Chelmsford YHA Group


Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events

August 2021

Sunday 1st August

Shoeburyness to Southend Walk

John M

A walk from Gunners Park, Shoeburyness to Southend Pier via Thorpe Bay and Southchurch esplanade. The plan is to walk to Southend and then take the short railway for an ice cream at the end of the Pier. People can either walk back to Gunners Park from the Pier or take the train from Southend Central to Shoeburyness railway station. Walking both ways will be a total of approx. 7 miles. Parking in Gunners Park car park (SS3 9FD) is currently free. Please meet in the car park at 1000 for a 1030 start. Please bring a mask for the Pier railway and cafes.

Wednesday 4th August

Pub Night - Horse & Groom


Meeting at the Horse and Groom, Roxwell Rd, CM1 3RU from 7.30pm for eats or from 8.30pm for a drink.

Cress is planning to book an outside table, so if you want to join her let her know by 21st July.

Wednesday 11th August

Sandon Crown Walk

Dave P

An evening walk of about 3 miles or so, starting at 7.30pm at the Crown, Sandon, CM2 7SH.

Sunday 15th August

Coggeshall Walk

Dave J

A walk starting and ending in the delightful village of Coggeshall. Meet at the village car park at 10:30am (car park off Stoneham Street, CO6 1TT).

Wednesday 18th August

Committee Meeting

Looking for things to do for October and trips for next year. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday 25th August

Whaling in South Georgia

John M

A talk on the whaling industry associated with this isolated sub-Antarctic island. The hardy but often surprisingly thoughtful men who worked here, and the contrast with the conservation and tourism work that takes place today on the island. The slideshow will feature Shackleton's link with South Georgia, the magnificent wildlife and the place of the island today in photography, literature and scientific research. On Zoom from 8.30pm.


Thursday 26th to Monday 30th August (Bank Holiday Weekend)

Slaidburn hostel, pub and post office

Slaidburn, Forest of Bowland


Slaidburn is a charming and secluded village, off the main tourist routes, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland in the Lancashire Pennines. The Forest of Bowland is a relatively undiscovered Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty dominated by gritstone fells and vast tracts of heather-covered moorland.

This small hostel was once the 17th Century Black Bull Inn in the centre of the village and provides a good base for walks avoiding the bank holiday crowds. Pub and teashop nearby.

We have exclusive use of the hostel, and have extended the booking so you can arrive on Thursday and stay 4 nights.

Deposit £60 each to book your bed please.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm on Zoom. Please get in touch for joining instructions.

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