What is it? The “Winter Nordic Walking Weekend” is aimed at Nordic Walkers who want to experience and enjoy the winter conditions, mountains and surrounding areas safe in the knowledge that they are being led by an experienced and qualified International Mountain Leader who has been exploring and leading expeditions in the Brecon Beacons National Park for over 15 years.
When? Arrival is from 4pm on Friday 13th January. Each days walking starts at around 9.00am and finishes around 4pm with “tea & cake”
Where and What is the Accommodation? Llanddeusant Youth Hostel, Brecon Beacons.
The Red Lion is a 200-year old former Inn located in the heart of the Black Mountain on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park overlooking the Sawdde Valley, and is ideally suited as a base for this Hill Skills Course, and for getting away from everyday life for the weekend. Upon entering the Hostel, you pass through the ‘boot and drying room’ before entering the open plan living downstairs, comprising sitting room, dining room and self-catering kitchen, meaning you can be toasty in front of the open log fire and still be part of everything going on. Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms (sleeping, 8, 6, 4, 4, 4). Bed linen is provided. There are also 2 showers and 3 toilets, with hand basins in each of the bedrooms.
When can I arrive? The accommodation is available from Friday afternoon at 4pm, and we will have exclusive use until we depart on Sunday afternoon. There is also ample parking for 10 vehicles.
What are the sleeping arrangements? Llanddeusant Youth Hostel has 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 20 people.
What is the Cost? The “Winter Nordic Walking Weekend” is £220.00. A £50 non-refundable deposit is required by 21st November 2016, with the balance to be paid by 14th December 2016. An “Early Bird Fee” of £200.00 is available when booking and full payment are received by 14th November 2016.
What is included in the all-inclusive Residential Cost? 2 nights B&B, lunches on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Friday & Saturday evening plus ‘tea & cakes’ on Saturday afternoon. Tea & coffee will be available throughout the weekend, as will orange squash and Ribena.
How do I book? Please contact Steve asap, for a ‘Booking Form‘ and details of how to pay your deposit/full payment.
Information for your “Winter Nordic Walking Weekend”
How do I get there?
The full address for SAT NAV etc is:
The Old Red Lion,
From the M4 J32 (A470 to A40)
From A40 Brecon – Llandovery, turn left in Trecastle at Castle Coaching Inn.
After 9 miles turn left opposite the Red Kite Cafe, then 1 mile to the hostel on the right.
From the west
Take the A40 via Llandeilo then right for A4069 (Llangadog – Brynamman road).
Turn left opposite Three Horseshoes.
Follow hostel signs.
What about the Weather?
It will almost certainly be cold during our time at Llanddeusant; there may be some rain and possibly snow, for up-to-date information see:
What to Wear?
During the day…
We will mostly be walking on public footpaths, tracks and footpaths; however, we may also cross open land through long grass and heathland, so non-jeans legwear is ‘a must’. Due to the weather, we recommend adopting a ‘layering principle’; in so much as, lots of thin layers as opposed to minimal thick layers – this helps you regulate your body temperature more efficiently.
You will definitely require walking boots, waterproof trousers and waterproof jacket, wooly hat and several pairs of gloves (in case they get wet!). You may also want to wear a fleece, softshell jacket etc for your added comfort.
You will each be carrying your own small rucksack, with food, water, flask and any layers, plus of course cameras! We suggest an appropriate size rucksack for such a day need be no bigger than a 20-25 litre bag – but just use what you have.
Please make sure you have sufficient sun and warmth protection for your daytime comfort (see kit list below).
During the evening…
Due to its open plan living downstairs, Llanddeusant Youth Hostel is generally a warm building; hence, light clothing and slippers/Crocs etc are advised (no outdoor footwear in the main living areas please!). Upstairs the landing is heated by several radiators, as well as in the dormitory rooms; however, it can get a little chilly during the night (particularly if you have the window slightly open to give a little fresh air), so warm clothing is advised at night for sleeping. Bed linen is provided – its always nice to have your own pillow though (but not necessary)!
