The Dunstable and District Walking and Hostelling Group

Programme Jan to Mar 2019


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Thursday 3rd January 2019Weatherspoon Wanderalan 07957438153
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. I propose we catch busway bus and get the 09.58 100 from station to Hitchin. We then walk back via Offley where we will have a leisurely drink at the Red Lion.  Then walk back to Stopsley and bus back. The option is to return by bus from Offley.

9 am Gary Cooper
About 9 mls

Thursday 3rd January 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 5th January 2019Sundon Hills and HarlingtonDay walkJane Rouse Tel 07513956213
Starting at Sundon Hills car park we will walk to Harlington before circling back to Sundon via Sharpenhoe and a beautiful ridge walk. One sharp climb but otherwise a gentle walk around John Bunyans “Delectable Mountains .

Priory School 9:30
8 miles approx. Return mid to late afternoon

Sunday 6th January 2019Bramingham circular walkIntermediate walkTony Woodward. 07594532429.
Starting at 10:00 from car park behind Brim and Crown,(nr Sainsburys)   walk across Bramingham Park and pass Keech Hospice, on to Upper Sundon. Then on to Sundon Hills, and Streatley with a stop at The Chequers if open, from there back across fields to the start. Easy paced, relatively flat walk. about 7.5 miles finish around 1.30 to 2:00.

Meet at the Yum Yum at 09.30 am unless you wish to go straight to Bramingham for 10.00 am

Meet at the Yum Yum at 09,30am
Return 2.00pm approx Distance 7.5 miles approx.

Wednesday 9th January 2019Mystery walk with a warn ending.Mike's Midweek WalkMike 07594577129
A leisurely walk finishing up a Staveley Rd for a warm ending, will take in all sorts of paths etc together with some hills. Classed as a medium to hard walk considering the time of year.

bus stop in West St 10.00am. We may get a bus depends on day.
Return mid afternoon. Up to 6 miles depends on day & weather.

Thursday 10th January 2019Flamstead to St AlbansDavid 07477004170
09.05 34 bus to Flamstead. Walk via the Hertfordshire Way, Gorhambury, Potters Crouch to St Albans. Return to Dunstable via 321 bus to Luton and busway bus.

08.55 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 mls

Saturday 12th January 2019Silsoe CircularIntermediate walkSue Jenkins 07443016095
Circular walk going through Lower Gravenhurst and Shillington.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30 am
Return 2.30 approx Distance 8 miles approx

Sunday 13th January 2019Aston ClintonDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Aston Clinton taking in Tring, Hastoe, Wendover Woods.

09.30 Wilko car park
About 12 ml.

Wednesday 16th January 2019Committee MeetingMeeting Carolyn or Gill



Carolyn secretary: c.cooper47@icloud.com. Venue: The Globe pub, Winfield Street, LU6 ILS. Meeting open to members to attend to observe.

7.30pm
9.00pm
Thursday 17th January 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two.

9 am Gary Cooper
About 12 mls

Thursday 17th January 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 19th January 2019RedbournDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Redbourn, taking in St Albans.

09.30 Priory school
About 12 ml. Return about 16.30

Sunday 20th January 2019Warden/Galley/Barton Hills circular.Intermediate walkTony Woodward 07594532429.

  1. Starting at 10:00 from car park behind Brim and Crown ( near Sainsburys), walk across Bramingham Park to Warden Hills. Climb Galley Hill (Hanging place for highwaymen and witches), and on to Barton Hills and Barton Springs. Return along bottom off Warden Hills to Bramingham Park with a stop for refreshments at my house Turnpike Drive. Easy paced walk with 2 climbs and one descent. About 9 miles finish around 2:30 to 3:30.

    Meet at the Yum Yum at 09.30am unless you wish to meet at Bramingham at 10.00.am.


