2018 Annual Weekend in Wirksworth (National Knees-up!): Oct 5th – 7th Peak District
Following a lot of soul searching and a survey of all members, we have decided to return to the Peaks for this years’ event, a more central venue for many members.
The weekend of Oct 5th – 7th will be held at the Glenorchy Centre in Wirksworth in the Peak District, close to Derby.
- 2 days of socialising, walking, climbing in the southern part of the Peak district.
- Arrive Friday evening, stay till Sunday afternoon, or just join us for a day if you prefer.
- The weekend will include an AGM meeting on the Saturday late afternoon 4.30 to 6.30 pm – come and have your say and help to make decisions for next year.
The meeting will be followed by the usual sumptuous meal and, given that this year’s venue has a hall and stage, we will try to book a ceilidh or folk band. There are also many small spaces to have a chat. There will be two led walks on each day, one modest, the other less so, or you could plan your own routes – the area has so much to offer.
The Glenorchy Centre is situated right in the heart of historic Wirksworth which has great shops and hosts a Farmers’ Market with local stall-holders on the 1st Saturday of the month. It’s a Grade II listed building with 3 star accommodation and is ideally placed for exploring the Peak District. The centre sleeps 26 in 4 bedrooms, 3 dormitory style with 4, 8 and 12 beds and a 2 bed room. There are 2 blocks of showers and toilets plus a separate disabled wet room. All bedding is provided. There is a self-catering kitchen, a large hall with a stage, snooker and table tennis! The centre even has wifi! Many thanks to Don Kinniburgh for suggesting this venue. For more about the venue see:
In the area
Many walks are available in and around the town and just a few minutes stroll will find you in the rolling Derbyshire countryside. The local Black Rocks beauty spot (and climbing venue) is especially attractive. This is on the High Peak Trail, a 17.5 mile traffic free route through some of Derbyshire’s most beautiful countryside. Following the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, the trail is suitable for walkers and cyclists and joins the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay.
Climbers probably know that Black Rocks is nearby, and of course Froggatt is not far away.
Interested? Let us know!
This year’s event could prove VERY popular – we may need to book another small bunkhouse nearby.
SO – please let us know ASAP if you’re interested and if you want accommodation – email to secretary(replace this text with the @ sign)redrope.org.uk
There will of course be a booking form nearer the time, but we need some idea of how many revellers to expect.