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Event title: Midweek Break In A Fort On Alderney (Channel Islands)
Event Ref. No. 5204
When: 10.09.2012 | 11:00:00 - 14.09.2012 | 16:00:00
Where: Alderney, Channel Islands - (full information shown once you login/join)
Category: Weekend - Hostel/Barn
Registration closes: Mon 3rd Sep 11:00am
Event Availability: 12 attended and there were 2 No-shows.
Event payment link will appear below once you register for this event.
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Event Cost £185.02 Click Here for information on group finances and how the funds are used.
Full Members Discount -£12.41 Your full members discount is shown and has been taken into account in the total.

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Event description:

Midweek Break In A Fort On Alderney

St. Anne's - Alderney
10 to 14 September 2012

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There isn't anywhere quite like this! Imposing Fort Clonque looms offshore, surrounded by the crashing waves on a corner of the Channel Island of Alderney.

Built by the Victorians on a rocky outcrop and later occupied by the Germans in the last world war, the fort's military background is all around you. The rooms are scattered about the property over an area the size of a football pitch and on different levels. The sea is ever present all around and when the weather is wild the 3 foot thick walls are re-assuring as the waves crash against the rocks. Even more amazing is the 1/4 mile long causeway linking the fort to the mainland and which sometimes goes under water for a couple of hours at high tide.

This is one event that you certainly won't forget!


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WHAT IS ALDERNEY ACTUALLY LIKE?

An integral part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, but set apart from the rest of the Channel Islands, Alderney is one of the most remote realms to be ruled over by the Queen! Closer to France than the UK, but not part of either, Alderney belies its Norman heritage and has a very quaint, English feel to it.

Alderney is a step back in time.  It is a place for nature lovers and has one of the largest breeding colonies of gannets in the British Isles.  Seals and dolphins are often seen in the tidal race passing the fort, which is a notorious shipwreck spot.

Alderney can easily be explored on foot, although it also is possible to hire bikes cheaply and cycle the whole island in one day, using  the quiet back lanes. The landscape combines agriculture with wild, unspoilt cliffs and heathland. The walk from the fort to the town centre and capital, St. Anne's, takes about 45 minutes, and from the airport it is a similar distance. There are good links to the other Channel Islands and also to the French département of Manche, which is under 10 miles away.

Historically a seperate entity from the UK, Alderney is a part of the remnants of the British Crown that belonged to the Norman kings and William the Conquerer. Governed directly by the monarch for centuries, the island was invaded by the Nazis in WWII. The population fled and the whole island became a concentration camp. Evidence of this time can still be seen. Upon the population's return, the old language of Alderney (Auregnais) has become almost virtually extinct and the island has become more integrated with the larger island of Guernsey. Together  (and with Herm and Sark) they form the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

   

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Cycling across to the mainland
St. Anne's, the island's capital
One of the beautiful beaches on Alderney

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Sunset at the fort. Sound the Last Post!

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ON THIS WEEK?
Once we've all settled in, we'll have a buffet tea followed by an evening activity. This will allow you to chat and get to know the others in the group, and we can plan the week's activities depending on the needs of the group and weather etc.

There will be at least two full day walks organised. Mountain bikes can also be hired locally for several days allowing people to go off exploring in small groups. Subject to leader availability a more formally planned bike ride may be possible, however it is possible to cycle right around the island in around 5-6 hours, and almost impossible to get lost since Alderney is so small you can see the sea from almost everyhwere.

If you'd prefer to take it easy, Fort Clonque is a perfect venue for watching wildlife, and there are lots of vantage points to sit and stare at the sea. The sitting room is really relaxing too.

   
FOOD & DRINK
Please note this event cost does not include food.

For eating we will mostly cook together in the 'mess room' and we will establish a rota on arrival for domestic duties. Lunch will be arranged informally whilst out and about. There are a number of pubs and cafes on the island and two main grocers for provisions, along with two off licences in the town centre.

The hostel has a well equipped kitchen. We may eat out one evening however our plans will uniquely depend on the state of the tides, since there are sometimes periods of two hours at a time when the fort is cut off!

It won't be possible to bring much from the mainland due to the baggage weight restriction on the flight. So when we arrive, all our luggage will be taken by car/taxi to the fort, leaving us free to divert via the town and collect some provisions. 

You should bring cash to cover your food and drink needs. The event leader will give further information the week before the event.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO BRING?
Please review the kit list for general outdoor stuff.

Alderney has a milder maritime climate than Great Britain. Hopefully the weather will be sunny, but the venue is located in the English Channel and very exposed, so please come prepared for the possibility of any sort of weather and in great quantities!  It may be very windy and the weather can change very suddenly, which adds to the excitement!  Waterproofs and walking boots are a must.

You will need a washing kit and clothes to wear about the hostel, as well as your outdoor kit.  Bedding and towels are provided.

A torch and spare batteries is essential.

If you are unsure about anything please message the Event Leader.

Note that the baggage allowance on the flight is 15kg checked in, and one small item of hand luggage not exceeding 6Kg.

   

MAKE PAYMENT EASIER BY PAYING IN INSTALLMENTS

You can pay for this event in installments to spread the cost over a number of months. You must make an initial payment of £25 deposit to secure a place on the event. At this point we recommend you book your flight (see below). After 10 July 2012 the full remaining balance will become due. OutdoorLads recommends the following payment plan (for Full Members) to secure your place and spread your payments to take advantage of the Early Payment Discount.

