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.


Historical Weekends

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2015 Weekends

20th – 22nd February 2015 Hadrian’s Wall - FULLY BOOKED

Details:

We will be staying at Gibb Hill Farm which is located near Hexam in Northumberland and near one of the best parts of Hadrian’s wall. The price includes one evening meal, two lunches and two breakfasts. We will be eating at a nearby bar for the second night.

Organiser:

John Ireland

Booking:

Fully Booked. To get yourself onto the waiting list, please email johnaj.ireland@virgin.net

Places:

18

Cost:

£45

13th – 15th March 2015 Yorkshire Dales Weekend

Details:

A weekend with walks at Malham Cove and the hills around Settle. Located in Wharfedale the bunk barn accommodation is of a very good standard with twin rooms throughout. Breakfast and an evening meal on the Saturday night is included in the price.

Organiser:

Owain Roberts

Booking:

Booking opens on Monday 13th January by email: owain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk

Places:

20

Cost:

£60

20th - 22nd March 2015 Introduction to Navigation for Walkers at Northern College, near Barnsley

Details:

Are you interested in learning how to use a map and compass and increase your skills in navigation? We have been allocated 8 places on an introductory course at Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough near Barnsley. The residential course commences on Friday afternoon and finishes around Sunday lunchtime. You will learn how to take bearings, use grid references and become familiar with Ordnance Survey maps. Hopefully this would encourage you to lead a walk/s for MAD Walkers in the future, and our existing walk leaders will always be willing to help with this.

Organiser:

John Ireland

Booking:

If you wish to apply for the course, you will need to be a member of MAD Walkers. Booking will open on Friday 5th December at 8pm. As places are limited, please only apply if you can definitely take your place. Contact walks@madwalkers.org.uk

Once the 8 places have been allocated the attendees will be sent an application form to fill in and will be put in touch with each other by email so that car shares can be arranged.

This is a joint course with Manchester Weekend Walkers.

Places:

8

Cost:

Free

3rd - 6th April 2015: Easter in Glencoe & The Scottish Western Highlands - FULLY BOOKED

Organiser:

Steve Rawlins, Steve Jones, Rick Connor

Details:

We’ll be staying at the Glencoe Independent Hostel, which is situated just off the A82 road (one of the most beautiful drives in the UK!) and just 30 minutes South of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands

Within the cost is three nights’ accommodation including breakfast and lunch each day and 2 lovely evening meals. We will also be hoping to visit a local and highly recommended pub for dinner on one of the evenings.

We’re blessed with some great walk leaders and we'll be offering 2 maybe even 3 walks per day ranging from walks that require winter equipment or quite strenuous to more moderate and easier walks - basically something for everyone. If you have winter equipment (and are experienced at using it) please let us know at time of booking so we can factor this into the walk schedule.

*Weather permitting* we may also do a walk up the glorious Ben Nevis.

Booking:

Opens Sunday 1st Feb at 20:00. Please email awandering@googlemail.com to book

Places:

21

Cost:

£69 Includes 3 nights’ accommodation and food (3 x breakfasts, 3 x lunches and 2 x dinner)


1st - 4th May 2015: Gower Peninsula

Organiser:

Becky Lea

Details:

We will be staying in the beautiful YHA at Port Eynon. This hostel is a converted Lifeboat House, at a beach side location with fantastic sea views. We will be staying at the hostel on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights of the first May bank holiday weekend and will be going to the pub for a meal in the evening on the Friday. To extend the weekend, there is the optional extra to stay somewhere halfway on the Thursday night (probably Cheltenham), for which there would be an extra cost. More details on this will be provided nearer the time after booking.

Booking:

Opens on Monday 9th February 2015. Please email chair@madwalkers.org.uk to book.

