A Summer Camp in the Wye Valley
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Join us for a relaxed mid-summer camp on the Welsh border, with tantalising views down the Wye valley, grassy fields and rolling hills. Designated as one of Britiain's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wye Valley is well worth any visit!
This campsite, a new one for OutdoorLads, is perfectly placed for walks along the Offa's Dyke, the lower reaches of the River Wye and the Severn. Steeped in a rich and long mythical history, this part of the country has played a role in the development of the UK. From the Roman advances, through to the invention of iron wire pulling at the nearby abbey and the struggles against King Henry, this part of the Wye Valley makes for a fascinating day out.
We will have a walk along to Devils Pulpit and spectacular views across to Tintern Abbey and along the valley, along with a pub visit in the sunny weather. If you fancy something different, there is great cycling country and you can even get out on the water with one of the local adventure groups.
Please note: This site does operate a £50 behaviour bond policy for groups, which they retain in the event of a behaviour breach. Any member whose behaviour results in this being retained will be asked to reimburse OutdoorLads. We have seen the rules, which we'll circulate to those that have signed up, and deem them to be very reasonable and in any case, absolutely in line with what we'd expect. The main one of note is for noise to be kept to a minimum, and no music, after 10pm.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome, with the usual rules about mess, not chasing the chickens, and staying out of the working farmyard. There is an additional cost of £2 per dog per stay, please pay direct to the site on arrival.
Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes: May be possible subject to site availability, and at an additional cost of £16 (not including electric hook-up.) Please enquire with the OutdoorLads office on 0161 420 0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring
As ever the weather may be unpredictable. Please ensure you have adequate layers to keep warm and waterproofs to keep you dry. Although the paths themselves mostly are well-trodden and maintained, it may be a little wet and muddy underfoot after rain, so you'll need decent boots.
Please review the information provided on the My First Walk Event page on the ODL website for more information on walking kit.
Note that this is only a guide and you will need to consider the weather forecast.
A tent is, of course, essential! You should make sure that you have pitched the tent previously, and have all parts, such as poles and pegs. The tent should also be able to stand up to the changeable weather. A 3-season tent is recommended to provide a minimum levels of protection. The event leader has a spare 1-2 person tent you can borrow if you're keen to camp but don’t yet have a tent.
Sleeping Bag / Mat:
You should look for a sleeping bag that provides adequate warmth, below the temperature that you may expect. A decent sleeping mat is also essential – a ‘thermarest’ inflatable mat or a thick rubber yoga-style mat is essential to insulate you from the cold of the ground.
Cooking / Eating Equipment:
Campers should bring some kind of cooking equipment so that they can cook hot meals and prepare a decent cuppa. Check you have fuel for your camp stove and you know how it works. The bare minimum for eating is a mug, bowl or plate and cutlery. Additional equipment such as chopping board, sharp knife, grater, wooden spoon, etc. depending on what you plan to cook.
Sponge / scourer, detergent and tea towel
Don't forget a torch, or better still, a head torch
If you're unsure about any of the items in the kit list, please contact the leader.
Food & drink
As this is a camping event, please bring all your own food and drink for the weekend.
At the very least you will need food for two breakfasts at the campsite and also lunch for Saturday’s walk.
There are a few shops in the nearby village and town.