Winter Nordic Walking Weekend Kit List
We recommend that you take your luggage in a holdall bag, as this is easier to pack under the beds. Please mark your bag so that you know it’s yours (tape on the handle, ribbon etc). In your main luggage we suggest the following:
- Spare clothing (warm and cold weather)
- Wash kit (incl flannel, tooth brush/paste, soap/gel etc)
- Towel(s) (travel towels dry quickly – make sure you mark yours – they all look the same!)
- Important – Please make the group leader aware of any medication you are taking, please have the instructions/guidelines with the medication in case medical professionals need this. Please also write a description of your medication with details of when, how and under what circumstances it should be used
- Water containers
- Hydration systems are great…but do leak!; take a back-up, such as Nalgene or Sigg bottle or an empty rolled-up plastic bottle just in case!
- [Top Tip – take spare batteries or perhaps a second torch]
- Ear plugs & eye mask (great to help you get a sound sleep!)
- [Top-Tip – industrial ear plugs, as sold at Wickes, B&Q etc, are cheaper and more effective than the High Street Chemist ones…)
- Rehydration/Electrolyte sachets
- [TopTip – when you get into the Hostel at the end of the day, mix up a litre of water with a rehydration/electrolyte sachet (flavoured are much nicer than neutral) – and sip throughout the evening; in addition to other fluids]
With all of your trekking/outdoor kit, it is a great idea to test it out before you travel, boots should be well worn in and like old friends! Also, try out your rehydration sachets, energy bars, snacks etc – make sure you like them!
Day Rucksack Contents (during the Winter Nordic Walking Weekend)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Water (min 2 litres) and any other fluids (flask etc)
- Food (lunch and snacks – its good to graze throughout the day)
- Lunch is provided – sandwiches, crisps, fruit, chocolate bar
- Please feel free to bring any additional snacks
- [Top-Tip – put snacks in pockets for ease whilst walking (flapjacks, nuts, raisins, rice cakes etc)]
- Lunch is provided – sandwiches, crisps, fruit, chocolate bar
- Personal First Aid Kit (Compeed, plasters, tablets, medication etc)
- If you have any medical condition or medication that you are taking please let us know prior to us starting – also where to find and dosage of your inhalers etc in your rucksack
- Warm layers (fleece, wooly hat, gloves, spare socks – all packed into a waterproof/dry bag or heavy duty bin liner)
- [Top Tip – when we stop for breaks it is good practice to put on a layer to keep any warmth generated in (particularly as we gain height) – you will soon get cold otherwise – so perhaps pack a jacket also]
- Headtorch – we will be leaving the Refuge early some mornings whilst it is still dark. Don’t forget spare batteries & bulb!
- [Top Tip – taping your batteries together, in the quantity required for your headtorch will help you, when you need them in the dark. Also, practice putting in batteries and bulbs!]
- Seating mat – something to sit on whilst you are having a break/lunch etc
- [Top Tip – gardening knee mat, cut-off section from a sleeping mat, and gaffer tape the edges]
- Mobile phone (fully charged, peripherals switched off/stand-by to save battery)
- [Top Tip – when you leave the UK, turn off all peripheral apps/Facebook/location services etc to conserve battery power]
- Your personal details (please take these with you everywhere!)
- [incl name, address, date of birth, religion, next of kin, blood group etc), write it down and put in a plastic bag somewhere obvious in your rucksack, possibly with your cash and mobile phone]
- Camera (make sure you charge it before leaving home & take a continental socket adapter with you)
- [Top Tip – use a small snap-lock plastic container, to keep spare batteries, memory cards etc]
- Sun protection (peaked/wide-brimmed hat, suncream (we recommend high SPF), lipsalve with SPF, scarf, buff, good quality sun glasses)
- Nordic Walking Pole Spares (you can either get from us before you leave home, or take a chance and rely on us having enough spares!)
- [Top Tip – carry a spare set of All-Terrain Tips and ALIS Straps]