Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

April 2021

Thursday 1st April to Tuesday 6th April 2021

Easter in the Lake District

Dave P

Rydal Water

We have booked Rydal Hall Youth Centre for 5 nights, near Ambleside in the Lake District. Sheltered by the high fells of Fairfield and its neighbours, Rydal enjoys outstanding views toward Windermere, and provides an excellent base for walking.

Facilities include fully equipped kitchen, Bathroom/shower facilities, large common room with wood burning stove. Pillows are provided, but you'll need to bring a sleeping bag.

To find it, follow A591 for two miles north from Ambleside. In Rydal, turn right into the lane towards Rydal Mount, pass the church and take the second entrance on the right (just beyond the main gate of the hall). Pass behind the hall and over a small bridge. The youth centre is the large white building on the left (postcode LA22 9LX, see map).

£40 deposit to book a bed please. Total cost will be about £32 per night including meals, plus £40 towards petrol for those sharing lifts from Essex.

Due to the current restrictions, this trip is postponed until Easter 2023.

Saturday 3rd April

Ford End Walk


A walk of about 9 miles starting from Ford End (between Chelmsford and Gt Dunmow), exploring part of the Chelmer valley with scenic views of 16th Century Leez Priory and its lakes.  Contact Cressida for details, and follow this advice.

Turpin's Trail Waymark

Easter Monday 5th April

The Turpin Trail from Thaxted


A 10-mile walk around the area where the notorious highwayman once lived.  Please contact Ali for details if you’d like to come.

Please see this advice.

Wednesday 7th April

Sailing Talk


We might all be stuck in lockdown, but we can dream of sea breezes and flapping canvas. To help set the mood Robin will talk us through how he first got started in sailing and his experiences on the Blackwater, Stour and Orwell.

Sunday 11th April

Galleywood Common Walk


Contact Cress for meet-up details if you want to come. It will be a walk of about 10 miles, taking in West Hanningfield and Margaretting Tye via part of St.Peter’s Way.

Please see this advice.

Wednesday 14th April

Committee meeting

Walks, trips - remember those? With any luck we’ll be able to plan and do some before the end of the year. Join us on Zoom for planning.

Sunday 18th April

Goldhanger walk


Postponed from February, a 7-mile walk on the Essex coast. Contact Jim for details nearer the time.

Wednesday 21st April



Hosted by Andrew, we’ll be testing our mental dexterity listing stuff by letter and hoping to be original.

Wednesday 28th April

Scavenger Hunt


Marion will be in touch about a week in advance with a list of items for us to find on our daily walks. Photos are all that’s required. Please email entries to Marion by Sunday 25th April for a slide show on the night.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm on Zoom. Please get in touch for joining instructions.

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