Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events
Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May
Bank Holiday Weekend in Dartmoor
Three nights at Steps Bridge hostel in Devon. This hostel is a warm and cosy chalet, situated in secluded woodland on a steep hillside overlooking the Teign Valley, on the eastern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Ideal for walking on the rugged Dartmoor Tors as well as enjoying picnics in meadows by the river, wandering through thatched villages and sampling Devon cream teas.
£30 deposit to book your bed. Total will be about £65.
Wednesday 5th May
Beer & conversation at the Leather Bottle, Pleshey. (About 5 miles NW of Chelmsford, the pub is in the centre of the village, grid ref TL665145, see map).
Wednesday 12th May
Tell us where you want to go and what you want to do. Trip planning for the coming summer, including exciting Wednesday evening activities for July. Everybody is welcome.
Sunday 16th May
Chris & Janet
Park at Clare Castle Country Park for 11am. £1 for all day. TL771452 on Landranger map 155.
We'll head South out of the park across the River Stour and into deepest darkest Essex, to Belchamp St Paul. Bring food and drink for a picnic on the recreation grounds at Belchamp St Paul. (You can also play on the swings!). Total distance is 10km. As a bonus, Clare country park is having a Steam Day with a real steam train for the first time there since 1967!.
Janet is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Relief as part of the Macmillan Miles week, so any sponsorship or donation will be appreciated.
Wednesday 19th May
Seamans Lane walk
Meet at 7.30pm at the Three Compasses pub, West Hanningfield nr Stock (Grid Ref TQ726996, see map) for a leisurely figure of eight walk encompassing Seamans lane. This lane was the old road from Stock to South Hanningfield until the reservoir was built in the 1950s between the two villages. Now it is a road to nowhere, closed to vehicles and the most charming country lane you can imagine. The walk will end with a drink at the olde worlde Three Compasses.
Sunday 23rd May
Saffron Walden Hostel Garden Tidy-up
As part of the publicity and fundraising for hostel improvements, YHA are organising a garden party in June for local dignitaries and celebrities, hosted by YHA's new president, John Craven. And they would like us to help prepare for it with a big tidy-up effort in the garden. So if you can spare any time for weeding, pruning, chopping, mowing and skip-filling, please come along to the hostel from 11am.
See some pictures of our work to restore the garden over the last few years.
Wednesday 26th May
Whether you are joining us in Scotland or not, come along for an entertaining evening of slides, pictures and a light-hearted quiz. See how much you know about our gaelic friends in the north.
Friday 28th May to Sunday 6th June
A Week in Scotland
Five days at Ullapool: "outstanding views from this harbourside hostel".
Attractions in the area include sandy beaches at Gruinard & Achnahaird, day trips to the Outer Hebrides, Inverpolly Nature Reserve, Handa Island Nature Reserve, boat cruise to the remote Kerrachar Gardens, cruises to the Summer Isles, and of course, walking, walking & more walking - along a network of built paths, low level walks or hillwalking.
Three days at Tomintoul: "the highest village in the Highlands, famous for whisky, walking and wildlife".
The walking in the local area is superb, with many wonderful low level walks on the Glenlivet estate. There are also many Corbetts and a few Munros, most famously Ben Avon nearby. Also don't miss Corgaff Castle, The Speyside Way and the Whisky Trail.
Hostel details should you need them:
Ullapool YH Shore Street, Ullapool, Tel: 0870 004 1156
Map Reference: O.S.19 (GR 129940)
Tomintoul Main Street, Tomintoul, Tel: 0870 004 1152
Map Reference: O.S.36 (GR 165190)
£90 deposit to book your place, estimated total £180 for the week.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm at the YMCA in Victoria Road, Chelmsford
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