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!

Bristol Trip – Updated
Jul 14 all-day

Update – Please note – this weekend trip has now been changed.
The Saturday Wallace and Gromit trail and pub crawl will go ahead as planned but the rest of this trip has been cancelled.

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.

Skye Trip @ Portree, Skye
Sep 30 – Oct 6 all-day

Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
“Onward!” the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that was born to be king!
O’er the sea to Skye.

Well, we’ll not be arriving in quite the same style (dressed as a lady’s maid to a local dignitary’s daughter); nor do I expect we’ll be being chased by the British Army, but Skye it is for an autumn holiday.  For those who don’t know, Skye is the largest of the Hebridean islands (it’s just off the west coast of Scotland and looks a bit like a person waving their arms in the air, on the weather map).  It’s so close to Scotland that 20 years ago they build a bridge to it, so alas, no “bonnie boat” for us, though since the ferry was put out of business the sailors have had something to cry about.

Others will be able to describe the geology of Skye better than I, but the broad picture is: formerly volcanic (black, igneous, hard rock) in the south; gently sliding sedimentary in the north and quite a nice red metamorphic rock in between.  The rocks give three distinctly different types of walk: the high Munros, with scrambling up sharp caldera edges and stunning “middle-earth” like views of the Black Cuillin; the broad, open hill-sides, standing-stones and spires from “beyond the Wall” on the Trottenish Ridge; and the steep-sided domes of the Red Cuillin.  We will aim to walk in and have (weather permitting) views of all three types of hills.

Our aim is to stay in a hostel in Portree – the island’s small capital town, with the accommodation for the 6 nights costing not more than £150.  As with similar longer trips, we’ll be cooking in groups on an evening (there may be an extra cost, to cover the food bill), though breakfasts and lunches your should sort out for yourselves – there is a supermarket in Portree. The walks will be decided on when we’re there (the night before, in the pub), to account for what people want to see and what the weather is doing.

Skye is accessible by sea, but it’s quite a long way. When we’re on the island, we’ll require sufficient car space to be able to get to walks, but this doesn’t mean that you have to travel by car…  If you do, it is recommended that you take two days about it, staying overnight in Scotland (near, or just north of Glasgow) on the way up and in northern England on the way down. Travelling by car (legally) will take you over 12 hours non-stop. Other options include the train (the most direct is via Inverness, where you can catch a bus to Portree; more scenically is via Fort William, where you can take the train to Mallaig (the Glen Finnan “Harry Potter” viaduct line), the ferry to Armadale ferry and a bus up to Portree. And finally you could fly to either Inverness or Glasgow and pickup either a car/train/bus from there.

So, if you want to join us please could you send me an email telling me:
a) who you are
b) if you’re planning to drive up (and are willing to let some come in your car for the entertainment, how many you could take, etc…) / want a lift up / will be travelling by some other way
c) if you will have a car available to you when we’re there – we require enough to make this work.

Weekend in Lulworth Cove @ YHA Lulworth Cove
Nov 23 – Nov 25 all-day


Whether you have been many times before, or would be coming for your first time, the beauty of the coastline and countryside around Lulworth Cove will never cease to amaze and inspire. Come and join us in this gem on the Jurassic Coast where we will have our own resident geologist who will be able to explain the wonders of the rocky coastline around us. The walks have yet to be decided but we will look to include Durdle Door, the Stair Hole, the Fossil Forest and possibly some ventures further inland. Given the time of year, we may well be blessed with a beautiful sunset at the end of our walks.

We have exclusive hire of the YHA Lulworth Cove, which has a maximum capacity of 34 so we should have plenty to space. Final costs will be shared once final numbers are known, but, as an indication, and based on an occupancy of 20 people, the accommodation cost for the Friday and Saturday nights combined would be £38. For those who might not be so keen to stay in the YHA, then please feel free to book your own accommodation and come and join us on the walks – details of which to be provided.

Whilst I am optimistic that we will have sunshine, this is the UK and rainclouds are never far away, so please bring a pair of good walking boots and a full set of waterproofs.

Sat Nav: BH20 5SA or 50.6250 -2.2400

Grid Ref: SY831806