Group Programme

This is an online version of our group programme, you can pick up a paper copy at any of our meetings. For a quick listing of what's coming up, see the list of forthcoming events.

The programme is split into the following sections:

Welcome to the Leicester Hiking & Hostelling Group

We are an informal and friendly social walking group, comprising people of all ages and abilities. This programme details our weekend trips, day walks as well as evening social events such as theatre visits and meals out. We aim to have a regular spread of trips and events throughout the year, with plenty of variety to suit different tastes. We visit a wide variety of destinations throughout Britain and abroad, with events being organised by anyone within the Group

New members are always offered a warm welcome. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 8.00 pm onwards at The Western pub on Western Road, near to Narborough Road and the centre of Leicester. Meetings are generally informal, however, we do from time to time organise more formalised get togethers usually around a particular theme, speaker or social event.

The Group has recently produced a New Members Pack, a comprehensive introduction to the Group which answer many frequently asked questions. For those considering organising a hostelling weekend, we have also produced a straightforward guide to booking and organisation.

Before embarking on any our events, please note that all the activities listed in this programme are carried out at an individual's own risk.

If you wish, you can import this programme into Google Calendar.

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Weekends and Longer Trips

The Group organises regular weekends away, mainly staying in youth hostels or similar accommodation. Many hostels offer breakfast and evening meals, as well as facilities for self caterers. The advance payment for a weekend covers overnight accommodation and a contribution towards transport costs. Any unused funds are refunded at the Treasurer's discretion. It is advisable to bring food and drink for a mid day packed lunch in addition to any other meals. Almost all weekends involve walking, so it is essential to bring adequate boots, rucksack, waterproofs and warm clothing.

Unless otherwise noted, all our weekend trips depart on Friday night and return on Sunday evening.

1st - 3rd November: Bonfire Weekend at YHA Grinton lodge

10 female and 6 male places available for a welcome return Grinton Lodge for bonfire weekend. Great for walking at the head of Swaledale or nearby Aysgarth Falls and Wensleydale (including the creamery at Hawes).
For cyclists, a ride to Tan Hill Inn and return via Swaledale.
In the early evening on Saturday either walk or drive to Reef, weather permitting,for their stalls and bonfire and firework celebrations.
If you are interested in this event please contact Any to check that there is a place available for you before sending any money.
There is a car park on site.
The Youth Hostel is just a 10 minute walk from the village of Grinton which has a cosy pub and a small church. The larger historic market town of Richmond is 10 miles away by car.

Distance:
10 miles / 16 km
Organiser:
Andy (Tel0116 2121186 Mob07715 651 883)
Cost:
£80 due by 21st August 2019
Grade:
Hard
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6th - 8th December: Xmas Bash 2019: Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk Coast

Located in this picturesque North Norfolk fishing town, we once again have a whole hostel (28 beds) to ourselves for our Christmas event; so please contact Allan as soon possible to secure your place. This is a fully self catering hostel with parking for 11 cars onsite. It is also only a short walk from numerous pubs, tea-rooms, cafes and restaurants.

Only a short distance distance away can be found wonderful wildlife, winding waymarked trails, serene salt marshes and a sweeping stretch of sandy beach. Ideal for walking, cycling or relaxing on the 4 mile long Holkham beach, one of the most beautiful, unspoiled stretches of sand in the UK. For those who fancy a ride on a steam train, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway is also nearby.

UPDATE: The meal will be held at The Globe PH at a cost of £24.95 per person. Total cost of £90 due by October 2nd remains unchanged. Please check with Al if there are spaces then a £10 deposit will secure it for you.
A shortened version of the menu is set below and a pdf of the full version is being sent to you in a Christmas Update email. The menu may change slightly before the event but probably only an additional vegetarian option. Please let Al have your menu choices as soon as you can and by October 16th at the latest.

As usual Boh will organise a less strenuous walk if required.

£90 cost includes the meal.
See you all there
Boh

Menu Synopsis
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Complimentary glass of mulled wine

Starters
Minestrone Soup
Flaked Crab & Prawn Cocktail
Confit of Rabbit & Pork Rillette
Golden Beetroot Salad

Mains
Roasted Norfolk Turkey
Fillet of Salmon with Chorizo Crust & Spiced Beans
Butternut Squash & Walnut Ravioli
Slow Roasted Belly Pork

Desserts
Homemade Christmas Pud
Warm Chocolate Orange Brownie
Home-made Egg Custard Tart
Local Cheese Board

Coffee & Warm Mince Pies

Yum!

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organiser:
Al (Tel0116 2295009 Mob07912 947452)
Cost:
£90 due by 2nd October 2019
Grade:
Moderate
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21st - 25th May 2020: Late May BH in South Devon: Long w/e

14 places available for a 4-night stay in Blytheswood Hostel, (ex YHA Steps Bridge), a secluded, homely venue in woodland on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park in South Devon, less than a mile from shop, tearoom and pub in Dunsford.

Indoors the accommodation has a: 6-bed and 3-bed dorm, toilet, shower, self-catering kitchen, living room and wood-burning stove. Outdoors is a: 3-bed and 2-bed cabin, shower, 2 toilets, BBQ, picnic tables and a fire-pit. The venue is well placed for excellent walking and cycling and is on the cycling end2end route. All bedding is provided. WiFi is available.

To join this event please contact Liz ASAP as these places will go quickly. Once you have your place confirmed by Liz you will need to pay the treasurer a £20 deposit to secure it.
Boh will lead less strenuous walks if required.

Overlooking the Teign Valley on the eastern edge of Dartmoor this location is an ideal base for exploring rugged high Dartmoor and the delightful lower slopes rich in wild flowers, butterflies and birds. You will also come across wild ponies, badgers, deer and otters. Local attractions include Castle Drogo, The Miniature Pony Centre, Canonteign Falls, Exeter is 8 miles away and the beaches of South Devon only a 40 minutes drive.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Liz (Tel0116 2708299)
Cost:
£130 due by 6th May 2020
Grade:
Hard
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25th - 28th June 2020: SUMMER In WALES: Dinefwr Luxury Bunkhouse, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

A £10 holding deposit secure your place for this 3 night Summer break in South Wales with 7 male and 9 female beds available. Arriving Thursday
25th June and departing Sunday 28th June 2020. Note: ALL bedding provided. Please contact Dorothy to check if there are places available before making any payment.
A luxury estate bunkhouse full of rustic character, with the mighty Dinefwr Castle providing the backdrop.
This 16-sleeper bunkhouse was originally part of the living quarters for the female servants of the Dinefwr Park estate. Today the bunkhouse offers a stylishly rustic stay complete with stone walls, wooden floorboards, exposed beams and a log-burner. It has a patio area too where you can gather the group for a summer BBQ and lookout over the sweeping deer park below. The surrounding estate is packed with history, including Dinefwr's mighty castle and two Roman forts.  
The pastel-painted market town of Llandeilo is approximately a one mile walk from here. You'll also be on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons National Park, so don't forget to pack your hiking gear.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Dorothy ( Mob0785 8272402 )
Cost:
£85 due by 15th April 2020
Grade:
Moderate
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29th July - 2nd August 2020: Summer in Snowdonia: 4 nights

4 nights in the heart of Snowdonia, arriving on Wednesday 29 July and departing on Sunday 2 August 2020, staying at Rhyd Ddu Outdoor Centre and Bunkhouse, a former village school, now run by the local community as a non-profit making enterprise.

Rhyd Ddu has superb views, being situated at the foot of Snowdon close to the Nantlle valley and only 3 miles north of Beddgelert. There are plenty of hard walks in the mountains and easy walks in the valleys. Cyclists are well catered for with quiet routes to the coast and ample safe storage for bikes at the bunkhouse.

We have to book the whole bunkhouse so will have sole use of all facilities. It sleeps 30 people in 6 bedrooms (1x12, 1x2 and 4x4 bedded rooms). There are comfortable mattresses and pillows but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillowcase (and perhaps a bottom sheet if you want to). There is a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, a drying room, showers, toilets, outside picnic tables and free wi-fi. There is on-site parking for 8 cars. The bunkhouse has all been recently refurbished.

The village has a pub and tea room within a 2 minute walk. The pub serves meals. Rhyd Ddu station, on the Welsh Highland Line, is 200 metres away. Trains go to Caernarfon and Portmadog. There is also a good bus service. If the weather is hot there are nearby lakes for a possible swim.

The price of the weekend has been set for 16 people going. There will be a refund if more people go so let's fill the bunkhouse as much as we can. Contact John S to book your place and once confirmed send a £10 deposit to the treasurer.

Location:
Rhyd Ddu Outdoor Centre,
Rhyd Ddu,
Snowdonia,
Wales
LL54 6TL

OS Map Ref.: SH571526

Easy walks of 5 miles can be arranged by Boh if required.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
John S (Tel0116 2302401 Mob0777 8251285)
Cost:
£135 due by 17th June 2020
Grade:
Hard
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Day Walks and Events

Members of the Group organise occasional day walks and other events within a fairly short drive time from Leicester. If you are interested in any of the walks, please contact the organisers listed below. As with all our walks, it is advisable to bring proper boots, a waterproof and a packed lunch.

Saturday, 12th October: Film - Judy

Meet 3pm ish in time for the 3:30pm screening of this film capturing the waning days of the beloved performer Judy Garland. Adapted from Peter Quilter's stage play, Renée Zellweger gives an outstanding, compassionate, powerful and moving performance of the star nearing the end of her rainbow, for which she is rumoured to be nominated for an Oscar.

