Meets Calendar

The Rucksack Club is privileged to have one of the biggest and most varied programme of meets of any British mountaineering club. Our outdoor meets programme has over 50 meets (weekends or longer) throughout the year. We have a regular programme of Wednesday evening climbing – outdoor during the summer months and indoor during winter – and there is a very active Wednesday Walkers group. In the winter months we have a regular mid-week indoor lecture programme from both members and invited national and international speakers. 

 

Meets Calendar: Hover over any event to see details. Click to open event (then scroll to see more info).
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  • High Camp
    All day
    03/09/2022-04/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Gareth Llewellyn

    For 57 years the High Camp has been one of the iconic meets of the Rucksack Club, always at
    the beginning of September, signifying the end of summer and shepherding in the start of the
    autumn program. And, surprisingly, over all that time, it has only had two leaders: first that larger-
    than-life character, Vin Dillon, who conceived the event and ran it for 27 years. Then it was taken
    over by none other than Yorkshire’s very own Carol Smithies. (I believe she’s actually an Essex
    Girl!)
    It is now my very great privilege to become the third name to be added to that most exclusive
    of lists and it would be an honour if you would join me on the Saturday evening for my inaugural
    meet which will be on the summit of Mynydd Mawr (SH 540 547) situated almost directly between
    Nantlle and the Snowdon Ranger Hostel.
    No further details being necessary, it is for yourself to come up with a deviously cunning
    expedition to deliver you to the top on the appointed evening, or to drive as high and near as you
    are able then saunter up with ease. However, prizes will be awarded for the attendees who achieve
    the most interesting means of arriving and have the best sounding plan for exiting the following
    morning. (If you are young and pretty, that could be a kiss from the leader; if you are old and
    wizened, you might have to settle for a firm hand-shake.)
    As a break from tradition, I don’t intend taking alcohol to the summit, and note, there appears
    to be no ready supply of water so it may all have to be carried in from the start.
    Photo: Gareth Llewellyn/DSCN0065.JPG The Nantlle Ridge and Moel Hebog.
    Doug and I recce the summit, can conditions be this good again? 

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  • High Camp
    All day
    04/09/2022-04/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Gareth Llewellyn

    For 57 years the High Camp has been one of the iconic meets of the Rucksack Club, always at
    the beginning of September, signifying the end of summer and shepherding in the start of the
    autumn program. And, surprisingly, over all that time, it has only had two leaders: first that larger-
    than-life character, Vin Dillon, who conceived the event and ran it for 27 years. Then it was taken
    over by none other than Yorkshire’s very own Carol Smithies. (I believe she’s actually an Essex
    Girl!)
    It is now my very great privilege to become the third name to be added to that most exclusive
    of lists and it would be an honour if you would join me on the Saturday evening for my inaugural
    meet which will be on the summit of Mynydd Mawr (SH 540 547) situated almost directly between
    Nantlle and the Snowdon Ranger Hostel.
    No further details being necessary, it is for yourself to come up with a deviously cunning
    expedition to deliver you to the top on the appointed evening, or to drive as high and near as you
    are able then saunter up with ease. However, prizes will be awarded for the attendees who achieve
    the most interesting means of arriving and have the best sounding plan for exiting the following
    morning. (If you are young and pretty, that could be a kiss from the leader; if you are old and
    wizened, you might have to settle for a firm hand-shake.)
    As a break from tradition, I don’t intend taking alcohol to the summit, and note, there appears
    to be no ready supply of water so it may all have to be carried in from the start.
    Photo: Gareth Llewellyn/DSCN0065.JPG The Nantlle Ridge and Moel Hebog.
    Doug and I recce the summit, can conditions be this good again? 

