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.

22nd - 27th August: SYHA Callander - Scotland

Spend an extended August Bank Holiday in the picturesque town of Callander lying just south of the Highland Boundary Fault, the historic meeting point between the Highlands and the Lowlands.
ITINERARY
*NEW* Thursday 22nd: stopover at Bluebell Farm Bunkhouse, Belford, Northumberland.**
Friday 23rd: possible walk or a tourist stop in Edinburgh before arriving at SYHA Callander.
Saturday 24th to Monday 26th: 3 days of walks from Callander in The Trossachs National Park. We could visit Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Torrie Forest or even Loch Lomond and the beautiful Bracklinn Falls, a great mid-level walk just north of the town, with views over the falls and gorge below. *NEW* There is also the ROB ROY WAY** All levels of walk can be catered for.
Tuesday 25th: return home.
IMPORTANT please pay a holding deposit of £20 by Wednesday 6th February and let Mick know of your interest. Thanks

The town has a number of tea shops, pubs, restaurants and niche shops to keep your interest. You may also find live music, arts & crafts, film and jazz festivals to occupy your evenings.

To recap: 22nd August stopover en route; 23rd to 26th August 4 overnights at SYHA Callander; deposit of £20 due by 3rd April; *NEW* full cost is £200 (or £180 if a holding deposit was made) due by 1st May 2019**.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Mick (Tel0116 2543536 Mob0796 1062000)
Cost:
£200 due by 1st May 2019
Grade:
Moderate
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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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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.

No day events have yet been organised for this period

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Evening Events

Wednesday, 7th August: Wednesday Social: August 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, 17th August: An Evening of Queen at Leicester Cricket Ground

A tribute to one of the world's greatest rock bands at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road on Saturday 17th August 2019. No Queen fan could possibly miss this amazing concert evening. A dazzling collection of performers from London's West End, including former stars from the smash hit musical 'We Will Rock You', come together to present an incredible concert featuring dozens of hits from an astonishing back catalogue Queen's repertoire.
Tickets cost £28 seated and £24 standing and car parking can be booked in advance from their website for £5. Gates open at 5:30 for a 7:30 start. As the seats are unallocated I suggest we get there early for good seats.
I have two £28 tickets available, these will go to the first two people who contact me. Please get in touch if want to go to this event since you can still buy tickets from their website and I can arrange for everyone coming to meet somewhere before we go in, and even car sharing if necessary.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Boh

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
Web Link:

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Wednesday, 21st August: Wednesday Social: August 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)
Web Link:

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Wednesday, 4th September: Wednesday Social: September 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, 7th September: Little Miss Sunshine: The Haymarket Theatre

I have 2 tickets available, in excellent seats (£37.50 each), for a brand new European premiere production of this hilarious musical comedy. Meet at 7 for the 7:30 start, or perhaps have an early meal (sort out later).

Synopsis:
Olive's heart is set on winning
the 'Little Miss Sunshine' beauty pageant but can the Hoover family's creaky old camper van get their daughter to the contest on time? Join them on an 800 mile journey from New Mexico to California. Will Olive take home the coveted title of 'Little Miss Sunshine' or is the real prize to be found along the way?

Book by JAMES LAPINE
Music & Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Based on the film 'Little Miss Sunshine' by Michael Arndt

Please ring, email or text me if you are interested in joining in a wonderful, light-hearted evening forgetting all your troubles and woes. For a few hours anyway.
Hope to see you there

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob07832192402)
Web Link:

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Wednesday, 18th September: Wednesday Social: September 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)
Web Link:

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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)
Web Link:

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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
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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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