We organise trips to destinations all over the UK and Europe, varying from a few days to more than a week. Most involve walking or cycling, and often sightseeing opportunities. Group sizes range from 8-10 members, on a cycle tour for example, to more than 30 on trips where we hire an entire youth hostel. Trips are organised by members and run at cost. Participants always arrange their own travel.
Youth hostels are ideal for large groups and we arrange spring, summer, autumn and New Year hostel trips based in scenic areas of the UK with good walking options. There are also at least two trips a year to the Lake District, which appeal to mountain walkers. We either book a whole hostel for exclusive use or reserve just a few rooms. Sometimes members may also book their own rooms in hotels or b&bs, although overall numbers on trips are normally limited.
For most European and cycling trips, members arrange their own accommodation. Cycle-touring and backpacking holidays usually involve staying in a different place every night and following a route navigated by the leader. We also do hotel-based city breaks abroad, which are more loosely organised, allowing participants to explore in small groups but meet for evening meals.
Camping has recently become popular too, with tent owners getting together via a WhatsApp group to arrange stays at UK sites.
TRIPS PLANNED FOR 2024
In 2023 our programme featured 19 trips away. Below are the trips currently scheduled for this year. Several others are at the planning stage, including European cycling trips and a walking holiday in Austria.
La Gomera, 3-10 February: winter sun and walking in the Canary Islands
Salento, 14-21 March: cycle-touring in southern Italy (fully booked)
Coniston, 28 March-2 April: Easter fell-walking in the Lake District (fully booked)
Tintagel, 28 March-2 April: Easter walking break in Cornwall
Chepstow, 3-7 May: hostel break handy for the Wye Valley and Offa's Dyke
Sheringham, 5-10 July: seaside hostel trip on the North Norfolk coast
Ennerdale and Buttermere, 23-29 July: Lake District trip based at hostels in two locations
Ballater, 21-28 September: walking in Scotland's Cairngorms and Dee Valley
Llandudno, 28 December-2 January 2025: New Year hostel trip with walks in North Wales