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.

15th - 18th October: SUMMER In WALES: Dinefwr Luxury Bunkhouse, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

PLEASE NOTE CHANGED DATES
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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10th - 12th 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
Organiser:
Dave ( Mob0744 3398994)
Cost:
£65
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.

Saturday, 4th September: Victory Show, Cosby

The Victory Show, Foxlands Farm, Cosby LE9 1SG
Saturday 4 September

The Victory Show started as a one-off commemoration of VE day and is now entering its 11th year. It is intended to re-create the 1940's experience and commemorate the courage, hardships and endurance of our parents and grandparents during the days of WWII. The largest WWII re-enactment in the UK, you can witness a large-scale WWII battle and watch the vintage WWII aircraft take to the skies, engage in dog-fights and drop parachutists over the lines into 'enemy territory' (weather conditions permitting!).

As well as the battle and the air show, there will be vintage military vehicles and aircraft to look at as well as vintage static and working farm machinery. There will be military personnel from airmen to infantrymen from all the forces engaged in the war. They will be happy to answer your questions as they go about their daily business around the showground and in their respective battle camps.

There will also be miniature steam train rides, tank rides, Hinckley Model Boat Club and model remote controlled aircraft displays.

There are various food and drink outlets in the Showground and around 60 stalls, as well as 1940's music playing throughout the day in the marquee. Car parking is free of charge on site, but it is important to know that during the air show, access to the car parks is forbidden for safety reasons.

I went there in a past life (2018) and had a brilliant day out.

Because of covid restrictions and the need to control numbers, tickets must be bought in advance. If you would like to join this event, please contact Ellen. Payment must be made to Ellen before Friday evening, 14th May. Latecomers (or late payers) will have to arrange their own advance ticket purchases.

We will meet outside the Ticket Office at 11.30am on the Saturday and we could perhaps then have lunch together.

At the end of the day, those who want to can slake their thirsts after a hard day on the battlefields and airfields of the second World War at The Bulls Head pub in the village.

Organiser:
Ellen ( Mob0779 1060348)
Cost:
£20 due by 14th May 2021
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Saturday, 11th September: Day Walk (9 miles): National Forest - Rosliston, S Derbyshire

Meet outside Rosliston Village Hall, on Yew Tree Rd (left turn off Main St) for a 10.00am start to this 9 mile walk. Bring pack up.
Route: Nat Forest Way path to Netherseal, then west to Lullington, north to Coton and return to Rosliston.
Map: OS Explorer 245 National Forest. SK 245167
Directions:
From Leicester A511 (A50) past Ashby,
turn onto A514 Swadlincote to A444 junction, turn left, next junction at High Cross Bank, take road for Linton, then Rosliston.
Should be okay to park outside Village Hall.
Please let Mick know if you are thinking of joining us so that we can wait if you get held up.
Hope to see you there.

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.

Distance:
9 miles / 14 km
Organiser:
Mick (Tel0116 2543536 Mob07399 600846)
Grade:
Moderate
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Evening Events

Sunday, 19th December: Live at The Curve

Adam Kay's "Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas",
The Box Office has opened for this live, stand-up comedy; 7:30pm on Sunday 19th December, 2021.

Tickets are £28,and are going to sell out fast so if you want me to arrange that we sit as close together as possible then let me know by 8pm this Sunday (1st August) and i'll do my best. Otherwise buy your own tickets (link below) and let me know once you have them so I can keep you informed of any pre/post show plans.

Since the show will finish late we could, perhaps, decide on a venue to eat before the performance. Let me know your thoughts.

Synopsis:
Christmas is coming but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work.

The show is a heart-warming and hilarious celebration to all those who spend this festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles and other objects from the various places they get stuck.

Organiser:
Boh (Tel0116 2708299 Mob+447832192402)
Cost:
£28
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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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