Would you like to have a go at walking, climbing or caving?

Event Snapshot:

Date: Date: Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September 2012 Meeting Time: Arrivals from 17:00 Estimated Finish Time: 16:00
 Sunday Walk Distance: Varied Walk Level (click for details): Beginners, Intermediate,

Cost: £105 with a Loyalty pass or £125 without one.

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Are you keen to get into outdoor pursuits, but not quite sure what to start with?
This weekend in the beautiful Peak District has everything you need for exploring the great outdoors and trying something new.  Whether it’s walking, climbing or caving, you’ll be helped every step of the way by our friendly and experienced guides.  And you’ll be doing it amid some of the most beautiful and breathtaking countryside in the British Isles.
Large Outdoors events are always sociable occasions, so whether you come with friends, family or on your own, you will get to meet likeminded people with one purpose in mind – to enjoy themselves!
Our accommodation is a comfortable rural retreat in the Peak District’s lovely Staffordshire moorlands.  YHA Gradbach has all the facilities we need, and there will be plenty of space to relax and chat together.  Mealtimes will be great for getting to know people and swapping stories about your activities during the day, and you’ll enjoy good quality food sourced from British and local suppliers (see below for more details).
Easy to get to, offering a range of activities to enjoy in a stunning location – what more could you want from a weekend away!

The walks

Lud’s Church: 8 miles We head along the Roaches for this stunning walk which skirts the Western edges of the Peak District, enjoying views over the Staffordshire and Cheshire plains.  From the ridge we drop down into ancient woodlands to explore Lud’s Church.  This is an immense natural cleft in the rock on the hillside above Gradbach.  It is over 15 metres high in places and over 100 metres long, though mostly only a couple of metres wide!
Two other walks are being planned; details will be available nearer the time.


On Saturday you will have the option of a day’s caving, specifically designed for beginners.  The caves have been carefully selected and are all horizontal.  There will be no climbing involved or squeezing through tight spaces! There is an addition cost for this of £50, which includes all equipment and the expertise of qualified local cave leaders.


The Roaches are among the most famous climbing rocks in the UK and are just a short drive/walk from the hostel.  There will be two climbing options on this weekend.
Option 1: Taster day. If you’ve not done any (or much) climbing before, why not join the beginners climbing day on the Sunday?  The additional cost for this is £30, and includes expert tuition and all the necessary equipment, enabling you to have a go and discover if this is a sport for you.
Option 2: Beginners development. If you are feeling more adventurous and would like to spend two days climbing, you can come on this weekend and do just that! This is the perfect way to see if climbing is truly for you, as this option is limited to just 8 places – meaning you get loads of one to one expert guidance.  The addition cost for this is £50.

Event Itinerary

Friday night

Arrival from 5pm: Please feel free to arrive at any point from 5pm on Friday. If you are travelling from afar and likely to arrive after 10pm, please let us know as early as possible on the day as we may have no phone signal at our chosen accommodation.
Welcome Buffet 8pm: An informal welcome buffet will be served at 8pm, where you will get to meet and chat with others in the group. We’ll provide pasta and potato salads along with bread and soft drinks and we ask that everyone brings two items of food to add to the feast!
Briefing 9pm: We promise to keep this short but we will run through our proposed format for the weekend.
Treasure Hunt 9:30pm: What better way to break the ice with the rest of the group than a night-time team treasure hunt!  Each team’s goal is to find the treasure (wine and chocolates!) hidden in the surrounding area.  It’s designed to be good old fashioned fun – but it’s not compulsory!
Saturday After breakfast we head off on our respective activities before returning to the accommodation for a well-deserved three course meal.  Then it’s time to relax, reflect on the day’s activities, or just chill with a book!  You are welcome to bring you own alcohol to enjoy during the evening.
Sunday  Some gentler activities will be on offer to round off our weekend.  You are free to head off when you wish but we will be aiming to have a leaving meal (not included) in a local pub about 2pm.
What you get:

