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

 

New Year 2018/19 in Llangollen

Saturday 29th December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019 (3 or 4 nights)

Organisers: Debbie W, Brendan & Andy

Cost: £123 per person for a twin or double room with a room-mate of your choice. £114pp for the other shared rooms.

Places: 24

Details: Join Weekend Walkers for New Year in a 4* hostel in the centre of the lively town of Llangollen. Llangollen has numerous cafés, pubs, restaurants and independent shops and has been called a walker's paradise because of the stunning scenery and location. There is the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct within walking distance, plus Offa's Dyke, Castell Dinas Bran, a heritage railway and plenty of other attractions. There might even be a social club with bingo ;-)

There will be 24 places available with the emphasis on more single or lower bunk beds and plenty of space as we are leaving a number of the available beds unoccupied. We will also have a number of rooms available as twin or double at a slightly higher price. This year, there are 4 nights available if you wish or you are free to come for fewer nights - either way, the price is the same.
There are 3 twin/double rooms available this year which will be made available for 2 people to share:
1 en-suite with a double bed (plus bunk bed)
1 double (with single bunk above) sink in room, not en-suite
1 twin room, sink in room, not en-suite
The remainder will be single sex, bunk bed accommodation, some en-suite, some with a bathroom on the same floor shared with another room.

The hostel lives up to the 4* rating and has a well equipped kitchen, dining room and a separate cosy lounge.
We will provide food for breakfast, partial packed lunches (bring your own sandwich filling) and a group evening meal on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
There will be led walks which have already been reccied by volunteers but also free time to take advantage of everything else which is on offer in the town & the surrounding area.
We will need volunteers to plan & cook the communal evening meals. This year, when making your request for a place, please state if you are willing to volunteer for the following tasks: Cooking a communal evening meal which could be for up to 12 people (V or non-V), shopping for the food or co-ordinating car sharing/lifts.
Car parking may incur a daily cost: however, there is free overnight parking in the public car park behind the hostel (charges apply during the day) or a cheaper long stay car park a couple of streets away. The hostel owners advise that the single yellow line parking restrictions in front of the hotel only apply during the summer months and that parking there is free during winter.
Please note that it is usually hostel policy to request a bed plan for fire safety purposes so your room will be allocated before you arrive.

Booking: Booking opens on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 19:00 by email to: weekends email address from this date/time. Bookings will not be looked at or accepted prior to this time. If you wish to book a twin/double room please state this at the time of booking and copy in your room-mate. In the event that these rooms are over-subscribed, names will be placed in a hat and anybody not allocated one of the twins/double will be allocated a bed in the shared rooms. The deadline for applying for these rooms is 23rd October.
A £60 deposit will be required within 5 days to secure your place with the balance payable by 15th November. Payment in full also welcomed and appreciated. If you do use the deposit option, please set yourself a reminder to pay the balance by the due date.
Due to limited numbers and popularity, priority will be given to Manchester Weekend Walkers members but we will also consider a request from members of other local groups who actively participate.

 

Leeds Brewery weekend

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th January 2019 (2 nights)

Organisers: Debbie & Brendan

Details: Join Weekend Walkers on our annual brewery weekend, this time in Leeds for a visit to the Northern Monk Brewery Tap on Friday night.

Booking: Self-booking. A number of us have booked into the Ibis - Leeds centre on Marlborough Street, LS1.
We have picked this hotel because of its proximity to both the railway station and the brewery. Register for Le Club Accor email updates and you may receive a discount code. Other hotels are available. If you are coming along, please send an email to weekends email address with the names of everybody booked on.

 

Easter 2019 in Northumberland

Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019 (3 nights)

Organiser: TBC

Cost: £TBC.

Places: 16 (8 x 2 bedded rooms)

Details: TBC.

Booking: TBC. Bookings can only be made through the weekend organiser via the group booked places. Any enquiries received in advance will not be considered.

 

August 2019 in the Yorkshire Dales

Friday 23rd August 2019 to Monday 26th August 2019 (3 nights)

Organiser: TBC

Cost: £TBC.

Places: 20+

Details: Join Weekend Walkers in the village of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales. There will be 20+ places in a mixture of double, twin and bunk bed style accommodation - some en-suite - in a building which was originally built as a hotel in Victorian times. There is a large double kitchen, a dining room and a large lounge with open fire and we have sole use of the accommodation.

Booking: TBC in 2019 - bookings can only be made via the weekend organisers in the noted accommodation. Any emails received prior to booking opening will not be considered.

 

New Year 2019/20 in Derbyshire

Monday 30th December 2019 to Thursday 2nd January 2020 (3 nights)

Organiser: TBC

Cost: £TBC.

Places: TBC

Details: To be confirmed in 2019.

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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