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Event Reports from East Midlands Group


Riding the Big-One

6 Aug 2018 | East Midlands, Lincolnshire, London, North East, North Wales, Transpennine, Adventure Out, Cycling Groups

Nearly canceled, due to tide tables telling us our ferry cross the Wyre (Knott End to Fleetwood) would not sail, our annual pilgrimage to Blackpool through the Fylde villages.

Nevertheless, here we are, of varying abilities and after taking different routes, all still somehow coming together to face the Big One, Blackpool’s greatest attraction (or is that still the Tower)?

Ending all too soon at 6pm by the Duck Pond in Wrea Green; A full day of easy peddling, sleepy toll bridges, the wayside wharves ...
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Bernard Shell Island weekend

25 Jun 2018 | East Midlands Group

Bernards Shell Island Weekend

was certainly a bit different this year.

Due to a carnival event on the Island, there was a last minute change of venue, so another site was found, and everyone informed via the GOC website.

The usual Saturday walk was replaced this year by a trip on the Talyllyn Railway . Twenty of the party 5 women and 15 men steamed up the line from Tywyn Wharf to Nant Gwernol and back through beautiful countryside.

The Saturday evening meal at a local Hotel Ty Mawr was excellent as usual and we had the restaurant room to ourselves all 22 of us....
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East Midlands Weekend, The Lawns, 16-18th Sept 2016

27 Oct 2016 | East Midlands Group

This weekend saw the final camping trip of the year for the East Midlands group.

Despite the insistent rain on Friday, twenty of us pitched up. Saturday saw a 7-mile walk beneath the big skies of south Lincolnshire, led by Sue T. After the walk, a planning meeting was held to sort out next years events, accompanied by tea and cake.

On Saturday evening, thirty-four of us took over the barn on the campsite for a hog roast and disco, during which Fred reflected back over the last year in which the East Midlands Group has seen rather a few changes....
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Women only walking weekend at Chepstow

30 Apr 2016 | Berkshire & Mid Thames, Cambridge, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Kent, East Midlands, Essex, Hertfordshire, Home Counties Midweek, Lake District, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, North East, North Wales, Oxford, Scotland, Solent, Somerset, South Midlands, South Wales, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Transpennine, West Kent, West Wales, Western Midlands, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Groups

This was a GOC first--a women only walking weekend.

Women are under represented in the Club so to try and encourage more women to get involved in their local groups, the trustees had approved a limited number of women only events, to try and address this issue.

The aim is to get a nucleus of women walking with all the groups, which can only benefit everyone involved with the Club.

I limited the number to 30 for the whole event.This was mainly because finding a venue that could cater for this amount of people for the planned Saturday evening meal, was difficult....
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