Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th
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
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
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August
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
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,