Country house check-in 4:45 p.m.
A complimentary shuttle bus service runs from the airport terminals to the hotel, where we will meet our Group Leader. Once you have passed baggage reclaim, please use one of the white phones in the arrivals hall and dial 4090. You will be connected to the hotel who will then send the bus for you – this will take approximately 10 minutes.
At the Crowne Plaza Hotel, we will have a light lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll transfer by motorcoach to the country house after lunch, and after checking in, we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax until our Orientation session before dinner. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with a Group Leader who will also serve as our Study Leader in association with local experts who will lead hikes and provide commentary as we explore. There will be three levels of hikes each day — based on local conditions — with variable terrain and increasing levels of physical challenge so we can select the hike of your choice. Each evening, we will hear about the next day’s hike features, highlights, terrain, ascent, and length with questions and answers, then sign up for our preferred options. Hiking experts will rotate through the difficulty levels in order to interact with as many participants as possible. Hikes will go rain or shine. Transportation to trailheads will be via minibus or motorcoach. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
At each of the country houses where we’ll stay, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase at the bar before and after dinner. We can mix and mingle with fellow Road Scholars as well as other UK hiking enthusiasts who will be in residence.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars and new UK hiking colleagues, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead and our first hikes in Snowdonia.