With a party of 13, plus dog, in four cars, we had three nights and four days of good times in glorious weather camping at the Hayles Fruit Farm, near Winchcombe, on the Cotswold Way. The Hayles Fruit Farm is just by the ruins of Hayles Abbey, and on the hill above is “Cromwell’s Seat”… Read More


We had a three day, two night trip out to the Dorking area, staying at Tanners Hatch and Holmbury St Mary Youth Hostels. Classic COPSE activity, hiking between hostels, with the added bonus that it was just a 30 minute train ride from Croydon, so we got maximum activity with minimal travel time. We had… Read More


An aptly named trip, as it was planned by Tim, took us camping and hostelling at Beer on the South Devon coast on the last weekend in June. Having camped there last year, we thought it a perfect trip for COPSE, having all the right ingredients. Camping for some with the use of hostel facilities,… Read More


  Our two centre trip to Scotland started with train journey to Perth, changing at Edinburgh Waverley. We picked up two mini-buses at Perth and headed for Aberfeldy where our bunkhouse was based. From Aberfeldy, we left the town via a picturesque narrow bridge across a river, shortly to turn off along a long unmade… Read More