The Dunstable and District Walking and Hostelling Group

Programme Oct to Dec 2017


The printed programme should be correct at 01/10/2017 but may be subject to change; for potential revisions check the website or contact the event leader.

Sunday 1st October 2017HaddenhamJulia 07958082009
Circular walk in the Aylesbury Vale. Starting from Haddenham it takes in Aston Sandford, Kingsey, Chearsley.

9.30 Yum Yum
5pm approx 10.5 miles.

Monday 2nd October 2017AGM REMINDEROlwenDavies11@hotmail.co.uk or Eila_goss@hotmail.com
The Annual General meeting is on 17th October.  All members are encouraged to attend. Please notify Olwen and copy in Eila via email of any proposals you want to put forward to the membership (or submit paper copies of your proposal to Olwen/Eila).  Also any Volunteers/Nominations for committee positions are very welcome.  Please submit these by 9th October.


Thursday 5th October 2017Stand-Up Comedy Night - Grove TheatreSocialGill - 07903 801203
The Barnstormers Stand-Up Comedy Night.  A fun evening of comedy for the Boggies and there's a bar and food available!  Event will be cabaret style in the upper foyer function area. Please buy your tickets directly from The Grove Theatre/online. Tickets are £12.50 in advance or £15.00 on the door.  Food menu is available for the night - cheaper if ordered in advance.  Click on link for more details about this event https://www.grovetheatre.co.uk/events/barnstormers-stand-up-comedy/  Meet first at the Gary Cooper pub - we can then go as a group to the venue so will have best chance of sitting together.

7.00-7.30pm at pub. Starts 8.00pm
10.30pm approx finish

Thursday 5th October 2017Wetherspoon WanderAlan 07957438153
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. 12 mls

Thursday 5th October 2017Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 7th October 2017"Stilish" walk from Ford.DayJulia 07958082009
Circular walk taking in a section of the Outer Aylesbury Ring. Includes Ford, Aston Sandford, Longwick, Princes Risborough, Kimble Wick. Relatively flat but many stiles (lots of doubles). Good views of Whiteleaf Hill and Cross on a clear day.

9.30 am French's Avenue
5 pm 12 miles approx

Sunday 8th October 2017Ashridge to Gt. GaddedenHalf-day WalkCliff 07766 958133
Cliff will be leading an easy circular walk from Ashridge Monument to Gt Gaddesden.

9.30 Yum Yum
2pm 7.5 mls

Wednesday 11th October 2017Mike's Midweek walkMike 07594577129
There will be no Mike's walk this month as he will be on holiday.


Thursday 12th October 2017Little Brickhill to ToddingtonDavid 07477004170
09.28 X31 bus to Little Brickhill. Walk via Woburn Estate to Toddington for bus to Dunstable.

09.20 at Asda bus stop.
About 12 ml.

Saturday 14th October 2017Markyate CircularDay WalkSteve 01582731026 07935273417
Scenic walk along the Hertfordshire Way through Jockey End to Gt. Gaddesden, returning along the Chiltern Way via Flamstead. Please let Steve know if you want to meet in Markyate.

9.30 Priory School
4.30 13 miles approx.

Saturday 14th October 2017Bridgewater Monument to House.Short/slow walkSue Jenkins 07443016095
By special request.  After our visit to Ashridge House in the summer we are going to walk from the monument in Ashridge to Ashridge House.  This will be through the woods at a leisurely pace.  Fairly level.

10 am Priory School
1.30 ish. 5/6 miles

Sunday 15th October 2017Woburn Walks No 1Half-day WalkDon 01582 601852
The first of four walks in the Woburn area, is an easy-paced ramble around the woods and heathland of Aspley and Wavendon.

9.30 am French's Avenue
2.00 pm. 5.5 miles

Tuesday 17th October 2017Annual General MeetingOlwen 07415 334251 OlwenDavies11@hotmail.co.uk or Eila_goss@hotmail.com
Annual General Meeting of the group. This is your chance to participate, make your views known and to elect or volunteer to become new committee members!  Please notify Olwen of proposals/agenda items and committee nominations well in advance, at latest by 9th October. This year we move back to the Victoria (rear room) an excellent real ale pub. 69 West St, Dunstable LU6 1ST (near police station).