DATE
PAYMENT OUTSTANDING
By 10DEC11
£25.00 now book your flight
£128.56
By 10FEB11
£21.00
£107.56
By 10MAR12
£21.00
£86.56
By 10APR12
£21.00
£65.56
By 10MAY12
£21.00
£44.56
By 10JUN12
£21.00
£23.56
By 10JUL12
£23.56
£0



OTHER INFORMATION

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
We will, if possible, travel together to Alderney. Details appear below. The ONLY way of reaching this event is by return flight on Air Aurigny. Please note this is an unpressurised 3 engined propeller aircraft with 14 seats so we will have  almost the sole use of the plane if we all travel as one group. The flight takes about 45 minutes. The flight is great fun, but a little noisy! If you are running late to the airport please call the Event Leader on 0161 420 0001 then press 1 followed by the event number, which can be found at the top of this page.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Medical facilities on Alderney are limited. Emergencies are airlifted to Guernsey. There is no reciprocal health arrangements with the UK mainland and as Alderney is outside the EU, an E111 form or EU health card are also no good, so personal travel insurance is essential. OutdoorLads does not provide travel insurance and you will be asked to provide evidence of your own insurance a week before travelling.
The are only limited shopping facilities so make sure you bring sufficient clothes etc.
Arrival home: The Fort has to be vacated at 10:00 (subject to tides) and your luggage will be picked up by taxi leaving you a couple of hours for a final walk and photo stops en route to the airport.
Phone and internet: Mobile phone reception is very patchy at the fort and often connects via French or Guernsey operators so beware your roaming tarrif. There is an old fashioned pay phone available at the fort and whilst it does take incoming calls, it is located by the 'soldiers quarters' and incoming calls need to be pre arranged. Wi-fi is available at the airport café, which is quite an institution having a supply of knitting balls to keep you amused if there are flight delays and a micro sized duty free shop that opens on request!!!
There is no TV at the fort. To keep in touch with 'homeland' issues bring a small transistor radio!
Fitness: there are some hills on Alderney - including down to the fort. The destination may not suit those with mobility issues, and reasonable fitness would be sensible.
Passports: Alderney is not part of the UK or the EU, but forms part of a Common Travel Area. In order to fly here you will need some form of photo ID, such as your passport, photocard driving license, MOD ID card or student NUS card.

IT SOUNDS GREAT, SO HOW DO I PAY? AND WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?
Please use the links at the top of this page to pay for the event. The cost covers the booking of the hostel, administration & leadership expenses (for organising, printing costs, researching the weekend and for the Event Leader's petrol). The price also includes a contingency for OutdoorLads in case the event doesn't fill and the price is also inclusive of VAT and credit card processing fees.
Any profit made by OutdoorLads from this weekend is put back into the group to maintain & develop the website, place deposits and make future bookings, to send our leaders on training courses such as First Aid courses, Mountain Leader courses, navigation courses, food hygeine courses etc. A small proportion goes towards marketing for the group. Your money also goes towards maintaining and storing the equipment that OutdoorLads uses on events.
If you are a Guest or Trial Member and have used your first two events, you'll also need to become a Full Member before you can register for this event.
Please note the event cost does not include travel to Alderney, food and drink costs, travel insurance or travel fares around the island.

THERE AREN'T ANY PLACES LEFT, BUT I REALLY WANT TO COME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Unfortunately when the event reaches its limit there will be no further space for people to join. Event limits are set for organisational and safety reasons. However, if the event is full you can still register and pay and you will appear on the event reserve list. If a place subsequently becomes available then it will be filled from the event reserve list on a first-come, first-served basis.

I'VE SIGNED UP & PAID BUT I CAN'T MAKE IT ANYMORE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
You may be eligible for a full or part refund, depending on the date you decide you're unable to attend. For details of the OutdoorLads refund policy please click here. You can find further details about how to obtain a refund and how much refund you will be entitled to at the bottom of this page. If the event has closed and you are unable to remove your name, please call the Event Leader on 0161 420 0001 then press 1 followed by the event number, which can be found at the top of this page. If you can't make it please let the Event Leader know so that someone else wanting to go on the event is able to take your place.

SO FAR, SO GOOD - BUT I DON'T DRIVE SO HOW WILL I GET THERE?
Public transport details are listed below. If you need a lift then contact the Event Leader who will try to sort you out with one. Alternatively take a look at members on the attendance list below who live near you and are able to offer other members a lift. You could also try posting a message on the Forum.

THIS WILL BE MY FIRST EVENT - IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?
You should ensure your next of kin information is fully up to date. You can update your next of kin information by following this link.


ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT
OutdoorLads is run by volunteer members for the benefit of general members. The group is aimed at likeminded individuals getting together to take part in outdoor pursuits, have fun, make friends and develop personally. When attending events members should behave in a manner that maintains their self respect, that of fellow members and of the group as a whole. Members should respect others' space and property as they would wish their space and property be respected. For more information please refer to the General Conduct Policy. Breaches of this Policy may be noted and offending members may be subject to OutdoorLads' Disciplinary Procedure.

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