Meet at the Yum Yum at 09.30am
Return at 2.30 - 03.30 pm approx Distance 9 miles. approx

Wednesday 23rd January 2019Ouse River WalkEasy walk Chris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
F70 bus at 8.30 am to MK then no.7 bus to New Bradwell.
Walk the Ouse Valley Way to north of Stony Stratford ending up in the town centre. Local bus back to MK then F70 to Dunstable.
Easy level walk on good surface with a couple of stiles
Refreshments at finish

8.20 a.m. High Street North (Santander) bus stop
Dunstable 3.45/4.45 p.m. 5/6 miles

Thursday 24th January 2019Bulbourne to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.17 61A bus to Bulbourne. Walk via GU Canal and Ashridge to the Gary Cooper, Dunstable.

09.10 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 mls

Saturday 26th January 2019Barton Hills CircularPart day walkDon 01582 601852
A slow ramble visiting the Barton Hills and the estate village of Hexton, with a stop for refreshments. Return to Barton is along the John Bunyan Trail with only one hill.

9.30 Priory School
3pm 6 mls

Sunday 27th January 2019EdlesboroughDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Edlesborough playing fields. Route includes Ivinghoe Beacon, Ashridge, Ivinghoe.

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

Thursday 31st January 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two.

9 am Gary Cooper
About 12 mls

Thursday 31st January 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 2nd February 2019Ashridge - Ivinghoe BeaconHalf day walkOlwen 07415334251
Expect mud and views as we leisurely wind our way from Ashridge Monument -though the forest to wards Ivinghoe Beacon which we will climb up. A walk along the ridge to meet the Ridgeway path and a short climb to Ducombe Terrace

Meet at Priory School at 9.30
Distance about 7 miles Return about 2/2.30 pm

Sunday 3rd February 2019Gadebridge Park, Hemel HempsteadDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Gadebridge Park, including the distinct possibility of visiting The Crown (Wetherspoon) in Berkhamsted along the way.

09.30 Wilko car park.
About 12 ml. Return about 16.30.
Thursday 7th February 2019Leighton Buzzard to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.30 F70 bus to Leighton Buzzard. Walk to the Gary Cooper, Dunstable.

09.20 High Street North bus stop (Santander)
About 12 mls

Saturday 9th February 2019WoburnDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Woburn car park. Includes Eversholt, Ridgmont, Husbourne Crawley and the safari park.

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

Sunday 10th February 2019Toddington CircularHalf day walkWendy Hopkins 01582 602235/07712 336318
We  park in Park Road, Toddington,  Nr Parkfields Middle School and  and follow a route that takes us north to the village of Tingrith. From here we head towards Eversholt, down through Daintry Wood and use footpaths to return to the start where, hopefully,the cafes in Toddington will be open and welcoming.

Meet at Wilkinson's car park at 9.30 am
Return 2 pm approx Distance 6 miles approx

Wednesday 13th February 2019The Hatfield LineMike's Midweek Walk.Mike 07594 577129
Picking the no 34 Bus to St Albans, walking down to pick up the Hatfield line by the St Albans Abbey station  & continue on to Hatfield on a excellent track ( but beware of cyclists) .We will stop off on route at the Morrison's at Fleetville for refreshments before continue on to Hatfield. Return by bus to pick up the 34 back to Dunstable. Classed as easy to medium walk.
Note we may reverse the walk on the day by Walking from  Hatfield to St Albans.

Meet at the bus stop in West St at 9.00am to catch the 9.05am No 34 to St Albans
Return by 4pm. Distance max 7.5 miles

Thursday 14th February 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Treat yourself to tea/coffee while discussing where to walk. May involve a bus or two.

9 am Gary Cooper
About 12 mls

Thursday 14th February 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 16th February 2019Wing Circular.Intermediate walkSue Jenkins 07443016095
Circular walk from Wing.  This will include visiting Aston Abbotts and Cublington.  Hopefully we will find a pub that is open for refreshments.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30 am
Return 2.30 approx Distance 8.5 miles.

Sunday 17th February 2019Sandy circular Day walkLes 07866858992

A circular walk from Sandy, up through woods along the Greensand Ridge. Then via Everton along the ridge to Gamlingay. We then return  to Sandy via Potton and Sandy heath, hopefully a pub stop midday.


Meet at French's Avenue 9.30 am
Distance 12 miles. Return around 5pm

Thursday 21st February 2019Toddington to DunstableDavid 07477004170
08.59 E bus to Toddington. Walk via Harlington and Upper Sundon to the Gary Cooper, Dunstable.

