Holidays & Trips Away

Different places to walk are a nice thing about trips away!
It was a tad on the snowy side in Bala (fortunately the lake was at the bottom of the hill, unfortunately the stream wasn’t)

It was a bit snowy in places in Bala

We try to have weekends and longer trips away, about two or three times a year. These trips are volunteer organised and lead. In the past we’ve been to Somerset, Dorset and Snowdonia on weekend trips; the Lake District, Perthshire and Spain on longer trips.

Each trip away is different, depending upon the organiser, but all have a mix of days walks and evening socialising, whether down the local establishment, or sitting around a large (and usually full) dinning table. If we have any trips coming up, below is the place to find them! – if there isn’t any there, have you ever thought of organising one?

Trips away coming up!

The North Devon Delight
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 4:00 pm

Come and join me and spend a few days walking, socialising and explore the beautiful scenic coastline of North Devon; discover the quirky coves and intoxicate yourself with the fascinating geology that the land has to offer. The organiser will be based at the campsite in Morethoe which is located right next to Woolacombe. The organiser spent many childhood holidays in these parts so it will be a delight to share this all with the good folk of the Berkshire Walkers. There will be led walks on Saturday and Sunday with organised socials planned for Friday and Monday. We will play it by ear for meals for Saturday and Sunday.

If anyone wishes to opt out of any of the walks then please do so, a trip to Lundy Island is worth a visit albeit quite expensive. Departures are from either Ilfracombe or Bideford. Feel free to have a chat with me if unsure of anything.

As always, it will be terrific to welcome new faces to our Weekend Away but please be aware a decent amount of fitness is required to get the most out of the walks. Well broken in footwear essential.

Accommodation – Camping.

The organiser plans to be camping at North Morte Farm Campsite in Mortehoe.

This is a very clean campsite with lovely views overlooking Lundy Island. However, they do not accept large adult groups so I will not be encouraging any large gatherings on site. They also do not accept advanced bookings for campers. I do not foresee a problem as we are not turning up during high season. A couple of things to remember, please turn up in groups of no larger than 3. They do allow groups of 6 but must be of equal gender.  Please let me know if you intend to camp although there is no need if you have advised already. We will try to arrange some car sharing nearer the event. If you are not camping and wish me  to try to arrange a lift please let me know also. (* UPDATED 01/03/2019*)

There are other campsites available in the area but it may be tricky to do the evening socials as could be bit or a walk or you will need to drive or arrange a taxi.

Accommodation – Non Camping

The accommodation in Mortehoe and Woolacombe is somewhat limited although options are available. I suggest booking up as soon as possible if you wish to be close to any planned evening socials. Ilfracombe has far better availability and one of the walks will be starting there although a few (but not that many) miles away.


Please refer to walks programme for full details. There are two planned walks for Saturday and Sunday of which I would consider both to be fairly challenging (especially Sunday) due to the climbs involved. Both involve stretches along the coast where we may be exposed to some gradual drops for sustained periods of time. Never too scary, I promise. But please bear in mind before booking up and if in any doubt please get in touch. Strong, broken in footwear required and pack accordingly to the conditions as you would in Berkshire; full waterproofs, sun hat, cream etc. Please bring packed lunches, snacks and plenty of drink for the walks. There should be shops around where you can purchase supplies if desired.


Please see our socials programme for full details of the planned socials for Friday evening and Monday. In summary, we plan to have a pub meet in Mortehoe for Friday evening. I am thinking of having drinks and dinner to be consumed on arrival in Woolacombe at the conclusion of Saturdays walk. We will decide what to do for Sunday whilst on the trip itself, we could arrange to book a table or folk may prefer to eat independently and have a bit of “me” time. On Monday the plan is to visit and explore Linton and Lynmouth for a few hours before heading home.

Uselful Info


For those based in Mortehoe and Woolacombe you will need to catch the bus to get to Ilfracombe . The organiser aims to board near the Post Office in Mortehoe. Timings to be confirmed nearer the event – timetable can be found HERE.


If you are not based in Woolacombe or Mortehoe you will probably need a taxi to get back from the end of Saturdays walk. Unless you decide to drive to Woolacombe and board the bus with the rest of us in which case you will have the car to return to. Be warned, the car parking fees can be bit pricey in Woolacombe.