7.45 pm Victoria West St
10.30pm approx finish

Wednesday 18th October 2017Aylesbury - Aston ClintonShort WalkChris Morley 07836310262 John Hannington 07840819739
Easy interesting walk to edge of Aylesbury. Western Turnville reservoir. Wendover Arm of Grand Union Canal to tea shop at Aston Clinton park.  9.10am West Street bus stop for 9.17am 61 bus.

9.10am West Street
2.15-3.45pm 5.5 miles

Thursday 19th October 2017Dunstable to BartonDavid 07477004170
Treat yourself to tea/coffee before walking to Barton. Catch 81 bus (hourly service on 50 min) to Luton and then it's the busway back to Dunstable.

09.00 at Gary Cooper
About 12ml.

Thursday 19th October 2017Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Friday 20th October 2017Booking & Payment RemindersGill - 07903 801203
Please ensure that you've booked and submitted payment/food orders for the upcoming meal events - Go Houghton on 5th Nov (contact Peter Jackson 07732 418260) & Christmas Meal & Party Night on 15th Dec (contact Gill  gmorris09@hotmail).  Deadlines are approaching!


Saturday 21st October 2017Tring reservoir walkHalf-day walkEila 07964291892
Reasonably easy walk round Tring reservoirs starting from Marsworth Village Hall HP23 4LR along some of the Grand Union and through Wilstone Village. Probable pub stop.
9.30  Priory. Please let Eila know if you intend to start from Marsworth.

9.30 Priory School
2.30 approx 6 mls

Sunday 22nd October 2017Maulden and Houghton HouseDay WalkLes 07866858992
A circular walk from Maulden, going around Maulden woods and eventually joining the Marston vale trail passing Houghton house  then stopping for lunch at Ampthill. We then follow the edge of Flitton moor before returning to Maulden.

9.30 am Frenchs Avenue
4.30 pm 11 miles.

Thursday 26th October 2017Wetherspoon 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 27th October 2017Norwich-Norfolk WeekenderTripJohn B 07976 611995
A trip to spend a weekend in Norwich-Norfolk from 27th-29th Oct.  While John initiatiated this trip, you are expected to find and book your own accommodation and make travel arrangements.  Some members have already booked B&Bs in the city staying Friday to Saturday and returning Sunday. There will be a walk around historic Norwich with its cathedral, castle and river walk.  Advice on booking accommodation is to go to  https://www.airbnb.co.uk/ or  https://www.booking.com/ .   Alternatively, you could stay on the coastal area of Norfolk  at the following YHAs - YHA Sheringham/YHA Wells-Next-To Sea.  The coastal area offers lots of activities, beach and nature reserves/a seal colony.  Travel time between Norwich and Wells is around 50-60mins by car.

Arrange your meet time if you are car-sharing
Sunday return

Saturday 28th October 2017Right Royal Walk from BlackfriarsDay walkOlwen 07415334251
Right Royal Walk in London we meet up  at Blackfriars Station at 10.21 having boarded the train at either Leagrave (9.29) Luton (9.35) or Parkway (9.39). Start with refreshments and Royal Festival Hall.  The walk is approximately 6 miles, with plenty of royal connections along the way finishing at the V&A.  Then you have a choice – do your own thing or have brief visit to V&A and then take a more direct route back to Blackfriars about three miles.

9.29 am Luton Interchange
late afternoon

Sunday 29th October 2017Woburn Walks No 2Half-day WalkDon 01582 601852
The second of the Woburn walks takes us at an easy-pace accross the Woburn Abbey estate, returning to Woburn town via Battlesdon and Potsgrove.

9.30 am French's Avenue
2.00 pm. 6.5 miles

Thursday 2nd November 2017Childwickbury to LutonDavid 07477004170
09.02 A bus to Luton Interchange. 09.40 321 bus to Childwickbury. Walk via Heartswood Forest and Wheathampstead to Luton Interchage to catch busway bus back to Dunstable.

08.55 at Asda bus stop
About 12 ml.

Thursday 2nd November 2017Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 4th November 2017Autumn in Ashridge WalkHalf-day walkGill - 07903 801203
Autumn colour trail walk through Ashridge. Trails pass through areas of Ringshall, Berkhamstead and Ashridge Estate.  Start and finish at visitor's centre.  Brownlow cafe/packed lunch stop at the end of the walk.  A moderate level walk mainly level with some inclines. This is Gill's first at walk-leading.

9.30am Priory School or 9.50 at Visitor's Centre.
2pm 5-6 mls

Sunday 5th November 2017Three LocksDavid 07477004170
This walk from the Three Locks car park includes Stoke Hammond, Drayton Parslow, Stewkley, Soulbury and stretches along the canal towpath.

