The Welsh Border Mountains (Brecon Beacons) and Malvern Hills WEEKEND

Elizabeth Robertson @elizabethrobertson

YHA Kington - Kington
Victoria Road, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3BX

Fri, Jul 26 at 6:00 PM - Sun, Jul 28 at 2:00 PM, 2019

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There is a possibility for a single occupancy room on this trip at a £40 supplement. If you are interested, please email us at info@outdooraholics.co.uk before booking Come with us and experience one of our more diverse weekend hikes where we would visit two very contrasting locations. First we will dive into the beautiful rich green valleys and get a taste of the inspiring views from the mountainous Brecon Beacons in Wales. The next day we will change the direction and explore the quaint market town of Ledbury from which we will finish our hike on top of the outstanding Malvern Hills in England. Trip Highlights: • Stay at the historical town of Kington situated close to the Welsh Borders, surrounded by magnificent Herefordshire countryside • Hike through Gospel Pass - an ancient road following a high pass over the valley of the Vale of Ewyas in the Brecon Beacons • Explore a magnificent stretch of Offa’s Dyke Path high in the mountains • Conquer the stunning hills of Hay Bluff (677m) and Lord Hereford's Knob (690m) • Hike through the magnificent surroundings of Ledbury and Eastnor to explore Еаstnor Deer Park and the lovely views towards Eastnor Castle • Discover a lovely area of the Malvern Hills - designated as a Biological and Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Click here to join our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Weekend Description We’re staying in Kington in the Welsh Marches, where the spectacular 1200 year old Offa's Dyke Path runs straight past the town. On Saturday, we’ll be crossing the Welsh border exploring a scenic stretch of the Black Mountains for some dramatic and panoramic ridge hiking taking in 2 mountain peaks and hiking back in a picturesque valley. We’ll start at Gospel Pass - the highest mountain road pass in Wales which itself offers stunning views on the drive to the hike. We'll hike to Hay Bluff (677m), Hatterrall Ridge and Twmpa (690m) while surrounded by far-reaching views across the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley and into England and Shropshire. Sunday will be gentler and a discovery of Ledbury’s tranquil countryside and the beautiful surroundings of Eastnor including Eastnor Deer Park, Eastnor Obelisk and several spectacular hills in the Malverns. We will also have time to explore the ancient market town of Ledbury famed for its historic buildings. ITINERARY Friday 26th July Head over to our cosy and comfortable accommodation on the edge of Kington situated on the Offa’s Dyke path near the Welsh Border. Saturday 27th July Saturday’s hike: Offa’s Dyke and Lord Hereford’s Knob Distance: Approx 11/12 miles (17.5/19km) Grading: Intermediate, two main hills - click here for more details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 5 to 6 hours of actual hiking We begin at Gospell Pass for a varied adventure of valley and ridge hiking taking in two mountain peaks too. First, we take on Hay Bluff (677m) - a stunning peak both within Wales and England sitting on an escarpment overlooking Wye Valley and the book town of Hay-on-Wye. Following the Hay Bluff’s northern slopes we hike on Offa's Dyke national trail at possibly one of its most picturesque stretches. Experiencing spectacular views across lush green western England over the border and the stunning Vale of Ewyas in Wales. We descend into the lush and green valley and then continue ridge walking over several hills with great views of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our hike finishes off with Lord Hereford's Knob (690m) with spectacular views towards other mountain peaks - Hay Bluff, Cefn Hill, Rhos Dyrion and Waen Fach. After our hike we will return to the hostel and then head out to a local restaurant for a group meal, to socialise and enjoy the local cuisine. Sunday 28th July Sunday’s hike: Eastnor Park, Malvern Hills Distance: Approx 11 miles (18km) Grading: Intermediate - click here for more details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 4 to 5 hours of actual hiking We start at Ledbury Park and the shady Coneygree wood passing Eastnor Hill with picture postcard views towards Eastnor Castle. Reaching Eastnor Village, we proceed towards the magnificent Deer Park and the Obelisk - a 90ft monument erected by John Somers Cocks (Lord Somers) in memory of his son. Enjoying the views of the Malverns ahead and the tranquil parkland around, we proceed towards the final stage of our hiking Sunday where we reach the Malvern Hills. We are rewarded with dramatic vistas along the backbone of the Malverns - namely Millennium Hill until we reach the spectacular Herefordshire Beacon summit (338m) - surrounded by an Iron Age hill fort earthwork known as British Camp. Cost and Payment The trip is £124 per person. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay by PayPal. All trip payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once full payment has been received for the trip and the trip is sold out (full), then you may try to sell your space to a member of the same sex by advertising it for sale on this page. For details of how to advertise a fully paid for space for sale (and the process of selling/buying it) please click this link: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/FAQ Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time The trip starts at the venue and you will need transport to, from and during the trip to the hikes. Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help members arrange this, we have set up the trip specific lift share discussion below where you can offer/request lifts: Click on this link for the Lift Share Discussion: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/51837824 The accommodation address is listed at the top of this event page along with the start time. The start time is the earliest time when you can arrive at the accommodation although you are welcome to arrive at any time after this or throughout the evening. Food Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. You will need money for drinks on the trip and dinner on Saturday night. We have healthy options for breakfast typically porridge with fresh fruit, berries nuts and seeds, fresh fruit salad and cereals, free range eggs, yogurt, toast and coffees, teas etc. For lunch we provide a range of options to make your own sandwiches typically tomatoes, cucumber, houmous, peanut butter, honey, jam, ham, cheese and salami. After the hike we enjoy our signature treat of Cream Teas - an English delicacy consisting of scones, clotted cream and jam, a very tasty treat! The price includes: • 2 nights in hostel accommodation (mainly 4-bedded single gender rooms) • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday • Tea (including herbal) and coffee • Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday • Hikes by trained guides (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum and are qualified Outdoor First Aiders) • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection. The price doesn’t include: • Transport to, from and during the trip • Drinks and personal expenses • Dinner on Saturday night Safety The hikes are led by trained hike leaders - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aiders. We detail our hikes to help you choose, but in rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/3458542/TermsConditions/ Click here to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outdooraholics © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted