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: Navigating Newtonmore
Dec 20 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.


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.

The plan is to arrive on the Thursday afternoon/evening so we have the whole of Good Friday, Saturday & Easter Sunday for walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. On Monday we hope to visit Chatsworth House (30 min drive from the Hostel) before heading back to Berkshire. You don’t even need to take a day off work!

Exact details of walks/evening socials will be posted nearer the time! We will also try to coordinate lift shares from Berkshire to minimise travel cost and of course our carbon footprint!

TWO DORMITORIES have been reserved for the 4 nights – 1 female and 1 male (6 beds in each). 

To reserve your spot, please contact the organiser ASAP! Cost per person for the 4 nights is £119.34. We may be able to get this 15% cheaper, but this would be worse case scenario! 

The hostel does an excellent breakfast (£6.95 per person) as well as pack lunches and dinners which can be booked in advance.

If you would prefer to stay in alternative accommodation, Hartington has a number of B&B options. There are also many 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!

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 provisionally reserved a family run hostel in Newtonmore, which sleeps 10 comfortably, the attraction of which is that we can have the place to ourselves! I have to confirm the booking by Christmas, and therefore the deadline for signing up for this trip is Friday 20th December 2019. At the point of signing up you will need to pay a £20 deposit. Assuming that we can fill the youth hostel, the total cost will be £120 each for accommodation. If we have fewer people sign up we can decide as a group whether or not it is viable to go ahead or whether we are open to the idea of sharing 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.

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