A Weekend in a Watermill
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Join us at this in raising a mug of mulled cider in a popular OutdoorLads destination - a cosy converted mill hostel in an historic building in the Shropshire Hills.
The hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys of this varied and special landscape are rich in geology and wildlife and ingrained with heritage. Off the beaten track and tranquil, this is a living, working place, loved by locals and visitors alike for its quality of environment, for walking and activities of all levels, and for relaxation and inspiration.
This beautifully restored water mill in Clun has much of the old machinery in place. This rural retreat is now a great base a base for visitors on walking and cycling holidays to explore the unspoilt landscape, hill forts, castles and picturesque market towns nearby.
Alongside walking in this picturesque area, I am hopeful of getting a cycling leader along to be able to offer a fantastic ride in these beautiful hills
Dogs: A maximum of four dogs in total can be accommodated at this event at an additional cost of £30 per dog (this is a YHA charge.) There will be dedicated rooms for those with dogs to sleep in. If you'd like to bring your dog, please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place and make payment.
Image credits: Images 2, 5 and 6 - Clun Mill Hostel © YHA England and Wales. All other images provided by OutdoorLads members and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for their use.
What to bring
For the Hostel
All bedding and pillows will be provided, although you will need to bring a towel and toiletries, alongside some comfy clothes for hanging around the hostel. A wise OutdoorLad also brings earplugs!
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
Food & drink
The event cost includes breakfast on Saturday, Sunday, as well as dinner on Saturday and tea/coffee throughout the weekend. Dinner on Friday night will be the traditional ODL collaborative buffet.
Friday evening: Buffet - please bring contributions!
Saturday morning: Toast, cereal, yogurt and fruit and pastries
Saturday evening: Dinner - a surprise!
Sunday morning: Breakfast
You will need to supply your own packed lunch and there is no bar, so you will need to bring any other drinks you might like.