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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Ashby

AAT&Ts’ Walks, Climbs, and Runs: Explore Outside Coventry This Summer

Here are some of AAT&Ts’ plans for the year ahead. If you want to know more, have a look at the Events page on the website, or send us an email. Please note, numbers are limited to keep groups small for safety reasons. Also, some of the events are quite strenuous, and you will need to be fairly fit to join us to avoid injuries and so you don’t put yourself and others at risk. Any questions at all, please ask.

Dinorwic Quarry, Snowdonia: MAY

We’re really looking forward to hiking around Dinorwic Slate Quarry in Caernarfon in the Snowdonia National Park on Sunday 26 May 2024.

Dinorwic Quarry closed in 1969, but when this  huge18th century quarry was worked, it was the second largest in the world, and the machinery was powered by the largest surviving water wheel on the British Mainland. Virtually all of the original Victorian buildings, structures, and engineering workshops survive today, making it a great place to explore.

Our plan for the day is to hike a circular 12.6km route around Dinorwic Quarry, Elidir Fach, and Elidir Fawr. With approx 3,658ft elevation gain, this will be a good test of strength and stamina, and a great day out.

If you have a decent fitness level and you fancy exploring this astoundingly beautiful and fascinating landscape, you can sign up for this event here.

Walking to Put an End to Youth Homelessness: JUNE

On 23 June 2024, the AATT’s team is taking a group from Coventry Building Society on a hike in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. The walkers are raising money for Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity. There will be a mix of abilities and fitness levels, and each participant is aiming to walk 13600 metres, or 13.6km, in recognition of the almost 136,000 young people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in the UK last year.

Snowdon Sunrise

How do you fancy experiencing a mid-summer sunrise over the highest mountain in England and Wales? Come and join us for a Snowdon Sunrise Climb, a midnight hike up Snowdon, or Yr Wyddfa, in time for daybreak, on 28 June 2024.

In order to reach the summit of Snowdon in time for daybreak, we will need to leave Coventry the evening before, and start walking in the dead of night.

It’s imperative you know what you’re doing when you’re walking in the dark; head torches and the correct kit are essential. That’s why it’s best to walk with a group like ours; we have experienced leaders to guide you up the mountain. We’ve walked up Snowdon many times and know the best routes to take to get to the summit according to the weather conditions, time of year, and the fitness levels of the group.

Snowdon Sunrise is a a stunning and exhilarating challenge. You can read about what it can be like to walk up a mountain in time for sunrise here. Numbers are limited, so sign up if a Snowdon sunrise is on your bucket list.

Yorkshire Three Peaks: JULY

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a 24-miles (38.6km) round trip route, climbing Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres). Since we aim to finish the hike in under 12 hours, it’s a tough challenge and one that will test your strength and stamina. It’s also hugely rewarding since we’re walking in the Pennine range in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, it’s summer, we stay together as a group, and there’s usually a pub involved at the end. If you’d like to climb the Yorkshire three peaks in one day on 5 July 2024, get in touch, or find out more here.

The New Forest Trail Run

Later in the year, on 15 September 2024, we’re planning a trail run in the New Forest in Hampshire, which is only a two to three hour drive away from Coventry. The New Forest National Park is close to the coast and is rich in ancient woodlands. A Youth Hostel in Burley provides cost-effective accommodation if we choose to stay overnight.

And we’ve got lots of other ideas and plans, including a run in Chamonix. We’re currently looking into securing a good price on accommodation at this French resort, which is at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps.

We look forward to seeing you on our runs, walks, hikes, and climbs in 2024.

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