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  • A: Dunford Bridge, Windleden Rsvrs, Hingcliff, North America & Langsett, Thurlstone moors; 11.5ml
    B: Dunford Bridge, Winscar & Harden Reservoirs, Snailsden Pike; 8.6ml
    10:00 -16:00
    07/09/2022

    A: Dunford Bridge, Windleden Rsvrs, Hingcliff, North America & Langsett, Thurlstone moors; 11.5ml
    Done: 01/08/2007 (Harvey Condliffe)
    Start: Dunford Bridge SE158026
    Pub: Wagon & Horses, Langsett ; Pleasantly received, sat out (windproofed!) in sun
    Maps: – 1:25,000: Dark Peak E – 1:50,000: 110 Sheffield & Huddersfield
    Morning Route: 10km. Rd Sly 300m to field track, over fence 167020, Rsvr road to 150014, Sly on rough and faint trods to cross Glead Nest Clough 155006, rogh Wly to path to cross A628 at Fiddler’s Green. Ely on rough old trods to Wicken Hill grouse butts (coffee at clough 165000). Track via Upper Hordron and unmarked path to ford Little Don at 191001 (ignoring FB at 192003). Steeply SE along wall over Hingcliffe common, crossingCut Gate path 196988 to lunch at North America 203988. Track to 209995 then NEly on woodland conc. path to dam road to Langsett.
    Afternoon Route 7km. Fps Wy via Langsett Bank and Swinden to A628 183012. Wy on A628and track of old road to 1685 0075 (GPS) then rough NWly to162015, then path on W bank of Long Grain and track to start.
    The original route:
    AM: (6.5 mi) Rd 500m SW; fp SSEly to A628 Fiddler’s Green 155001; SE/E by Loftshaw (coffee) & Hordron Cloughs to junction with Bradshaw Clough 185995; SEly up across Bradshaw, struggle down & over Mickleden Beck, up & over Cut Gate path at access point 192991; E along wall to fp 199992; fp NE down to North America (lunch); fp (Thickwoods Lane) Ely to 214995; lane/rd Nly to Langsett, Langsett Inn
    PM: (5 mi) Fps WNW/NW by Langsett Bank on N side of reservoir, Swinden & Far Swinden to A628 191014; E 125m on concession fp N of rd to Swinden Walls; fp NNW to old rly at Cote Bank Bridge 188028; old rly (Trans-Pennine Trail) boringly Wly (tea) to rd Dunford Bridge 157023; rd up SWly to cars

    B: Dunford Bridge, Winscar & Harden Reservoirs, Snailsden Pike; 8.6ml
    Start: Dunford Bridge SE158026
    Pub: early doors?
    Maps: Dark Peak W & E – 110 Sheffield & Huddersfield
    Route: Fp N/NE/N by Winscar Reservoir to join rd at 154033. Rd NNW to 151038 (to N of Harden Reservoir), trk NW, cross rd, NW (Holme Valley) to 137048 (ruins of Hades). NE (or NW) to Kirklees Way, where fp/trk NW to 130055, trk/rd SW/S/SE to 134041. (E on rd for shorter route) Trk, fp W/SW/S/SE round Snailsden Pike End, E to join trk, S/E/N across Harden Reservoir dam. SE to retrace road back to cars. (short-cut =7ml)

  • Hobson Moor Quarry
    16:00 -22:00
    07/09/2022

    https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crags/hobson_moor_quarry-151/

    Sue Whittle

     

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  • Scottish Island Meet South Uist
    All day
    09/09/2022-12/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn 

    This is another meet inspired by Geoff Bell, who spotted the Uisinis Bothy (NF 850 333) on the East coast of South Uist as a great place to visit. A couple of trips were planned but times and tides were against us and they never happened. So i thought we should get back there this year. And it’s back to basics with a three night backpacking trip planned, staying the middle night in a bothy. For the eagle eyed among you the map does not actually show a building but the grid reference is per the ‘Bothy Bible’ book and i have seen a picture so hopefully something is there. Either way it is a very small bothy, sleeping only four, so i think tents will be order of the day.

