Peterborough Younger Walkers Annual Report
1st November 2010 – 31st October 2011

The end of 2011 is quite significant for our Group as we have celebrated our 10th year of walking together. We had a number of special events to mark this including walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path, and a 10th Anniversary meal. As it is fresh in our memory I should also like to mention our recent AGM where we had 29 attending, a new record, and at a new venue as we had outgrown the previous one!

Our walks over the last year, as summarised by our walks organiser Paul, comprised 39 official walks in 12 different counties totalling 305 miles and led by 20 different walk leaders. Also this year we had an increased number of mid-week summer evening walks.

The highlight this year was the 7 day walk along Hadrian’s Wall Path from Wallsend to Bowness on Solway in July. An intrepid 12 completed the full distance with others coming along for part of it. Indeed on the middle day we had 20 happy walkers in rather wet weather. We also enjoyed conquering the Yorkshire 3 Peaks at Easter (albeit one a day) culminating in an ascent of Whernside in glorious sunshine with magnificent views.

The Group also enjoyed trips away at New Year to Ironbridge and The Stiperstones (a new area for us), a camping trip to the Peak District in May and a 10th anniversary weekend away in September to the Chilterns. Mention should also be made of our first night hike in October which we hope will be repeated. Among the varied social events the stand out was the Group’s 10th anniversary meal at the Sweet Olives restaurant in Peterborough with members ‘old’ and new reluctant to leave at the end! As well as familiar events such as the annual BBQ and a visit to Peterborough Beerfest, we also indulged in an excellent Christmas meal at The Woodman, 10 pin bowling, a race night and the Group’s first adventure golf tournament as well as regular pub nights and meals out. The PYW golfers also enjoyed some fine summer evenings on local courses and the PYW quiz team, the Quizzy Rascals, had a number of outings.

So to the year coming and already we are looking forward to New Year at Cromer, Easter in Dorset and a second trip to Northern Ireland, this time to conquer Slieve Donard.

Stephen Abbott

PYW Secretary