Southern Sandstone
Apr 6 all-day

A day trip to somewhere new and completely different to most RoCs members. Almost all of us have heard of Southern Sandstone and it’s time we did some exploring! The BMC website says ‘Beautiful and unique rock architecture which provides challenging climbing across the grades is the stand out feature of this incredibly popular South East crag. The intricacy of movement its routes require and stunning woodland setting transport you into another world’

Wye Valley – postponed until later this year @ Wintours Leap
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day

Only two hours from Romsey, this area offers trad and sport climbing over a wide range of grades. There are single- and multi-pitch routes and some real gems in idyllic locations high above the river Wye. Campsite or accommodation to be decided…

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Costa Blanca
Apr 17 – Apr 21 all-day
Costa Blanca

Enjoy a post Easter climb in Costa Blanca with a great range of climbing grades and many starred routes, including ridge scrambling routes. There are flights from Bournemouth with Ryanair for around £200, this includes 20kg bag allowance. We will stay in Calpe, which has great access to 3 fantastic climbing areas, Sella, Aleta and Sierra de Toix. I’m looking at accommodation in a climber’s house theorangehouse.co.uk where you can share an en-suite room from 25 euros pppn or have a single bunk room for 30 pppn. There are restaurants near by and self catering facilities. In order to book accommodation I will need to know who is keen to go, and may need a deposit soon, as its not that far off.

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Fairy Cave – April @ Fairy Cave Quarry
Apr 28 all-day

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.

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Cheddar Gorge
May 3 – May 6 all-day
A long bank holiday weekend trip to a new(ish) venue for RoCs! Accommodation is arranged with a local caving society to stay at their bunkhouse for £10per person a night so £20 each (possibly less with our BMC membership). This will primarily be a trad climbing trip but there are lots of sports routes if people want to switch it up.
Looking forward to climbing with you 🙂
Organiser : Adam
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May 9 – May 13 all-day

Lots of lovely boulders in the charming forest of fontainebleau. Easy stuff, hard stuff and more Camembert than is healthy. Likely plan would be to drive over using the channel tunnel and hire an airbnb for as long as we want. Will need a deposit to start booking stuff so let us know if you’re interested.

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Snowdonia – Capel Curig
May 15 – May 22 all-day

Organiser: John H

We’re staying at The Barn climbing hut at Capel Curig, which belongs to North London Mountaineering Club. It sleeps 30 in three bunkrooms and we’ve got the whole hut to ourselves so there will be plenty of space. The barn is set in a beautifully secluded location with wonderful mountain views and only five minutes’ walk from the Tyn Y Coed Pub and A5 lay-by (GR: SH 737572, postcode: LL24 0DT). It’s centrally situated, very handy for climbing in Ogwen and has mountain walks from the door. More details:Guest Barn – North London Mountaineering Club (nlmc.co.uk)

Last year, Sam Blandford-Elliott, a professional mountaineer and climber who’s a club member and lives in North Wales, ran two courses at a discounted rate for club members during the meet and he will probably be available again in 2024. He can lead climbing/mountaineering/navigation days, depending on members preferences.

Who’s going?

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Yorkshire – Clapham
Jun 7 – Jun 14 all-day
Yorkshire - Clapham
We have booked 6 bunks at Lowstern Cottage for the above dates (£14 pppn). Please feel welcome to join for a few days if the full week isn’t suitable for you. Some pre-booked camping in the plantation is also available, at the same rate as bunk beds. The 6 spots are available on a 1st come 1st served basis but currently there are an additional 10 bunks available, so it’s possible for us to increase the booking, if necessary. We’ll add your name to the bunkhouse booking when you sign up here. The bunkhouse is only half a mile from Clapham where there are AirBnBs and rooms in the New Inn pub/restaurant. There are lots of campsites (some with pods) in the area too so lots of accommodation options.
We will be excellently placed to access both grit and limestone, trad, sport and bouldering areas! Malham Cove is not too far away, nor is Twistleton Scar (short walk in with over 300 routes including the Chris Bonington 1st ascent of Evening Star, 3 star Severe). We will also only be about 45 minutes from Kendal Wall, should the weather not play ball.
Close to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Ingleton Waterfall walk and lots of open-water swimming possibilities too!
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Peak District – Hathersage
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day

This is our annual trip to the Peaks at Hathersage, based at North Lees campsite. 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 wash facilities have had a massive upgrade so now the campsite is very posh. There are Pods as well as tent pitches available and a couple of camper van slots as well. I will be camping so will book a slot for me and anyone who travels up with me. Book your slot on the North Lees website stating if you have a car or just need a tent slot. 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. Also book a camper van slot or a Pod for yourself if required. Air B & B, bunk rooms or pub rooms are available in Hathersage if you do not use North Lees.

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 to enter the site. 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.

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.

Anyone wishing to attend this meet can you please post on the Facebook Event page your intention, including when you plan to travel down, and which nights you plan to stay. We will be trying to car share as much as possible to save on fuel costs.

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Jul 11 – Jul 14 all-day

This is our annual jaunt to Dartmoor, where we will be staying at Langstone Manor, Moortown PL19 9JZ about 2 miles east of Tavistock. This is on the western edge of Dartmoor in the grounds of an old manor house and is our most posh of campsites. We go every year and are always welcomed by the team there. You can choose to camp in quality conditions, or use a variety of Pods, from basic to posh. 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. 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.
I will be booking some pitches as usual, so you only need to let me know numbers and you can pay the campsite on the day of arrival. Last year we had about 12 members attending and we were charged £7 per night each. If you wish to use a Pod, Camper van or other accommodation please make that booking in advance your self. I will nearer the time make bookings for the restaurant we use on site once numbers are confirmed.

The climbing on Dartmoor is stunning at Dewerstone, from easy to silly depending on your skills. Other crags are there (Sheeps Tor, Hay Tor, Hound Tor) so plenty of opportunity for all grades of climbers. This meet is ideal for beginners and the more experienced climbers so if you are new to outside rock climbing it is an ideal meet for you. Make sure you bring suitable food and cooking gear for breakfast and also food for mid-day as there are no facilities near the climbing areas for food and drink. We will be using the bar or a pub for evening food and drink. If it is a bit damp on the day there are loads of wild walking areas on Dartmoor, so bring your walking gear as well!

Anyone wishing to attend this meet can you please post on the Facebook Event page your intention, including when you plan to travel down, and which nights you plan to stay. We will be trying to car share as much as possible to save on fuel costs. We hope to negotiate a single person price per night by sharing pitches. I will provisionally book places soon, so will need to know the final camping numbers nearer the time to ensure there is enough spaces for all the members to be together.

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