Upcoming Events

Christmas Meal & Party Night
Gill - gmorris09@hotmail.co.uk
07903 801203
FULLY BOOKED - After last year's big success, the venue is the Market Cross, Dunstable.  34 members are booked for the evening.  There will be a DJ same as last year so you can boogie or chat and mingle at your table. Please keep a note of what you've ordered.  Here's the menu - just click!  https://marstons.azureedge.net/media/562556/festive-c.pdf?v=
7pm-7.30pm
12pm midnight
Bogtrotters Grand Christmas Day Out
Half-day walk
Julian 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 10/10.15 Priory School or at Redbourn (by the fire station) or in St Albans. We'll hang on a little while as it is the Boggies party at the Market Cross the night before.

Note the start time has been altered on this walk from the original start shown in the printed programme.

Also unfortunately Gorhambury is now showing the path as closed so I'm afraid it's along the road again for the last part into St Albans!
10/10.15 Priory School
As above. 5 miles.
Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Zoo
David 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 12 ml. Return about 16.30.
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
Cliff's Mince Pie Ramble
Short Walk & Social
Cliff 07766 958133
A relaxed, and easy stroll over to the Downs-Whipsnade area returning to Cliff's house about 1.30pm for a festive social afternoon. Warm mulled wine/beer/beverages with mince pies & nibbles. Cliff is kindly promising walkers a homely Christmas with a log fire, decorations and Christmas tree.  Please notify Gill or Cliff if you are attending as it will help with the planning.
10.30am Priory School
Mid afternoon. 5 mls.
Christmas Eve Walk
Day walk
Alan 07957438153
A easy paced circular walk from Dunstable to Houghton Regis chalk pit, Sewell, Eaton Bray, Dunstable Downs golf club and back to car park. We will be making a pub stop at The White Horse at 12 noon. Upon return, we will then join other Boggies in the Gary Cooper for a jolly afternoon. Please advise me if you want to meet us enroute.
10.30 am Yum Yum car park
3 pm. 8 mls
Festive 'Booze n' Schmooze'
Social
Gill 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
Shropshire-Wilderhope Manor
Trip
Gill 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.
Wetherspoon 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
Walk leader required
Walk leader required
Houghton Regis
Short easy walk
Peter Jackson - 07732 418260
peterdajackson@aol.com
New Year's Day walking around the houses.  Meet at Peter's 40 Bidwell Hill HR LU5 5EP for coffee, nibbles and mulled wine. 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. 
15 Dec An update from Peter: Given my current state of health I'll probably stay home and host it from there before/after the walk. Let me know if you're coming and what food you can contribute or say if you'll put money in the collection pot instead. I'll do mulled wine/coffee/nibbles at the start and homemade soup/rolls quiche pudding etc at the end.
From 10.30 am at Peter's house
Late afternoon 4.5/5.0 mls
PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Ivinghoe Beacon to Dunstable
David 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 12 ml. Finish about 16.00.
Redbourn
David 07477004170
09.03 35 bus to Redbourn. Walk back to Dunstable via Flamstead and Markyate and Kensworth Quarry.
08.55 at Lombardo's bus stop, West Street.
About 12 ml. Finish about 16.00
Edlesborough to Leighton Buzzard
David 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.
Brickhills
David 07477004170
A circular walk from Little Brickhill, including Bow Brickhill, Caldecotte Lake, the GU canal and Great Brickhill.
09.30 French's Ave.
About 12 ml. Return about 16.00
Redbourn
David 07477004170
08.48 35 bus to Redbourn. Walk back to Dunstable.
08.40 at Lombardo's bus stop West Street.
About 12 ml.
Ivinghoe Beacon
David 07477004170
09.07 61 bus to Ivinghoe Beacon. Walk via Ashridge (stopping at Brownlow Cafe), Whipsnade and the Downs back to Dunstable.
09.00 at Lombardo's bus stop West Street.
About 12 ml. Finish about 16.00
East of Luton
David 07477004170
09.10 A busway bus to Kimpton Road, Luton for a circular walk on the far side of the airport. Busway bus back to Dunstable.
09.00 at Asda bus stop.
About 12 ml.
Wendover Arm Aston Clinton to Marsworth
Mid week Walk
Mike 07594577129
Meet at 9.05am West St bus stop to catch  the No  61 to Aylesbury for an easy walk along the Wendover Arm from Wellonhead Bridge back to College Lake .
9.05am West St bus stop to catch the 9.17am No 61 to Aylesbury.
Between 1-2pm.
Distance 6 miles.
Ashridge
David 07477004170
An earlier meet time to allow for a breakfast bite and cup of tea/coffee at Brownlow Cafe (Ashridge monument) before walking a route that includes Berkhamsted Common, Frithsden Beeches, Berkhamsted and the Grand Union Canal. Leaving the canal by Tring Station the route skirts Aldbury for the ascent back to the cafe.
09.00 at French's Ave.
About 11 ml. Return about 16.00.
Markyate
David 07477004170
08.48 35 bus to Markyate. Walk via Jockey End, Studham, Whipsnade back to Dunstable.
08.40 at Lombardo's bus stop, West Street.
About 12 ml. Finish about 16.00
Woburn Sands
David 07477004170
A circular walk from Woburn Sands including Salford, Hulcote and Aspley Guise.
09.30 at French's Ave.
About 11 ml. Return about 16.00.
St Albans to Hatfield on the old Railway route.
Mike's Mid Week Walk
Mike 07594 577129
Bus from Dunstable to St Albans  then walking to Hatfield on the old Railway route , then busing  back to St Albans to pick up the No 34 /35 to Dunstable. Classed as a easy to medium walk on good paths no steep hills . Refreshments at Start  & finish.
Meet at 10am at the West St bus stop to pick up the 10.15am No 34 bus to St Albans.
Late afternoon .
Max 6-7 miles.
Leighton Buzzard
David 07477004170
09.15 70 bus to Leighton Buzzard Station. Circular walk including Soulbury, Hollingdon, Stoke Hammond, Rushmere Pk. Catch 70 or F70 bus back to Dunstable.
09.05 at Quadrant bus stop N2 (opp. Nationwide)
About 12 ml.
Walking in Derbyshire
Trip
Alan 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.   https://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, some room bookings are still available. Please contact Alan if you want to join us and make a late Hostel booking/B&B.
Tour of Scottish Highlands & Islands
Trip
Don 01582 601852
This three week tour from Sat 12 May - Sun 3 June, will explore the North-West Coast of Scotland, and the islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis. Accommodation will be in hostels and bunkhouses, and transport will be by car (car sharing will be available). The tour starts in Portree and North Skye (Trotternish) and then goes to the Outer Hebrides, with stops at Tarbet and Stornaway, returning from there to the mainland at Ullapool. The tour then works north through Assynt to the most north-westerly point on the Scottish mainland at Cape Wrath, before heading homewards, with two nights in Inverness, and a stop at Kirk Yelton on the English border. If you can't spare (or afford) three weeks you can always come for part of the tour - Ullapool could be a good place to join or leave. Please contact Don soon if you want to join the trip.
Walking West Highland Way
Trip
Alan 07957438153 alan.plumley@ntlworld.com
Proposed walking holiday in Scotland to walk the West Highland Way. The  cost will be around £1000 for seven nights + rail fares etc. Further details from web site www.mickledore.co.uk. Let Alan know if you are interested making a booking.
Walking in North Wales
Hotel/Hostel Trip
Alan 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.
Gower Trip, S. Wales
Trip
Eila 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.
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