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  • I'd say maybe not for sandstone, it really needs a good few days of absolute dry.

    (NB. I don't really like it so maybe biased).

    Difficult to think of alternatives via public transport, though... there isn't really anything close to london

  • I agree re sandstone, it’s not the most enjoyable.. Do you only have the one day? You can get to Portland by public transport- train to Weymouth and then the local bus, though it’s obviously not as close.. there’s also some sport in Leigh Woods in the Avon gorge, which is probably a 30min bus ride (or 10 min taxi) from Bristol Temple Meads.

    Not much sport near London it seems!

  • Yeah, have the day off and it's not supposed to rain. Looked at trains to Weymouth originally, but they're pricey last minute. I'll check out the Bristol spot!

  • Headed up to Skye for a long weekend. It's an amazing (if midge-filled) place to walk.

    Even the non-Munro's are serious mountains. The Black Cullins are awesome and very technical routes. I'd thoroughly recommend a guide even if you have climbing experience.

    Anyway, I did the one peak that has been on a list for a while as it's the hardest mountain in the UK.


    The Inaccessible Pinnacle of Sgurr Dearg. It's relatively easy to get up (there is one 'big step' near the start) but the exposure on the East ridge is pretty scary.

  • Anyone got any recommendations for easy peaks or high altitude hikes in ecrins park?

    I have a long weekend and want to get out there in a few weeks time; have some experience on glaciers etc but not loads so something that gets us out on the ice but relatively safe ice would be the ideal. Thinking of stuff like Coolidge or Roche Faurio but other suggestions welcome.

  • John at Skye Adventure would be my recommendation up there: they do all the fun stuff like canyoning, through to guiding in winter.

    Must go back and do the ImPin!

  • I have a £140 voucher for Salomon UK I don't need.

    Anyone interested in it or about to buy new boots/shoes? It would save me buying a pair of boots and then sell to try earn the money back.

  • If you had 3 days in the Peak District where would you go? My partner is heading to Edale with the kids and I'm not invited so potentially have some solo time in the hills :)

  • Not a direct answer to your question but I love walking up to the top of Thorpe Cloud and just sitting there taking in the views.

  • Might depend on your transport options?

    Bleaklow, visit some of the crash sites.

    Burbage Bridge walk loop to the south, visit higger tor first then come back up via burbage edge.

    Fairholmes for walks by the reservoirs.

    Gritstone Trail to enjoy the Western edge & Lyme Park

    Shining Tor & Goyt Valley

    Miller's Dale & other surrounding dales.

    Marsden area at Northern edge?

    Longdendale from Tintwhistle

    Tarts & Puddings in Bakewell

    The windswept plateau of boggy peat Inc Kinder Scout & Kinder Downfall (pictured)

    Alpkit shop in Hathersage for the spends


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  • Thanks guys, plenty to go on!

    I think we're aiming for Chatsworth on the Saturday and Yorkshire Sculpture park on Sunday.

    Will grab the maps and plan a couple of different options. Fingers crossed for good weather and bivvy on the hills!

  • Watch out for the Sculpture Park. Free to get in but they sting you for parking.

  • Kinder scout is well worth a look. If you get the weather on your side the views are incredible.

  • Kinder Scout is definitely on the cards. Got to have a proper look at the map but on cursory inspection it's pleasantly devoid of anything other than sheepfolds!

  • That's because of its deep peat bogs. Take gaiters or a stick to test the depth...

  • Yep I got very lost there before once the fog rolled in.

  • I know it might not be exactly in the specs of this thread but Huangshan mountains in China, anyone been?

  • Trying to go for a short wild camping excursion in Scotland, seems that I'll be spending most of the time using public transport and have lost an arm and a leg.

  • Where are you going from? There are direct trains to Aviemore and then you have the Cairngorms on the doorstep.

  • Cambridge, of course would be going through London. Still like £160 round trip including tickets to London, and that's to get in in the evening - ideally I'd get in in the morning/afternoon so I can get out and camp.

    I think it is just getting less and less feasible.

  • It's a long journey to be sure. Took 10 hours to get to Skye from Leeds when I was up there last.

  • Would second Aviemore, despite the price. Once there, you can get a bus halfway up Cairngorm itself. From which point you are immediately in the hills proper.

  • Thanks for the advice, Aviemore is definitely a good spot but only have a window of oppertunity of three days (as I'm going with my brother) and spending 20 hrs of that on a train is not ideal, perhaps flying to Inverness.

    Or flying to Glasgow and going to the Trossachs national park.

  • You need to take the sleeper. Very time-efficient

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