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Climb to new heights - Hone your rock climbing skills in beautiful Britain

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

If ever there was a sport that benefits from being in a group of like-minded people it has to be rock climbing.

Testing your nerve, your muscles and your determination, climbing is a great challenge and one where being with other peeps of a similar level can spur you on to achieve more than you possibly thought you would.

This is why we hold several weekends, aimed at beginners and those with some experience of indoor climbing walls, in prime spots such as the Peak District and Snowdonia to help hone those skills.

In the company of expert climbers who are also very skilled at coaching others, you’ll learn the ropes (excuse the pun) and start having fun on the rocky stuff.

In a nutshell:

  • Learn from climbing experts in a safe, fun environment and in cracking countryside.
  • Emulating Darth Vader’s words: “the force is strong with this one” (ok a bit bonkers but we’re thinking the motivational forces generated by the group.
  • Relax after all that hard work with some lovely food and great company.

Peak District Dates:

  • Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020
  • Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July 2020

Snowdonia Dates:

  • Soon to be released

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Itinerary

Friday

For these weekends we’ve picked locations that are slap bang in the middle of great rock climbing playgrounds working with local guides and expert climbers.

On the Friday you’re welcome to pitch up any time after 5pm where our host will be offering cups of tea while introducing you to your fellow adventurers.

Then while guests mingle our host will prepare an evening meal that will be ideal pre-climbing fuel (think hearty, homemade and extremely tasty)!

Over dinner we’ll talk you through the weekend’s arrangements and answer any questions you might have.

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Saturday + Sunday

During the two days you’ll try a selection of climbs and also learn a ‘toolbox’ of essential climbing techniques.  We’ll also visit a variety of venues to give you a thorough taste of the amazing climbing on offer that will no doubt whet your appetite for future adventures. On the Saturday evening we’ll also arrange an evening meal leaving you plenty of time to relax after your first full day.

During the weekend our climbing experts will include the following techniques and skills:

  • Choosing and the correct use of equipment
  • Understanding climbing grade systems and the use of guidebooks
  • Crag etiquette
  • Climbing movement skills
  • Correct methods for tying into a rope
  • Belaying and lowering other climbers
  • Understanding climbing terminology
  • Understanding types of rock climbing protection
  • Placing protection and setting up anchors to belay a partner
  • Plenty of climbing!

The weekend is not only suitable for those new to climbing but also for indoor climbers who are keen to develop their skills outside.

All equipment and expert tuition is provided.

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Our Base:

We have the exclusive hire of Castleton Mews, a separate building in the grounds of Castleton Losehill Hall, a huge gothic Victorian mansion that has recently been totally renovated. The Mews has a great social space, and sits within easy reach of the village of Castleton, as well as the hills that surround it.

Venue Address:

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall
Castleton,
Hope Valley,
Derbyshire,
S33 8WB

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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  • Dietary Needs:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.

    Diets

    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket / room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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Losehill Hall
Castleton
Hope Valley
S33 8WB
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What our members have to say...

  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
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