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.

11th - 13th December: Chairman's Xmas Bash: Bamford, Derbyshire

With 22 places available, returning to the popular Homestead & Cheesehouse Independent Bunkhouses, join us for our annual seasonal celebration.

In the Heart of Bamford this venue is 3 miles from Stanage Edge with the Derwent Dams 1.5 and 7 miles away. Perfectly located for visiting Castleton (5 mls), Chatsworth House (10 mls ) & Hathersage (2.5 mls). There are 2 pubs in walking distance.

The bunkhouse is centrally heated with hot showers and a well equipped kitchen. Sheets & pillows are provided but, please, bring your own sleeping bags. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

The approximate price of £60 to £65 for weekend will include a Christmas meal in a nearby pub.

Please contact Dave Self to confirm your place. Once confirmed a holding deposit of £10 will required. You will be informed of deadlines and an accurate cost closer to the event.

Easier walk led by Boh on request.

Distance:
8 miles / 13 km
Organisers:
Dave (Tel0116 2600953 Mob0744 3398994)
Mick (Tel0116 2543536 Mob07399 600846)
Cost:
£65
Grade:
Moderate
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27th - 31st May 2021: 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 5th May 2021
Grade:
Hard
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24th - 27th June 2021: 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
24th June and departing Sunday 27th June 2021. 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 21st April 2021
Grade:
Moderate
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28th July - 1st August 2021: Summer in Snowdonia: 4 nights

4 nights in the heart of Snowdonia, arriving on Wednesday 28 July and departing on Sunday 1 August 2021, 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 16th June 2021
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, 17th October: Day Walk: National Forest - 2; Midlands

Meet 9:45am for a 10am start at Thornton Reservoir car park for a 6 mile walk. Having enjoyed the ambience of the National Forest in Spring during the first of these walks in the area, you can now marvel at the Autumn scenery on this second walk in this area.
The National Forest comprises of 200 square miles of the Midlands. It spans parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire and aims to link the two ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood.
Please contact Mick if you intend to join us so that we can wait if you get held up.
Hope to see you there.

Distance:
6 miles / 10 km
Organiser:
Mick (Tel0116 2543536 Mob07399 600846)
Grade:
Easy
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Evening Events

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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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