Call it walking, trekking, backpacking, hiking or rambling this is what the Bogtrotters do. We also organise longer hostelling weekends and tours in Britain and Abroad.

Our members are drawn from the area of Dunstable, Luton, Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The group was formed in September 1965 as the Dunstable YHA Local Group.Our programme consists of local Day Walks, Half Day Walks, Midweek meanders, Hostelling Weekends and Easter, New Year and Summer tours as well as a varied social programme.  For more information about us please visit our Welcome Page and Guidance for those attending Bogtrotters events.


Eila Goss: 07964 291892
Colin Meacham: 07835936793
Alan Plumley: 01582 752864
Julian Clark-Lowes: 07979 435856
Sue Jenkins: 01582 865966
Roger Pepworth: 01582 538414


For information re social events social@dunstablebogtrotters.co.uk

Next 20 Events   to view the complete programme click here
Friday 15th December 2017
Christmas Meal & Party Night
Gill - gmorris09@hotmail.co.uk
07903 801203
FULLY BOOKED - After last year's big success, the venue is the Market Cross, Dunstable.  34 members are booked for the evening.  There will be a DJ same as last year so you can boogie or chat and mingle at your table. Please keep a note of what you've ordered.  Here's the menu - just click!  https://marstons.azureedge.net/media/562556/festive-c.pdf?v=

12pm midnight

Saturday 16th December 2017
Bogtrotters Grand Christmas Day Out
Half-day walk
Julian 07979 435856
A short walk from Redbourn down the River Ver into St Albans, past Verulamium and the Fighting Cocks and up to the Abbey. It looks as if this year the path through Gorhambury should be open, so hopefully we won't have to walk along the road. We will be stopping for a pub lunch in St Albans. The Abbey is having a Carol Service on the hour every hour up until 4pm, a Christmas market will be open in the Vintry Garden next to the Abbey. Buses run back to Redbourn or direct to Dunstable at 5 minutes past the hour until 6.05 pm. Distance approx 5 miles and then in and around St Albans as you wish, back on the 4, 5 or 6 o'clock bus.  Meet at 10/10.15 Priory School or at Redbourn (by the fire station) or in St Albans. We'll hang on a little while as it is the Boggies party at the Market Cross the night before.

Note the start time has been altered on this walk from the original start shown in the printed programme.

Also unfortunately Gorhambury is now showing the path as closed so I'm afraid it's along the road again for the last part into St Albans!

10/10.15 Priory School
As above. 5 miles.

Sunday 17th December 2017
Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Zoo
David 07477004170
A circular walk from the Yum Yum taking in views from the Downs and of the zoo on paths between Dunstable, Studham and Kensworth.

09.30 Yum Yum/Wilko car park
About 12 ml. Return about 16.30.

Thursday 21st December 2017
Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
Finish about 16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 23rd December 2017
Cliff's Mince Pie Ramble
Short Walk & Social
Cliff 07766 958133
A relaxed, and easy stroll over to the Downs-Whipsnade area returning to Cliff's house about 1.30pm for a festive social afternoon. Warm mulled wine/beer/beverages with mince pies & nibbles. Cliff is kindly promising walkers a homely Christmas with a log fire, decorations and Christmas tree.  Please notify Gill or Cliff if you are attending as it will help with the planning.

10.30am Priory School
Mid afternoon. 5 mls.

Sunday 24th December 2017
Christmas Eve Walk
Day walk
Alan 07957438153
A easy paced circular walk from Dunstable to Houghton Regis chalk pit, Sewell, Eaton Bray, Dunstable Downs golf club and back to car park. We will be making a pub stop at The White Horse at 12 noon. Upon return, we will then join other Boggies in the Gary Cooper for a jolly afternoon. Please advise me if you want to meet us enroute.

10.30 am Yum Yum car park
3 pm. 8 mls

Sunday 24th December 2017
Festive 'Booze n' Schmooze'
Gill 07903 801203/Alan 07957 438153
Drinks and a festive social time at the Gary Cooper pub, Dunstable - 3pm onwards...all welcome.  Alan and the walkers will arrive around 4pm.  Non-alcoholic/hot drinks are also available!  Merry Christmas!