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

Sunday 5th November 2017Fireworks Display/Meal at Go HoughtonPeter Jackson - 07732 418260 peterdajackson@aol.com
Join us for a spectacular fireworks display at Houghton Regis -Tithe Farm Recreation Ground.  Meal at Go Houghton afterwards (do either or both events).  Fireworks display is free.  Click for more details - https://www.evensi.com/houghton-regis-fireworks-tithe-farm-recreation-ground/212816156 .   Please book the meal ASAP as the restaurant will be very busy.  The owner has offered us a special deal - £15.00 for 3 courses and £12.50 for 2 courses (£5 supplement for steak and salmon dishes).  Email Peter with your meal choices and a £5.00 deposit per person (cash preferred). Cheques to made payable to Dunstable & District Walking & YHA Group and sent to Peter at 40 Bidwell Hill, Houghton Regis, LU5 5EP.  Balance to pay on the evening - cash preferred.  Please order from the main menu - http://www.gohoughton.com/menu-1/ .  Parking advice - road closures in place around Tithe Farm Rec Ground between 6-9pm.  For the meal - car park at the venue.

6.45pm Rec Ground Meal - 8pm
10.15pm

Wednesday 8th November 2017Ver Valley circular.Mike's Midweek WalkMike 07594577129
Starting from Redbourn taking a variety of paths  we walk to Redbournberry Mill  then up to the golf course returning down to Markyate. Hoping to visit the Cafe on the Green for refreshments on route. Classed as a easy to medium walk with some hills.
Meet 10am West St bus stop to catch the 10.12am  no 34 to St Albans

10 am West St bus stop
2-3 pm. 5-6 miles.

Thursday 9th November 2017Wetherspoon 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 11th November 2017Dunstable to HarpendenDavid 07477004170
No car sharing today. Walk from Dunstable Asda bus stop via Caddington and Pepperstock, with its potential for a tea/coffee stop at Harper's, to Harpenden. Catch bus from Harpenden to Luton; busway bus back to Dunstable.

09.30 Asda bus stop.
About 12 ml. Return about 16.30.

Sunday 12th November 2017WendoverHalf-day walkLes 07866858992

A circular walk from Wendover starting with a slow climb up Coombe hill, then we will go through Goodmerhill woods and  cross the entrance to Chequers, returning to Wendover via the  village of Ellesborough.


9.30 am Yum Yum
2.30 pm approx. 7 miles.

Thursday 16th November 2017Hatching Green to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.02 A bus to Luton Interchange. 09.40 321 bus to Hatching Green/Harpenden Common. Walk via Rothamsted, Flamstead and Markyate back to Dunstable.

08.55 at Asda bus stop
About 13 ml.

Thursday 16th November 2017Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 18th November 2017Booking & Payment ReminderGill - gmorris09@hotmail.co.uk 07903 801203
Please ensure you've submitted payment and food orders for the Christmas Meal and Party Night. 25th November is the absolute deadline.


Saturday 18th November 2017Woburn Walks No 3Half-day WalkDon 01582 601852
This easy-paced ramble takes you to the northern section of the Abbey estate (where the Safari Park is) returning to Woburn via Birchmoor.

9.30 am French's Avenue
2.30 pm. 7 miles

Sunday 19th November 2017WoburnDavid 07477004170
A circular walk from Park Street car park opposite the parish church. As always the route is fluid but should take in views of Woburn Abbey, the deer park and safari park.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 12 ml. Return about 16.30.

Sunday 19th November 2017College lake and canal Short easy walkPeter Jackson - 07732 418260
A short/easy walk round College Lake Bird Sanctuary (Tring). Some slight inclines. Cafe open.  Afterwards walk extension along GU Canal to Tring reservoirs. Options of Bluebell cafe or drink after at Grand Junction pub on the canal. Return about 1.30/2.00pm (2.30/3.00 if having a drink/snack) Peter 07732 418260 or  peterdajackson@aol.com

10.00am at Yum Yum
1.30pm 4.5/5.0 mls

Wednesday 22nd November 2017Woburn CircularChris & John's Midweek WalkChris 07836 310262. John 07840 819739
A circular walk from Woburn, classed as a easy walk with no major hills.  We hope to have time at the end for refreshments in Woburn.  We will be using the new service no 47  on both journeys.  Meet 8.50am at the Square to pick up the 47 to Ridgmont.