    The ferry leaves Mallaig on Fruday 9th September at 13:50 arriving at Lochboisdale 17.20. Then the plan is to arrange transport to drop us at Loch Aineort from where we can walk round the coast a bit and camp for the night. Next day we go around to the bothy via Beinn Mhor and the Gleann Uisinis circuit. Day three we walk out early to the road head at Loch Sgiopoirt. Then transport back to Lochboisdale, but the return ferry timetable is not published yet so watch this space. However having made the long journey to the outer isles it may be worth extending your visit up here.

    As I will need to consider transport options to and from Lochboisdale, it would be helpful to have an early indication of numbers wanting ti join the meet. So please let me know on the usual contact details (as per the handbook) if you are interested in coming along.

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  • Nether Tor, Kinder Climbing (changed venue)
    All day
    10/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Andy Stewart 

    If conditions allow, we will enjoy the great grit and grand views from Nether Tor, one of the Kinder Southern Edges. I’ll aim to be there from mid-morning. As always it’s subject to the vagaries of the weather forecast. If it looks suboptimal for climbing on the Kinder Plateau, I’ll come up with a more favourable B plan midweek.

    N.B. Originally Kinder Downfall, but weather not optimal for that.

  • Scottish Island Meet South Uist
    All day
    10/09/2022-12/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn 

    This is another meet inspired by Geoff Bell, who spotted the Uisinis Bothy (NF 850 333) on the East coast of South Uist as a great place to visit. A couple of trips were planned but times and tides were against us and they never happened. So i thought we should get back there this year. And it’s back to basics with a three night backpacking trip planned, staying the middle night in a bothy. For the eagle eyed among you the map does not actually show a building but the grid reference is per the ‘Bothy Bible’ book and i have seen a picture so hopefully something is there. Either way it is a very small bothy, sleeping only four, so i think tents will be order of the day.

    The ferry leaves Mallaig on Fruday 9th September at 13:50 arriving at Lochboisdale 17.20. Then the plan is to arrange transport to drop us at Loch Aineort from where we can walk round the coast a bit and camp for the night. Next day we go around to the bothy via Beinn Mhor and the Gleann Uisinis circuit. Day three we walk out early to the road head at Loch Sgiopoirt. Then transport back to Lochboisdale, but the return ferry timetable is not published yet so watch this space. However having made the long journey to the outer isles it may be worth extending your visit up here.

    As I will need to consider transport options to and from Lochboisdale, it would be helpful to have an early indication of numbers wanting ti join the meet. So please let me know on the usual contact details (as per the handbook) if you are interested in coming along.

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  • Scottish Island Meet South Uist
    All day
    11/09/2022-12/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn 

    This is another meet inspired by Geoff Bell, who spotted the Uisinis Bothy (NF 850 333) on the East coast of South Uist as a great place to visit. A couple of trips were planned but times and tides were against us and they never happened. So i thought we should get back there this year. And it’s back to basics with a three night backpacking trip planned, staying the middle night in a bothy. For the eagle eyed among you the map does not actually show a building but the grid reference is per the ‘Bothy Bible’ book and i have seen a picture so hopefully something is there. Either way it is a very small bothy, sleeping only four, so i think tents will be order of the day.

    The ferry leaves Mallaig on Fruday 9th September at 13:50 arriving at Lochboisdale 17.20. Then the plan is to arrange transport to drop us at Loch Aineort from where we can walk round the coast a bit and camp for the night. Next day we go around to the bothy via Beinn Mhor and the Gleann Uisinis circuit. Day three we walk out early to the road head at Loch Sgiopoirt. Then transport back to Lochboisdale, but the return ferry timetable is not published yet so watch this space. However having made the long journey to the outer isles it may be worth extending your visit up here.

    As I will need to consider transport options to and from Lochboisdale, it would be helpful to have an early indication of numbers wanting ti join the meet. So please let me know on the usual contact details (as per the handbook) if you are interested in coming along.

