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AOG in Lancaster and Autumn Gathering near Hebden Bridge

Bookings for the Annual Outdoor Gathering at Lancaster University have now opened. Places are filling up fast, so please book early to avoid disappointment. See:

We are also pleased to announce that, due to popular demand for events of this type, we have booked exclusive use of Mankinholes Youth Hostel near Hebden Bridge for an Autumn Gathering from 3rd to 5th November this year. This will be a weekend for GOC members old and new from across the country to join each other to socialise and partake in a variety of walks and other activities.

Details of the programme for the weekend are to follow, but will include a communal meal and entertainment, such as a quiz, at the hostel on Saturday evening and a choice of walks varying from easy to challenging. Other ideas for the weekend include a visit to the Brontë Parsonage and steam railway in Haworth, an introduction to navigation and a cycle ride. There will also be the opportunity to visit the towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, both of which are very close by.

The South Pennines, on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire, is an interesting area with its mixture of rural landscapes and industrial heritage. Mankinholes Youth Hostel is a characterful gritstone building, in a fantastic hillside location close to the famous landmark, Stoodley Pike, on the Pennine Way, Calderdale Way and Pennine Bridleway.

Bookings for this event will open on 1st June. In the meantime, you are encouraged to put yourself on the attendee list if you are interested. Although this will not guarantee you a place, it will enable us to consult you on what on what you would like to see included in the programme of activities for the weekend. See:

This will be a little different from other GOC weekends. We hope you will give it your support to make it a great success so that we can develop and expand the format and put on more events of this type in future.

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