The University of York Outdoor Society

Outdoor Society


That's it for this term, check back soon for next term's timetable!


Alice McEllin

Have a Nice Summer!

13th June 2016

Hello Outdoor Soccers!

I can't believe it! The end of the year is already here.

Thanks to everyone who turned up to the walks throughout the year and put up with the bogs, mud and the wonderful English Weather. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did! If you have any photos from the walks and would like them to go up on the website please email them to us at our email address: Outdoorsoc@yusu.org.

I would like to mention and thank our retiring walk leaders Tom Quinn-Gregson, Katie Mapp, Mathew Mason, Stephen Jones, Julia Mason, Eloise de Spretter, Jennifer Bladen-Hovell and finally, but not least, Marianne Pearson for all their hard work over the years and I hope that they have the best of luck in the future.

The Society will be back in October with a new year's worth of great walks (and we will of course be at the Fresher's Fair) and we hope that you will be able to join us for them.

I hope that you all have a great summer and that if you are leaving the uni everything goes well for you. If not I hope you see you again in October!


Outdoor Soc Love,

Alice
Secretary

Alice McEllin

Week 9: Robin Hoods Bay

9th June 2016

Hello Outdoor Soccers!

I can't believe it! We're already on the last walk of the year. We will be heading to our traditional end of year destination - Robin Hood's Bay.

Before some information on where we're going there are a few things that you need to note first:

* There will be NO pub lunch on the medium walk, instead the medium walkers will spend the afternoon in Robin Hoods Bay. There are some very good fish and chips shops!
* The medium walk tickets will be on sale until Saturday evening this week (the same length of time as the long walk tickets).
* The pace on the long walk will need to be QUICK. We hope the long walkers will get a good length of time in Robin Hoods Bay, but this will only be possible with a quick pace, if you doubt that you will be able to keep up please do the medium walk.
* We'll be having our final social of the term on Friday: Farewell Flounders. We hope to see you all there for a few drinks around York. See our facebook page for more details :)

The actual origin of the name remains a mystery. There is not a scrap of evidence to suggest that Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest folklore ever visited the Bay. The Bay is famous for it's fossils and also has a tradition of smuggling - there is there is reputed to be a network of subterranean passageways linking the houses. In the town there is a plaque which records when a brig named "Visitor" ran aground in Robin Hood's Bay on 18 January 1881 during a violent storm. Because the Withby lifeboat was unable to go to the rescues by sea it was pulled 6 miles overland by 18 horses, with the 7 feet deep snowdrifts present at the time cleared by 200 men, demolishing walls and uprooting bushes to get though. The lifeboat was launched two hours after leaving Whitby, with the crew of the Visitor rescued on the second attempt.

I hope that you have had a wonderful year's walking with us and that I see you there!


 
IMPORTANT INFO:
 
As always, we will be running 2 different length walks. The medium walk is around 8-10 km, and stops for lunch at a pub. The long walk goes all day, and stops for a packed lunch en route. Long walks tend to be around 15 km. 

Please bring water and snacks to keep you going. Medium walkers need to bring money for the pub, long walkers need a packed lunch (or go hungry!). Wear appropriate clothing for all weather- walking boots are preferable, or sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting muddy - we try to avoid bogs, but don't always succeed! Dress warmly and always bring a waterproof-even if it looks sunny in the morning.

Tickets for this week are available from the YUSU website: get them quickly before they're gone! Medium Walk tickets will be taken down from the website on Wednesday evening.
http://www.yusu.org/tickets

                                          

Tickets are £7 + a 50p booking fee, and if you're not a member, we'll ask for an extra £2 on the day.

We meet at 8.45 on the Sunday morning, and aim to back at 6pm at the latest. We meet by the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre. 

For more information on our trips, and to see lots of photos of the area, please visit our website! http://www.outdoorsoc.co.uk/

If you have any questions feel free to email  outdoorsoc@yusu.org (not to any personal email account please!). Or you can message us on Facebook: don't forget to 'Like' our page- The University of York Outdoor Society!


That's all from me, I hope the thought of another day's walking will spur you through the week! If anyone has any photos which they would like to be put on our website, please do email them to us!

Outdoor Soc Love,

Alice
Secretary

Alice McEllin

Week 8: Tan Hill

30th May 2016

Hello Outdoor Soccers!

Before we get on to where we're headed this week there is some important housekeeping we need to do first:

Please note: Tan Hill can often be muddy and boggy so please make sure that you have suitable footwear, particularly for the long walk. We recommend WALKING BOOTS or study trainers. Please be aware that if you are not wearing footwear your walk leader believes is suitable you will be asked to join the medium walk or not allowed on the coach.

Please do not leave your walking group for ANY reason without your walk leaders knowledge and permission. If you do you could find yourself stranded in the middle of no where.

The pace on the long walk is FAST and, as the names suggests, it is LONG.  Our walks often aim to offer time in the location to look around and it is frustrating for everyone if we are unable to deliver the full experience we planned due to people walking slowing on the walk. If you have NO or LITTLE walking experience please try the more relaxing MEDIUM WALK before attempting the long walk.

Tickets to have a pub lunch on the medium walk go off sale on Wednesday, however you can still go on the medium walk and not have a pub lunch if you buy a long walk ticket, which are on sale until Saturday evening. Please inform the walk coordinator if you choose to do this.


Sorry for the long list, but these are for yours and others comfort and safety.

This week we're heading to Tan Hill, famous for being the home of the highest pub in Britain at 528m above sea level, the Tan Hill Inn. The building dates from the 17th Century and was used by the local coal miners. While it is now isolated it used to be surrounded by miners cottages, which were demolished following the closure of the coal mines.

Tan Hill, itself, is a high point on the Pennine Way in North Yorkshire. Coal was mined on its sides (known as the Tan Hill Seam) from the 13th Century until the early  1930s.

 

IMPORTANT INFO:
 

As always, we will be running 2 different length walks. The medium walk is around 8-10 km, and stops for lunch at a pub. The long walk goes all day, and stops for a packed lunch en route. Long walks tend to be around 15 km. 

Please bring water and snacks to keep you going. Medium walkers need to bring money for the pub, long walkers need a packed lunch (or go hungry!). Wear appropriate clothing for all weather- walking boots are preferable, or sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting muddy - we try to avoid bogs, but don't always succeed! Dress warmly and always bring a waterproof-even if it looks sunny in the morning.

Tickets for this week are available from the YUSU website: get them quickly before they're gone! Medium Walk tickets will be taken down from the website on Wednesday evening.
http://www.yusu.org/tickets

                                         

Tickets are £7 + a 50p booking fee, and if you're not a member, we'll ask for an extra £2 on the day.

We meet at 8.45 on the Sunday morning, and aim to back at 6pm at the latest. We meet by the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre.

For more information on our trips, and to see lots of photos of the area, please visit our website! http://www.outdoorsoc.co.uk/

If you have any questions feel free to email  outdoorsoc@yusu.org (not to any personal email account please!). Or you can message us on Facebook: don't forget to 'Like' our page- The University of York Outdoor Society!


That's all from me, I hope the thought of another day's walking will spur you through the week! If anyone has any photos which they would like to be put on our website, please do email them to us!

Outdoor Soc Love,

Alice
Secretary

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