Let's Go


This is the web site of The Walking Club,
a Peterborough based hiking group.


Easter in the Lake District

Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April 2018

walk walk Moderate

We have booked 8 beds at the YHA Wasdale Hall, which is a 19th century country manor every bit as grand as its name would suggest. This delightful accommodation in Cumbria is often cited as a favourite hostel due to the impressive nature of the building, not to mention its breath–taking view, which has even been named “Britain's Favourite View”. Set right on the shore of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, from the hostel you can see the expanse of the lake plus the awe–inspiring mountains beyond. YHA Wasdale Hall really is a stunning rural retreat – you won't find any mobile phone signal or Wi–Fi here, so this location is perfect for getting away from the pressures of everyday life and relaxing in some beautiful surroundings. The hostel is licensed and has a self-catering kitchen.

We will travel up on Friday leaving at approx. 9am and travel back Monday afternoon. The cost will be £114.75 (see booking form for options) which covers accommodation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Packed lunches are available for an extra £5.75 each. Proposals for evening meals will be discussed at the time; options being a two–course meal in the hostel at £9.95 or a trip to one of the two pubs 2 miles away. If you wish to self–cater the cost will be £96. Mileage costs will be in the order of £35. Non-members are subject to an additional payment of £3.

You need to send a completed booking form (to be found in the Newsletter) to Alan by Sunday 18th March to book your place.

If you don’t fancy the Youth Hostel why not look into booking your own accommodation locally.


Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 10th April 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place on Tuesday 10th April 2018 at the Botolph Arms, Oundle Road, Peterborough starting at 7:30pm. This is an important event in the running of the Club and we hope you will make every effort to attend.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of AGM 2017
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chairman’s report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Election of Officers
  7. Any Other Business

We intend to issue copies of the minutes of last years AGM at the meeting. If you would like a copy in advance of this then please let Alan know.

If you wish to submit a motion for discussion at the AGM, then please write it down together with the names of the proposer and seconder and hand it to one of the committee.

The following posts are up for re–election:

  1. Chairman
  2. Secretary
  3. Treasurer
  4. PR Representative
  5. Transport Co–ordinator
  6. Route Planner
  7. Special Events Co–ordinator
  8. Editor
  9. Membership Secretary

After the formal business which should take about half an hour, we usually stay on for a chat and a drink

If you are interested in taking on a role on the committee, then please talk to one of the committee. The success of the club relies on an active membership.


Beer by Foot

Saturday 2nd June 2018

This is not the Beer–by–Rail, which is later in July, but this is a walk around some of the hostelries in Peterborough. Meet in the Draper's Arms at 12:00 Noon.


Club Night

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Come along for a drink, to chat and discuss any Club business. All welcome, at the Botolph Arms, Oundle Road from 7:30pm.


Social by Rail

Saturday 14th July 2018

This event involves taking a train to Oakham for lunch and drinks at a couple of pubs (usually including the Grainstore brewery) and then returning by train to Stamford for more drinks in some of Stamford’s many hostelries. The train is then taken to return to Peterborough where what happens depends on how people feel. Usually we have an evening meal either in Stamford of back in Peterborough depending on people’s preferences. A good day if you like beer and social chit chat. There’s also some walking between the pubs.

Meet at Peterborough station about 11:30 in time to buy a ticket and get on the train. The proposed programme (which might change on a whim) is:

11:52 Train P’Boro to Oakham
12:18 Arrive Oakham to eat and drink but not necessarily in that order.
16:46 Train Oakham to Stamford
16:59 Arrive Stamford for more drinks at one or two pubs.
21:00 Train Stamford to P’Boro
21:15 Arrive P’Boro for a meal (if we haven’t eaten in Stamford) and a final drink in the Brewery Tap (if it’s still open) or the Draper’s Arms if you’re still up for it.

Taxis home are probably the order of the day. The train fare is approximately £12.70. Food and beer money is extra!

If you live in Stamford you can meet up with us either on the Oakham train or when we get back to Stamford.

Please contact Alan to let him know you are coming.


Club Night

Tuesday 7th August 2018

Come along for a drink, to chat and discuss any Club business. All welcome, at the Botolph Arms, Oundle Road from 7:30pm.


Walk and a Meal

Saturday 18th August 2018

Details not yet available.


Weekend Away in Northern Ireland

Thursday 13th/Friday 14th to Monday 17th September 2018

walk walk Moderate

This is a trip to the Emerald Isle for spectacular coastal walking along the world–famous area of outstanding natural beauty that is the North Antrim coast which includes the Giant's Causeway. Inland there are the Glens of Antrim countryside and “Dark Hedges”. (Ask a Game of Thrones fan). The modern award–winning youth hostel has free WIFI and is located in Bushmills – the small town famous for the whiskey distillery.

The walks will be easy to moderate and although coast walks are linear there is the Causeway Rambler Bus Service which runs until the end of September stopping at ten points between Coleraine, Portrush and Carrick–a–rede.

Flying from Stanstead to Belfast International we will pick up a hire car for the 1½ mile journey to Bushmills.

We are undecided yet whether to go for 3 or 4 nights; so at the moment we are leaving it open to see what your preferences are; we could even have two parties, some going for 3 nights and some for 4. There is a question in the booking form for you to indicate your preference.

Accommodation will be in 4– or 6–bed ensuite rooms at £18 per person per night. There are a limited number of 2– or 3–bed ensuite rooms at £57 per night.

The cost of the weekend will be approximately £245 for 4 nights or £215 for 3 nights not including meals or drinks. A non-refundable deposit of £104 will be required to book the flights (including a 23kg suit case).

Flight Times:


  1. Depart Stanstead 12:20
  2. Arrive Belfast International 13.35


  1. Dep Belfast International 14.05
  2. Arrive Stanstead 15:20

You will need to arrange your own travel insurance.

Please send a completed booking form (to be found at the end of the latest newsletter) to Andy by 11th March if you would like to come with a non–returnable deposit of £104. Balance to be paid by 12th August.


Club Night

Tuesday 3rd October 2018

Come along for a drink, to chat and discuss any Club business. All welcome, at the Botolph Arms, Oundle Road from 7:30pm.


Greyhound Racing

Friday 19th October 2018

Why not join us for a night at the Peterborough dog racing track? For this visit we will be booking into the restaurant for a meal overlooking the race track where any flutters that you might want to make on the doggies will be placed for you (minimum stake £1). The cost will be around £16.00 (to be confirmed nearer the time) which includes entry, a race card and a two course meal. The bar opens at 6:30pm and you have to take up your restaurant place by 8:00pm. For further details click here .

If you would like to come, please send payment to Alan by Sunday 14th October.


Christmas Meal

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Details not yet available but keep the date free.