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  • Scottish Island Meet South Uist
    All day
    12/09/2022-12/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Andy Llewellyn 

    This is another meet inspired by Geoff Bell, who spotted the Uisinis Bothy (NF 850 333) on the East coast of South Uist as a great place to visit. A couple of trips were planned but times and tides were against us and they never happened. So i thought we should get back there this year. And it’s back to basics with a three night backpacking trip planned, staying the middle night in a bothy. For the eagle eyed among you the map does not actually show a building but the grid reference is per the ‘Bothy Bible’ book and i have seen a picture so hopefully something is there. Either way it is a very small bothy, sleeping only four, so i think tents will be order of the day.

    The ferry leaves Mallaig on Fruday 9th September at 13:50 arriving at Lochboisdale 17.20. Then the plan is to arrange transport to drop us at Loch Aineort from where we can walk round the coast a bit and camp for the night. Next day we go around to the bothy via Beinn Mhor and the Gleann Uisinis circuit. Day three we walk out early to the road head at Loch Sgiopoirt. Then transport back to Lochboisdale, but the return ferry timetable is not published yet so watch this space. However having made the long journey to the outer isles it may be worth extending your visit up here.

    As I will need to consider transport options to and from Lochboisdale, it would be helpful to have an early indication of numbers wanting ti join the meet. So please let me know on the usual contact details (as per the handbook) if you are interested in coming along.

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  • Beudy Mawr Climbing & Other Fun Pursuits
    All day
    17/09/2022-18/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Richard Brewster

    Despite the designation as a climbing meet, do come along and do whatever you fancy with like-
    minded folks. I’ll be aiming to do a ‘classic route’ on either Sat/Sun (last year it was Direct Route
    on the Mot) and hopefully other climbs as weather permits.
    I hope to head over on Friday afternoon, so some of the A55 climbs are a possibility en route if
    anyone is keen.
    I’ll cook a veggie/vegan chilli on Sat eve, before a beer or two.
    Let me know by Weds evening if you are coming and want nosh, so I know what to bring.

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  • Beudy Mawr Climbing & Other Fun Pursuits
    All day
    18/09/2022-18/09/2022

    Co-ordinator: Richard Brewster

    Despite the designation as a climbing meet, do come along and do whatever you fancy with like-
    minded folks. I’ll be aiming to do a ‘classic route’ on either Sat/Sun (last year it was Direct Route
    on the Mot) and hopefully other climbs as weather permits.
    I hope to head over on Friday afternoon, so some of the A55 climbs are a possibility en route if
    anyone is keen.
    I’ll cook a veggie/vegan chilli on Sat eve, before a beer or two.
    Let me know by Weds evening if you are coming and want nosh, so I know what to bring.

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  • A: Little Longstone, Longstone Edge, Rowland & Hassop; 10.7ml
    B: Little Longstone, Longstone Edge, Rowland & Hassop; 8.0ml
    10:00 -16:00
    21/09/2022

    A: Little Longstone, Longstone Edge, Rowland & Hassop; 10.7ml
    Done: 20/03/1996 (Ian Howie) 28/09/2016 (Mike Gregg)
    Coordinator: Ray Grover
    Start: Ashford car park SK194698
    Pub: Eyre Arms, Hassop; OK, comfy
    Maps: Dark Peak W
    Route AM: Fps from 194701 N of village Nly to Monsal Trl & Li Longstone, fp NW/N to 184728, trk E/fp NW/trspss up N thro wood, Ely by old shafts & rake to 205732, trspss below Longstone Edge to 215731, trk/rd/fp down Sly thro Rowland to rd 217722, rd E to Hassop, Eyre Arms
    Route PM: Rd/ln SW/SEly to A619 235714, R & L, ln/fp/ln up to 238709, fp SWly to B6048 Redway Fm 234706, busy rds Wly to Hassop Sta, Monsal Trl Wly to 206710, ln/fp/rd SSEly by Churchdale Hall to cars

    B: Little Longstone, Longstone Edge, Rowland & Hassop; 8.0ml
    Start: Ashford car park SK194698
    Pub: early doors at Ashford Arms
    Maps: Dark Peak W
    Route AM: Fps from 194701 N of village Nly to Monsal Trl & Li Longstone, fp NE/NW to 185732. Ely by old shafts & rake, across rd, NE to 205732, trk NE to 214735. Fp S/SW thru Rowland to Great Longstone. Rd/fps S/SW to cars.

