Peterborough Younger Walkers Annual Report
November 2011 – October 2012

2012 has been a memorable year for various reasons, not only the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics/Paralympics (which were attended by a good many members) but the notable walks and events put on by the Group.

We certainly had increased numbers on most walks and indeed overall membership has increased this year. There were very successful summers evening walks and well attended social events.

Our trips away started with New Year at Cromer. Not too far away but a great break with great walks and New Year’s fireworks off the pier! Easter was spent on the Dorset coast, centred in Swanage with some long walks and rather wet on the Monday but clement apart from that. The PYW crazy golf tournament took place on the Sunday with 18 participating on the Jurassic Park course. Our 2nd trip to Northern Ireland took place in May with a quick visit to Belfast followed by some serious walking in the Mourne Mountains including Slieve Donard (which meant some members of the Group became 4 peakers!)

A combined social/walking weekend took place in July with a visit to Bateman’s brewery in Wainfleet with some walking and sightseeing! There were camping weekends in August and September at Holkham, Norfolk and Wetton, Peak District respectively which was a welcome opportunity for the hardened campers in the Group.

Amongst all the excellent Sunday walks several stood out for me – Wimbotsham with a pint in the Downham Market station rooms, Godmanchester with the wade home near the end, the round Rutland Water yomp (all 19 miles of it), and a trip into Essex for the Saffron Walden stroll.

The Group also enjoyed some active social events – ten pin bowling, Laserquest, Straw Bear Festival barn dancing and the first, very successful, Croquet tournament, even though it involved dodging the showers in the very handy pavilion. The Christmas 2011 meal was at The Queen’s Head in Nassington and very up market it was too. So when you throw in the usual BBQ, Beer fest and pub nights it all added up to another enjoyable year.

The only downsides to the year were some significant birthdays for certain members but as long as they can keep up we won’t dwell on it!

Here’s looking forward to 2013 and trips to Bath for New Year and (hopefully) Ireland and Pembrokeshire along with some more significant birthdays!

Stephen Abbott

PYW Secretary