Please let me know if you are thinking of coming so we can hold on if you are held up getting there. Given the early screening time, we could go for a meal together after the performance.
Hope to see there.
Boh

Synopsis
In the winter of 1968 Hollywood legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week, sold-out run in the West End. 30 years on from her iconic breakthrough role in The Wizard of Oz, with a litany of ex-husbands, money problems and personal demons, Judy is far removed from the fresh-faced young Dorothy that audiences fell in love with the world over. If her spirits have dimmed, the voice remains though and once Judy finds herself under the lights of the stage the old magic flickers back to life...
Featuring some of her best songs, the film celebrates the voice, capacity for love and sheer pizazz of "the world's greatest entertainer".

Director: Rupert Goold
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley

UK 2019
Length: 118 mins

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
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Sunday, 27th October: Day Walk: Start The Clocks Back An Hour Stroll

Meet at the Haymarket Bus Station in time to catch the 09:45 bus to Wigston Harcourt. Walk to The Navigation by the Grand Union Canal. Follow the towpath to The Black Horse, Aylestone. Lunch (meal at pub optional). After the break continue through Aylestone Meadows and The Great Central Way footpath/cycleway to The Newark, Newark St. End of Walk.
Bring: boota, waterproof, packed lunch (optional).
If you are interested please contact Dave Hill (DHH) to let him know BUT be aware that the departure time for the bus is critical and you need to be on it. We'll let you know if the bus time changes with the autumn timetable changes.
Looks like fun. See you there.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
DHH ( Mob0793 8288437)
Grade:
Easy

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Sunday, 24th November: Sunday Stroll: Bosworth Battlefield

Meet in the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre Car Park in time for a 1:30pm start. There is an exhibition at the centre (£8.95 entrance, £8 concession, 10% discount if bought online) for anyone who wants to go to it at the end of the stroll.

A different kind of event this. No frills, no need to let anyone know, the stroll starts with whoever is there at the start time. Just a gentle post-prandial stroll through a local area of historical interest.

Distance:
2 miles / 3 km
Organiser:
Ellen
Grade:
Easy
Web Links:

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Evening Events

Wednesday, 2nd October: Wednesday Social: October 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
Web Link:

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Wednesday, 16th October: Wednesday Social: October 2019 (2)

Our second social for this month.
Come along and have a chat and drink or two with good friends.
See you there.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 6th November: Wednesday Social: November 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
Web Link:

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Wednesday, 13th November: AGM 2019

Please arrive by 7:30pm for a prompt 7:45 start at The Blackbird, Blackbird Road, LE4 0FW.

A chance to join in the running of the group, find out we did all this year and vote in,or join, the executive committee. Also catch up with group gossip. What really happened at the last events, what is being planned for the future, pay up for future events... or just have a drink or two with good friends.
See you there folks.
NOTE: if you arrive by car, and park in the pub car park, please remember to enter your car registration number in the terminal provided on the counter. If you forget to do this you may be charged an exorbitant amount for parking.
Please ALSO NOTE that this event REPLACES the second social event for November at The Western.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
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Wednesday, 4th December: Wednesday Social: December 2019

Our monthly social event.
Come and join in a friendly relaxed evening. Discuss past events, future events, events you would like to see and pay any outstanding fees for events you are on.
But essentially just drink, chat and have fun with other group members and potential new recruits.
Looking forward to your company.

Organiser:
Alan ( Mob07970 778649)
Web Link:

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Saturday, 14th December: Group Christmas Dinner 2019

Tony Stone (known to us as Boney) has
20 places available at Wygston's House, Leicester's oldest standing house (1490), for our Christmas Meal this year: meet 6:30pm to be seated and order by 7:00pm.
Costs are: £16.95 for 1, £22.45 for 2 and £27.95 for 3 courses, and you pay for your own drinks on the night. Please contact Boney by email, text or phone to confirm your place then pay a £10 non-returnable deposit to the treasurer to hold it.
Outlined below is a synopsis of the menu, but I am sending out an email with the full menu as a pdf, for you make your meal choices. Please email, text or phone your choices to Boney before October 16th.
This event is always very popular so if you intend to join in please I recommend you book early.
MENU SYNOPSIS
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Starters
Spiced Butternut Squash & Roasted Carrot Soup (v)
Baked Herbed Crusted Scallops (£2 extra)
Confit Duck & Roasted Goose Terrine
Spinach & Vegetarian Parmesan Arancini (v)
Beetroot Cured Salmon

Mains
Pancetta Wrapped Stuffed Norfolk Turkey
Slow Cooked Stuffed Pork Belly
Duo of Beef (braised blade & cheek croquette)
Sea Bass en Papillote
Root Vegetable & Mushroom Wellington (v)

Desserts (All vegetarian)
Christmas Pud
Comice Pear & Bramley Apple Crumble
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Chocolate Marquise
Cheese Board

These are just headings please download full menu from the email, coming your way shortly, for details of all the trimmings etc.

Organiser:
Boney ( Mob+44 7873 166021)
Cost:
£27.95 due by 16th October 2019
Web Links:

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And Finally...

Please note that the Group now holds a computer database of the names and addresses of people who wish to receive copies of this programme. This information is used purely for distribution purposes and is not divulged to anyone not associated with Group activities.

We hope you found this programme useful and informative. Happy walking!

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