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HT06 Welcome

Come Hiking this Hilary with Oxford University Walking Club!

A very warm welcome back to Oxford after the Winter Vacation! This term OUWC is providing a jam-packed schedule of activities to wash away those winter blues - come and join us as we venture outside the ring-road - to sample the delights that the English countryside has to offer. From rolling hills to scenic mountain-tops, from peaceful lakes to wild coastline, we simply have it all in our trips this term! Our intrepid leaders are putting on four term-time 'weekend trips' and a long weekend away to Scotland this term, as well as three 'minibus day trips', and sixteen (yes, count them!) 'local walks'. As if all that wasn't enough, we've also arranged a social event every week, including, of course, our Annual Dinner.

Weekend Trips are a great way to get away from the claustrophobia induced by term-time in Oxford. This term we have five weekend trips - those during term-time will leave on Friday afternoon / evening and return late Sunday evening. They provide a cheap way to see some more remote parts of the British Isles, and get some fresh air whilst doing so! Weekend Trips this term will be going to the North York Moors, Snowdonia National Park, the Peak District, and the Gower Peninsular in Pembrokeshire. The final trip this term will be a long weekend at the end of 9th Week, and will be heading off to the delightful Strawberry Cottage in Glen Affric, Scotland.

If you can't afford a whole weekend away from work, why not join us on one of our Minibus Day Trips? This term we'll be leading trips to the New Forest, the Roaches, and, for the first time, to Virginia Water in Surrey. For just £7.50, these trips are a great way to see some areas of countryside that are too difficult to get to via public transport.

As usual, this term we'll be leading Local Walks every Saturday and Sunday during Full Term. Explore Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds, the Chiltern Hills, and the South Downs this term, as well as the historic city of Bath, and the University's very own Wytham Woods! The club will also subsidise these walks for our members - so it's even cheaper to go walking with OUWC!

There'll also be a social event every week this term. Our socials are a great way to meet up with like-minded people, to share photos of your recent trips and to get to know some of the committee and trip leaders. This term's highlight will be the Annual Dinner, where OUWC will celebrate its 43rd anniversary, and other events include bowling and a board games evening.

As usual, details of all trips and socials will be updated through our website.

All the events in this term card would not be happening without the help of the committee, the trip leaders and the drivers, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support, and encourage anybody else to get involved - it's great fun and very rewarding! If you have any questions about the club or the way in which it's run, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

Finally, I'd just like to wish everyone the very best for Hilary term, and I look forward to seeing you out and about on our trips!

James Welch

OUWC President, Hilary Term '06