08.55 Church St bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 mls

Saturday 23rd February 2019Ver Valley circular Walk.Intermediate WalkEila 07964291892 or Steve 01582731026
A steady paced scenic steady paced walk from Redbourn towards Flamstead and Verulam End, crossing the Watling Street, golf course and Redbourn bypass.  It may be muddy in places!  Suggest walkers bring a hot drink and something to eat.

9.30 Priory School
approx 8 miles return about 2.30. There are refreshmentsat the end in Redbourn if wanted.

Sunday 24th February 2019AshridgeDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Ashridge visitor centre taking in Great Gaddesden and Potten End.

09.30 Wilko car park
About 12 ml. Return about 16.30
Sunday 24th February 2019Heath and WoodlandPart day walkDon 01582 601852
This will be a slow ramble through the woods from Little Brickhill to Bow Brickhilland on to Woburn for refreshments. Return to Little Brickhill is through Buttermilk Wood.

9.30 French's Ave
3pm 7 mls

Wednesday 27th February 2019Edlesborough/PitstoneEasy walkChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
61A bus at 9.17 to Edlesborough. Walk via Ivinghoe to Pitstone.
Refreshments at Ivinghoe and College Lake (if time permits)
Easy walk with possibly a couple of stiles
Return 61 bus at 12.38 from Pitstone

9.05 at Yum Yum bus stop West Street
1.15 p.m. Dunstable 5/6 miles

Thursday 28th February 2019Harpenden to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.15 busway bus to Luton station then 09.40 321 to Harpenden (The George). Walk via Rothamsted Park, Flamstead, Markyate, Kensworth, the quarry to the Gary Cooper.

09.05 Church St bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 ml.

Thursday 28th February 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 2nd March 2019A Right Royal Walk - LondonHalf day walkOlwen 07415334251
A six mile walk starting at Blackfriars    We will meet at Blackfriars Station -south side at 10.30. ( The train leaves Leagrave at 9.39, Luton 9.43 Luton Airport Parkway 9.46).  We will start with a drink at the Royal Festival Hall -pass a Palace or two and the odd Royal Monument. The walk finishes at the Victoria and Albert Museum - which is in easy access to the underground for making your way home when ready


Sunday 3rd March 2019WheathampsteadDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Wheathampstead taking in Gustard Wood, some of the Ayots, Codicote, Brocket Hall.

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

Tuesday 5th March 2019The FavouriteFilm evening.Sue Jenkins 07443016095
Film evening at The Grove in Dunstable. 7.30 pm for 'The Favouite'
Emails have been sent to all members about this event.


Thursday 7th March 2019Wheathampstead to LutonDavid 07477004170
09.15 A or C bus to Luton Interchange then 610 bus to Wheathampstead. Walk via Kimpton and Breachwood Green to Luton for busway service to Dunstable.

09.05 Church Street bus stop
About 12 mls

Friday 8th March 2019Castle Acre, Norfolkweekend awayJulian Clark-Lowes 07979 435856
A weekend away at Castle Acre, Norfolk in the Old Red Lion, an independent hostel formerly a YHA. An interesting little village in an area we seldom go to. http://oldredlion.org.uk/index.php/about-castle-acre/


Saturday 9th March 2019Studham circularHalf-day walkHazel 07929889292.
Starting in Studham, parking in or around the Common, proceeding through Masons Plantation, across the golf course, dropping down towards Dagnall, then towards Hoo Wood and Hudnall Common and back to Studham. A couple of fairly steep hills. Possible pub stop at the end.

Meet Priory School 9.30am
Distance 6 miles approx

Sunday 10th March 2019Ivinghoe circularDay WalkJulia Fullwood 07958 082009
This will be a circular walk taking in Ivinghoe Beacon, Ashridge and Aldbury.

Meet at 9.30 at the Yum Yum/Wilko's car park.
Distance 12 miles approx

Wednesday 13th March 2019Wendover Arm to College LakeMike's Midweek Walk Mike 07594 577129
Getting the no 61 bus to Aston Clinton then following the Wendover Arm back to the Grand Union Junction continuing on to College Lake. Classed as a easy to medium walk along the canal towpath  ( can be slippery in places depending on the time of the year & weather. No refreshments on route but we stop at College Lake cafe if we have time.