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  • Kayaking Scotland Gary Bunting
    All day
    23/09/2022-25/09/2022

    24 – 25 September

    Kayaking Scotland Gary Bunting & Gareth Llewellyn

     

    The canoeing / kayaking meet will be based at Craigallan, which is booked for the meet on the Friday and Sunday nights. The plan is to paddle down Loch Etive on Saturday and stay in / camp by the Cadderlie bothy, returning on the Sunday. This trip should be suitable for both kayaks and open canoes. There should plenty of spare time for a longer paddle on the Loch or to explore the surrounding hills. There are alternative plans depending on the weather. For further details contact Gary as per the handbook. 

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  • Kayaking Scotland Gary Bunting
    All day
    24/09/2022-25/09/2022

    24 – 25 September

    Kayaking Scotland Gary Bunting & Gareth Llewellyn

     

    The canoeing / kayaking meet will be based at Craigallan, which is booked for the meet on the Friday and Sunday nights. The plan is to paddle down Loch Etive on Saturday and stay in / camp by the Cadderlie bothy, returning on the Sunday. This trip should be suitable for both kayaks and open canoes. There should plenty of spare time for a longer paddle on the Loch or to explore the surrounding hills. There are alternative plans depending on the weather. For further details contact Gary as per the handbook. 

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  • Kayaking Scotland Gary Bunting
    All day
    25/09/2022-25/09/2022

    24 – 25 September

    Kayaking Scotland Gary Bunting & Gareth Llewellyn

     

    The canoeing / kayaking meet will be based at Craigallan, which is booked for the meet on the Friday and Sunday nights. The plan is to paddle down Loch Etive on Saturday and stay in / camp by the Cadderlie bothy, returning on the Sunday. This trip should be suitable for both kayaks and open canoes. There should plenty of spare time for a longer paddle on the Loch or to explore the surrounding hills. There are alternative plans depending on the weather. For further details contact Gary as per the handbook. 

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  • A: Castleton, The Cop, Tideslow Rake, Great Hucklow & Bradwell; 9.5ml
    B: Castleton, Cave Dale, Bradwell & Hope; 8.0ml
    10:00 -16:00
    28/09/2022

    A: Castleton, The Cop, Tideslow Rake, Great Hucklow & Bradwell; 9.5ml
    Done: 22/09/2010 03/06/2015 (Mike Gregg)
    Start: Roadside A625 Castleton SK147829
    Pub: Queens, Great Hucklow
    Maps: – 1:25,000: Dark Peak E; White Peak W & E- 1:50,000:-10 Sheff & Hudder 119 Bux Mat & Dove Dale
    Morning Route: (5.25 mi) Fps SWly up by Goosehill Hall, over Cow Low, by Old Moor to The Cop 129797; fps SEly, over rd 133792, to rd 139783; E 200m to near New Fm; fps ESEly by Tideswell Rake (lunch) to rd 160778; fp, rd Ely to Queens, Gt. Hucklow
    Afternoon Route: (4.25 mi) Fp rd Nely to Abney Grange, N over Abney Moor, down to Bradwell, fp to SW of cement works to Castleton.

    B: Castleton, Cave Dale, Bradwell & Hope; 8.0ml
    Done: 19/10/2011
    Start: Roadside A625 Castleton SK147829
    Pub: Bowling Green, Bradwell 171815
    Maps: Dark Peak W & White Peak W – 110 Sheffield & Huddersfield; 119 Buxton, Matlock & Dove Dale
    Route AM 5m: Up Cave Dale to jcn 135813, fp SSE to 139799. Indistinct fp NE by Potter Barn to rd 158811, rd ENE down Smalldale to Bradwell, Bowling Green.
    Route PM 3m: Rd E/NE to 175819, rd N/NW to rd 172833. Rd 50m SW, fp/rd Wly through Castleton to cars.

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