Aug
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Exploring & Experiencing Dramatic Rivers & Waterfalls in Devon (35750)

Event Overview

We have quite a unique hostel event for you here, set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this former World War 1 hut was converted to a hostel in the 1930's and has remained as such to this present day. Set in Bridford Woods it set quite steeply against the valley hill which at the bottom has the River Teigh running through complete with its own set of stepping stones (I feel a photo opportunity arises here)

The event runs from 17:00hrs on Friday 4th August through to 14:00hrs on Sunday, 6th August 2017. 

HOSTEL 

The hostel comprises of 20 bed's which breaks down into the following 5 ...

We have quite a unique hostel event for you here, set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this former World War 1 hut was converted to a hostel in the 1930's and has remained as such to this present day. Set in Bridford Woods it set quite steeply against the valley hill which at the bottom has the River Teigh running through complete with its own set of stepping stones (I feel a photo opportunity arises here)

The event runs from 17:00hrs on Friday 4th August through to 14:00hrs on Sunday, 6th August 2017. 

HOSTEL 

The hostel comprises of 20 bed's which breaks down into the following 5 bedrooms;

·         1 x Room (Sleeps 4)

·         1 x Room (Sleeps 6)

·         2 x Rooms (Sleeps 4)

·         1 x Room (Sleeps 2)

The rooms all have washbasins and a small amount of hanging space. 

We have available to use a BBQ and 2 fire pits as well so being August one would expect some decent weather. There is a good amount of outdoor space as well as a couple of picnic tables. Inside the hostel there is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, comfy cozy communal lounge/dinner along with a separate wet & drying room.

The hostel is also fitted with free WI-FI. 

ANY QUESTIONS? 

Being a relatively small capacity event it does have the advantage of being not quite as daunting as some of the larger events, so is ideal for those of you who are new to ODL or want to try a hostel event. However, everyone is welcome and I will do my best to ensure your weekend is memorable (for the right reasons of course) and thoroughly enjoyable.

There is lots of information on all the tabs so please do view this as will answer many of your questions and contains lots of helpful information and tips to making your weekend amazing!

I hope that this event page answers most of any burning questions that you may have, however if you do have any questions then do please feel free to ask them. 

Further information will be released closer to the time via messages to wet your appetite and give you a taste further of what is to be expected over the weekend for entertainment and the more finer details.  

Itinerary

The event will commence at 17:00hrs on Friday, 4th August 2017 when the hostel will be open.

FRIDAY

From 17:00hrs, arrive (in style if you like) check into the hostel and kick back and enjoy your surroundings for the next couple of days whilst enjoying a few drinks and getting to know other members on the event. 

We have the use of a BBQ so Friday evening food option will be slightly different to normal where will light up the barbie at around 19:00hrs and have a BBQ (ODL Style). 

At around 21:00hrs we will have a brief and will go into more detail about what the weekend has instore and afterwards a couple of wild icebreaker's which all are very welcome to partake. 

SATURDAY 

A hot cooked breakfast will be on offer with a small range of cereals and toast, to entice you to rise. Once everyone is fed and watered we shall depart the hostel and head over to Lydford which is around a 30minute drive (will try to car-share as much as we can)

The walk will probably start from around 10:30hrs and take around 4-5hours to complete and is around 8mile in length. Aiming to be complete by 15:00hrs there is an optional extra where an additional 3 mile walk (taking around 2 hours) through the quite awe-inspiring Lydford Gorge which is managed by The National Trust. There is an entry fee (which have negotiated a discount) for £8.35 per person unless you happen to be a National Trust member so entry is valid on inspection of you membership card so don't forget to bring it. This has some truly magnificent waterfalls and valleys which will give you some fantastic views and photos. For those of you who don't wish to come along then Lydford Gorge has some tearooms or the local pub in the village. 

Evening time will be a full 3 course meal prepared and cooked and will be suited for the time of year.

***Please do take this opportunity to double check that your dietary requirements are fully up-to-date***

There will be some evening entertainment as well but also for those who wish to sit and enjoy the surroundings over some drinks all are more than welcome. 

SUNDAY

Breakfast will be set up and laid on again similar to the previous day. Afterwards we will need to pack-up the hostel and make good the hostel ready to hand back to the owners at 10:00am. 

For those of you who wish to join me we shall be taking a small walk which should take around 2 hours to complete in the local area surrounding Blytheswood & Dunsford. Following on a pub lunch at the pub in Dunsford village called The Royal Oak that has a very good reputation and reviews. This will very nicely mark the end of the event. 

 

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What to bring

If it’s your first OutdoorLads event or you are trying something for the first time and you’re unsure what kit you’ll need - don’t worry – the following should help.

