Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

July 2017

Wednesday 5th July

Evening Walk - Warley Place


Warley Place: "Edwardian ghosts in a lost paradise". Once an extraordinary Edwardian garden, employing over a hundred gardeners, is now run by Essex Wildlife Trust, having returned to nature. "Spectacular exotic specimens run amok in a jumble of British wildflowers" (Daily Telegraph). Its 25 acres of woodland paths, with ponds, bird-hides and a mini Alpine Gorge, an enchantingly tranquil place to spend a summer evening.

The adjacent "Thatcher's Arms" offers subsequent opportunity for reflection and relaxation.

Meet at 7.30pm in the Essex Wildlife Trust Car-park, next to the Thatchers' Arms on the B186 south of Brentwood, CM13 3HU. Donation £2

Wednesday 12th July

Committee Meeting

Planning events for October and trips for the spring. Please feel free to join us. We'll be at The Crown in Sandon at 8.30pm.

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017

Littlehampton, West Sussex


Littlehampton hostel

YHA Littlehampton is a modern hostel on the bank of the River Arun at Fisherman's Wharf (follow signs to "Look and Sea Visitor Centre"). Just minutes from the beach, it is a great base to explore the south coast.

Enjoy a stroll along the seafront or head inland along the riverside for a walk to Arundel and the South Downs. Or there are harbour cruises, river boat trips, sandy beaches, and amusement parks. And don't miss a visit to the eye-catching architecturally-controversial East Beach Cafe.

Deposit £43 will book your bed. (Estimated total cost 68, including food and petrol).

West Park Pitch and Putt

Wednesday 19th July

Pitch 'n' Putt


Meet at West Park Pitch & Putt in Chelmsford, CM1 2RY) at 7:30 pm for a round of something approaching golf. Refreshments from 9pm at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road. Cost about £5.

The Hoop, Stock

Wednesday 26th July

Evening Bike Ride


Meet at Stock Village Hall, CM4 9NF (left turn opposite The Bakers Arms), at 7:30pm for a cycle ride of about 12 miles. We should be at the Hoop for a drink by about 9pm. (Bring your bike lights).

Sunday 30th July

Sunday walk - Rainham Marshes


Meet at Purfleet station (RM16 1PL) at 10.30.a.m., to catch 10.46 train to Rainham.

Visit Rainham Hall,a recently restored (NT) Georgian merchants' house and garden.

Walk to Thames riverside path and along path to Purfleet, passing features such as "The Diver" (public artwork by sculptor John Kaufmann), abandoned D-Day 1944 landing craft, views across the Thames and the ancient marshes. Also, hopefully some birds. (We may pause for tea at the RSPB reserve cafe, before returning to our cars).

Please bring a packed lunch. Total walking: approx. 6 miles.

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

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