Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

June 2002

Friday 31st May to Sunday 9th June

A Week in Scotland

SYHA Carn Dearg


Make the most of the double Golden Jubilee bank holiday with a week in the Scottish Highlands.

  • Friday evening in Edinburgh, or other en route stop.
  • Four nights at Carn Dearg hostel, Gairloch. Set by Loch Gairloch, there are breathtaking cliffs and sea caves. Famous Inverewe Garden just nine miles away and the Gairloch Heritage Museum shows you how life used to be. Excellent sandy beaches five minutes walk, easy access to many fine mountains.
  • SYHA Pitlochry Four nights at Pitlochry hostel. Pitlochry is a bustling, blooming small Victorian town at the very centre of Scotland, on the River Tummel with salmon Fish Ladder and Festival Theatre. The smallest whisky distillery in Scotland (free tours) and a 300-year-old Inn brewing its own ales. Set amidst hills, lochs and woodland Pitlochry makes a superb base for walkers.

£78 deposit will book your place. Total cost is expected to be about £160 each, including hostels, food and petrol.

Wednesday 5th June

No Meeting

Sadly, as many of us will be basking in tropical sunshine north of the border (I can hope, can't I?), there will be no meeting this evening (unless anyone else volunteers to organise something?).

Wednesday 12th June

Committee Meeting

The usual arrangement - everyone invited to the Y from 8.30 to discuss future trips and events. Even if you can't make it to the meeting in person feel free to forward any suggestions to a committee member.

Wednesday 19th June

Pitch 'n' Putt

Dave J

An evening of something vaguely resembling golf! Meet in the car park of West Park Pitch and Putt, Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford (see map) at 7.30pm if you want a game, or after dark at the nearby Marsham Arms if you just fancy a pint.

Sunday 23rd June

Stroll Along The Stour

The Stour near Dedham


Join me for a stroll along the banks of the Stour Estuary as CYHA venture, once again, into Constable Country. Starting at Manningtree (Great Eastern Railway) Station (grid ref. 093322, see map) the route takes in Dedham, famous in the 13th and 14th Centuries for it's textile industry. We will return to Manningtree via Flatford Mill, the setting for Constable's paintings The Mill Stream and The Haywain.

The walk will be six and a half miles long (or 10.5K) with the pace hopefully easy going. Refreshments available en route are plentiful with tea rooms at Dedham, Flatford Mill and, if open on a Sunday, the Buffet at Manningtree Station. For those that prefer something stronger there are also several public houses in Dedham. Bring along a packed lunch so that we can maximise tea room opportunities and take advantage of the scenery. If time permits, boats can be hired at Dedham and Flatford Mill, for those of a nautical bent.

Meet at the YMCA, Victoria Road at 9:30am or at Manningtree Railway Station at 10:15am - please contact Gary if you can offer or want a lift. Come armed with your sarnies (and Landranger 168).

Wednesday 26th June

BicycleMidsummer Cycle Ride


Meet at the YMCA at 7:30pm for a quacking cycle ride through the park to Writtle and Highwood, in order to work up a thirst for a pint at the Duck pub Newney Green (grid ref. TL 651070, see map).

Then we return through Writtle back to Chelmsford. Total distance about 13 miles.

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

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