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Walk Into Winter With OU Walking Club

Welcome back to all our old members, and welcome to all our new Freshers! As the weather turns crisp and the trees shed their leaves, why not escape the city confines and get out into the countryside with us? Exams are still in the distant future for most of us - enjoy it while you can...

As usual, there are two local walks each weekend. These use public transport, and anyone who wants to go can just turn up on the day at the specified meeting place. For our members, the transport costs are subsidised to make getting away from it all a little easier on the wallet. A good number go to the Chilterns and the Cotswolds, but a few venture further afield - to the Malverns and the North Wessex Downs this term. One or two even start right in Oxford, so you don't have to waste time sitting on a bus or a train! And finally, the "walk on wheels" makes a comeback this term with a leisurely cycle ride to the west of Oxford.

For only £5.50 our minibus day trips are fantastic value and open up possibilities for walking in more distant places - this term they go to the Brecon Beacons, the Stiperstones, the New Forest, the Wye Valley and the Mendip Hills. For those who are able to indulge themselves in a whole weekend out of Oxford our weekend trips are also great value with prices starting at only £28.50. These trips take you to some of the best countryside Britain has to offer - if the high mountains of the Lake District and Snowdonia don't appeal, why not try the wild open countryside of Dartmoor or the tranquil valleys and rocky coast of the North York Moors? And for those looking for a little extra adventure, this term sees the return of the "Outward Bounds-style" weekend organised for us by Thames Valley Police. If any of the above trips sound appealing, make sure you come to Free Tea in 1st week or contact the trip leader as soon as possible to secure your place - these trips are always very popular.

What university club would be complete without social events? Swap your walking boots for your dancing shoes for our main event of term - our annual Ceilidh (or barn dance, for those who don't know Gaelic). In addition we have the notorious Pub Ramble in 1st week, and our Termly General Meeting in 8th week, followed by plenty of refreshments!

Enjoy term - I hope to see you all on walks and at our events!

Rebecca Blyth,