  • Two nights’ accommodation
  • Welcome pack (see ‘Welcome Pack’ below)
  • Your choice of activities on Saturday and Sunday
  • Friday night outdoor treasure hunt
  • All activities led by highly qualified leaders
  • Breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday
  • Three course evening meal on Saturday (see ‘Our Food’ below)
  • The chance to meet new people
  • The opportunity to explore a part of the UK that may be new to you

Welcome Pack:

At each of our weekends you will receive a welcome pack comprising a bottle of our own real ale brewed just for us on the Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District, ear plugs and some sweets to help you through the walk, along with essential event information, a £40 Naked Wines Voucher ( and a Large Outdoors voucher for future events.

Our Food:

There’s nothing like a good meal when you’ve been out walking or on some other activity.  At Large Outdoors we want to provide the best quality possible while being environmentally responsible.  We therefore source all our food through our Yorkshire office in the market town of Malton, using in-season vegetables from the surrounding dales.   Our meat comes from the local butcher who prepares it for us from local free range animals.  Main meals are personally prepared by Sophie Legard of Malton Relish ( to give you a real ‘home-cooked’ experience.  All this, and the pleasure of knowing you are eating sustainably! Vegetarian options can be provided – ask at the time of booking.
Are dogs allowed?  We regret dogs are not allowed at this event.

Kit Lists:

Knowing what kit to have with you is essential for having a safe trip with Large Outdoors.  We have compiled some kit lists to offer you help and advice on what to pack.

If you are new to Large Outdoors and outdoor pursuits in  general please do not feel that you have to purchase all the kit on the  list.  You would be better off attending some easier events, gaining  experience and talking to other participants about what kind of kit you  need. Then gradually purchase the kit that suits your preferred event/s,  skills, body and budget.

Don’t forget: Some of the key items not to forget on this event:     •    Warm Clothes     •    Hat & Gloves     •    Food & Drinks     •    Waterproofs including jacket and trousers     •    Head Torch     •    Towel     •    Personal Toiletries     •    Survival Bag and Whistle

Not Included: Travel to and from the hostel, Friday night buffet items, packed lunch on Saturday, alcoholic drinks, any additional activities, personal insurance and personal walking equipment.

Food and Drinks:

As the majority of our locations are remote and far from local shops, the information below is provided as a guide to the food and drink you should think about bringing with you.

Welcome Night Buffet: As part of the first night we will be hosting a buffet and ask that everyone aims to bring two items for this.  There are cooking facilities at the location if your buffet item requires heating.
Breakfast: We will provide breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday, which will comprise cereal, toast, yoghurts and fresh fruit.  You are welcome to bring anything else you may enjoy for breakfast.
Snacks: We will have cakes and biscuits available along with fresh fruit throughout the weekend, but please feel free to bring any additional snacks you would like.
Drinks: There will be complimentary tea, herbal teas, coffee and squash provided. You may bring other drinks for the weekend if you wish to. You are also welcome to bring alcoholic drinks for both nights.

Friends of the Peak District:

Large Outdoors are proud to support Friends of the Peak District. For every place sold on a Peak District weekend we will donate £1 to help protect this amazing landscape. We also ask our participants if they would like to  help support Friends of the Peak District, by donating £1  to this charity. For every £1 you donate, Large Outdoors will match it by donating a further £1. To donate simply select the option on the booking form.

For more information about Friends of the Peak District visit Reg. Charity No: 1094975.”

Booking and Paying:

Please book this event online using the form at the bottom of this  page. We accept most major credit and debit cards online. If you would  prefer to pay by BACS/Cheque please select the option for BACS or cheque  below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Large Outdoors office.

Meeting Location:

Venue Address: Gradbach YHA, Gradbach, Quarnford, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0SU

You can use the Moorlands Connect to travel to this hostel. It will meet  your bus in Leek and take you straight to the hostel door. For more  information call 0300 111 8003.


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