West Cornwall is a superb place for a Spring meet. The Rockfax guide says: ‘its great rock, beautiful coastal scenery and ‘End of the Land’ atmosphere blend together to form a world-class trad climbing destination. The main crags are Sennen and Bosigran (with its must-do classic VDiff ridge) with lots of routes from nice and easy to very tough! We’re planning to stay at our usual friendly family-run Trevalor campsite at Botallack, near St Just: Trevaylor Caravan & Camping Park Located in West Cornwall (cornishcamping.co.uk), which has good facilities including a pub/restaurant.
- This is a weekend meet with campsite to be decided but can easily be done as a day trip (Portland is 1hr 30mins from Romsey).
- The aim will be to head to the quieter areas of Portland (such as The Lost Valley on the east side) with options to head elsewhere should people wish.
- There are a good number of easier grade 3, 4 and 5 slabs available, with plenty of top roping options. Or harder grades can be targeted, depending on what people wish to do.
- Bouldering is also an option – I will have a crash pad and the local bouldering guide book with me.
- Options for a swim in the sea at Ope Cove if the weather is nice.
- The plan will also be to stop at the Chesil Chippie after the days climbing for fish and chips on the beach (or a pint at The Cove).
Organiser: Jamie M
- Ivan ?
Only two hours from Romsey, this area offers climbing in a wide range of grades. There are single- and multi-pitch routes and some real gems in idyllic locations high above the river Wye.
- Jim (day trip Saturday)
- Ivan (day trip Saturday)
For this annual Dartmoor meet we will be staying at the usual “glamping value” site at Langstone Manor, Moortown PL19 9JZ about 2 miles east of Tavistock on the western edge of Dartmoor in the grounds of an old manor house. We have used this site for many years and we know the owners very well. The facilities are excellent with good shower, toilets and washing up, clothes washing and drying, as well as an on–site shop, bar, lounge and eating facilities. The owners are Jane and David. (See the website www.langstonemanor.co.uk).
The contact details for the site are 01822 613371 and www.langstonemanor.co.uk.
As well as camping, there are some wooden Pods with power and lighting for the less hardy climbers. You will still need to bring sleeping bag, mattress and cooking gear. If you wish to book a Pod, please do this yourself as I will only be booking camping places with Jane. There will probably be a deposit to be paid for a Pod, so book early to ensure a bed for the night. Be aware that if we have to cancel at the last minute due to bad weather you may lose your deposit on a Pod booking. Please let me know if you are camping or using a Pod so I know how many camping spaces to book.
We advise you also bring along wet weather walking gear in case the weather turns damp as there are many miles of Dartmoor to explore if we cannot climb. All that is required is a waterproof coat, over trousers, some walking boots and a small ruck sac for food etc.
Organiser: Pete T
- Pete T -Thursday – Sunday (3 nights)
- Ivan – Thursday – Sunday (3 nights)
- Patrick – Thursday – Sunday? (3 nights) possibly on his motorbike
- Matt – Thursday – Saturday (2 nights) ?? Needs a lift home on Saturday!!
- Helen -Friday – Sunday (2 nights)
- Jamie – Friday – Sunday (2 nights)
- Jim – Thursday – Sunday (3 nights)
- Roland – Thursday – Sunday ? (3 nights)
- Rachel – Thursday – Sunday (3 nights)
- Caron – Thursday – Sunday (3 nights)
- Lindsey Thursday – Sunday (3 nights)
- John D Thursday – Sunday (3 nights)
We’ve booked the Don Whillans hut in a magical location at the bottom of the crag. It sleeps 12 people in 2 bunk rooms.
This is the second of our biannual RoCs weekend meets to the delights of the Peak District National Park. We will be camping at the usual site near Hathersage at the North Lees (Peak District National Park) camp site. This is about 1 mile due North of Hathersage. This meet is suitable for all members as it is ideal for beginners and the more experienced climbers in the club. If you have never climbed outside on real rock, we can take you up some really easy nice rock. There is a wide choice of gritstone crags to choose from, some with a few multi-pitch routes, but mainly all single pitch with a short walk in.
The campsite is a small friendly site with wash and shower facilities. It also has some wooden Pods if you prefer not to use a tent. All you will need for a Pod is a sleeping mat and bag plus your own cooking gear, just as you would for a tent. There is heating and lighting in the Pods. If you wish to use a Pod, please book this in advance yourself. A deposit may be required for a booking. Please indicate to me if you are camping or in a Pod. At the moment booking in advance is required for camping so you will need to do this yourselves, in groups up to 5 per pitch with a car. If you decide to come with someone who has already booked their pitch with a car, you can add yourself by booking a pitch without a car.
