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!

DEADLINE: Easter in the Peaks!
Jan 31 all-day

Book your spot on this exciting trip away by end of TODAY (Friday 31st January)!
Full details can be found HERE! 

Easter in the Peaks! @ YHA Hartington Hall
Apr 9 @ 3:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 10:00 am

Join us for a special Easter trip to the Peak District!

Our base will be YHA Hartington Hall in Hartington. The organiser has stayed here twice before, so you can be assured this is an excellent hostel – rating of 92% on YHA & 8.8 on!

Log fires, oak panelling and plenty of original features make this 17th century manor house perfect for our Easter long weekend adventure. The hostel is in a lovely, unspoilt area – with the beautiful Peak District literally on our doorstep.

Very basic plan – this will be updated a few weeks before the trip: 

Thursday – Arrival at the Hostel from 3pm. Nothing specific will be planned as people will be arriving at different times. No doubt we will congregate in the communal lounge with drinks from the Hostel bar. We will try to coordinate lift shares from Berkshire to minimise travel cost and of course our carbon footprint!

Friday – Approx 10 mile walk, featuring a few pubs (hopefully!) – dinner at a local pub (within walking distance of hostel) in the evening for those that wish.

Saturday – Approx 15 mile walk. Dinner at the hostel in the evening – games in the communal lounge.

Sunday – Approx 10 mile walk (later start to allow for any hangovers!). Pre-booked late lunch/early dinner at a pub near to the hostel. Maybe an easter egg hunt in the evening if people are keen?

Monday – Checkout by 10am. Optional visit to Chatsworth House (30 min drive from the Hostel) for those who wish. Please note, to benefit from free parking, please pre-book this activity directly with the venue.

TWO DORMITORIES have been booked for the 4 nights – 1 female and 1 male (6 beds in each). To reserve your spot, please contact the organiser.


Cost is between £49.50 – £66 PER PERSON depending on how many spaces are filled. 

The hostel does an excellent breakfast as well as pack lunches and dinners. These can be booked upon arrival.

If you would prefer to stay in alternative accommodation, Hartington has a number of B&B options. There may also be other room options at the hostel itself – please book directly through YHA to get the best price!

Any questions please just ask! Should be an amazing trip!

Here are a few photos I have taken on past visits!

DEADLINE: Navigating Newtonmore
Apr 17 all-day

Today is the deadline for reserving your place on Claire B’s Navigating Newtonmore Trip that takes place from 13th-20th June 2020.


National Young Ramblers Weekend 2020 @ York
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

Get Your Boots On (GYBO) is hosting National Young Ramblers Weekend 2020, an event where young ramblers from all over the country get together.   This year, the event will be based in York from 5th-7th 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

Navigating Newtonmore! @ Newtonmore Hostel
Jun 13 – Jun 20 all-day

Are you a keen hill walker? Do you fancy climbing your first Munro? If so, this is the trip for you! Come and join me for a week based in Newtonmore with the opportunity to walk up some lovely Scottish mountains. Newtonmore is ideally placed between several mountain ranges (within a 30 minute drive of both) – the Cairngorms to the north-east and those by Loch Laggan to the south-west. There are also some of the Mondadh Liath that can be climbed pretty much directly from youth hostel. For those of you who also like to sample some of the local whisky when visiting Scotland, Newtonmore is located not far from the Speyside distillery (amongst others) which is known to be the prettiest Scottish distillery!

I have reserved a family run hostel in Newtonmore, which sleeps 10 comfortably, the attraction of which is that we can have the place to ourselves! The deadline for signing up for this trip is Friday 17th April 2020. At the point of signing up you will need to pay a £20 deposit.  The expected cost for the accommodation is £120-150, depending on how many spaces we fill at the hostel.

If you don’t want to drive, Newtonmore is easy to access by public transport – it has a train station and the sleeper train stops here. 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. Please be aware that the trip organiser will lead mountain walks most days (weather permitting) which would be considered strenuous (more due to the terrain than length) in comparison to many of the walks that we do locally. There are possibilities for low-level walking in the area but this will require a volunteer to lead these walks – if you are interested in doing this then please let me know.

UPDATE: There are four spaces still available in the youth hostel.  However, we have reached the limit of people arranging their own accommodation and staying locally, unless anyone else would like to volunteer to lead walks.

If you have any questions or want to know more about the trip, please don’t hesitate to contact to me.