Weekends

You can find details of forthcoming weekends here, but make sure that you read the information here before booking.

All those attending weekends away must do so through official group channels by either contacting the organiser for that particular weekend or, in their absence, the Committee Weekends Officer.

Before booking on a weeknd trip, please read our general information and booking policy.

Would you like to organise a weekend?

See the Weekend Leaders Checklist for more information, we can help with the logistics and administrative side of the weekends if needed. Please submit the details through this form, and the Weekends co-ordinator will be in touch.


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2014 Weekends


20th - 22nd June 2014 Keswick Weekend

Details:

We will be staying in a pleasant bunkhouse located at Hawse End - between Cat Bells and Derwent Water - which is a short lakeside walk (or launch ride!) from Keswick. There is the option of taking part in either or both of the "Birthday Bash" walks organised by Andy Buckley (see the Walks page for info) as well as joining in the post-hike socialising; and I will be leading one or two longer routes via some nearby summits. The cost includes an evening meal on arrival (with at least a couple of choices, one veggie) and basic foodstuffs (milk, butter, etc.) to avoid duplication… but you'll need to provide your own breakfasts, lunches and snacks. For the Saturday night, there is a pub serving good food 1/2 a mile away and plenty more in Keswick. Further details will follow on booking but please email me if you have any questions!

Organiser:

Colin Shaw

Booking:

Please email Colin using weekends@madwalkers.org.uk to book.

Places:

23

Cost:

£39. Transport by car - Please let Colin know if you need or can offer a lift.


25th - 27th July 2014 Cadair Idris Weekend

Details:

We will be staying in Aberllefenni, near to Corris. John Ireland and myself will be offering hikes to suit different levels of fitness, including at least one route up Cadair Idris (Penygadair) itself on the Saturday and a relaxing estuary walk on the Sunday. There are also forest and valley walks available right out of the bunkhouse door. The cost includes an evening meal on arrival (with at least a couple of choices, one veggie) and basic foodstuffs (milk, butter, etc.) to avoid duplication… but you'll need to provide your own breakfasts, lunches and snacks. For the Saturday night, there are several options for good food, including the Minffordd Hotel at the base of Cadair Idris and the Slaters Arms in Corris. Further details will follow on booking but please email me if you have any questions!

Organiser:

Colin Shaw

Booking:

Please email Colin using weekends@madwalkers.org.uk to book.

Places:

34

Cost:

£29. Transport by car - Please let Colin know if you need or can offer a lift.

22nd - 25th August 2014 Suffolk Coast Weekend

Details:

Bank holiday weekend staying in the old station building at Darsham in Suffolk. The weekend will include two coastal walks, a visit to Southwold (and Adnams Brewery tap), an ancient river crossing and a walk in East London. The train ticket for this is included in the price of the trip. Breakfasts and 1 evening meal are also included.

Organiser:

Owain Roberts

Booking:

Booking opens on Monday 9 June. Book your place by emailing Owain using owain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk.

Cost:

£49

12th - 14th September 2014 High Wray Lakes Weekend

Details:

Stationed by Lake Windermere we have a great little National Trust bunkhouse to ourselves. All food excluding one pub dinner will be included in the price. As well as the bunkhouse we will have some camping spots situated outside the accommodation. Any member paying for a tent space will still be able to use the facilities in the bunkhouse and will still be entitled to the meals.

Organisers:

Alan Beeby and Steve Rawlin

Places:

16 in bunkhouse, 5 Tent outside hostel

Booking:

Please email alan.beeby@live.co.uk on Monday 30 June at 9pm. Please state in the email if you want a bunkhouse place or a tent space. Places are first come first served for both.

Cost:

£39 for Bunkhouse £25 for Tent (per person).

7th - 9th November 2014 Big Mose Basecamp Weekend

Details:

This beautiful Tudor building on the Dudmaston Estate. Dudmaston offers something unexpected in the Shropshire countryside with established gardens are a stunning backdrop to art sculptures. All food excluding one pub dinner will be included in the price.

Organiser:

Alan Beeby and Niall MacLennan

Places:

20

Booking:

Please email alan.beeby@live.co.uk on Monday 11th August 2014 at 9pm

Cost:

£29

21st-23rd November South Peak District Weekend

Details:

A weekend exploring the hills around Bakewell and Matlock. Located in the village of Tideswell the bunk barn accommodation is of a very good standard. Breakfast and an evening meal on the Saturday night is included in the price.

Organiser:

Owain Roberts

Places:

20

Booking:

Please email owain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk on or after Monday 8th September 2014

Cost:

£55

29th December 2014 - 2nd January 2015 NYE2014: Kettlewell

Details:

This year we’re heading to the lovely village of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales (less than 2 hours drive from Manchester), from which we’ll explore the beautiful countryside around us, as well as the village pubs, tea rooms and shops of course….

Kettlewell is a great base for walking, and the many options available to us include Great Whernside, Fountains Fell, Malham, Buckden Pike and Kilnsey Crags, as well as walks along the River Wharfe and Dales Way footpath, both of which pass through the village. The picturesque village of Grassington is also close by, and is especially lovely around the Christmas and New Year period. With plenty of walking and fresh air; proper recuperation and relaxation will be vital…. Evening entertainment this year will include a quiz and some karaoke, for those brave / drunk enough to participate! New Year’s eve features the main event itself, an 80s themed fancy dress party, including a visit to some of Kettlewell’s pubs to mingle with the locals, before partying the night away back at our base, to DJ John’s top tunes.

The trip – including 4 nights accommodation, 3 evening meals, 3 lunches, and all of the above activities, costs just £99 per person – equivalent to what you could spend just for a new year night out in some Manchester venues! We’ve had some enquiries about whether people can attend for just 2 or 3 of the nights, due to other commitments. You’re more than welcome to do so (and in fact this is usually fairly common on the new year trips), but the full price still applies – most of the cost of the trip is for the accommodation, which we’re still liable to pay the YHA for, however full we are each night.

Organiser:

Becky Lea and Catherine Mellor

Booking:

To book please email beckysarahlea@hotmail.com

Cost:

£99

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