2000 Itinerary including Socials

27th December - 3rd January Scotland Organised by Dave Steed, Rucksacks, Braemar, Aberdeenshire.

Beds: 26 - All Full Camping: Available in garden, space for 3 - 4 tents

Cost: Approx. 80.00 accommodation only

Facilities: 3 buildings, all with own toilet, electric shower and central heating, Drying room, fully equipped kitchen

More details will be published later.

I will attempt to organise a meal, probably towards the end of the week, but due to the New Millennium, this all depends on what is going on. No details yet of anything that is organised for New Years Eve. It is dependent upon the town's tourist committee who haven't yet met to decide anything.

If any one has any burning questions, can they let me know and I'll try and get them answered.

4-12 February Ski France 2000

For those of you who fancy a bit of sun, snow and apres ski next year, Chris McCarthy is organising a ski trip to the French Alps. For a cost of around 585 you could be snowploughing down one of the largest ski area in the world. Accommodation will be in a catered Chalet with transport on the snow train. This cost will also include equipment hire, lessons and lift pass. If you are interested then get in touch with Chris to ensure a place.

5-7 February Snowdonia

Marks Wadds is organising a weekend to Llanbedr, Mid-Wales, to celebrate his Birthday. The Youth Hostel where we will be staying is 3 miles from Harlech offering trips to the Rhinog Mountains and the coastal towns. Also the Ffestiniog Railway and Portmerion are close by. The hostel is next to a pub but there are cooking facilities for those who would prefer to self cater. Send a 5 deposit to Mark if you are interested.

17th-19th March Lake District

The SHOT trip is on March 17th-19th to The Woolpack Inn, Eskdale, Lake District. I have booked 20 beds in their bunkhouse (1x12 and 1x8), although they do have an additional 10 beds. It costs 12 per night which includes a 'Buffet' breakfast in the pub - self service I think. We have to pay full cost for any empty beds, and after the Dorset debacle and because of the close proximity of Percy's trip I felt it prudent to downsize our ambitions. Any late extras may fit in the spare beds if unbooked or into B&B (25 per night) in the pub. Send Gus 5 if you want to secure a place.

14-16th April - Hellvellyn, Lake District

I've booked Bury Councils Lake District centre for the weekend of 14-16th April 2000 for a joint birthday bash for myself, Zoe and Donna. The centre, for those who haven't been, has 28 beds and is located on the slopes of Hellvelyn but is also in easy reach of Ullswater for Sunday rowing or a trip on a steamer.There's even a good pub nearby. Cost for the weekends accommodation is just 5,(4 with N.U.S. cards).

Mark

26-29 May - Arran - Scotland

The accommodation is High Corrie bunkhouse which is in Corrie four miles north of Brodickk. The nearest shop and pub are within staggering / crawling distance.

The ferry leaves Ardrossan at 20:30 on Friday and gets to Brodick at 21:25. There should be a connecting bus heading up to Lochranza. There is a really good bus service round the island so there would be no need to take cars over on the ferry. The ferry is 6.95 return at 1999 prices and it costs 1 to take your bike. There are several return ferries on the Monday more details are on the Cal-Mac website Cal Mac

The obvious walking route is Goatfell (874m) and Cir Mhor (798m), which can be done in a moderate/long day (17km 8-9 hours). Check your Corbetts book or whatever for details, there are a few scrambly bits which you can avoid if you are a total wimp! There are also a number of other walking opportunities for all abilities, including good beaches, cliffs and woods. Alternative activities include Lochranza distillery, coffee shops, cycling, watersports, etc. For more info, contact Caroline (01408 633035) or Richard (01349 866748, Richard.fyfe@sepa.org.uk ) and to confirm a place, please send 5 deposit to Caroline.

E-Mail Caroline or Richard to ensure a place.

The obvious walking route is Goatfell (874m) and Cir Mhor (798m), which can be done in a moderate/long day (17km 8-9 hours). Check your Corbetts book or whatever for details, there are a few scrambly bits which you can avoid if you are a total wimp! There are also a number of other walking opportunities for all abilities, including good beaches, cliffs and woods. Alternative activities include Lochranza distillery, coffee shops, cycling, watersports, etc.

For more info, contact Caroline (01408 633035) or Richard (01349 866748) and to confirm a place, please send 5 deposit to Caroline.

24-25 June - Langdale, Lake District

This trip fall just after the longest day so should have plenty of daylight for those people wanting to go on very long walks. Raven Crag occupies a superb position adjacent the Old Dungeon GhyllHotel, in the beautiful Great Langdale Valley, 8 miles from Ambleside. It is ideally placed for enjoyment of the Lake District for walking,climbing and LOTS OF BEERS! The property is a typical Lake District Cottage set against the fells and Raven Crag itself. Twenty four beds are provided in four separate rooms. The centre runs on a self catering basis, but meals, including breakfast can be obtained from the pub next door or down the valley. Places are limited so please contact Gus as soon as possible to reserve a place.

13-15th October - Parkend, Forest of Dean

Enjoy the autumnal colours of 20 million trees in the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire by visiting Parkend. We have booked Fountain Lodge, a luxury bunkhouse conveniently attached to the Fountain Inn in this village in the heart of the forest.

The accommodation comprises 4 bunkrooms (of 4,5,9 and 12 beds), showers, TV, video, barbecue area, kitchen etc and costs 8 per night. Breakfasts can also be ordered at the pub next door. The bunkhouse is ideal for family groups. We have to have a minimum of 22 people so the plan is to allocate the two small rooms for those thus inflicted. Send Gustav a 5 deposit to secure a bed or a room.

Parkend is situated 4 miles north of Lydney, 4 miles west of Blakeney and 4 miles south-east of Coleford. Apart from the obvious delights of 20 million trees with its forest and sculpture trails, industrial archaeology and pubs, less than 10 miles to the west is the more attractive and famous Wye Valley. Tintern Abbey, St.Briavels Castle, Redbrook, Monmouth and Symonds Yat all form suitable targets for some excellent valley/riverside walking.

Contact Gus to reserve a place, 5 deposit as always.

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Scotland 2000/01 Organised by Mike Ashton, Blackwater, Kinlochleven

The next Scotland New Year trip is now booked, we have got 20 beds with the option of going up another 7 or so) to Kinlochleven. Details on the place are below, but Yvonne has been there this weekend and says it is very nice, clean, spacious and all the rooms are en-suite with TV.

It is a short trip this year, because of how the dates fall. We arrive on Wed 27th December, and leave on Tuesday 2nd January, so we shouldn't have to take off too much holiday.

The cost is 10.00 per night, which looks pretty good to me.

The walking should be great, it's near the Mamores and Glencoe, and they do bike hire, which could be an interesting alternative.

If you want to go, can you let me have names, please. I'll also be needing a deposit of 10 ppn around September time.

Here's to another succesful new year trip!

Cheers

Mike

http://www.scotland2000.com/blackwater


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