View from campsite
Ilfracombe to Woolacombe Coastal Path, 8-9 miles, moderate @ Ilfracombe Arts Centre
May 11 @ 11:00 am

The walk will begin shortly after the arrival of the 10.36 eastbound bus departure from Mortehoe Post Office due to arrive at Ilfracombe at 10.58. We will wait for its arrival. The walk leader will likely be on an earlier bus so don’t worry if they are not on it. Anyone wanting a return bus to Ilfracombe the last one is around 6pm.

We will follow the coast path running through a series of dramatic cliffs, beautiful bays and lovely beaches. We will start at outside the unusual looking Arts Centre in Ilfracombe and we ascend up to Capstone Point and Capstone Hills. A little challenging to begin but the views will be your reward. We head towards Freshwater Bay and the small village of Lee.

We move on Bull Point Lighthouse and then Rockham Bay and Morte Point. This peninsula has some splendid rock formations although please don’t ask any questions, the are others better qualified to offer their geological insights! Whilst taking all this in we can marvel out to sea to view Lundy Island before we arrive at the Golden sands at Woolacombe where the evening social may begin.

Sat Nav: EX34 9BZ or 51.2105 -4.1238

Grid Ref: SS517478

The North Devon Himalaya, 10 miles, challenging @ Trentishoe Down Car Park
May 12 @ 10:30 am

The climbs on this hike brings back memories of the foothills of the Nepali Himalaya for the walk leader without a doubt. Okay, we have sea and not snow peaked mountain tops to admire. Unless we go horribly wrong!

Meet at the free car park at Trentishoe Down, just before the turning to Trentishoe for a 10.30am start. We pick up the South West Coast path fairly early on over potentially quite boggy ground. We make a
couple of steep climbs and descents admiring the coves and beaches below before pausing a while at Heddons Mouth.

Having climbed up again, we move from soft terrain to something harder at West Woodbay Wood. We could visit the coast a final time today although we may wish to conserve our energy for another steep climb to Martinhoe. For a brief while we walk on flat land; yes, really. But fear not, a sharp descent greets us soon as our taste buds take us to Hunters Inn. Suitably refreshed, what next? Another hill. Hooray! Not
as steep as some of the others though.

The route concludes over some woody terrain with perhaps the steepest climb of the lot. Sorry about that.

A good degree of fitness will be required to get the best out of the walk, please don’t take the distance to literally. The regulars in the group should be fine however.

Sat Nav:EX34 0PF or 51.2153 -3.9550

Grid Ref: SS635480

National Young Ramblers Weekend 2019 @ Cambridge
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all-day

Stag Walkers is hosting National Young Ramblers Weekend 2019, an event where young ramblers from all over the country get together.   This year, the event will be based in Cambridge from 28th-30th June.  They are busy putting together the details of what we’re sure will be a fantastic weekend of walking and socialising.  This page will be updated once we have more information about the weekend

You can also keep to date with the latest information by visiting the website – 

Hill walking in the heart of Scotland @ Pitlochry YHA
Jul 13 – Jul 20 all-day

Are you a keen hill walker? Do you fancy climbing your first Munro? Or perhaps you would prefer some low-level walking taking in the lovely Scottish scenery. If so, this trip is for you! Come and join me for a week based in Pitlochry with the opportunity to walk up (or round) some lovely Scottish mountains. From this fairly central location, a number of areas are available for walking providing we have a few cars between us; we can head over to the Ben Lawyers range, climb Schiehallion, take in the views from the West and East Mounth or head up to Braemar for some walks in the Cairngorms. Pitlochry also provides the perfect opportunity to sample some whisky with three local distilleries – Blair Atholl for single malt, Dewar if you prefer a blend and Eradour, one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, run from a local farm.

UPDATE: The deadline for reserving a space at Pitlochry Youth Hostel has now passed, and 2 dorms have been booked.  There is ONE female space left, and the cost for this is £133 for the week.  If you are interested in taking this place, please contact me.  As is common on BW holidays we will aim to eat together most nights in the youth hostel to keep the costs down, and I will organise this closer to the time. If you have any questions or want to know more about the trip, please don’t hesitate to contact to me.