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!

Lake District -Long Weekend Away @ Grasmere Hostel
May 3 – May 8 all-day

This May Day bank holiday we are heading to the Lake District, England’s largest national park. Not only is the Lake District home to England’s highest mountain and deepest lake, it’s stunning scenery has provided creative inspiration to many famous poets and artists. It also offers some of the most breath-taking walking that the UK has to offer, with something for everyone, from rugged ridge walks to gentle lakeside strolls.

We will be based in Grasmere (home of the famous gingerbread) at an independent hostel, located a 20 minute walk from the  village centre and just 400m from a traditional Lakeland pub. We have exclusive use of the hostel which sleeps 24 people in small dorms of 3, 4, 5 or 6. Each dorm has it’s own bathroom. The hostel has great facilities including secure bike storage, drying room, BBQ area and even a sauna!

As on previous trips we will decide on the walks the night before each day (depending on the weather ). Walks however may include Helvelyn (England’s 3rd highest peak at 950m) the Fairfield Horseshoe or Langdale Pikes.

Don’t fancy walking every day? Or want something a bit less challenging? If so, the bustling towns of Ambleside and Keswick are easily accessible by bus or you can take a stroll around Grasmere Lake and Rydal water. For the literary enthusiast the homes of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter are also nearby.

The total accommodation cost per person will be £130 for the 5 nights. Places will be given on a first come first served basis .Priority will be given to those staying for the entire trip. The organiser can offer advice on alternative accommodation if space becomes unavailable but you still want to come along.  As with previous trips away we will cook in pairs/small groups in the evenings to help reduce the overall cost. More details will follow nearer to the time to those who sign up.

A good pair of walking boots and a full set of waterproofs ( jacket and trousers) are essential for this trip. More advice on what to bring can be found here.

Car shares and lifts will also be organised nearer to the time.

Please email the organiser to confirm your place – full payment needs to be made by February 28th. Details of how to pay will be provided by the organiser once you have reserved your place.

Bristol Weekend Away
Jul 13 – Jul 15 all-day

Come along on this weekend away to the maritime city of Bristol, just over an hour away by train from our native Reading.

There are plenty of attractions to keep us busy including the SS Great Britain, Harbourside and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, not to mention numerous bars and restaurants.

Friday 13th July – Pub Meet at the Commercial Rooms
Meet at this lively Weatherspoons pub on Corn Street for an evening of socialising. Meet time to be confirmed.

Saturday 14th July – Wallace and Gromit trail and pub crawl
Join the organisers for a summer’s day out to Bristol searching the city for giant Wallace and Gromit sculptures. The hunt is on for over 60 Gromit, Wallace and Feathers McGraw sculptures all in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.

Meet at 10.00am at Bristol Temple Meads Station – more information on train times will follow nearer the time so keep checking the website for updates.

Sunday 15th July – Walk (Details to be submitted)
Please check the walk programme for further details.

Please organise your own accommodation from the numerous budget hotel and B&B options available in the city centre.

More details of the weekend plans will be added nearer the time so keep an eye of the website. Hope to see you there!