The contact details for the site are 01433 650838. To get to the campsite from Hathersage, go west on the A6187 Main Street and TR before the railway bridge up Jaggers Lane, then TR up Coggers Lane for about 1/2 mile, then TR into Birley Lane. After about 1/2 mile North Lees site is on your left just before a left hand bend. There is a wooden gate (often closed) to enter the site. Ignore the “Campsite full” sign as we will have a booking for Romsey Climbers under my name. We will be car sharing as much as possible due to the limited parking spaces and to save fuel costs.
Hathersage has a couple of pubs, and we will use the Robin Hood pub in Hathersage. There are also food shops and a few Outdoor gear shops so all you need for a weekend away with RoCs. If you prefer the luxury of a proper bed ???? then there are B&B’s, hotels and Youth Hostels in and around Hathersage, but book early to ensure a room. Be aware if you choose to book accommodation and we have to cancel the meet at the last moment due to extreme bad weather, you may lose your deposit with your booking.
Bring along some wet weather walking gear as well, (water proof coat, over trousers and walking boots) just in case the weather turns damp and we decide to go for a bit of a bog trot up on the hills. You will also need to bring along breakfast and any cooking gear required, food for mid-day lunch as there are no food facilities at the crags. We will be eating at a pub in the evenings.
Organiser: Pete T
- Pete T
NOTE. Date Change. Now 4th Aug – 7th Aug
This is a weekend meet to the rugged coastline of Pembroke, near to St Davids head. We will be camping at the usual site near to St Davids at the camp site overlooking the coast at Caerfai Farm. www.caerfaifarm.co.uk . This is about 1/2 mile from the city of St. Davids. This meet is suitable for all members as it is ideal for beginners and the more experienced climbers in the club. If you have never climbed outside on real rock, we can take you up some really easy nice rock. There is a wide choice of sea cliffs to choose from, mainly all single pitch with a short walk in. You will need to be ok with Abseiling as most of the climbing areas are approached from the top of the cliffs. You will be able to stop at the bottom without getting wet! You will need to book online for your pitch.
The campsite is a small friendly site with wash and shower facilities. The contact details for the site are 01437 720548. To get to the campsite head towards St Davids, and about ¼ of a mile before you arrive there, turn left down the lane indicating the campsite. Drive about ¼ mile to the end of the lane and just before you reach the end overlooking the sea, (at a car park), the campsite is on the left, just after a bungalow (which is where the campsite owners live). We will be car sharing as much as possible to save fuel costs.
St Davids has a couple of pubs, and some food shops. There is not much else there except of course the Cathedral which is pretty stunning.
Bring along some wet weather walking gear as well, (water proof coat, over trousers and walking boots) just in case the weather turns damp and we decide to go for a bit of a stroll along the coastal path. You will also need to bring along breakfast and any cooking gear required, food for mid-day lunch as there are no food facilities at the crags. We will be eating at a pub in the evenings.
Organiser: Pete T
- Pete T
- Patrick ?
This meet is aimed at outdoor novices and anyone else who needs to ease themselves back into climbing after a long layoff, although all club members will be very welcome. Fairy Cave is one of our favourite ‘local’ venues and is about an hour and forty minutes from Romsey.
There are many lower-grade routes to learn or refresh techniques and plenty of harder routes, virtually all on amenably-angled slabs, if you want to push yourself.
Spectacular sea cliff climbing on slab rock with great protection. I’m organising this trip on my local patch in North Devon, where we have some of the best trad climbing on the most spectacular sea cliffs. There’s also many beaches close by, so bring your wetsuits and surf boards.
ROUTES: from VD to E5
ROCK: Culm (compressed sandstone) with good protection
ACCESS: Abseil in after a 20 minute walk from the National Trust car park.
Probably Freshwell Camping, Croyde Bay; we can firm up nearer the time.
After several years exploring the northern Lakes from Stu’s Keswick flat (thanks Stu!) this year we’re based in the Duddon valley, an idyllic backwater away from the crowds. I’ve booked bunks for us at High Moss Cottage (grid ref SD237966, a modern climbing hut with good facilities and with some great climbing within walking distance. Twenty minutes away is Wallowbarrow, of which Rockfax says: ‘sits in a magnificent position…friendly grades…rock quality and protection are good’. Just over an hour away is Dow Crag, one of the classic Lakes big cliffs; the FRCC guidebook says: ‘first class climbing…right across the grading spectrum…a superb setting’. There are also lots of other crags within a short drive.
We’ll be sharing the cooking tasks and chores in the hut. I’ve booked six bunks; if it looks like there are going to be more of us I’ll see what I can arrange with the hut warden and I’ll probably need a deposit.
- Boyd (24-28)