Southampton and Hampshire is a beautiful area, it has many a good pub and some great countryside to walk through. We cover this in our day walks but what if you want more? What if after the saturday day walk you come back thinking "if only we went a bit higher..."? This is where Away Trips come in!
There are six away trips organised every academic year, going to some more luxurious walking places such as: the Lake District, Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, the Peak District and Snowdonia. These trips cost on average just £45 and include travel, accomodation and food (with exception of Lakes and Cornwall which have extra days and therefore £45 does not include food).
Trips will leave from the University Interchange at 5.30pm on the Friday night and return late Sunday evening (usually about midnight). During the away trip you can do one decent sized walk each day. There are usually 2 or 3 walks proposed ranging in difficulty (from tea shop/easy to hard) based on the group of people walking. This pretty much summarises away trips, however we do realise it can be pretty daunting for first timers, hence the rest of this page details the signup process, equipment and food provided. If you have any queries, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or chat to any of the committee at any of our events!
Important! Please read the safety info - Like all outdoor persuits, walking can become dangerous if done without careful consideration. We are required to provide details of our responsibilities to you and your responsibilities to yourself and others to keep everyone safe. This can all be found on our rules page. It also contains details of the club's insurance cover. By coming on any of our walks or events, you acknowledge that you have read and understood our rules and safety disclaimer.
NEW for the 2016-17 academic year! YouTube Channel now live! It's a little empty at the moment, but we hope to fill it with even more videos of both Away Trips and Day Walks.
You have decided to take the plunge and go on an away trip. What do you do now? There will be an email sent to the list roughly 3 weeks before the trip detailing when the online signup will start. The form will be available on our Away Trip Sign Up site. Spaces are allocated first-come, first-served, so please do set an alarm! We'd hate for you to miss out!
Once signup is over, a list of successful applicants and the reserve list is published.
If you're successful, you must pay us to confirm your place on the trip. Pay sessions are usually hosted 2 weeks before on a Wednesday (in the Stag's Head). Unfortunately, we can only take cash or cheque (no electronic forms of payment can be processed).
Roll out of lectures and realise you only have a couple of hours until you are meant to be at campus to catch the minibus?! So hurriedly you pull over a bag and put in the following items:
If you feel that this isn't enough food for you (!!!) then feel free to bring your own to add to your stash. Minibus sweets go down well.
If you have any special dietary requirements, we will be more than happy to accommodate you. But please make sure to let us know as soon as possible. In your sign up form, please state exactly what your requirements are, e.g. if you are vegetarian, have any allergies or happen to be a grass muncher!
If you would like to lend a helping hand during away trips (and other events requiring a minibus), why not become one of our minibus drivers. As you are "voluntarily driving" and you would be driving for non-commercial purposes, UK law states that you do not need any previous bus driving experience or the "D licence" which is normally required for driving a minibus. For more information, visit the DVSA guidelines website here.
The rules imposed on us by the Student Union for becoming a club minibus driver are:
If you are interested in becoming a minibus driver, please email us at email@example.com or send a message to our facebook page. The club operates under Union Southampton's Minibus Permit issued by the DVSA. This allows us, wherever possible, to give all our minibus drivers a large discount on the cost of our trips (but as a not-for-profit organisation, please understand that this is not always possible).
Specially created for club minibus trips by Matt Clark, President 2016-17. May it live on in club history... It will be occasionally updated with both new and classic tracks