Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

July 2006

Wednesday 5th July

Evening Walk


Meet at High Ongar Church at 7:30pm (grid ref TL564037, see map) for a short walk through the town and along the river. After the walk we’ll drive to The Queen’s Head, Fyfield (map) for some liquid refreshment (arriving about 9:30).

Wednesday 12th July

Committee Meeting

We will be trip planning for Autumn and organising Wednesday evening activities for September.

Sunday 16th July


Roach Estuary & Paglesham Walk


Join us for a flat 14 mile walk (or shorter 6 mile option) along the Roach estuary from Rochford to Paglesham Church End and Paglesham Eastend. The walk goes out along the sea-wall, giving views of typical Essex coast line, to the Plough and Sail for a pint at Paglesham Eastend and returns over the fields via Paglesham Churchend. Please bring sandwiches so we can choose a picnic spot by the sea. Meet at Rochford railway station car park 10:30 - the car park is free on Sunday (see map).

Pleshey village sign

Wednesday 19th July

Evening Walk

Dave P

Meet at the Leather Bottle in Pleshey at 7:15pm for a short walk in the evening sunlight before retiring to the pub for some well-earned drinks. (About 5 miles NW of Chelmsford, the pub is in the centre of the village, grid ref TL665145, see map).

We will start the walk with a visit to Pleshey Castle

"a fine surviving example of Norman motte-and-bailey castle earthworks dating from the 12th Century, now about 15 meters high, one of the largest mottes in England. The motte and bailey are connected by a great brick bridge, built in the late 14th or early 15th centuries, and one of the earliest brick structures in the county. "

The castle is privately owned, and we have an appointment to visit at 7.30pm, so you need to arrive promptly. There is a charge of £2 per head for the visit.

Park by the Leather Bottle pub, or in the street near the turning to the castle (about 200yds beyond (west of) the pub a private road called Pump Lane leads to the castle entrance). If you're late, or don't want to visit the castle, you can meet us outside the castle entrance for the rest of the walk.

Pleshey Castle The Bridge at Pleshey Castle

Wednesday 26th July

Pub Quiz

John S

Not a quiz in a pub, but a quiz about pubs. John has selflessly dedicated many hours studying this subject so we can benefit from his research .

Castle Hedingham Hostel

Friday 28th July to Sunday 30th July

Castle Hedingham


A weekend cycling on quiet lanes, through pleasant villages, in rural Essex. Could be our last chance to stay at Castle Hedingham hostel, a 16th Century house in this quiet and picturesque village with many  timber-framed medieval buildings. The nearby castle has the best preserved Norman keep in England. (Even if you’re not a cyclist, there are likely to be a few people coming to walk and sight-see).

Deposit of £22 will book your bed.  Total cost for the weekend will be about £36.

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

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