Local Walks Trinity Term 2018

Local walks are run every weekend during term. They are open to anyone; no signup or membership is required, just turn up at the meeting point on the day.

Next local Walk: Ot Moor, Saturday 16 June

Quite a gentle walk just to the north-east of Oxford, starting from the historical village of Islip. It’s possible to explore Ot Moor, an area of wetland which provides a habitat for many rare species of birds and butterflies, before returning to Oxford via Forest Hill. Please consider that Ot Moor can be very muddy, so wear proper boots.

Meet: Oxford Railway Station

Time: 9:55 to take the 10:09 train to Islip

Return: Approx.. 17:30

Distance: 17km

Fare: £2.60 + Bus from Forest Hill / Wheatley to Oxford

Lunch: Packed

Leader: Paul Fremdling (surname.lastname “at” chem.ox.ac.uk)

Ceilidh 2018

Our flagship social event of the year! Join us for a fun evening of music, dancing, food and drink! Ticket prices are a very reasonable £10 online. Unfortuantely we cannot sell tickets at the door – so please purchase your ticket before Friday so that we can pass the participant list to the venue in good time. Capacity is limited (as of Monday 5pm we have approx. 15 spaces left), so sign up online below to guarantee your space! See you there!

Time: 7:30pm, Saturday 17th Feb
Venue: Mordan Hall, St Hughes college. Ask at the lodge for directions.
Cost: £10
Contact: ceilidh@ouwc.org


Outdoor First Aid course (2 days)

The course is now fully booked, but please contact training@ouwc.org if you would like go on the waiting list in case any spaces become available.

The club will be holding a first aid course during Hilary term 2018, and you can sign up using the form below. This course is ideal if you want to become a level 1 leader for the club, and as such will be subsidised provided you are a member of the club. More information about leading for the club can be found here. An outline of the course contents follows below. Email training@ouwc.org if you have any queries, about the course or more general stuff, or would simply like more information.

Content: the course will equip you for handling the most common hillwalking injuries in the UK context, which means less than a day away from help, and in most cases, probably 4 to 8 hours from help. The syllabus is the Emergency First Aid course by Rescue Emergency Care (REC).

Approach: the training is mostly through hands-on exercises, some of which will be done outside in the University Parks. This is complemented by discussion, background on how the body works and useful guidelines and approaches to situations.

Trainer: the course will be run for us by George Fell, a freelance outdoor first aid trainer, Oxford alumnus, paddler and climber. George has run 6 courses for the club, always with very good feedback from club members.

Certificate: you will receive a “REC Emergency First Aid” certificate, certified by Rescue Emergency Care (REC). This will be valid for 3 years.

Club requirements: this course is the first step to being approved to lead on OUWC trips, if this interests you – always very welcomed by the club!

NGB requirements: the course meets the National Governing Body requirements for most UK outdoor sports, including Mountain Training UK and BCU, for those who have or are interested in outdoor leadership qualifications.

Date: Saturday 20 January and Sunday 21 January
Time: 8:45am – 5pm on Saturday, 8:45am – 5:30pm on Sunday
Venue: Martin Wood Building, Department of Physics
Cost: £30, membership required
Contact: training@ouwc.org


Beautiful Bath

Saturday 15th September

Visit the Roman city of Bath and enjoy the views from the surrounding hills. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath has been home to notable figures from all walks of life for over two thousand years, including author Jane Austen and astronomer William Herschel.

This walk takes us out of the city along the River Avon and into the Cotswold Hills. We circle around the city, passing fantastic views over Bath and the Severn Estuary, before returning to the city centre.

The route is likely to be muddy in places so walking boots are strongly advised. No signup or membership is required, simply meet us at the station on the day.

Meet: Oxford Railway Station
Time: 9:15am (for 9:37 train)
Return: Approx 9pm
Distance: 20km (13 miles)
Cost: £13 with railcard/group discount, £19.70 otherwise (Off-Peak Return to Bath Spa)
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch and money for a pub dinner. (Menu here: www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/somerset/west-gate/menu/main-menu)
Leader: Alex Beckett (alexander.beckett’ATTT’durham.ac.uk)

Please note the late return time. I intend to leave 1-2 hours to visit the city centre after the walk, before a pub meal. Anyone wishing to return to Oxford immediately after the walk should be able to get back by about 6pm, and will not need to bring money for the pub dinner.