Wednesday 27th December 2017
Shropshire-Wilderhope Manor
Gill 07903 801203. gmorris09@hotmail.co.uk
This walking-hostelling trip will be from Dec 27th-Dec 31st.   We will stay 4 nights in the heart of Shropshire at Wilderhope YHA - an Elizabethan Grade I listed building, recently re-furbished.  Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements for accommodation. We'll be walking around the Wenlock Edge/National Trust area of Shropshire.  There'll be a variety of daily walks led by Don/other walk leaders.  We'll visit some pub/restaurants and you could take a rest day to explore Shrewsbury-the local area.  Cost per night is approx £20.00 and we'll be staying in rooms of about 4-5 for privacy and comfort (unless you specify otherwise).  Private rooms are limited.   Please contact Gill if you want to book a place - and send a £50.00 deposit to Colin (see email from Colin). We will have a planning meeting nearer the time to organise car-sharing and food/catering.

Thursday 28th December 2017
Wetherspoon to Wetherspoon
(Dunstable to Leighton Buzzard)
David 07477004170
A variation on the Wetherspoon Wander: join me for a birthday walk from the Gary Cooper to the Swan in Leighton Buzzard. Pat should be with me to ensure any celebrations don't get out of hand. Catch 70 or F70 bus back to Dunstable.

09.00 at Gary Cooper
About 12 mls

Saturday 30th December 2017
Walk leader required

Sunday 31st December 2017
Day walk
Walk leader required

Monday 1st January 2018
Houghton Regis
Short easy walk
Peter Jackson - 07732 418260
New Year's Day walking around the houses.  Meet at Peter's 40 Bidwell Hill HR LU5 5EP for coffee, nibbles and mulled wine. From there (about 11.30) we'll walk through Houghton Regis chalk-pit or Houghton Hall Park, returning back to Peter's or elsewhere in HR (if someone offers) for food/drinks until about 4.00pm. Let Peter know if you'll want some food afterwards. 
15 Dec An update from Peter: Given my current state of health I'll probably stay home and host it from there before/after the walk. Let me know if you're coming and what food you can contribute or say if you'll put money in the collection pot instead. I'll do mulled wine/coffee/nibbles at the start and homemade soup/rolls quiche pudding etc at the end.

From 10.30 am at Peter's house
Late afternoon 4.5/5.0 mls

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Thursday 4th January 2018
Ivinghoe Beacon to Dunstable
David 07477004170
09.17 61 bus to Ivinghoe Beacon. Walk back to Dunstable via Beacon, Ashridge Monument, Dagnall, Zoo, Downs.

09.10 Lombardo's bus stop West St.
About 12 ml. Finish about 16.00.

Saturday 6th January 2018
David 07477004170
09.03 35 bus to Redbourn. Walk back to Dunstable via Flamstead and Markyate and Kensworth Quarry.

08.55 at Lombardo's bus stop, West Street.
About 12 ml. Finish about 16.00

Thursday 11th January 2018
Edlesborough to Leighton Buzzard
David 07477004170
09.17 61 bus to Edlesborough. Walk to Leighton Buzzard station via Ivinghoe Aston, Mentmore, Ledburn, Wing. Get 70/F70 bus (about half-hourly) back to Dunstable.

09.10 at Lombardo's bus stop, West St.
About 12 ml.

Sunday 14th January 2018
David 07477004170
A circular walk from Little Brickhill, including Bow Brickhill, Caldecotte Lake, the GU canal and Great Brickhill.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 12 ml. Return about 16.00

Thursday 25th January 2018
David 07477004170
08.48 35 bus to Redbourn. Walk back to Dunstable.

08.40 at Lombardo's bus stop West Street.
About 12 ml.

Saturday 3rd February 2018
Ivinghoe Beacon
David 07477004170
09.07 61 bus to Ivinghoe Beacon. Walk via Ashridge (stopping at Brownlow Cafe), Whipsnade and the Downs back to Dunstable.

09.00 at Lombardo's bus stop West Street.
About 12 ml. Finish about 16.00

Thursday 8th February 2018
East of Luton
David 07477004170
09.10 A busway bus to Kimpton Road, Luton for a circular walk on the far side of the airport. Busway bus back to Dunstable.

09.00 at Asda bus stop.
About 12 ml.


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