Meet West St bus stop at 9.00am to catch the 61A to Aylesbury.
Return by 4pm. Distance 6-7miles.
Thursday 14th March 2019Barton to DunstableDavid 07477004170
08.31 A bus to Luton Interchange.  09.10 81 bus from Luton Galaxy (White House) to Barton where bacon butties, etc are promised. Then walk via Sharpenhoe Clappers and Sundon Hills to the Gary Cooper.

Note: early start so bus passes are unlikely to be accepted on the 81 bus in Luton - fare at time of writing is £4.40.

08.25 at Church Street bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 ml

Saturday 16th March 2019Woburn circular.Intermediate walkSue Jenkins 07443016095
Circular walk starting from Woburn.  We will see the Abbey, Eversholt, Woburn Park, hopefully some deer and elephants, and returning to Woburn for refreshments.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30am
Return 2.30 pm approx Distance 8.5 miles approx

Saturday 16th March 2019AWARDS NIGHT Special Event Sheila Blake: 07970 328670 sheila.sb80@gmail.com
The event will be held at the Houghton Regis Memorial Hall with a cost of £11.00 per person. Food option choices are as follows: Fish & Chips, Chicken & Mushroom Pie & Chips, Beef & Onion Pie & Chips, Steak & Kidney Pie & Chips or Veggie Burger & Chips. Contact Sheila Blake - with your food option and submit payment by deadline of March 2nd. There will be bread rolls and a dessert. You will be able to bring your own drinks and tea and coffee will be available at the cost of a £1.00.  There will be a presentation by Alan & Julian on the Scotland trip. Award presentations will start around 9pm (approx). Presentations will finish around 10.00pm.

 

7.30pm start
10.30pm

Sunday 17th March 2019WendoverDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Wendover taking in Lee Common, Great Missenden, Prestwood, Dunsmore.

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

Thursday 21st March 2019Luton to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.15 A or C bus to Luton Interchange. Walk via Stockwood Park, Markyate, Kensworth to the Gary Cooper, Dunstable.

09.10 Church Street bus stop
About 12 mls

Saturday 23rd March 2019Markyate wanderIntermediate WalkSteve Goss 07935273417 01582731026
A steady paced walk from Markyate which will include some nice Hertfordshire scenery and probably a pub stop at some stage.

9.30 at Priory School
8-9 miles return about 2.30 depending on refreshment stop.

Sunday 24th March 2019Three LocksDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Three Locks car park taking in Stoke Hammond, Drayton Parslow, Stewkley, Soulbury.

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

Sunday 24th March 2019Around RedbournePart day walkDon 01582 601852
This slow ramble starts at Redbourne and takes a route south of Redbourne with gentle hills, good views and pleasant walking through the Ver Vallay and water meadows.

9.30 Wilko Car Park
2.30pm 6 mls

Wednesday 27th March 2019London WalkEasy walkChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Alexandra Palace/Finsbury Park London Walk
A bus to Luton Airport/9.35 757 Greenline to Brent Cross, then local bus to Muswell Hill.
Interesting walk visiting Alexandra Palace and park with great views of London. Continue Parkland Walkway via Highgate Woods partly along disused railway line to Finsbury Park. Some short hills involved but generally an easy walk on good paths.
Refreshments at start and finish
Return local bus Finsbury Park via Islington to Marylebone Road/Baker Street junction, then 757 Gloucester Road to Interchange, busway to Dunstable

Winston Churchill 8.45 a.m.
Dunstable 5/6 p.m. 5/6 miles

Thursday 28th March 2019Ivinghoe to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.17 61A bus to Bulbourne. Walk via Ashridge to the Gary Cooper.

09.10 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 ml

Saturday 30th March 2019Totternhoe CircularHalf day walkGill: 07903 801203
A spring walk through Totternhoe Knolls and nature reserve with some stunning views. Easy paced and mainly level with some gentle inclines. Pub stop optional at the end of the walk. Start and end point is the National Trust car park off Castle Hill Road.

