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
Thursday 20th July 2017
Wetherspoon Wander
Alan 07957438153
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 22nd July 2017
Warden Hills to Barton Hills
Day Walk
Tony Woodward 07594532429
Starting in Bramingham we walk over Warden Hills to Hexham then over Barton Hills. Before we return to Brammingham. We will have a pub and tea shop stop at Hexton.

Meet Bramingham pub car park, Freemans Ave off Whitehorse Vale next t0 Sainsburys

10.00 am Bramingham Pub CP
4.0 pm 10 mls

Sunday 23rd July 2017
Boggies Summer BBQ
Social
Alan 07957 438153
Venue will be Simon Plumley's garden opposite Dunelm's store. Alan and his team will be cooking and this year providing the salads and desserts although he may call on some of you for some help with these. Bring your own drinks, cutlery etc. and seating. £6 per head payable to Alan by 13 July. It will assist planning if you could text Alan that you will be coming along. Also if you are a vegetarian.

Cheques: Alan Plumley 25 Manor Park Houghton Regis LU5 5BU

1 p.m. 69 Luton Rd. Dunstable
1 til 6pm

Wednesday 26th July 2017
Hambleton/Marlow.
Chris & John's Mid Week Walk
Chris 07836 310262
John 07840 819739.
A short walk of 4 or 5 miles, all on the level.
WARNING: Long bus journeys to and from location with potential alterations due to possible delays on the bus interconnections. If time permits refreshments in Marlow.
Route.            Depart.                  Arrive.
61.             West St 09.17.               Aylesbury 10.24.
300           Aylesbury 10.30.          H.Wycombe 11.20.
800.         H.Wycombe 11.35.       Hambleden Mill End 12.06.
Return.
800.            Marlow 14.10.            H Wycombe 14.29.
300.            H.Wycombe 14.40.   Aylesbury 15.45.
61.               Aylesbury 15.55.         Dunstable 17.12

9.10 Yum Yum bus stop
Rtn as bus timetable 4/5 mls

Thursday 27th July 2017
Wetherspoon Wander
Alan 07957438153
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 29th July 2017
Aley Green & Woodside Circular.
Half-day walk
Mike 07594577129
Starting in & finishing in Markyate the walk takes in Aley  Green &  Woodside with a possible detour to Harpers for refreshments. Classed as a easy to medium walk with the possibility of 2 stiles.

9.30 am Priory School
1-2 pm. 5miles

Sunday 30th July 2017
Melchbourne - Yelden
Day Walk
Cliff 07766 958133
Alan 07957 438153
This walk in the quiet countryside of North Bedfordshire has been shortened and replaces the previous one which was cancelled. Our route begins in the village of Melchbourne where we walk around the boundary of Melchbourne park and pass through Worley's Wood before heading west passing a Norman Motte & Bailey earthworks circa 1300 towards Yelden and the Three Shires Way. There will not be a pub stop at the Chequers of Yelden which is now closed. Please bring along a picnic lunch. 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 a visit to the Three Compasses (http://www.thethreecompasses.co.uk/ a 17th century free-house pub which also serves food). To complete the loop we walk the final two miles back 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.

Linear walk starting from the Garden Centre Tring  via the Grand Union canal, the Cow Roast lock , up to Wiggington then down to Tring. Classed as a medium walk on a variety of paths & hills. Chance of refreshments at the end in Tring. Meet 9.10am West St to catch the 9.17 No 61 Aylesbury bus.


9.10 West St bus stop
3 pm approx. 7 mls

Thursday 10th August 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 10th August 2017
Wetherspoon Wander
Alan 07957438153
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 12th August 2017
Ashridge and Little Gaddesden
Half-day walk
Olwen 01582 608951
Olwen will lead an easy paced walk from Ashridge monument to Little Gaddesden and back. Gill is organising an afternoon picnic starting at 1.30pm.

Priory School 9.30am (or Ashridge Vistor's Centre at 9.50am)
5-6mls. Walk finish 1.30pm

Saturday 12th August 2017
'Pot-Luck' picnic event at Ashridge!
Social Event
Gill - 07903 801203
gmorris09@hotmail.co.uk
Please bring either a homebaked cake, sandwiches, fruit, salad, or surprise us with a plate/dish to share.  Please bring your own drink (alchoholic or non).  You can store your food in the car if you're doing the morning Ashridge walk - you may need to keep it in a coolbag with ice blocks (you know those refreezable ones) especially if it's a hot day.   Please provide serving tools/plastic picnicware if possible.  Disposable plates, cutlery and napkins will be provided. There'll be loos nearby and you can buy coffee/ice-cream at the visitor's centre. You can bring a foldable chair if you prefer and frisbees/games if you like.   Let Gill know if you're attending please (to get an idea of numbers).  Gill will coordinate this event to ensure we have a good range of savoury/sweet food.

1.30pm - monument area (after the morning walk)
Mid-late afternoon

Sunday 13th August 2017
Arlesey Circular
Day Walk
Mike 07594577129
A circular starting at Arlesey crossing the boundaries of Beds & Herts. Passing by the lavender fields of Hitching Lavender. Medium to hard walk on a variety of paths with a pub lunch stop.

9am Yum Yum car park.
Late afternoon 10 miles plus.

Thursday 17th August 2017
Tour of Ashridge House 2017
Visit
John Buckley johnnvbuckley@gmail.com
Some Bogtrotters are intending to join a tour around Ashridge House (Postcode: HP4 1NS) and gardens on Thursday 17th August, commencing at 2pm.  Cost is £12 (or £8 for concessions) for the tour of the house or £19 (or £14 for concessions) for both the house tour and a tour of the extensive gardens. The price includes tea/coffee and a slice of cake. The combined tour lasts about 2.5 hours. John B has done the tour and thoroughly recommends it. More details of the college are available on their website. http://www.ashridgehouse.org.uk/about-ashridge-house/ If you wish to join the the tour,please book directly with Ashridge+44 (0)1442 841009 or email house.admin@ashridge.hult.edu to book. Meredith Young is administering the bookings. Cash payment is taken upon arrival; please aim to arrive by 1.45pm at the main reception desk. Should you be unable to make 17th August the tour is repeated on Thursdays throughout August.

1.45pm main reception

Saturday 19th August 2017
Walking in North Yorkshire
Trip
Alan 07957438153 alan.plumley@ntlworld.com
Walking Cleveland Way North Yorks . Trip is scheduled to commence on Sat August 19th returning on Sat September 2nd 2017. Hill and coastal walking. Booking is now closed but you are welcome to join us if you make your own arrangements: Whitby 19 Aug to 24 Aug, Boggle Hole 24 Aug to 26 Aug, Helmsley 26 Aug to 30 Aug, Osmotherley 30 Aug to 2 Sept.

Preparatory meeting will be At Sylvia's 8 pm. Weds 2nd August . Please text Alan if you will attend.


Saturday 19th August 2017
Houghton House to Maulden
Day Walk
Bessie
Start point Houghton House and it's about 6 miles across undulating countryside to Maulden and back.

9.30 Priory School

Sunday 20th August 2017
Aylesbury Outer Ring part 12
Half-day Walk
Don 01582 601852
Chearsley to Aston Sandford.  Still easy-paced, but rather further than usual.  The walk starts at Cuddington and goes via Haddenham to Aston Sandford and then returns to Cuddington via Ford and Dinton.

9:30 French's Ave
About 5:00pm 10 mls

Thursday 24th August 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

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