Rambings April to June 2011

Hello,

Welcome to the April to June Programme of Walks and Trips. We have had a very successful start to the year with good attendances at all our various events be they social, walks or trips. With spring and summer ahead the 2011 season looks to be a interesting one with trips to the Brecon Beacons, Norway, Bulgaria, The Gower as well as an increased variety of walks and social activities to look forward to.

One of the things that I think make the Bogtrotters stand out from other walking groups is the very varied range of activities that we offer and the variety of walking abilities and backgrounds of our members.  Ours is a group that contains several sub-groups; the short walkers, the longer distance walkers, those who enjoy a relaxed hostelling weekend away, those who like to get away for a more challenging week or so in the mountains, as well as those who attend our social activities.

However the great thing is that there is considerable overlap between all these groups, if you are a member of one of them it is easy to join and to take part in any of the others, and still know that you will see some familiar and friendly faces.

It is interesting to see that some members have joined us and initially been uncertain as to whether they can complete a 5 mile walk, but subsequently gain strength and confidence and end up becoming regulars on longer walks and

then weekends away.

This is one of our great strengths.  If the pace of a short walk is a little too relaxed for you then there are more challenging options in the programme.  If you are joining us for the first time you might need to come out a few times in order to find your level.  However if on a particular day, you find that you have bitten off a little more than you can chew, you can always expect the rest of the group to be supportive and nurse you home.

This is because the bogtrotters are not just a walking group but also a community of friends.

Many thanks to all the walk leaders, trip organisers, and all our other volunteers who continue to support the group in other ways.

Julian

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