Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

May 2018

Wednesday 2nd May

Pub Night The Leather Bottle


Join us from 8:30pm for a drink at The Leather Bottle in Pleshey, CM3 1HG.

Friday 4th May to Monday 7th May 2018

Wallington, Northumberland


Bank holiday weekend at the National Trust's Wallington Bunkhouse. This well-equipped and comfortable bunkhouse is situated in the heart of the Wallington estate in beautiful Northumberland, 12 miles west of Morpeth, making an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside.

There are miles of footpaths through the woodlands, farms and moorland of the huge Wallington Estate. Well have free access to the house and grounds, the former home of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, Socialist MP and 'illogical Englishman'. Discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family.

Further afield, we can walk in the glorious Cheviot Hills to the west, and Hadrian's Wall country to the south.

There are two twin rooms available, as well as larger dormitories. Youll need a sleeping bag.

Directions: A1 north to Newcastle then 20 miles north-west (A696, airport/Ponteland road), and turn off on B6342 to Cambo. Or by train to Morpeth (3½ hrs from Kings Cross), and get a lift from there.

Deposit £42 please.

Wednesday 9th May

Committee Meeting

Planning events for August and trips for the winter. Please feel free to join us. Well be at The Crown in Sandon from 8.30pm.

Sunday 13th May

Dragon Walk


Meet in Bures village at 10:30am by the church in Church Square CO8 5BT, where there is some on street parking. The route takes us NE to the quaint thatched St Stephens Chapel, then round to the south to Wissington, before returning to Bures via Wormingford Church. In total its about 11 miles and three dragons. Bring sarnis for lunch, but hopefully there will be a drink in the pub at the end.

The picturesque villages of Bures St Mary, Wissington and Wormingford are well endowed with rich artistic and historic associations, not least the legend of a fierce dragon which once dwelt in the neighbourhood...

Details see Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project.

Wednesday 16th May

Pub Walk Little Burstead


Meet at the public car park by the Dukes Head, Little Burstead, CM12 9TA at 7:30pm for a short walk around Laindon Common before a nightcap at the pub about 9ish.

Wednesday 23rd May

Canaries slide show

Dave P

Postponed from a snowy February, join Dave P and Jim for some spectacular scenery and a sprinkling of dramatic volcanoes.

Inverbroom Lodge (

Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018


Dave P

We have booked Inverbroom Lodge, a Victorian shooting lodge in an outstanding location at the head of Loch Broom, about 8 miles from Ullapool. It has 3 double rooms and 6 twins, mostly en-suite, a sitting room with large sofas and open fire, spacious and well equipped kitchen, grand dining room, drying room and even a games room with billiard table. The lodge is available to us from Sunday 27th May for 7 nights.

There are mountain, valley and forest walks from the door. The four Munros of the Beinn Dearg group are within walking distance, and there are forest paths and stalkers tracks for lower level walks, including the historic coffin route to Dundonnell. Local walks on the 20,000-acre Inverbroom Estate have spectacular views of Loch Broom. A half-hour drive gives access to other mountain areas: An Teallach, Fisherfield and the Fannaichs to the south, and the unique wild landscapes of Assynt and Inverpolly to the north.

Ullapool and Loch Broom (Ian Dinmore)

Other attractions in the area include:

  • See seals, sea eagles and porpoises on a Loch Broom cruise.

  • Boat trips from Ullapool to the Summer Isles.

  • Take a day trip to the Outer Hebrides with the Stornoway ferry from Ullapool.

  • Cross Corrieshalloch Gorge on a Victorian suspension footbridge for views of the Falls of Measach.

  • Discover tectonics at Knockan Crag.

  • Visit the Bone Caves of Inchnadamph.

Its too far to drive from Essex in one day (about 600 miles), so the options are:

  • Drive, staying somewhere else on the way up and back (nights of Saturday 26th and Sunday 3rd).

  • Fly to Inverness (Easyjet from Luton or Gatwick) and hire cars from there (approx 1 hour drive from Inverness).

  • Travel by train to Inverness and hire cars.

  • Or use the Calendonian Sleeper overnight train to Inverness.

Total cost of the week is expected to be less than £400, including accommodation, food and travel, assuming sharing lifts from Essex.

A deposit of 150 is needed to reserve your place at Inverbroom Lodge.


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

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