Peak Christmas 2021
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We're so excited to bring you a Christmas event once again in the Peak District - this time, in a grand hostel with its own extensive grounds set high above the River Wye, between Bakewell and Buxton! This will be a weekend of festive catch-ups with old friends, and meeting new ones to spread the Christmas cheer, whilst having superb access to stunning Peak District countryside right from the front door in which to #GetOutMore.
We’ll be going all-out with the cosy Christmas feel to get us all warmed up for the real thing a few weeks later – expect lots of special festive touches all weekend
Millers Dale is a valley on the River Wye and a popular beauty spot, with much of the area being preserved as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The local landmark is the viaduct, first built by the Midland Railway in 1866. Increasing traffic meant that a second viaduct parallel to the first was built in 1905, increasing the number of tracks to four. The area is of great interest to geologists, particularly where the strata have been exposed by quarries and railway cuttings.
We'll be exploring some of this local industrial landscape over the weekend, as well as the natural beauty of the area, with a choice of a slightly more challenging walk and a gentler amble available for you to choose from on the Saturday. Both options are likely to include part of the Monsal Trail, where you can walk along old railway lines that go through tunnels - now brightly lit so you can find your way! For those who can stay a while longer on the Sunday, we'll have a day walk option available then too, and possibly a cycle ride along the Monsal Trail, too.
After a great day outdoors on Saturday - potentially with a quick pub stop included - we'll be returning to base where we’ll be making the most of the evening with a good hearty Christmassy meal, plenty of fun and laughter, some games and tunes to get us in the mood for the season as we celebrate with our existing OutdoorLads chums and make some new ones too.
Oh and bit controversial this: but in a break from the OutdoorLads norm there is – wait for it! – NO Friday night buffet! We’ll have tasty jacket potatoes and a range of fillings available for you on Friday night, so keep your quiches and mini scotch eggs at home! Breakfasts are provided on both days, just don’t forget to bring your own lunch.
So come on, sign up and join Will and Liam for a Christmas cracker of a fun and friendly weekend in the Peaks!
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
Photos: Image Credits: Photo 5: Stanage Edge Trig Point © Copyright John Slater and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. All others by Liam Russell and Skip Evans and used with permission.
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COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
- OutdoorLads’ Covid-19 Policy for hostel and BIG events applies to this event. On arrival, we will need to see evidence that you are fully vaccinated, or have registered a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours, or have Covid-19 antibodies. Evidence of this can be obtained via the NHS App in England, with equivalent schemes available in Wales and Scotland. Our full policy and more details can be found here.
What to bring
Bedding is provided, but you'll need to bring a towel.
Bring any alcohol or soft drinks you wish to consume, along with packed lunch for Saturday. There are no shops within walking distance of the hostel.
If you wish to partake - and it is optional - a small Secret Santa gift of between £5 - £10. Something you'd like to receive yourself!
You'll also need the following for the walk:
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
In addition to the kit lists relevant to the activities, bring:
Wash kit: remember to include a towel, shower gel and shampoo
Earplugs: for the shared sleeping arrangements
Headtorch: always good to bring a head torch!
Food & drink
Tea and coffee will be available all weekend, but please bring with you any other drinks you may wish to consume.
Jacket potatoes with a range of fillings will be provided on Friday night, and a meal on Saturday night, as well as breakfasts on both days.
You'll need to make your own arrangements for lunches, so bring somehting with you as there are no nearby shops.