Peterborough Younger Walkers Annual Report
November 2015 – October 2016

So 2016 and the Group’s 15th anniversary and still going strong although slightly more matured.

The Group’s big trips were to The Malverns over New Year, to the Isle of Wight at Easter (both courtesy of Debbie although I believe Jane P led the New Year walks) and Hebden Bridge over August Bank Holiday (courtesy of Stephen and Sarah). New Year was a mixed bag of weather but the important bit was done – a windy Worcestershire Beacon – but Herefordshire Beacon missed due to heavy rain and low cloud. Easter also had varied weather (some clear blue skies, some wet and windy) but lots of coastal walking was done (Yarmouth to Shanklin) and great photos taken of the well known sights – The Needles, Tennyson Downs, Freshwater Bay etc. Hebden Bridge was a smaller affair but great weather throughout and walks from Hebden to Stoodley Pike and Hardcastle Crags and from Haworth to Top Withins (Bronte country).

There was also the full programme of fortnightly Sunday walks all around the local counties – Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Rutland of up to 15 miles.

There were also the usual Summer evening walks of about 5 miles each which were well attended.

Our walks co-ordinator Paul advised at the AGM that we had 40 different walks over the year totalling approximately 330 miles.

On the social programme this year were the usual sporty events; ten pin bowling, croquet and crazy golf, and a new activity – Escape Rooms. There was some disappointment in the Group when Stephen managed to retain the crazy golf title and add the croquet championship (with Claire W). Some people need to try harder!

The Group celebrated it’s 15th birthday in fine style at The Stage in Market Deeping with a magnificent turnout of 32 and an excellent birthday cake cut by our longest serving member Karen L. The Christmas meal (2015) was at The Golden Pheasant in Etton where the Group also received a donation of OS maps for distribution amongst one and all.

The year culminated in the judging of the first PYW photo competition at the AGM where Ian C, Kate and Phil C were worthy winners with Ian J being an unworthy winner. Presentations of Ramblers recognition certificates were also made to Stephen, Debbie and Jane P for their valuable contributions to the Group over a good many years.

So 2017 is upon us and the first trip away of the year to the Shropshire Hills at Easter is on the horizon. Let’s hope for settled weather.

Stephen Abbott

PYW Secretary