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We round up a top year...
As we’re hurtling towards our end of season walking weekend in the delightful Yorkshire Dales (27-29th November) we’ve been reflecting on what a top year 2015 has been for Large Outdoors and our guests.
Here are my top five memories but we’d love to hear yours’ so please send over photos, videos or emails with your best moments.
1. Steam Train Christmas Dinner
Last winter one of our North York Moors walking weekends included a Christmas lunch on-board an atmospheric steam train as it trundled through beautiful landscape. The fact that we all dressed up added to the hilarity, no doubt helped along by the drink that was imbibed during the lunch.
2. Brecon Beacons Charades
The Brecon Beacons were looking stunning in the clear blue winter skies following a spell of heavy snow. Apart from the scenery, the trip turned into a bumper weekend of side-splitting laughter.
The group seemed to find it hilarious (can’t think why) when our Health and Safety Officer Kendra ended up sliding on her backside down a hill.
Then a post-dinner game of charades has become a legendary moment in Large Outdoors’s history when one of our guests Martin struggled with the concept of not talking when miming the clue, and had never heard of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The meanness of the group meant that poor Martin ended up trying to mime Sex in the City, little knowing that we all knew the answer but weren’t letting on. Martin you really are a legend!
3. Isle of Skye
This has been my 3rd year of organising breaks on the Isle of Skye and all I can say is that the island still holds the ‘wow’ factor – the scenery and loveliness of it all never ceases to impress.
As well as the spectacular landscape, this year’s highlights include finding the best pie shop and quirky tea room, the Skye Pie Cafe – a definite stop on future itineraries! The rib boat wildlife tour was also a great memory.
One of the funniest moments was when one of our guests Adrian was taking some great black and white photos (see below images) only to have a Japanese lady come out of nowhere and seize the camera to take her own picture, despite the fact that the equipment seemed to be twice the size of her head.
4. Ben Nevis
Big Ben is a popular on our event schedule and during 2015 over 180 guests joined us to hike to the summit so a big pat on the back to all of them!
However there were two guests who particularly deserve applause for hiking to the top of Ben Nevis.
Both are friends and both have Ushers syndrome which means they are visually impaired and are either deaf or have limited hearing.
In June I escorted Jo Milne and her friends to the summit, a long 13-hour trek that included snow at the top, which raised valuable funds for the charity that Jo supports.
Then in September we walked with Alec and his guide dog Scottie to the top of Ben Nevis; the same trip that saw Kendra finally bag the big one!
5. Large Outdoors’s Birthday
We held a special weekend in the Lake District to mark our 6th birthday and it was amazing to see 38 guests turn up to help us celebrate.
It’s set an impressive benchmark for future birthdays but we think that we (and you) are up to the challenge of combining walking with a bit of serious celebrating!
A big thank you to everybody who has supported us during the last six years!
Our Upcoming events - North York Moors
North York Moors – Railway in Wartime social weekend
Christmas Steam Train Dinner & Weekend
North York Moors – Yoga and Walking Weekend
North York Moors Walking Weekend – Helmsley
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