8.50am at the Square
3pm 7-9 miles

Thursday 23rd November 2017Wetherspoon 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 25th November 2017Silsoe CircularDay WalkJane Rouse tel 07513956213
Starting at Silsoe we will make our way round some of the villages of central Bedfordshire including Clophill and Upper Gravenhurst. Easy to medium walk

9:30 Frenchs Avenue
Mid/Late afternoon about 10 mls

Sunday 26th November 2017Potten End to Gt GaddesdenHalf-day WalkCliff 07766 958133
Potten End, Nettleden and Great Gaddesden

9.30 Yum Yum
2pm 6.5 mls

Thursday 30th November 2017Ridgmont to Leighton BuzzardDavid 07477004170
09.00 47 bus to Ridgmont. Walk to Leighton Buzzard via Woburn and Rushmere estates. Catch 70 or F70 bus back to Dunstable. Replaces original walk due to withdrawal of X31 service to MK.

08.50 at Quadrant bus stop N2 (opp. Nationwide)
About 12 ml.

Thursday 30th November 2017Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 2nd December 2017CALI-R Christmas Party (With Four Tops Tribute Band)Social-MusicGill - 07903 801203
A celebration of the music of the California Ballroom.   Featuring The American Four Tops - a tribute band.   Expect a party atmosphere and lots of  Soul, Motown, Reggea and Jazz Funk of the 60's and 70's.   An unmmissable event!   Tickets are £18.00 and can be bought from Bigstuff (clothing store), Queensway or online.  Click on this link for more info http://www.cali-r.com/. Venue is Dunstable Conference Centree (DCC), 51, High Street North.

8pm at the venue
12pm finish

Saturday 2nd December 2017Carol Singing - Houghton RegisSocial/EventAlan Plumley 07957 438153
Join some Boggies for a festive Christmas Carols & Tree Light Switch on in Houghton Regis 5pm-6pm.  Pub/meal afterwards.  More info here - http://www.houghtonregis.org.uk/event/73-carol-service-tree-light-switch-on  Please contact Alan Plumley if you'd like to attend and discuss plans for the evening.  (note that the CALI-R event starts at 8pm).

4.45pm - Outside All Saints

Saturday 2nd December 2017Woburn Walks No 4Half-day WalkDon 01582 601852
The Fourth Woburn easy-paced ramble goes across the Abbey estate, following the Greensand Ridge walk to Eversholt, and then loops round to Froxfield and Park Farm to Woburn town.

9.30 am French's Avenue
3.00 pm. 7.5 miles

Sunday 3rd December 2017Gadebridge ParkDavid 07477004170
Walk from the car park in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead, to the canal towpath which leads to Berkhamsted with its opportunities for refreshments. Then pass the castle ruins and climb steadily to Potten End before dropping down into the Gade Valley for the return to the car park.

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

Sunday 3rd December 2017Slapton winter wanderShort easy walkPeter Jackson - 07732 418260
A short easy walk from Slapton to grand Union Canal: Slapton Lock, Church Lock, Grove Lock, along River Ousel back to Slapton. Some gates & styles. Visit Carpenters Arms in Slapton at the end for lunch (under new ownership!) We meet at 10.00 am at French's Avenue and Return about 1.30/2.00pm (2.30/3.00 if having lunch). Peter 07732 418260  or peterdajackson@aol.com.

10am Frenche's Ave
1.30pm 4.5/5.0 mls

Thursday 7th December 2017Wetherspoon 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 9th December 2017Markyate CircularSteve 01582731026
Walk from Hicks Road car park to Flamstead going through scenic Hertfordshire countryside via Peperstock and Friars Wash. Possibilities for stops at tea shop and pub along the way.

09.30 Priory School
Return about 16.30 13 mls approx.

Sunday 10th December 2017Slip End wanderHalf-day walkEila 07964291892
An easy walk. Going up to Pepperstock, Slip End, touching Caddington and back to Stockwood Park. There are also nice gardens and a tea room there if people want to use them.   It is fairly flat, without stiles, but if we have rain it maybe a little muddy in places. The walk is five or six miles and we expect to return before 2.30 p.m., leaving time to change and go to the Carol service. Contact Eila if you want to begin the walk at Stockwood Park.

9.30 Yum Yum/Wilkos
2.30 pm 5-6 miles

Wednesday 13th December 2017Wednesday walkers nontraditional Christmas LunchMike's Midweek WalkMike 07594577129
Scrapping the Wednesday walkers traditional lunch for a Fish & Chip Christmas Lunch at Godfreys Harpenden.

