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 email address

 

Lake District Weekend in Buttermere

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

Organiser: Debbie, John & Andy

Cost: £102.

Places: 16.

Details: Join Weekend Walkers for the August bank holiday weekend. There are 16 places available in dormitory style, single sex, bunk-bed accommodation in Buttermere YHA. We have our own (shared) rooms but there will be other people on site as this is a large hostel.
There will be minimal catering provided - a cereal breakfast, tea and coffee, plus bread and spread for lunch-time sandwiches - bring your own sandwich filling, snacks and lunchboxes. The hostel provides a cooked or continental breakfast for £6.25.
Evening meals are likely to be in the hostel restaurant and/or the nearby pub (at your own expense).

Booking: Booking will open at 18:45 on Thursday 21st June 2018. Any emails which are sent prior to this time will not be looked at. The weekend is open to Ramblers' members who actively participate with Weekend Walkers. Please state at the time of booking if you are willing to co-ordinate car-sharing or food shopping.
As we have a number of weekends coming up which require paying for, we will be asking for an immediate deposit of £75 to secure the booking with the balance due by 21st July. Payment in full is also welcome. If things are a bit of a squeeze and you would prefer to pay a lower deposit, please get in touch with me and we will sort something out as I would hate for anybody to miss out due to boring bills. Please note that it is hostel policy to request a bed plan for fire safety purposes so your room will be allocated before you arrive.

 

North Wales weekend

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September (2 nights)

Organiser: Gavin

Cost: £25.

Places: 16.

Details: The Clywdian Hills in Wales offer great walking in a place not too far from Manchester. We're staying in a basic bunkhouse near Maeshafn (pronounced 'my-z-hav-n') and Loggerheads Country Park with 2 rooms of 8 bunks. I've never stayed here but it's a cosy place with lounge and kitchen.
The idea is to provide cereals for breakfast and bread & spread for sandwiches for the days, with the expectation on Friday that you arrange to eat beforehand or cook something simple at the bunkhouse. Bring your own sandwich fillings. We will book into the local pub for Saturday night's meal (at your extra expense). The bedding provided is a mattress, duvet and pillows so you'll need sheets, a YHA-style sheet or sleeping bag, plus a pillowcase.
Two walks are planned from the bunkhouse of about 8 miles 350 metres ascent difficulty. For those who did the 2017 Coach Rambles trip, there is a small overlap with those walks.

Booking: Booking is open now for MW Walkers and other Ramblers we've met from other groups. Please email the maeshafn email address to book and arrangements for a bank transfer will be sent.

 

The Shropshire Hills

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

Organiser: Debbie W & Martin

Cost: £45.

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 £45 and you will also need to budget for all your meals and possibly some taxi fares. We will provide tea, coffee & a basic cereal breakfast in this cost.
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: Apart from the basic breakfast, 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 Friday 6th (or Saturday 7th) July by sending an email to weekends email address. 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 email address 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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