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Day Walks and Day Events in 2017
Saturday March 4: North Yorkshire Moors
Meet 10.00 at Lastingham Church gate (SE728905). Route: Lastingham Village, Bank Top, Rosedale Abbey, Northdale Rigg, River Seven Valley, and return. 10 miles, bring your own lunch. [OL26].
Saturday March 4: Surrey, Sussex and Shelley
Meet Ockley station 09.36 (Victoria 08.31; Dorking Main 09.24). Route: Birches Wood, Oakwood, Walliswood (Scarlett Arms – lunch), North River, Warnham Station (trains to: Victoria via Ockley and Dorking main; Horsham). 10.3 miles. [L187; E134 and 146].
Saturday March 25: The Rupert Brooke Walk, Bucks
Meet Wendover Station 09.45 (Marylebone 08.57, Great Missenden 09.38 – check). Wendover, Wellwick Farm, Combe Hill (north face), Chequers (view), Pulpit Hill, Parslow’s Hillock (lunch at the Pink & Lily), Hampden, Prestwood, Great Missenden Station. c.13 miles [E181]
Saturday April 8: Hidden Hangers, Surrey
Meet Liphook Station 09.00 (Waterloo 08.00, Haslemere 08.55 – check! Car Park £2). Sussex Border Path, Hatch Hanger, Mill Farm, Maysleith Hanger, Harting Combe, Rogate Common, Rake Hanger, Rake (lunch at the Flying Bull), Chapel Common, Forest Mere, Weavers Down, Liphook Station, 14.7 miles with 1384ft ascent. [E133]
Saturday April 22: Lower Wye Valley
Meet 10.00 at Tourist Information near Chepstow castle (car parking); train station c10 mins walk. Around 14 miles in the Wye Valley between Chepstow and Tintern. Moderately challenging route with ascent/descent along Offa’s Dyke national trail and Wye Valley Walk. Café stop halfway. [OL14]
Saturday May 6: Bluebell Woods and Surrey Hills
Meet Ashtead Station 10.02 (Waterloo 09.24– check!) Ashtead Common, Epsom Common, Ashtead Park, Stane Street, Oyster Hill, Mickleham Downs, Mickleham (lunch at King William IV), Headley Heath, Brockham Limeworks, Dorking station, train to Ashtead. c.15miles [E146]
Saturday May 13: Ardingly and Balcombe, Sussex
Meet Balcombe Station 09.22 (London St Pancras 08.30, change Gatwick – check!). West to Jarretts Farm, Balcombe Viaduct, Ardingly Reservoir (Black Hut café but bring picnic and drink), Ardingly, High Weald Landscape Trail, Wakehurst Place, Balcombe (optional pub stop) and back. Approx. 15 miles [LR187, E134 and135].
Saturday May 13: The Black Mountain and Two Lakes, South Wales
Meet 09:30 on the side road just off A4067 opposite Dan yr Ogof caves SN 844163. 23km with 840m of ascent across the Black Mountain, dropping down to Llyn y Fan Fach, low route to Llyn y Fan Fawr and return via the Beacons Way. [OL12] NB: In event of poor weather, date may change to May 14.
Sunday May 14: Full Waterfalls Walk, South Wales
Meet 09:30 on road outside the Angel Inn, Pontneddfechen SN 900076.18km with 460m of ascent. Via waterfalls on the rivers Sychryd, Hepste, Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Prydain. Slippery in places with some drops. [OL12] ] NB: In event of poor weather, date may change to May 13.
Saturday May 20: Yorkshire Three Peaks
Meet 09.00 at Ribblehead Road Junction (within sight of railway viaduct). 37km with 1600m of ascent over Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. [OL2] Optional weekend accommodation at Helwith Bridge (see UK meets).
Sunday May 21: Exploration of a Yorkshire Cave
Calf Holes to Browgill. Meet 09-00 at the YSS Bunkhouse at Helwith Bridge. [OL2] Optional weekend accommodation at Helwith Bridge (see UK meets).
Saturday June 24: The Siabod Challenge, Snowdonia
Meet 07.30 at Moel Siabod Café, Capel Curig SH729575. 23 miles and 8800ft of ascent, taking in Snowdon, the Glyderau, two other summits and Moel Siabod. Launch event for Day Walks in Wales, linked to fund raising day – Reach Out for Nepal. Participants must register in advance.
Saturday July 8: The Six Carneddau 3000s, Snowdonia
Meet 09-00 at Caseg Fraith (Gwern Gos Isaf) SH684601. Clockwise circuit, 25km with 1500m of ascent. [OL17].
Sunday July 9: The Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia
Meet Nant Peris car park for 09-10 bus (check summer timetable!) to Pen-y-Pass (or meet bus on arrival). Anti-clockwise route, additionally including Clogwyn Y Person Arete. 12km with 1200m of ascent [OL17].
Saturday October 7: 2017 AGM
The AGM will be held in the afternoon at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Sports Centre, Capel Curig, North Wales.
Notes regarding Day Walks
This walking programme provides an opportunity for members to meet one another and keep their walking fitness while not in the Alps.
Most of the walks in the South of England are organised to start at a Railway Station with a train connection to a central London Mainline Station, and often connections to regional stations too, although details of these are not usually given.
Most of the Southern walks, and some Northern walks, have a pub stop for lunch, followed by the second stage of the walk in the afternoon. Please do not consume your own food or drink in the pubs. Pubs often prefer you to remove your boots, or put plastic bags over them.
Do you need to book for a Day Walk? Simply arrive at meeting place. At railway stations meet outside the main entrance.
If severe weather warnings are given, phone the organiser. Maps are Ordnance Survey Land Ranger 1:50,000 (LR), Explorer Outdoor Leisure (OL) and Explorer 1:25,000 (E).
Please do not consume your own food or drink at the pubs without landlord’s consent.
Walk start times are usually based around the published railway timetables. Be aware that these times can change at short notice due to essential railway maintenance work, so please check before you set out. If Walk Leaders let the Webmaster know of any changes, this list can be speedily updated.
The AAC(UK) recognises that climbing, hill and country walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions, involvement and safety.
Under the Club rules, the Club, its officers, committee members and persons acting on behalf of the Club cannot be held liable for any loss or injury occurring to any participant while taking part in its activities.
[Updated 21 February 2017]