Places:

30

Cost:

£55. Includes 3 nights accommodation and food (3 x breakfasts, 3 x lunches and 2 x dinner)


28th - 31st August 2015: The Only Way Is Essex

Organiser:

Owain Roberts

Details:

A 3 night Bank Holiday weekend exploring North Essex and the Olympic parkland of East London. Located in the Stour Valley the accommodation is of a good standard and is only a short distance from the landscapes where the painter John Constable created many of his works. The weekend is likely to comprise a city, country and coastal walk on each of the 3 days. Breakfast on each of the days, an evening meal on the Sunday night and train travel to London on the Saturday is included in the price.

Booking:

Booking opens on Monday 18th May by email: owain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk

Places:

20

Cost:

£79


28th - 31st August 2015: Snowdonia Hiking and Scrambling Weekend

Organiser:

Rick Connor

Details:

A 3 night stay in Ogwen Valley, at the heart of the unique and beautiful landscape of the mountains of North Snowdonia - the Carneddau, Tryfan and the Glyders, and the Snowdon horseshoe. The weekend will focus on attaining these higher summits, which will likely include easier Grade 1 scrambling (North ridge of Tryfan) and optionally doing part or all of the Welsh 3000s (all 15 summits over 3000 feet) and harder scrambling (e.g. Crib Goch and Bristly Ridge) subject to walk leader availability.

We are based at Idwal Cottage YHA, where 3 rooms are booked for our own use. The cost includes 2 evening meals (one on arrival), but you will need to provide your own breakfast and lunch materials (milk will be provided). We'll likely eat out one night at a local pub.

Booking:

Booking opens Sunday 21st June, 9pm by emailing snowdonia@madwalkers.org.uk

Places:

12

Cost:

£69


30th October - 1st November 2015: Llangollen Weekend - FULLY BOOKED

Organiser:

Jon Buckland & Kathy Macdermid

Details:

Back by popular demand, were heading to Llangollen (1 hour 20 mins drive from Manchester) to stay in Llangollen's only 5 star hostel! We will be arriving Friday night and having dinner in the hostel. Saturday's walk will involve getting the steam train out of Llangollen and then a linear walk back - price of the steam train ride is included in the cost of the weekend! Saturday night will involve a pub dinner. Sunday will have a more easy going walk potentially taking in some of the sites around Llangollen. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Booking:

This is now fully booked. Please email jwbuckland@hotmail.com to be put onto the waiting list.

Places:

20

Cost:

£60


27th - 29th November 2015: Kielder Forest weekend

Organiser:

Owain Roberts

Details:

An early winter weekend staying on the doorstep of the Kielder Forest Park. Locally there is a variety of terrain including hills, moorland and woodland and the walks across the two days are likely to encompass elements of all 3. Hadrians Wall is also only a short drive away. Accommodation is provided at a recently constructed eco-bunkhouse which has won a number of awards for its design. Breakfast on each of the days, and an evening meal on the Saturday night is included in the price.

Booking:

Booking opens on Monday 7th September by email: owain_roberts5@hotmail.co.uk

Places:

24

Cost:

£64


30th December 2015 - 2nd January 2016: New Year weekend in Caernarfon

Organiser:

Becky Lea & Myles Heywood

Details:

This year we will be staying at Totters Independent Hostel which is situated in the heart of the historic castle town of Caernarfon. Sheltered by the castle's town wall, we will be only 30 metres from the shores of the Menai Straits and hopefully will get to see some fantastic sunsets. Walks will be confirmed nearer the time but there is a wide range of options in the world-class areas of Anglesey and Snowdonia which are both close by.

We will be staying for 3 nights this year rather than the 4 nights that has been the norm previously, and of course it goes without saying that along with evening activities on the other two nights, we will be holding the famous MAD New Year’s Eve fancy dress party extravaganza. This year the theme is a simple one – just come as a historical figure you admire and would most have liked to meet/ have dinner with/ share a taxi with etc. As previously, be as creative in your interpretation of that as you like!!.

Booking:

Booking opens on Friday 18th September at 9:00 by email: publicity@madwalkers.org.uk

Places:

28

Cost:

£80


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