MK Meet 2015 – Wye Valley

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April 2015

wyevaleThis was the first camping meet of the year, and the weather was perfect. In fact Alan was so confident of good weather that he took his ‘festival’ pop up tent.

Two members, Alan and Michael, headed West at first light on Friday morning, arriving at Wintour’s Leap at around 09:30 am. They had an enjoyable day doing 3 multi-pitch HVS routes and a 3 star severe. Wintour’s Leap is trad climbing, but much of the protection is from in-situ pegs which give the routes a ‘sport’ climbing feel.

At around 6 o’clock they headed for the campsite, arriving there at the same time as Gillian and Adam. Just before dusk Jason and Raj arrived. The campsite is at Rushmere Farm, half a mile west of Coleford in The Forest of Dean. This was the same site that MKMC stayed at in June 2014. Facilities are luxurious with hot and cold running water and free hot showers in a centrally heated toilet block, and electric hook ups for those with camper vans.

Saturday morning, and the destination was Symonds Yat. Louie joined them for the day, and while Gillian and Adam explored the forest, the rest of the group set off for the ‘Far South Buttress’. This was the first time Raj had done trad climbing, and he took to it with no problems what-so-ever. Louie, by his own admission, a bit of a novice at this sort of thing, was also breezing up routes in good style.

Back at base everyone decided to eat out. Their first choice pub was not serving food as there was a function on, so they headed for the next hostelry on their list, the Dog and Muffler. They had a bit of a wait before the food arrived, but it was worth it. Jason said that his lasagne was the best he’d ever had, and insisted that the waitress pass on his compliments to the chef.

The next morning Gillian and Adam had to get back to MK. It had been a little damp in the night so the remaining 4 struck camp and set off to Wyndcliff Quarry, ‘guaranteed’ to dry quickly after rain. Wyndcliff Quarry is a mixture of sport and trad routes, and the group spent an entertaining day ticking off routes.

A good weekend was had by all. The Wye Valley is not much further to travel to than the Peak District and definitely deserves another trip soon.

MKMC members attending: Alan, Michael, Jason, Raj, Louie, Gillian and Adam.


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MKMC Day Meet – Dovedale

Sunday 22nd March 2015

dovedaleA classic walk from main visitors car park to the village of Hartington (and back) along the banks of the very picturesque river Dove amongst the steep limestone outcrops. Explored a couple of the caves and crossed the river via the stepping stones. The navigation was straight forward just follow the river (mostly).

Big thank you to everyone (7 people & 4 dogs) who came along and enjoyed a day in the Peaks plus to Steve Scott for arranging it. Thankfully the rain held off until the last gasp. Being lower we also missed the strong gusty wind. Our next Day Trip will be a little more exposed in the Hope valley around Mam tor Castleton area. More details will follow shortly.

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MKMC Meet 2015 – Langdale Valley

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March 2015

10985377_10153189919622792_4779433518267652529_nStaying in the Wayfarers Hut in the heart of Langdale, just a short walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Pub.

Over the course of the weekend there were a total of 22 people who went. Of these 16 people were club members.  Overall a very good turn out. It was an excellent club trip and the weather was kind to us and allow people to get out into the hills.

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MKMC Spring / Summer Walks

As part of our initiative to get as many of our members involved in the club and with the help of one of our ‘regular’ members Steve Scott we have devised a series of Peak District walks designed to increase in difficulty.

Steve has kindly volunteered to organise the walks………

Sunday 12th April 2015, Dove Dale, classic walk everyone should do.

Sunday 10th May 2015, Hope valley, Mam tor, Castleton area…..

Sunday 7th June 2015, Howden Edge. First step into the dark Peaks. Bit of a climb up (600m)

Sunday 5th July 2015, Kinder Down fall. Route of the original mass trespass, plus a section of the Pennine way.

All will involve either licensed premises or café at some point. Meet at 10am and be walking by 10.15. We will send out detailed information about each walk a month in advance so you can plan your diary and organise lifts. Other than the first walk they will be circular walks.

Walk 1 Dove Dale ‘’A classic walk everyone should do‘’! From main visitors car park to the village of Hartington Walk along the banks of the very picturesque river Dove amongst the steep limestone outcrops, The climbers amongst us could use it as a recce. for future climbs. Explore the caves and cross the river via the stepping stones, there is also a footbridge. The navigation is straight forward… follow the river (mostly). Bring the kids, dogs, mother in law.

Contact Details; We hope to see you there. Any questions don’t hesitate to contact Steve or any member of the committee.

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