Peterborough Younger Walkers Annual Report
November 2014 – October 2015

The year’s biggest adventure was the Easter trip to Killarney in Eire. Trying to co-ordinate 21 people on flights, taxis, coaches, dinners and walks was a task and a half but all went to plan, sort of! The walks included a circular tour of the National Park, the Old Kenmare Road (track!) to, believe it or not, Kenmare and along the Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. A hard core group also successfully tackled the country’s highest peak – Carrantouhil (3406 feet) resulting in some becoming 5 peakers. Others had a day off and went Dingling (otherwise known as a coach tour of the Dingle peninsula). A partially humorous article on the whole trip may be found on our website.

The other weekend away was to the Cotswolds at the late May Bank Holiday with some delightful scenery around Chipping Norton and the Slaughters.

Amongst the usual Sunday outings were a Snowdrop walk, a Marathon walk, a Coastal walk, a Joint walk, a City & Countryside walk, a National Nature Reserve walk, a National Trust walk and a Wing walk. A special mention also for those who took part in the wettest walk of the year during an active thunderstorm.

Our Walks Co-ordinator Paul informed us at our recent AGM that, whereas in 2012 our average Sunday walk length was 8/8.5 miles, in 2015 we were averaging 10 miles. Older and bolder?

For the more lightweight walkers we also had our usual programme of Summer evening walks (average length about 4 to 5 miles) including the usual back at dark o’clock one.

Our social events mainly comprised old favourites such as the BBQ (the gazebo’s first outing), a Christmas meal at the Waterton Arms, the Cheese & Wine evening (must do this yet again) and a curry night as well as other meal and pub nights.

On the more active social front there were the annual Croquet and Crazy Golf tournaments. Dean clocked up his 2nd croquet win partnering Sarah A this year. Stephen dominated the crazy golf to receive his 1st green jacket after 5 years of trying. The group’s quiz team, the Quizzy Rascals, continued in occasional winning style as well.

Mention also to Ian C and Linda for successfully completing the First Aid course organised on behalf of the Ramblers.

So what does 2016 bring? Well first up is the Group New Year away at Great Malvern and then the proposed Easter trip to the Isle of Wight.

More importantly 2016 is the Group’s 15th anniversary so here’s to some special events!

Stephen Abbott

PYW Secretary