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MT99 Welcome

Towards The Millennium With OU Walking Club

Hello to all our members, and welcome back to Oxford after the summer vacation (if you ever left!) An especially big welcome to all our new members - I hope you enjoy your experiences with the Club and continue to support it.

Oxford is a wonderful place to live and work, but many people feel the need to get away from it once in a while. The Walking Club provides the perfect opportunity to do this. Rolling hills, picturesque valleys, quaint little villages and the vibrant colours of Autumn will all seem a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

There are two local walks every weekend during term-time. Explore Oxfordshire, the Chilterns or the Cotswolds for only a few pounds and with no need to book in advance. The subsidy scheme for local walks has been reorganised, providing a subsidy for all walks, thus benefiting more of our members. For £5.50 you can go on a minibus day trip, visiting places slightly further afield than on our local walks. Join us on trips to the Long Mynd, the Peak District, Cheddar Gorge and the Malverns. The Club also offers the chance to get away for a whole weekend. Why not come with us to Snowdonia, Dartmoor, or on one of our two trips to the stunning landscapes of the Lake District? These cost £28.50 for camping trips, and £33.50 for youth hostel trips, including travel, accommodation and food. For the more adventurous among our members, the club is this term organising an Outward Bounds weekend in conjunction with Thames Valley Police. All of these trips are always very popular. To secure your place, come to Free Tea in 1st week or contact the trip leader as soon as possible.

Itís not all walking though... we also organise social events, where you can meet up again with people you met on our walks. Dance the night away to the sounds of Mouse & Trousers, a local band, at our Ceilidh, the main event of term. There is also the ubiquitous Pub Ramble, and the Christmas Party at the end of term.

I hope this will be a term to remember!

Dave Cocks,