Catching  the no 34 to Redbourn , possible cafe stop at the Common Cafe on the green before walking the Nicky Line to Harpenden for lunch. Booking required with myself by the 1st December.
Meet 10am West St bus stop to catch the 10.12am No 34 to St Albans
Note :-- Return journey back via Luton Interchange & Busway.

10.00 West St bus stop
Late afternoon. 5 mls

Thursday 14th December 2017Toddington to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.42 E bus to Toddington. Walk back to Dunstable.

09.35 at White Lion bus stop on the busway.
About 12 ml.

Thursday 14th December 2017Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Friday 15th December 2017Christmas Meal & Party NightGill - gmorris09@hotmail.co.uk 07903 801203
BOOKING NOW! - After last year's big success, the venue is the Market Cross, Dunstable. Please book with the FULL COST of your meal ASAP to guarantee a place as the venue will get fully booked. There will be a DJ same as last year so you can boogie or chat and mingle at your table. Place your meal order by emailing/texting Gill writing clearly what your choices are.  Send either £12.50 for 2 courses or £15.00 for 3 courses (cash preferred).  If you need to send a cheque please send it by post to Colin made payable to Dunstable & District Walking & YHA Group. Give cash to Gill. Please keep a note of what you've ordered and bring it on the night.  Here's the menu - just click!  https://marstons.azureedge.net/media/562556/festive-c.pdf?v=

7pm Meal 7.30pm
12pm midnight

Saturday 16th December 2017Bogtrotters Grand Christmas Day OutHalf-day walkJulian 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 09.30 Priory School or at Redbourn (by the fire station) or in St Albans.

09.30 Priory School
As above. 5 miles.

Sunday 17th December 2017Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade ZooDayDavid 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 13 ml. Return about 16.30.

Thursday 21st December 2017Wetherspoon 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 2017Mince Pie RambleDay walkCliff 07766 958133
A day walk possibly followed by returning to Cliff's house for a festive social with mince pies/nibbles and mulled wine/tea & coffee.

9.30 pm Priory School

Sunday 24th December 2017Christmas Eve Half-day walkAlan 07957438153
Walk from and around the Dunstable area before returning to the Gary Coopers.

10am Yum Yum car park
Mid Afternoon 10 mls

Sunday 24th December 2017Festive 'Booze n' Schmooze'SocialGill 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!

3pm
6-7pm

Wednesday 27th December 2017Shropshire-Wilderhope ManorTripGill 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 2017Wetherspoon 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 2017Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 31st December 2017Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Monday 1st January 2018Houghton RegisShort easy walkPeter Jackson - 07732 418260
New Year's Day walking around the houses.  Meet at Peter's at 10.30  for coffee, nibbles and mulled wine (hair of the cat?). 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. Peter 07732 418260 or peterdajackson@aol.com

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

Tuesday 2nd January 2018PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Thursday 4th January 2018Ivinghoe Beacon to DunstableDavid 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 13 ml. Finish about 16.30.

Saturday 6th January 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 7th January 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 11th January 2018Edlesborough to Leighton BuzzardDavid 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.

Saturday 13th January 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 14th January 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 18th January 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 20th January 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 21st January 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 25th January 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 27th January 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 28th January 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 1st February 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 3rd February 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 4th February 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 8th February 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 10th February 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 11th February 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 15th February 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 17th February 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 18th February 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 22nd February 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 24th February 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 25th February 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 1st March 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 3rd March 2018Day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 4th March 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 8th March 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 10th March 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 11th March 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 15th March 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 17th March 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 18th March 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 22nd March 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 24th March 2018Possible walkHalf-day walk
Walk leader required


Sunday 25th March 2018Warden Hill walkDay walkMarion 01582 658950
Walk leader to supply description later

9.30 Yum Yum or Sainsbury's Bramingham Wood
3pm 10 mls

Thursday 29th March 2018Wetherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two...

