Manor house living, marvellous walking and much merrymaking during a Shropshire New Year’s Eve break
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
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Wow…this is possibly the word that will be spoken as you roll up at Wilderhope Manor, a stunning grade 1 Elizabethan manor house that is our exclusive YHA base for four nights.
The manor is so brimful with character that you’ll be regretting not bringing your Tudor ruff, breeches or velvet cape, although quite frankly they would look a bit out of place in the Shropshire countryside!
Step into the baronial dining hall though and you’ll see why we’re beyond excited to have bagged this pad for a New Year celebration.
The manor’s location below the rim of Wenlock Edge is just as special, offering delightful walks along limestone escarpments, through peaceful woodland or following routes that are steeped in history.
All this, and the prospect of plenty of good cheer among the group, helped by the Large Outdoors culinary skills bringing together a few feasts to help the festivities along.
In a nutshell:
- Luxuriate in the Elizabethan surroundings
- Love the guided walks through some of Shropshire’s finest scenery.
- Live it up for New Year’s Eve in the company of a great bunch of people.
Shropshire – New Year’s Eve Dates:
- Wednesday 30th December – Sunday 2rd January 2021
The earlier you book the less you pay, unlike Early bird tickets the cheeper prices are not limited you simply pay the final price based on when you book. You can book your place and reserve your price by paying our standard 50% deposit.
Please note all private rooms will always be at the standard full price.
- Book by midnight 31st July and pay £275
- Book by midnight 30th September and pay £295
- Full price thereafter will be £325.
Wilderhope’s lights will act as a welcoming beacon as you approach the manor house. Step outside the car and you might just hear the sound of owls hooting in the nearby trees which just adds to the atmosphere.
Once inside and the welcome continues, with your Large Outdoors host doing the meeting and greeting and hot drinks being offered.
With open fires blazing and the comfy seating acting as a magnet, the members of the group will soon be mingling while we start preparing the evening meal.
Over dinner (and if we can get a word in edgeways) we’ll outline the plan for the days ahead.
31st December, 1st & 2nd January
Each day we provide a couple of walking options for the group – each led by an experienced guide – depending on whether you want a longer, more challenging walk or a shorter, more leisurely saunter.
The manor is right on the Shropshire Way long distance national trail which opens up a host of routes for us.
For instance it could be a walk along the Wenlock Edge escarpment or we might
head to the moorland peak Brown Clee, the highest point in Shropshire which once bore the scars of Iron Age and Bronze Age workings.
By mid to late afternoon we’ll be back at the manor where there’s ample time for relaxing.
Please note on most days there will likely be a short drive to the start of the walks, we don’t include transport and people normally car share.
There are always hot drinks on-the-go in the dining room and then at 7.30pm each evening we serve dinner and enjoy the chatter as the group relives the day’s adventures.
On New Year’s Eve we sit down a bit later after preparing a delectable five-course feast to get the ball rolling (although we know it will already be rolling) for the evening’s fun and festivities, no doubt ending with a glass or two raised in honour of 2021.
Good to know:
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Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Axminster
Bus: There is a bus from the train station, number 885 which stops at Beer Cross and then the hostel is a short 10 minute walk. You can view the current timetable here…
Taxi: A taxi from Axminster Station to Beer is roughly £20.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 4 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 4 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- 4 evening meals including the celebration NYE dinner, breakfasts and packed lunches on the three full walking days.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
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.
Rooms: We only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
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.
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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What our members have to say...
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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember 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.ElizabethMember Since 2016
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!ClaireMember Since 2016