Newsletter Spring 2017

Spring is well under way, and even if the Easter Bank Holiday weekend has been rather wet we have already managed several walks this year with excellent weather and in beautiful surroundings; indeed only one walk has needed to be cancelled due to inclement weather. Numbers attending walks is on the up with a very healthy (and almost record number) of 13 members attending the recent Red walk to Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant from Trefriew.

We held our AGM & Social in February and the new committee have just held their first meeting.

The committee now comprises

Chairperson: Ed Smyth

Treasurer: Ken Pratt

Social / Membership Secretary: Paula Ford

Holiday Secretary: Sarah Andrew

Walk leader Coordinator: Pauline Ziman


Walk Information

Walk Leader Training

We are always keen to add new walk leaders to the group. Training is provided and organised by the club so if anyone is interested please contact Pauline.

Club Walks

A reminder: Please let the walk leader know in advance (ideally by the Friday evening) if you are planning to join a Sunday walk. The walk may be cancelled if only one or two people have booked so it is really helpful to know if you intend to walk even if you want to confirm nearer the time. It also helps the walk leader anticipate car shares etc.

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

The club asks that all walkers carry an ICE card in an accessible pocket of their rucksack.  There is a link to the template or ICE form on the Safety page of the website –

We have laminates available to make up the card – if you would like one, please ask a member of the committee and they will arrange to get one to you.

Using 112 on a mobile phone in an Accident/Emergency

The video clip (details below) is lifted from the June 2013 newsletter as we feel it is important enough to be published again.  It shows how to register your phone to be able to contact the emergency services by text in the event of an incident.   A text will often succeed when there is insufficient signal for a phone call.


Walking Holidays 2017

  1. Larpool Whitby: 21st to 24rd April 2017

Our first holiday of the year, now only a week away has 23 members attending. Any last minute queries please contact Sarah.

More information is available at

  1. Bavaria: (in the German Lake District at Lake Tegernsee near Munich) 15th to 22nd July 2017

20 members have signed up. There may be places remaining, so if you now find you are in a position to go please contact Sarah. More information is available at                     

For those already signed up the balance is now due. Please transfer the required amount to the usual account and let both Ken and Sarah know. If you can add a reference (i.e. Ford Bavaria) this would really assist Ken in identifying who has paid.

  1. Lulworth Cove: 29th September to 2nd October 2017

A walking weekend based at West Lulworth House. 28 members will be attending and all accommodation available has been filled therefore it is now fully booked with no more places available.

Walking Holidays 2018

Badia, Italian Dolomites. 11th to 18th March 2018 

We are planning a further winter activity chalet holiday with Collett’s (A company familiar to many of you). There are some double/twin rooms available and one single room. If interested please contact Sarah.

Beddgelert, Snowdonia, 13th to 16th April 2018

The club is always keen to offer as much variety as possible in locations and so our first holiday weekend in 2018 will be a walking weekend based at Craflwyn Hall. Please make a note of the dates; we don’t have details from HF yet, but we know there will be single rooms and doubles/twins on offer.

Summer Holiday Lake Bled, Slovenia 24th June to 1st July 2018  

This will be a guided walking holiday in an area reputed to be the most beautiful in Europe. These dates are not yet confirmed, but should be close to correct. There are flights from Manchester and more details will follow shortly.

Keswick, Lake District. 21st to 24th September 2018 

We will be returning to Glaramara hotel where the food is fabulous and the walking spectacular. We have limited number of single rooms on offer so please think of doubling up with a friend if you are willing. Save the dates for now, we do not need expressions of interest yet.


Social Events

  1. Charity Walk 9th July & BBQ

Building on last year’s BBQ & Charity Walk which was attended by 37 members we have decided to make it bigger and better this year. We will be offering a choice of two walks, Green and Blue and our hosts for the BBQ will be Jan and Steve in Huxley.

  1. Christmas Party: at Willington Hall in December.

The feedback following our Christmas party in the Orangery (a new room which overlooks the gardens and surrounding countryside) was very positive and so we intend returning there again this year. More details will be circulated shortly.


2017 Diary

You should by now have all received a 2017 diary (similar in format to last year). If you have not received one then please contact me and I will post one out to you.


OHWC Database

Our database is now being up-dated as some of the details held (addresses/dietary requirement/phone numbers etc.) would appear to be out of date. We would also like to ascertain whether everyone on the database wishes to remain on our contact list.

Please look out for an email from me asking you to amend any incorrect information.  


Regards to you all

& Happy Walking