Welcome

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.

Contacts:

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

enquiries@dunstablebogtrotters.co.uk

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

Next 20 Events   to view the complete programme click here
Saturday 27th May 2017
Mentmore Walk
Half-day
Mike 07594 577129

Mike's walk covers a variety of paths, a canal and some hills. The walk (around 7 miles) will start and finish in Mentmore.  Notify Mike if you wish to meet at Mentmore.


10am French's Avenue car park.
Finish-1.30pm. 7 miles.

Saturday 27th May 2017
Mentmore Arts Festival
Social/Arts
Gill - 07903 801203

Opportunity to enjoy Mentmore's Arts Festival and have a social afternoon with fellow Boggies.  The visit is scheduled to join up with Mike's walk around 1.30pm at The Stag pub.  There will be 60 local talented artists exhibiting at the festival.  To find out more visit  http://mentmore-arts-festival.co.uk/ . There will be a bar and refreshments tent at the festival serving light lunches/drinks.  Alternatively, you could bring a packed lunch or picnic.  Return to Dunstable late afternoon.  Arrange transport to come back at your preferred time.
Meet at 10am French's Avenue car park.


1.30 The Stag pub in Mentmore.
Late afternoon

Sunday 28th May 2017
Hughenden Circular
Day Walk
Alan 07957438153
The terrain is mainly flat with a few slight hills on well worn paths. The walk is a repeat of the eventful one last year so this time we park opposite The Wheel 100 Main Road
Naphill Bucks. HP14 4QA. on the A4128. We head north climbing the hill to  Pigotts Wood, then onto Hampden Common turning at The Chiltern Way Path. Then down through Monkton Wood to Speen's Baptist church.  We pass the RAF High Wycombe Airbase and enter Courns Wood onto Naphill Common. After stopping to visit walker friendly CAMRA Inn http://thewheelnaphill.com we continue towards the Hughenden Mannor Estate past Downley Common. Hughenden Manor, owned by the National Trust was the former home of Benjamin Disraeli.  We pass the by the church in the grounds of the estate and cross a busy road.  We climb the Hughenden Valley and Cryers Hill  and return to The Harrow.

Journey time to start 1 hr 26 mls.

9.30 Yum Yum
12 mls 5 pm

Thursday 1st June 2017
Slide Show
Social
Don 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Thursday 1st June 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 3rd June 2017
Woburn Sands
David 07477004170
A circular walk from the main car park in Woburn Sands taking in Salford, Cranfield and Aspley Guise.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 13 ml. Return about 16.30.

Saturday 3rd June 2017
Streatley to Upper Sundon Linear
Short and easy
Julian 07979 435856
A stroll from the allotments car park by the A6 roundabout at Streatley, past Sharpenhoe Clappers and over to Upper Sundon. We will aim to have a car parked at Upper Sundon to ferry drivers back to Streatley

Meet at Priory School at 10am
Return at 2 pm approx Distance 5 miles.

Sunday 4th June 2017
Aylesbury Outer Ring part 8
Half-day Walk
Don 01582 601852
Don is leading this easy-paced linear walk, starting at Oving and finishing in Quainton. The route is via North Marston and Quanton Hill, where we will stop for refreshments.

9:30 French's Ave
About 2.0 p.m. 5 mls

Thursday 8th June 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 10th June 2017
Willington Cardington Loop
Half-day Walk
Alan 07957438153
We start at St Lawrence's Church (13th century) and walk past the Dovecotes and King Henry's Stables (both part of a manor 16th century in the barony of Bedford ) along the track of the old Bedford to Sandy railway line, towards Cople and Cardington Hangers. The hangers were built in 1924 for the R101 airship which crashed in Beauvais in France killing all on board. They are now used by the Airlander (http://cardington.weebly.com)This area is part of the 60 square miles of Marston Vale Forest which intends to be 30% trees. On the return we pass the Frosts garden centre and the Crown Inn (freehouse food real ales http://www.thecrownwillington.com),  for those who would like refreshments. The walk continues past Willington Lock with views over the River Ouse.