Do refer to the kit list for what to bring if you haven't attended a hostel event before, this does give a good idea of what your need. If you have any questions, then do message the event leader who can give you further guidance.

This is only a guide - you will need to consider the weather forecast and the activity as described. 

You should consider bringing:  

     

·         Towel

·         Shampoo

·         Washing gear (as you would for a hotel)

·         Ear plugs

·         Clothes to relax in at the hostel during the evenings

·         Items for the buffet on Friday evening

·         Packed lunch for Saturday

·         Drink (alcoholic or not) for the weekend

·         2 or 3-way power adapter

·         Phone charger

·         Day walking gear

·         Boots

·         Walking trousers, not jeans

·         Walking Top

·         Waterproofs

·         Rucksack

·         Walking poles (if you use them) ​

·         Couple of Towels (One old towel)

·         Drinks Flask/Container 

·         Sunscreen Protection 

·         Torch

 

The beauty about a hostel is most of what you need is provided already however there are still some essential items of kit that you will need to bring with you;

 

The hostel will provide bedding and linen however I would recommend bring an extra pillow from home if you do require more than one pillow to get a good night sleep. 

 

Following on from that, 20 blokes sharing rooms does result in a certain level of noise so if you are a light sleeper ear plugs maybe a worthwhile investment and now come in various forms for a couple of quid. 

Food & Drink

During the event the following meals will be provided for you and is included within your event cost which are both Saturday & Sunday Breakfasts & Saturday Evening meal. 

On Friday evening, we will from 19:00hrs be having an ODL style BBQ we will have one available to use. Please bring something to BBQ perhaps for 2-3 People and side this could be savory or sweet. 

Saturday & Sunday Breakfasts will have a small selection of cereals on offer, porridge, fruit juices & toast. We will also be doing a cooked breakfast which will include, Sausages, Bacon, Baked Beans and Eggs. On Friday & Saturday evenings I shall be gauging requirements for cooked breakfasts so any advance notifications are very welcome. 

Please bring a packed lunch with you for Saturday's walk as you will need one to keep you going for the walk. A pre-warning there is no-where to buy any provisions for this at the start of the walk. 

Throughout the weekend included in your event cost we will be supplying, tea, coffee, milk, sugar and a small choice of squash cordials

Meeting & Times

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Travel Information

The hostel is set in a remote area so access via public transport is best described as limited however some options do remain detailed below;

CAR

Best way to travel to the event is by car, if you don't have transport then do let me know or put a message out on the event wall page so other members can see and I do my best to put you in touch with anyone who maybe able to help. 

If travelling south towards Exeter; (which I predict will be the majority)  

Best route and most direct is M5 towards Exeter, then come off at Junction 31 and travel on the A30 signed for Oakhampton. Very soon after joining the A30 your come off at the first junction stay in left lane and take the first left signed for Ide & Dunsford.

Your follow this road until you reach Pocombe Bridge, take a left onto the B3212. Your travel through some very pretty countryside (so enjoy) passing through the villages of Longdown & Reedy, skirting Dunsford.

Your soon after approach ‘Steps Bridge’ and will note just before the bridge a parking & picnic site sign, take note as this is where your aiming for as you cross the bridge (single file) sharp right your note the brown hostel sign on your left 150yards to go. Further on up the small hill your see track (best described) for the hostel access and the large car park on your right next to the bus stop sign. Please park here over the weekend.

The Car Park is Free of Charge

***Please do note that access to the hostel is very limited with almost no space to turn around so its best recommended that you park in the car park and if you need a hand bring up kit drop me a call, no charge for this friendly service***

It is well worth checking out google maps as not only it will give you a taste for the route and your key turnings, but when filmed it was done on a gorgeous day your see just how stunning this area is and where your be staying. Your also see my point regarding access to the hostel.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Access to the event is quite possible via public transport so does remain a viable option (the bus route will certainly be picturesque).

The nearest station is Exeter St David’s which is well served by Great Western Railway Services from London Paddington, Reading, Castle Cray, Plymouth & Penzance. CrossCountry Services from Scotland, The North, Birmingham, Bristol & Taunton.

From there your need to make your way to Exeter Central so its local services your require only a short 5 minute trip they run about every 20 minutes from Exeter St David’s. Your then have a short walk across town to Exeter Bus Station to catch the 359 bus to Morehampstead. There are buses that depart at 17:15 & 18:15 (being your last one). It takes about 35minutes and will drop you right at the bottom of the driveway to the hostel.

***Please do note however there is NO SUNDAY service so please ask fellow members for a lift to Exeter – I am happy to offer this if required***


Event Reference No:
35750