Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

August 2019

The Bailey Gate, Castle Acre

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August

Castle Acre, Norfolk


Join us for a weekend cycling and walking in Norfolk. We are staying in the The Old Red Lion hostel, a 17th Century former pub in the Norman walled village of Castle Acre near Swaffham. This beautiful historic village has the remains of a castle and a priory as well as a choice of pubs and tearooms. Nearby is the moated manor house Oxburgh Hall, and the coast is about 20 miles away. Castle Acre is on both the Peddar's and Nar Valley Way. Great for walkers and cyclists.

Castle Acre is 3¼ miles north of Swaffham. The Old Red Lion is on the left 75 yards down Bailey Street (go under Norman Arch in village centre, grid ref TF818151, see map). The price includes wholefood vegetarian breakfast, and all bedding and linen are provided. There are a couple of twin rooms and a double available, as well as dorm beds.

Deposit of £45 will book a dorm bed, or £55 per person in a twin room.

Wednesday 7th August

Pub Walk – Prince of Wales


Meet at the Prince of Wales, Mountnessing, CM15 0UG, at 7:30pm for a walk of about 4.5 miles. We’ll be back at the pub for a drink at the end.

Sunday 11th August

Octavia Hill Trail, Kent


Meet at Toys Hill car park Chart Lane TN16 1QG, grid ref: TQ470517 at 10.30am to walk the Octavia Hill Centenary Trail. This is a 10-mile figure-of-eight walk through picturesque Kent countryside. There are tea rooms and pubs on the route, but bring sandwiches for lunch.

Wednesday 14th August

Committee Meeting

Join us at The Crown in Sandon to plan events for November and trips for next year.

Wednesday 21st August

Pub Meal - Kings Head


Let Jim know by 14 August, but the plan is to meet at The Kings Head, Billericay, CM11 2PS at 7:30pm for a meal to help celebrate Jim’s big birthday.

Tyncornel Hostel Dolgoch Hostel

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August

Elenydd Wilderness

Dave P

A chance to get away from it all visiting two of the UK's most remote hostels, the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels. We'll stay Friday and Saturday nights at Tyncornel hostel and Sunday at Dolgoch hostel, with the option of walking between hostels. Walking routes between 5 and 10 miles each day.

On Friday evening we drive to Tyncornel hostel, on Saturday we'll walk do a circular walk from Tyncornel hostel, and on Sunday walk from Tyncornel to Dolgoch hostel. On Monday we return to our cars at Tyncornel.

This part of mid-Wales, east of the small town of Tregaron, located in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, is a vast upland area known as the Elenydd. This is an airy plateau cut by gentle, sometimes lush, valleys. It is an area with no major roads, and with no towns or villages, just the occasional isolated farmhouse. Here sheep munch at grass, the trees quietly grow, and the majestic red kite swoops and soars over the land.

The hostels are simple and remote with a distinctive character and charm.

Deposit of £50 will book a bed.

Wednesday 28th August

Slide Show – the Franklin Expedition

John M

The Franklin Expedition has been in the news after the discovery of HMS Erebus in 2014 and HMS Terror in 2016. Take the opportunity to be guided through the fascinating story of this ill-fated mission.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm at the YMCA in Victoria Road, Chelmsford

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