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Step In Out In Style With OU Walking Club

Welcome back to Trinity term! As springtime fast becomes a distant memory, another buzzing Oxford summer is upon us. For many this means the approach of exams, for other these are now history and Trinity is the term to devote to fun and high jinks. Whatever your priorities, walking is certainly a brilliant way to de-stress and refresh your mind. It also makes for a quick and painless escape route out of "Oxford-the-building-site" and away from the influx of tourists.

As usual, each weekend sees two local walks go ahead. For our members, all local walks (except the free ones) are subsidised to make them more student-friendly. A good number of walks are centred around the Chilterns, and the Cotswolds but a few venture as far afield as the Malverns, Stroud and Avebury. For those of you who prefer to fall out of bed and straight into boots, a stroll around Port Meadow takes advantage of Oxford's immediate surroundings, while those who prefer speed to convenience might like to try out our mid-term walk-on-wheels "Discovering Oxfordshire".

For only £5.50 our minibus day trips are great value and open up new possibilities for walking in more distant places such as The Quantocks, The South Downs and The Black Mountains. Those seeking adventure won't be disappointed either because this term sees the return of the Outward Bounds course organised by Thames Valley Police, this time in the form of a day trip. On top of all this, for a maximum of £35 our weekend trips allow you to indulge yourself and explore the best of Britain's scenery. If the moorland and waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales don't inspire you, head for the mountains at the heart of the Lake District or breathe in some sea air on the Cornish coast. All of these trips are extremely popular, so make sure you either come to Free Tea in 1st week or contact the trip leader to secure your place.

Of course walking is not always the main focus of attention, social events also figure strongly. Why not join us for that notorious Pub Ramble in 1st week, or the TGM at the end of term? And last but not least there's the Punt Party in 6th week... try swapping your Leki poles for punting poles, and risk the wrath of Cherwell wildlife as we prove that just sometimes it is easier to walking in a straight line than punt in one...

However you spend this summer term, good luck, and I hope you enjoy it,

Jennifer Gameson,