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!

Lambourn Downs – Striding Out with Horses and Dragons
Mar 17 – Mar 18 all-day

A unique first for the group, Jack will be leading a local two day walk/mini-holiday set against the lovely scenery of the Lambourn Valley, taking in a total of 26 miles on the weekend beginning 17th March 2018.  This circular route will cover part of the Lambourn Valley Way as well as the famous national trail, the Ridgeway.  No time will be needed to take off work as the mini holiday will happen across the Saturday and Sunday.

For those coming on both days, there will be an overnight accommodation stop on the Saturday night in the Court Hill Ridgeway Centre near the village of Letcombe Regis, so please bring overnight essentials.  Accommodation is in single-sex bunk bed rooms. The cost of the accommodation will be £27 per person, including breakfast and £35.50 for those who want a two course evening meal at the centre.  Packed lunches can be provided for the centre on the second day for an extra £6.50 each.  The numbers need to be confirmed to the Centre and full payment made by 1 March 2018, so please email Jack by then confirming which of the three options you wish to go for as well as any allergies/dietary requirements.  Jack will then email with details of how to pay.

For anyone who wants to come for just one of the days and not stay in the accommodation, please get in touch with Jack so that appropriate car relay arrangements can be put in place to allow people to get back to their cars.

Hoping to see as many people as possible for should be a lovely two days of walking!

Lambourn Downs – Day 1 – 11 miles – moderate

Lambourn Downs – Day 2 – 15 miles – challenging

Lambourne Downs Day 1, 11 miles, moderate @ Car Park off High Street, Lambourn
Mar 17 @ 10:30 am

Day 1 of Lambourn Downs – Striding Out with Horses and Dragons

The walk will commence at 10:30am in Lambourn, in the car park just off the High Street behind the library (postcode RG17 8XN).  We will follow the Lambourn Valley Way towards Eastbury before turning off along the now disused Lambourn Valley Railway line and on to East Garston.  We will then briefly follow the River Lambourn, passing through Maidencourt Farm, along Furze Border and onto South Fawley.  There will be the chance to get a view of the famous White Horse around this point.

We will follow a metalled track to reach the Ridgeway and visit what remains of Segsbury Castle, an old Iron Age hillfort, before arriving the overnight accommodation.

Please bring a packed lunch for this first day as well as plenty to drink.  Planned pub stop at the Queens Arms in East Garston.

NOTE: This is a linear walk

Sat Nav: RG17 8XN or 51.5071 -1.5318

Grid Ref: SU325787

Lambourn Downs Day 2, 15 miles, challenging @ Court Hill Ridgeway Centre
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am

Day 2 of Lambourn Downs – Striding Out with Horses and Dragons

Starting from the Court Hill Ridgeway Centre at 10am (postcode OX12 9NE), we will head west along the Ridgeway past some impressive sites, including the highest point in Oxfordshire, Whitehorse Hill.  Here we will get to see the remains of our second Iron Age fort of the trip, Uffington Castle as well as some views over the Vale of the White Horse.  Carrying on, we will get the chance to see some further ancient sites including Wayland’s Smithy and Alfred’s Castle (a theme of Iron Age forts definitely becoming apparent at this point!).

We will then pass Ashdown House and follow a track towards Upper Lambourn and then along the Fulke Walwyn Way back to Lambourn and the cars.

For those staying at the centre overnight, packed lunches can be provided by the centre, otherwise please bring your own as usual as well as plenty to drink.  We will have a well-deserved pub/tea and cake stop in Lambourn at the end.

NOTE: This is a linear walk

Sat Nav: OX12 9NE or 51.5622 -1.4332

Grid Ref: SU394849