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Friday, 3 May 2019

Weekends Away 2019 - Peak District/Heart of England/Brecon Beacons (updated 12 Feb)

[May Bank Holiday Weekend] Peak District --- Friday 3rd May SWC 267 Sheffield Circular, Saturday 4th May SWC 322 Grindleford Circular via Chatsworth House, Sunday 5th May SWC 319 Hathersage Circular via Stanage Edge, Higger Tor and Padley Gorge, Monday 6th May SWC 303 Edale Circular via Kinder Scout and Mam Tor. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7, 8 & 9 May Walks and Walk Recce, possibly from the Ladybower Inn. Detailed walk posts now uploaded.
Convenient accomodation is available along the Hope Valley Line in New Mills, Chinley, Edale, Hathersage, Grindleford and Sheffield.

Note: the strike action on the Hope Valley Line has been called off (for now) and negotiations have resumed. Should strike action recommence for these dates and affect Saturday train services, then the Saturday walk can still be done using buses from most locations along the Hope Valley Line and a little bit of extra walking (but not from Edale, unless you want to cross the Great Ridge along the Coffin Route to catch a bus from Hope, or from places west of Edale).

IF the trains are running as they should (i.e. no bus replacements or long diversions), THEN I'd post additional Long Weekends as follows:

[19-21/07 or 4 weeks later] Heart of England --- Assume Friday 19 July SWC 323a Evesham to Pershore (start from Sedgeberrow), Saturday 20 July SWC 324 The Malvern Hills (Great Malvern Circular), Sunday 21 July SWC 324a The Malvern Hills (Colwall to Great Malvern). All three days are tough (albeit with shortcut options), but Saturday and Sunday can also be made even tougher with an extension each (seeing that we start early after staying over...).

[13-16/09] The Brecon Beacons (Abergavenny or Crickhowell) --- Assume Friday 13 September to Monday 16 September: New Walks not yet finalised [Pandy to Llanvihangel Crucorney via Llanthony Priory and Cwmyoy, Abergavenny Circular via Y Fal/Sugarloaf], plus others starting from Llangynidr, Llangattock/Crickhowell or the 'old' Bwlch Circular. Why in September? A: Heather in Bloom on the Moors; B: walks won't be ready in time for May anyway...


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know about cheap tickets to sheffield on 3rd May?
ie are there going to be any?

Thomas G said...

3rd May? £20,50 for the 08.33 from Kings X, £26,50 for the 09.02 from St Pancras at the moment...They won't get any cheaper.

Thomas G said...

... knock a third off with railcards other than a Network RC...

Sandy said...

Gamblers may wish to consider that you can get a ticket on the 0803 from Kings Cross on Saturday for £33 to Sheffield, with a 16 minute change in Doncaster, and a return on the 1830 from Sheffield on Monday (11 minutes to change at Donnie) for £20.50. Too much of a high-risk plan for me though. I haven't checked the onward trains to/from the walk starts.

Thomas G said...

Better would be to buy a Doncaster Advance for the 08.33 (£20.50 just now) and then in Doncaster/on the train a Doncaster - Sheffield single (about £4.00, depending on the train you catch).
The current lack of Advance Tickets for the other relevant trains (08.31/09.02) is explained by Network Rail not having declared yet the details of trackworks on the East Midlands line for that weekend. That should happen in the next couple of weeks. Then Advances will become available to buy (for the trains that will run, which could possibly be fewer than currently shown or at different times).
This level of uncertainty for punters is the consequence of the difficult balancing act of committing to this weekend way in advance so that accomodation can be booked, while not being 100% sure of the train times. And that's before we talk about the Northern Rail strike possibly being re-started...
By the way, for Monday there are still £15.00 tickets showing for the 19.30/20.30/22.11 departures to Kings X. Again, the other trains will be confirmed by Network Rail in the next few weeks, and Advances should then become available.
As always: knock off 1/3 of the price with Railcards other than Network RC...