New Forest

Date: 20th February

Despite its misleading name the New Forest is not new, but quite the opposite – it was created as a deer hunting area by William the Conqueror in 1079! There is a wealth of places to visit and explore in the New Forest, each season provides a change of scene from the rich deep colours of spring and summer to the seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness. The landscape is a mosaic of ancient and ornamental woodland, open heather-covered heaths, rivers and valley mires, a coastline of mudflats and saltmarshes, and pretty, historic villages. What is more, the New Forest is believed to have the highest concentration of ancient trees in Western Europe! See Poster. Trip Organiser: Mariia Sedykh (mariia.sedykh@spc.ox.ac.uk) Leaders: Alice, Christian Accommodation: N/A Departure time & location: 8 am outside Trinity gates, Broad Street Estimated return time: Late evening Cost: £12 Extra equipment: Well worn-in walking boots, waterproofs, warm clothes Grid ref: SU297082 Lunch: Packed (also bring cash for dinner on the way back)

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Southern Snowdonia

Date: 4th – 6th March (Week 7)

Cadair Idris is very rugged but green and has stunning views – especially on the lake it surrounds. There are several routes up the mountain, which can be conquered by anybody. Cadair Idris is one of the lesser visited and lesser known mountains of Snowdonia, but well worth it. It is also one of the more mysterious mountains. In times long past, a giant called Idris Gaur ruled Cadair Idris – the seat of Idris. And on the highest crown of this mountain is a bed-shaped form, great in length and width, built of slabs fixed around it, called the Bed or the grave of Idris. And it is said that whoever lies and sleeps on that bed, one of two things will happen to him – either he will be a poet of the best kind, or go entirely demented. Close by are other interesting mountain ranges we may visit. Last year we also visited the local mountainous forests in Coed y Brenin forest park, with lovely …

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