9.30am. Priory School or 9.45am at start point.
5 miles
Sunday 31st March 2019Woburn SandsJulia 07958 082009
Circular walk from Woburn Sands going via Aspley Guise, Hulcote, Salford (possible pub stop, The Swan), Wavendon House and golf course.

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

Monday 1st April 2019PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Thursday 4th April 2019Hitchin to LutonDavid 07477004170
Busway bus to Luton interchange then 09.41 100/101  bus to Hitchin (Kingshott School/ St Ippolyts). Walk via St Paul's Walden, Whitwell and Peters Green back to the interchange for busway bus back to Dunstable.

09.05 Church St bus stop (Poundland/Winston Churchill)
About 13 ml.

Friday 5th April 2019April Hostel TripTripAlan 07957 438153
This walking-hostelling trip will be from Friday April 5th - returning Tuesday April 9th.   We will stay 2 nights in the Swanage YHA. Then stay 2 nights in the Lulworth YHA. Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements for accommodation. We'll be walking in country and the coastal path. We will have a planning meeting nearer the time to arrange car-sharing and food/catering.


Thursday 11th April 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml

Saturday 13th April 2019Views of the Ver ValleyHalf-day walkEila 07964291892
A nice reasonably easy scenic walk from Redbourn which has a pub and cafe for refreshments at the end of the walk.

9.30 Priory School
5 Miles, expect to be back in Dunstable before about 2.00 (depending on refreshment stop).

Thursday 18th April 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml

Sunday 21st April 2019Blows Downs Easter Sunday WalkIntermediate walkSteve 01582731026 07964291892
Steve is repeating this popular walk, with a few changes, up and along the Downs. There are some climbs involved. There were loads of bluebells last year.

9.30 Wilcos/Yum Yum Car Park.
around 14.00 approx 7-8 miles

Thursday 25th April 2019Bulbourne to Leighton BuzzardDavid 07477004170
09.17 61A bus to Bulbourne. Walk to Leighton Buzzard. F70/F77 bus back to Dunstable.

09.10 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 ml

Thursday 2nd May 2019Toddington to DunstableDavid 07477004170
08.59 E bus to Toddington. Walk via Tingrith, Milton Bryan, Battlesden, Tebworth, Houghton Regis to the Gary Cooper.

08.55 Church St bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 ml

Friday 3rd May 2019The Viking Centre, ClaxbyBank Holiday WeekendJohn Buckley 07976 611995
A return to Claxby, 3 nights away. Exploring more of the Lincolnshire Wolds.


Thursday 9th May 2019Flamstead to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.05 34 bus to Flamstead. Walk via Gaddesden Row, Studham, Whipsnade to the Gary Cooper.

08.55 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 mls

Sunday 12th May 2019Wheathamsted circularDay WalkPeter Astier 01582 490085
Peter's walk will begin at the Black Bull car park and progress to Lemsford via Saul Wood, Ayott Green, Brocket Park, and Lemsford. Returning via Brocket Hall, Cromer Hyde, Symonds Hyde Great Wood, Colemans Green, then along Devils Dyke to Wheathampstead. There are possible pub stops at Ayot Green, Lemsford and Coleman Green. Let Peter know if you intend to join him at The Bull car park. mobile 07847 659156, 07547 893704. peter.astier@yahoo.co.uk.

9.30 Priory School
4pm 12 mls

Thursday 16th May 2019Weatherspoon WanderPeter Astier 01582 490085
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml

Thursday 23rd May 2019Stopsley to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.15 busway bus to Luton station then 09.41 100/101  bus to Stopsley (Jansell House). Walk via Galley Hill, Sundon, Chalton, Houghton Regis to the Gary Cooper.

09.05 Church St bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 ml.

Thursday 30th May 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml

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Location Plan....

Where we meet...
The Yum Yum & Wilkos Car Park,
Priory School, Chews House,
French's Avenue and the Fire Station.
Wilkos Car Park is immediately
behind the Yum Yum car park which
is often now full on Sunday mornings.