Go (almost) COMPLETELY off-grid in Exmoor

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Jul 19

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Event booking closes on Jul 16 at 15:00:00
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Are you ready for off-grid living? Yes, there is indoor plumbing and electricity...

Our base for this (semi-)off-grid weekend is in a valley well into Exmoor National Park.  Originally built as an upland farmhouse the hostel building has been extended to include 9 partially en-suite bedrooms (one of the bedrooms is fully accessible).

We will be situated deep in the heart of Europe's first Dark Sky Reserve, at the headwaters of the River Barle and provides immediate access to Exmoor and the Chains Barrow, which will be our hiking destination.  The Chains is a vast expanse of moorland, reaching a respectable 487 metres in altitude and is the source of the Rivers Exe, West Lyn and Barle.  Bleak, boggy and completely trackless we will need to take care; Trail Magazine advises to use GPX "in combination with judgment and a paper map"!!  Additionally, waterproofs are recommended as the weather can change quickly on the moors (even in July!!).

The weekend plans are:

  • Friday - plan on arriving after 15:00, find a bed, get settled in and enjoy the traditional OutdoorLads Friday buffet.  Please bring something to serve 2 or 3; perhaps you have a favourite homemade dish or something memorable from when you were growing up.
  • Saturday - after breakfast we will venture into the moor, exploring the Chains, on this almost 17km hike.
    • On this trek we will take in Wood Barrow (480m) and Furzehill Common, along the banks of Hoar Oak Water before summitting Chains Barrow itself, at 487m.
    • For the really adventurous (and if one-way driving can be arranged) there could be the Somerset 3 Peaks Hiking Challenge!
      • This 24km linear hike leaves from the Dunkery Beacon car park, summitting Dunkery Beacon (519m), then a short bimble to Great Rowbarrow (510m) then the long stretch across Exford Common, The Warren and Dure Down before heading up Chains Barrow (487m) and back to Pinkery.
        • After returning to the hostel get ready for a hearty barbecue in the garden!
          • All dietary requirements will be catered to so no need to worry about that!
  • Sunday - As we need to vacate the hostel by 10.00, breakfast will be "quick and easy".  Depending on how we all feel there may be another short walk; if not we will all pitch in, clean up the hostel and then we are free to head our separate ways.

And as usual we have this Telegram chat group set up!  Additionally I have set up this carpool page to arrange sharing transport. 

Dogs: Dogs are able to accompany you on this event, but they must stay only in the hard floored areas, are not allowed on the sofas or in any of the bedrooms. Owners are responsible if damage is caused dogs. There is no additional charge, however a maximum of four dogs is permitted, so please book with the office on support@outdoorlads.com

OUTDOORLADS FOUNDATION  Fancy coming along but having a difficult time of it (for whatever reason), and/or finding it hard to justify the expense? Apply for a place on this event through the OutdoorLads Foundation! Nobody apart from staff members will know and we don't need lots of financial info from you either. To apply through the Foundation, you'll need to complete a very short form, which can be found along with more information here.


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