Park near St Lawrence's Church, Church Road, Willington MK44 3PX

9:30 French's Ave
2 pm 5 mls

Sunday 11th June 2017
Woburn Circular.
Day Walk.
Mike 07594577129.
A circular walk from Woburn  taking in Eversholt. A easy to medium walk with a pub lunch stop.

10am at Frenchs Ave car park.
Return late afternoon.
Distance max 10 miles.

Sunday 11th June 2017
Summer delights in Houghton Regis Chalk Pit
Short/easy walk
Peter 07732 418260
A short fairly easy walk (few steps/inclines) round Houghton Regis chalk-pit Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Walk includes  - flowers, bushes, rushes, birds, butterflies? + views of develpments in M1/A5 link project
Option of pub lunch after at the Old Red Lion, Bedford Road

Meet at French's Ave car park at 9.30 am
Return about 1.00pm (2.30+if having lunch) Approx 4.5/5.0 miles

Wednesday 14th June 2017
London Colney to St Albans Station .
Mike's Midweek Walk
Mike 07594577129
Catching the No 35 to St Albans to pick up the No 84/84a to London Colney where we pick up the River Colne, on to Colney Heath, towards Smallford to pick up the old Hatfield Railway line back to St Albans Station to catch the No 34/35 back to Dunstable.

Chance of  a detour to Morrison's for refreshments.

Note there is a variety of paths with a couple of stiles.



NOTE---CHANGE OF MEETING TIME & BUS NUMBER.

Meet 8.45am at West St bus stop to catch the 8.53am No 35 to St Albans.
Return by 3pm.
Distance max 7 miles.

Thursday 15th June 2017
Slide Show
Social
Don 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Thursday 15th June 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

Friday 16th June 2017
Kimbers Men/Edlesborough Festival
Live music event.
edlefest.site123.me
Kimber's Men/Edlesborough Festival - tickets now available! Kimber's Men sing sea shanty's and sea songs in close acapella harmonies with several instrument guitars,whistles, harmonium and bodhran.    Kimbers Men will be at the Edlesborough Festival on Friday 16th June along with a line up of other singers and musicians.   Tickets are around £12.00 and can be purchased online through the Edlefest website (with a booking fee) or in person at the village shop.   Early booking recommended.  Link for more info and tickets - http://edlefest.site123.me/

Doors open 6.30pm. Starts 7.30pm
Finish - 10.30pm

Saturday 17th June 2017
Melchbourne - Yelden
Day Walk
Cliff 07766 958133 Alan 07957438153
We need an earlier start for the journey up the A6 to North Bedfordshire. Our route begins in the village of Melchbourne where we walk around the boundary of Melchbourne park and passing Worley's Wood before heading west passing a Norman Motte & Bailey earthworks circa 1300 towards Yelden and the Three Shires Way. There will be a pub stop at the Chequers of Yelden which serves a good food and beer (Doom Bar, Theakstons Peculiar, XB).  The walk continues along the Three Shires Way (with good views over North Bedfordshire) beside the river Til to the photogenic hamlet of Shelton passing a church. (we also pass a shortcut path leading back to Melchbourne if needed).  We then walk to Upper Dean with a church and the Three Compasses (freehouse pub also serves food). To complete the loop we walk towards Swineshead crossing the road to take the return path to Melchbourne.

It is an hours drive to Melchbourne 12 miles north of Bedford Grid Ref Sheet 153 029 654. TL02875 65430. Park in the road in Park Drive near St Mary Magdalene church MK44 1BB.

9:00 Priory School
5 pm13 mls

Sunday 18th June 2017
Aylesbury Outer Ring part 9 Quainton - Waddesdon
Half-day Walk
Don 01582 601852
Don is leading this easy-paced circular walk, starting and finishing in Waddesdon. We walk from Waddesdon heading north-east to Pitchcott Hill, and then west to Quainton village, where a stop will be made for refreshments (pub if required). We then continue along the Aylesbury Ring back to Waddesdon.

9:30 French's Ave
About 3.0 p.m. 8 mls

Thursday 22nd June 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 24th June 2017
Midsummer Madness.
Half-day Walk
Sue Jenkins 07443016095
This is nothing to do with Midsummer Murders! A pleasant walk finishing in a lunch at a pub or a picnic. Details to be sorted. Watch this space. Good weather needed.


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