If you have any queries about a weekend or would like to organise a weekend away for the group, please contact our weekends coordinator at weekends@mwwalkers.org.uk

 

Lake District Weekend I in Grasmere - SOLD OUT

Friday 25th to Monday 28th May 2018 (3 nights)

Organiser: Debbie W, Martina & Brendan

Cost: £100

Places: 24

Details: Join Weekend Walkers in a deluxe 4-star Poshtel in Grasmere with magnificent fells and mountains all around. There are 24 places in luxury bunk bed style single sex accommodation which is a short walk from the village centre. Each bedroom is en-suite and there is a lounge with stunning views, a 24 seater dining-room, 2 fully equipped kitchens, LCD TV & DVD, complimentary wi-fi in every room, internet PC and even a sauna. This beautiful area is ideal for walking and the village has shops, pubs and cafes. It was also home to William Wordsworth and of course still is home to the legendary Grasmere Gingerbread. Breakfast, packed lunches and one evening meal are provided and it is planned to have an evening meal out at a nearby pub (at your own expense). There will be led walks on Saturday and Sunday and as these are still to be planned at the point of booking, please be aware that there could be additional costs for bus or taxi fares though we hope to be able to start from the hostel - https://www.grasmerehostel.co.uk/welcome. When making your request for a place please state if you are willing to volunteer for any of the following tasks: Cooking a communal evening meal which could be for up to 12 people (Veggy or non-Veggy); buying and transporting some of the food; taking orders for the pub meal or co-ordinating car sharing/lifts. Please note that it is often hostel policy to request a bed plan for fire safety purposes so your room will be allocated before you arrive.

Booking: Booking now open via email to weekends@mwwalkers.org.uk. The weekend is open to Ramblers members who are known to the group. A deposit of £50 will be required to secure your place and the balance will be due on 15th April.

 

Lake District Weekend II in Buttermere

Friday August 24th to Monday August 27th 2018 (3 nights)

Organiser: Debbie W

Cost: £TBC.

Places: 16

Details: To be confirmed in 2018.

Booking: TBC.

 

The Shropshire Hills

Friday 12th October 2018 to Sunday 14th October 2018 (2 nights)

Organiser: Debbie W & Martin

Cost: £TBC.

Places: 10+

Details:The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is superb walking country, but is much less visited than most National Parks. The two walks on Saturday and Sunday will showcase the very best this area has to offer. As the walks are reasonably challenging and there are a number of travel and accommodation options, please read the below details carefully.
Walks:

Saturday’s walk is The Long Mynd - Church Stretton Circular which is 11 miles 750 metres ascent.Members are also welcome to travel on the day to the Saturday walk. Sunday’s walk location TBC. This walk is for weekend attendees only. Both walks are quite long and quite hilly and the days in October are shorter so you will need to be able to keep up with the group and as such they are not suitable for beginners – if you have any concerns please ask before booking anything.

Travel:

Train - Church Stretton is accessible by train from Manchester so you could travel down on Friday night and get the train back on Sunday evening, booking ahead for the best fares. Alternatively, you could travel on the day - Church Stretton can be reached by train from Manchester in less than 1.5 hours but please note the early start.

Car - we may organise car shares for people who are not catching the train, depending on the level of interest.

Accommodation - shared:

We have booked all 10 beds in a very pleasant but small hostel on the outskirts of Church Stretton for Friday and Saturday nights. It is good quality accommodation but has fewer facilities than some places we stay at, and you will need to plan for walking approximately 1.5 miles into town and back (with a torch at night) or possibly sharing a taxi on occasions. Two nights in the hostel will cost approximately £TBC and you will also need to budget for all your meals and possibly some taxi fares.

Accommodation – self-booking:

If the hostel doesn’t suit you or if it sells out quickly then you are very welcome to book in elsewhere and join us on the walks and evening drinks afterwards. There are a number of options including: Long Mynd Hotel, Bucks Head, Mynd House, Ragleth House, Victoria House, Arden House Apartments, Brookfields, Belvedere – please check for cost and location.

Food:

We are not including any meals on this trip but if staying in the hostel you can bring your own supplies and use the small kitchen facilities or you can purchase your own breakfasts and packed lunches in Church Stretton. There are pubs and a few restaurants where you can get an evening meal on Friday night and on Saturday night we are planning to book a table at a local curry restaurant (we’ll ask for names nearer the time if you’re coming on the weekend).

One Night Away Option:

The Saturday walk will be advertised just like our normal walks so people who aren’t on the weekend can come down for a day trip by catching the 08.30 train from Manchester Piccadilly to Church Stretton and returning in the evening – book ahead for best prices, as always. People who want to be away both nights will have priority for the small number of hostel beds but if you book your own accommodation there is nothing to stop you either staying on the Friday night and then going home after the walk on Saturday or travelling down on Saturday morning and staying over to Sunday – it’s completely up to you.

Booking for the hostel opens at 19.00 on TBC.

If you book your own accommodation we will ask you to email once the booking is open so we know to expect you, and we’ll then be in touch to book you in for a curry if you’re staying on Saturday night.

New Year 2018/19 in Llangollen

Saturday 29th December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019 (4 nights)

Organiser: Debbie W

Cost: £TBC.

Places: TBC

Details: To be confirmed in 2018.

Booking: TBC.

 

 

Information

Manchester Weekend Walkers' weekends are a great way of really getting to know people, having a laugh and making the most of your weekend by exploring the great British countryside with your new friends.

Accommodation is usually single sex shared rooms though twins/doubles are sometimes available. Car sharing is organised where possible. Meals may be provided, self-catering, eating out or a mixture. Check the description for details.

If you have stayed anywhere that has really impressed you and you think would be suitable for the group, please let the weekend coordinator know by emailing weekends@mwwalkers.org.uk so that we can consider them when organising future trips.

Walking

When appropriate we will give guidance on the type of walking planned. This is normally when we are intending to go into high, rough or mountainous country. If the organiser has concerns about your fitness, they may advise you that a specific weekend is not suitable for you. As with any walk, you must be properly equipped/attired for the occasion as failure to do so could endanger yourself and others.

Communal Living

Weekends are organised in a range of accommodation but sometimes these will be bunk beds in shared, single sex dormitories with communal single sex washrooms so you may be living in close proximity to others. Hostel rules usually request a bed plan in advance for fire safety reasons so your bed is likely to be allocated for you in advance. We always need volunteers to plan meals and cook and everybody needs to join in with cleaning and tidying up without being asked. The smooth running and enjoyment of a weekend requires co-operation, harmony and respect for all.

How to go on a weekend

First, make sure that you're a member of the Ramblers' - join or transfer today! Priority will be given to members of Manchester Weekend Walkers. You must be registered as a member in plenty of time so that we can find your name on the membership list which is issued monthly by head office. For safety and insurance reasons, all attendees have to book officially through the weekend leader.

Also ensure that you can cope with the walking difficulty. For example, much of the walking in the Lake District and Scotland isn't suitable for people with questions about their fitness, or equally if the weekend leader has questions about their fitness. Please consult the weekend leader for reassurance.

Places are not reserved until full remittance or the specified deposit is received. The weekend leader decides on a maximum number of people on the weekend based on comfort in the accommodation and to make for easy management of the group whilst out on the walks.

Refunds will only be offered on weekends away that are full and have a waiting list. This is necessary to keep costs to a minimum.

Hopefully, you won't be too late, so good luck!

 

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