Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

May 2019

Flitch of Bacon, Little Dunmow

Wednesday 1st May

Pub Walk – Flitch of Bacon


Park in Grange Lane, Lt Dunmow (grid ref 657 214) just round the corner from the Flitch of Bacon pub at 7:30pm. We’ll go for a short walk (2-3 miles) and be back at the pub for a drink about 9ish.

Litton Cheney hostel

Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May

Litton Cheney, Dorset


May Day bank holiday weekend in a traditional Dorset village and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Litton Cheney is surrounded by excellent walking country. There's fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast and it's not far to Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport.

Litton Cheney hostel is a converted Dutch Barn, once a cheese factory, about two miles from the coastal path, and also close to spectacular Chesil Beach and the famous Abbotsbury's Swannery.

Postcode DT2 9AT

Deposit £55 to book your place please.

Wednesday 8th May

Committee meeting

Join us at The Crown in Sandon to plan events for August and trips for next year.


Sunday 12th May

Sunday Walk – Tillingham

John W

Meet in the free car park by the playing fields in Tillingham,(CM0 7TW, toilets available), for a 9.45am start. Please bring mid morning snacks, lunch, and plenty of drinks, as there is nowhere on route to get a drink apart from The Star in Steeple at lunchtime.

The walk is approx. 12½ miles and includes views across the bay along with varied walking through fields and woods and along riverbank, in one of the quietest and more remote areas of Essex. We should be back at cars at about 4pm.

Wednesday 15th May

Transport of New Zealand.

John M

John will give a slideshow on the railways and shipping of New Zealand from the days of settlement to the present. The topic on how transport developed in such an isolated Dominion is a fascinating subject. It includes the military and civil imperatives for transport set by Great Britain for the colony in the earlier decades of the 19th Century, the demands made by the gold rush for effective and rapid transport in the 1880s, and the requirements born from the post-WW2 economic and population boom. We will also look at the current difficulties of funding and sustaining an integrated infrastructure of railways, buses and ferries in a sparsely-populated country with a challenging topography of mountains, rivers and glaciers.

Wednesday 22nd May

Pub night - Coach and Horses


Join us at the Coach and Horses in Billericay (CM12 9LU) at 8pm for a drink and a chat.

Bridge End Outdoor Centre

Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019

Expedition to the Shetland Isles

Dave P

We're planning a trip to Shetland next year - staying at the Bridge End Outdoor Centre on Burra, for the week beginning 25th May. Outstanding scenery, beautiful beaches and rugged coastline.

There are options to travel by train and ferry, or to fly. Total cost of the week is expected to be from around £500. If you are interested, please contact Dave P for more information.

Bookings are now closed.

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

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