clogwyn Station.  Loads of people, no […]

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Winter snow arrived in time for our weekend staying at Patterdale YHA. For our Saturday walk, the weather was uncertain but despite some high winds, the cloud base stayed above the summits all day. We did an 11 mile round, using ice axes and crampons for much of the way, over Hart Crag to Fairfield returning via St. Sunday Crag. It will be hard to beat such a classic round […]

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We rounded off the year with a fantastic weekend on Exmoor. The National Trust bunkhouse near Lynmouth was an ideal base for walking the stunning South West cost path and the East Lyn valley which provided as much ascent and descent as you find in the Lakes or Snowdonia.  

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