Local Walks Michaelmas 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.

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


Saunderton Circular

A Circular via Bledlow, an 11 mile circular walk in Chiltern Hills to north west of Saunderton

Date: Saturday, October 20
Meeting point 1 (hosted, recommended): Oxford Parkway Station, 9:00 for the 9:15 train to High Wycombe
Meeting point 2 (optional, no host and extra £2 for groupsave return ticket between Oxford and Oxford Parkway) : Oxford main station, 8:50, for the same train at 9:09
Time: see meeting points
Return: about 19:00 h
Distance: 11 miles, 19 km
Cost: £7.65 with Railcard or group save ticket from Oxford Parkway
Lunch: Please bring packed lunch
Leader: Stanislav, tel. 07402841546 (use on the day), email:staskikotx’ÄT’gmail.com

Note 1: For some inexplicable reasons group/railcard return tickets from Oxford main station to Saunderton cost £16.70. So if you choose to meet at the main station, it’s your responsibility to talk the cashier or the machine into selling you separate A) day return ticket from Oxford to Oxford Parkway and B) day return ticket from Oxford Parkway to Saunderton.

Note 2: There is one more inconvenience. On our way to Saunderton we’re going to change trains at High Wycombe with around 50 minute waiting time between the trains. As an option, I suggest to spend it in a nice ice-cream café in High Wycombe to avoid freezing in the station.