Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

May 2015

Kings Hostel, Dolgellau

Friday 1st to Monday 4thMay

Kings Hostel, Dolgellau


At the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park, Kings hostel is a good base for a high-level hike up Cader Idris or gentle trails leading to the Mawddach Estuary.

The hostel is a country house with riverside grounds set in a peaceful wooded valley five miles from the pretty market town of Dolgellau.

How to get there: Off the A493 Dolgellau to Tywyn road - 1 mile west of Penmaenpool, turn opposite Abergwynant Trekking Centre then 1 mile up the lane to the hostel. (postcode LL40 1TB, grid ref SH68316)

Deposit 30 to book your place. Estimated total cost 86 including bed, meals and petrol contribution.

Wednesday 6th May

Book Night

Dave J

What have you been reading? Bring a book for a summary and a short reading to share with us all. This could be your reading list for the summer!


Sunday 10th May

Toys Hill Walk


Meet at the National Trust car park at Toys Hill, nr Westerham in Kent (TN16 1QG) at 10:30am for a gorgeous walk along the Greensand Ridge with its expansive views. The walk is about 9 miles. Please bring sandwiches.

Wednesday 13th May

Committee Meeting

Planning events for August and trips for later in the year. Please feel free to come along


Wednesday 20th May

Pub Walk The Queens Head, Maldon


Meet in the Butt Lane car park (pass the Swan PH in the High Street, then turn left and left again, see map, postcode CM9 5HD) in Maldon at 7:30pm for a walk of about 3 miles ending up at the Queens Head for a nightcap at about 9pm.

Wednesday 27th May

Curry Night


Join Jim for a tasty curry at 7:30pm at the Coach and Horses in Billericay (Chapel Street, CM12 9LU, near Waitrose).

Let Jim know by 20th May if you want to come.


Friday 22nd May to Sunday 7th June

Scotland: Isle of Jura

Dave P

The wild and remote Isle of Jura, one of Scotland's last wildernesses. Strictly limited to 14 people This trip is now fully booked.

Friday 22 May: Drive to Inverary hostel, 1 night Inverary hostel.

Saturday 23 May: Drive to Kennacraig, Ferry Kennacraig To Islay (Port Askaig) Departs: 13:00 Arrives: 14:55. Ferry Port Askaig to Feolin (Jura) Departs: 16:10 Arrives: 16:15, Drive to Tarbert . 7 nights at Tarbert Lodge, Jura

Saturday 30 May: Ferry Feolin (Jura) to Port Askaig (Islay)

For those staying the an extra week:

Drive to Port Charlotte

4 nights at Port Charlotte SYHA hostel, Islay

Wednesday 3 June: Ferry Port Askaig To Colonsay, Departs: 10:05 Arrives: 11:15. 2 nights at Colonsay Backpackers.

Friday 5 June: Ferry Colonsay To Oban, Departs: 17:35Arrives: 19:55. 2 nights Oban SYHA

Sunday 7 June: Drive home

This trip is now fully booked.

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

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