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A Wonderful Winter With Oxford University Walking Club

A very warm welcome back to Oxford after the winter vacation! There is no doubt that Oxford is an incredible place to study, but sometimes it's good to have a break. From impressive torrential waterfalls to imposing mountain scenery, from beautiful rolling moors to spectacular rugged coastline, we simply have it all in our walks and trips! This is a packed termcard of 11 Club Trips, 17 Local Walks and 10 Social Events: in fact there are a mind-blowing 14 minibuses heading out of Oxford to enable you to experience some fantastic walking, plus a rather large helping of fun socials to allow us all to have a good laugh right here in Oxford... and this includes the club's 40th Anniversary Weekend!!

There are 6 Weekend Trips this term for you to enjoy Britain's spectacular mountains, hills and coastline, and incredibly they cost from just £30. There is the first Scottish trip for some time to the Galloway Hills, trips to the Peak District and the Forest of Bowland, two BIG trips to the Lake District and Snowdonia, and a LONG trip to Dorset's Isle of Portland. There are also five Minibus Day-trips, costing just £7 each, to enable you to witness some of the Great Outdoors without committing to a full weekend away. There are trips to the Forest of Dean, the Gower Peninsula, the Roaches and the South Downs, as well as a 'Homing Pigeon Event' for the day of the 40th Anniversary Dinner, which involves free drinks! To sign up for your places on these trips, please come to the 'Free Tea' at 17:00 on Wednesday 22nd January (1st week) in Wadham College Old Refectory... don't miss out!

There is a Local Walk every Saturday and Sunday during term-time. Explore Oxfordshire, and regions such as the Ridgeway, the Cotswolds and the Chilterns, as well as walks around historic cities such as Bath, London and Stratford-upon-Avon. The club even subsidises the transport costs, making it pay for you to go walking with us!

There is another fun-packed calendar of Social Events with at least one social every week, including a Comedy Videos Evening, a 60's Party, a Laserquest & Curry Night, a Tenpin Bowling Evening and a Pancake Party. The highlight this term, an event not to be missed, is the 40th Anniversary Dinner at the prestigious Randolph Hotel.

Finally, on a personal note, I would like to say that it has been nice to cap my involvement with the club with another Presidential term. I'm not alone in believing that the club is going through a very prosperous period: over the past couple of years the club has started to run more trips and bigger trips with better trained Trip Leaders, and now seems to be catering for the demand in all aspects of mountain walking, hill walking, coastal walking and rambling... and the social atmosphere is fantastic. Such steps forward could not have been achieved without the involvement of a large number of individuals, including Howard Jeffs, Simon Procter, John Seymour, Deb Slade and Simon Stevens... cheers!

That just leaves me to wish the future of the club every success and give you my very best wishes for a successful and fun 2003... enjoy!

Richard Campbell,