09.00 at Gary Cooper
16.30. About 12 mls

Saturday 31st March 2018Possible walkDay walk
Walk leader required


Thursday 12th April 2018Walking in DerbyshireTripAlan 07957438153 alan.plumley@ntlworld.com
A post-Easter hostel trip from Thursday 12th to Monday 16th April.  This will replace the usual Easter trip. We will be staying at Ilam Hall Ashbourne Derbyshire - This 17th Century gothic manor sits in 84 acres of National Trust parkland next to the river Manifold, with Dovedale just on its doorstep. The beautiful Youth Hostel is full of character and nestled near the church and quaint village of Ilam.

http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/ilam-hall. There is lots to do in Ashbourne and some good resturants and pubs - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g499571-zft10670-Ashbourne_Derbyshire_England.html

Derbyshire is a popular trip therefore, room bookings are completed. Please contact Alan if you want to join us and make a late Hostel booking/B&B.


Saturday 21st July 2018Walking in North WalesHotel/Hostel TripAlan 07957438153 alan.plumley@ntlworld.com
A summer trip to the river Wye and Snowdonia. We will be based in the Blue Bell Inn Llangurig "http://www.bluebell-inn.co.uk/". There are two trails to walk: The North Wye Valley Way and Glyndwr’s Way. We will also spend a day at Aberystwyth walking the coastline and maybe taking a trip on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. For those who want to include the visit to the Snowdonia National Park, we then move on to YHA Llanberis hostel. Alternatively, you will be making your own B&B/YHA arrangements. If you want to go to the top of Snowdon you can decide whether you want to take a climbing route or go up by the railway. The dates for the trip are: Llangurig Sat 21 Jul departing Sat 28 Jul and Llanberis 28 Jul departing Weds 1 Aug 2018. The Bluebell Inn web site and the Boggie’s Facebook page will give more information and photographs. For example alternative bunkhouse or camping accommodation is available at Woodhouse Farm Pant-y-dwr "http://www.bunkhousemidwales.co.uk".  Visit the YHA website to book at Llanberis YHA for the Snowdon part of the trip.


Thursday 23rd August 2018Gower Trip, S. WalesTripEila 07964291892 Eila_goss@hotmail.com
I have booked the Cwm Ivy National Trust lodge from 23rd August to 29th August. It is 10 bedded accommodation but there is room  for  campers. ttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whiteford-and-north-gower/features/cwm-ivy-lodge-bunkhouse   We may be able to squeeze in one or two more. If interested contact Eila.







Guidance for those attending Dunstable Bogtrotters events.

You walk with the Bogtrotters at your own risk.

You must ensure that you have suitable equipment, footwear and clothing, and enough food and drink for the activity being undertaken. You should carry your own first aid kit.

Do not leave the walk without telling the leader. Keep in front of the back marker when there is one and make sure that the walk leader or back marker knows if you temporarily leave the walk for a comfort break or other reason.

Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult member of their family, who will remain responsible for them at all times.

We do not allow dogs on our walks except for assistance dogs.

Before a walk starts participants are entitled to obtain a clear and, as far as  possible, accurate description of the walk. Be aware however that not every route is walked in advance and even when a path is familiar things may have changed since we were last there. Different walk leaders have developed different styles of walk introduction. Some give a formal health and safety talk, others a more general descriptive talk and others dislike the enforced formality and give only a fairly perfunctory introduction! If you are in any doubt about the walk you are going to undertake, or your own ability to complete it, you should raise your concerns with the walk leader first.

On local walks or weekend trips participants may choose to share cars or take their own. Before leaving the meeting place make it clear to the walk leader if you are prepared to take passengers, if you are willing to use your car to transfer drivers when this is necessary and if you will need to leave the walk early.

Drivers are not able to charge a fare for helping with transport, however a voluntary donation is usually made by their passengers.

Some walks are planned to be accessible by public transport. However bus times and services are subject to change so walk details will sometimes vary from those set out in the programme. It is advisable to contact the walk leader to obtain up-to-date information if public transport is involved.

Photographs of our activities, sometimes with the names of those participating, often appear on our website. If you do not wish to be photographed and possibly appear on the web, tell the event leader and they will include this notification in their introduction.

When walking as a member of the public on public footpaths in England and more generally in Britain there are well established and understood laws which govern the relationship, rights and obligations of the land owner to the walker and vice versa. When walking with a Bogtrotter walk leader you remain a member of the public, as does he/she. Nothing in the relationship between you as a walker and your walk leader adds to or alters this. By walking with us you do not improve upon your existing rights that are already well established in law.

Guests are welcome to join us for 2 or 3 walks after which they will be expected to enrol as members. Individual membership fee is currently £10 per year (01 September to 31 August.)

Location Plan...

Where we meet...
The Yum Yum, Priory School, Chews House,
French's Avenue and the Fire Station.