Upcoming Trips

Upcoming Trips
We have usually have around 20 or more outdoor adventure trips away - walking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, champing - each year, both in the UK and abroad.


 

CLOG trips are non-commercial and are run at cost or occasionally subsidised. This makes them incredibly cheap compared with holiday companies but you normally have to be a member to get a place on a trip.  NB Trip organisers are all (unpaid) volunteers and members of the group.

 
How to book on trips? Booking instructions are in the relevant trip e-mail sent to clog members. Non-members can apply to come on a trip by emailing the Trips Team trips@clog.org.uk but they would normally have to join CLOG to come on the trip.

Full details of these and other events are on our events calendar

Booking status of upcoming trips:

Canal du Midi (Toulouse to Carcassone) cycle touring, JuneThis is an independent trip organised by a CLOG member rather than a CLOG trip, but CLOG members have been invited along with others from another group (North London Friends).  
Full, waiting list in operation

WESTERN ISLES, Island hopping, exploring Glorious Scotland.  A 4 day trip to Oban which is a brilliant base for island hopping, exploring, gentle walks, steam trains, whisky, wildlife and of course boats, lots of boats!

Start Bay Devon 14-16 July 2017Located in a magical part of South Devon, the Start Bay Field Study Centre is a great place to stay to explore the countryside and coast. Built in 1870 as a village school, the Field Study Centre is now a hostel situated at the top of a lane from the village of Slapton, the sands and the south west coastal path.
Full, waiting list in operation

Chichester sea kayaking and cycling weekend, JulyA repeat of the very popular sea kayaking, cycling, and walking weekend we've done for the  last couple of years, staying at the Chichester University halls of residence with sea kayaking one day and cycling the other (with a walk option for non-cyclists)Open for booking

Denmark cycle touring, August Danish part of the Berlin to Copenhagen cycle route. Open for booking

Minehead  August 25th to 29th 2017 Base Lodge, a grade II listed building, is ideally situated for exploring Exmoor, the Quantocks and the North Devon coast by mountain bike or foot.  Exmoor affords excellent scenic moor and coastal views and the 600+ mile long South West Coastal Path starts in Minehead.  There are places for 20 cloggies. Full, waiting list in operation

Dolomites, September No further details available yet

Eastbourne 80th Anniversary Weekend, 16th-17th September
Based in the Lansdowne, a friendly and comfortable 3-star hotel on the seafront. Festivities begin on Saturday evening, with pre-dinner drinks  before a 3-course dinner  There will be a live band, playing music for all ages and tastes until midnight, but there is also plenty of space in the hotel bars and lounges for members who would prefer to chat.  On Sunday there will be a choice of walks, ranging from rambles in the beautiful South Downs, (eg Beachy Head) to a local stroll around Eastbourne – or no walk at all if preferred!  The event will finish with an option for afternoon tea at the hotel.
Open for booking

Black Forest Cycle touring, late SeptemberSouthern Black Forest route, Germany plus a little bit of Switzerland.  We will probably have to hire bikes.  Around 6 nights, staying in Pensions and Youth hostels.Bookings opening in due course

Harwich weekend, 20th-22nd OctoberWe will be staying in the former fire station built in 1912, now known as the 1912 Centre. It is a 26 Bed Hostel in the heart of Harwich heritage area, only 50 metres from the sandy beach, promenade and harbour. The hostel is well situated in the middle of the attractive old town with its quaint streets and where the Pilgrims Fathers built the Mayflower. Bookings opening in due course

Slaidburn – Lancashire New Year trip 28th Dec 2017 – 2nd Jan 2018This year’s New Year trip is at Slaidburn YHA which in the centre of Slaidburn village in the heart of the Forest of Bowland - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This historic building was formerly a 17th century village inn, with traditional, beamed ceilings, it offers cosy, comfortable accommodation. Bookings opening in due course

Walking in La Palma, January 2017
Bookings are open for a 10 day trip to La Palma (western end of the Canary Islands Archipelago), reputed to be the steepest island in the world with the deepest crater and the clearest skies.  La Palma is an island of contrasts:  dramatic volcanic landscapes, subtropical forests, beautiful coastal walks and ancient villages.
Full, waiting list in operation

For more information on these trips and also all the day walks and cycle rides and other outdoor and social events, see our events calendar.

You normally have to be a member to come on a trip away but non-members can come on up to three non-trip events to try out the group before joining. You can normally just turn up on non-trip events such as day walks and cycle rides.  Follow us on social media












Upcoming cycle rides over the next few weeks

As well as a huge and varied programme of walks, we have loads of cycle rides coming up.  Full details of these rides can be found in What's On  

These cycle rides are easily accessible by public transport from London and great for beginners.   We usually have lunch in a nice pub and either morning or afternoon tea if there is a suitable cafe.



Thursday 4th May: Cycle Mostly downhill from Woldingham to the Thames 20 miles Easy 22 miles


Saturday 6th May:  Uxbridge to Windsor 25 mile circular.

9th May to 16th May: Historic Cities Cycle tour (Belgium plus a bit of Holland) 

Sunday May 21st: North Kent Marshes and Coast 27 miles 

Thursday 23th May:  Two Thames forts and haunted village cycle ride 20 miles

Sunday 28th May:  Cycle ride:  Medway, marshes, castles, lovely villages + victorian charnel house, 23 miles Easy

Tuesday May 30th: Cycle ride: Woods, gardens,mansions canals and marshes 20 miles

Saturday 3rd June:  Cycle ride: Essex lanes, villages and old railway line, 25 miles

Tuesday 6th June:  Essex lanes and Flitchway, 25 miles

Saturday 10th June: Cycle ride: Luton Parkway to Enfield Lock on abandoned railways and tow paths

Tuesday 13th June: Three Rivers cycle ride: 20 mile to 30miles depending where we finish

Saturday 24th June:  Midsummer cycling the 5th Continent 

Photos from past cycle rides and walks



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Cycling on Lost railways

Cycling through the woods

Cycle routes with unusual sculptures

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Places available on the Llanwrtyd Wells trip, Spring bank holiday weekend, 3nights (28th to 31st May)

Due to a couple of late cancellations, a couple of places have become available on this trip.

Total cost for accommodation, breakfasts and packed lunches (3 nights): £42 plus you would need to join CLOG: £15 (annual fee) if you are not already a member.  If you join CLOG you can also book on future trips - we have around 20 weekend and longer trips away each year   - and come on unlimited numbers of our day walks and cycle rides.  For more information about CLOG see our website.

If you are interested in a place on this trip, email me and I will let you know where or not these places are still available and if they are how to book.  

Llanwrtyd Wells - Mid Wales Spring Bank Holiday weekend 
 CLOG's Spring weekend away will be over the first May Bank Holiday weekend.
We're staying at Stonecroft Lodge in Llanwrtyd Wells, mid Wales.

Arriving Friday 28th April and departing Monday 1st May, we have 3 nights' sole use of the  hostel.
We'll be self-catering breakfasts and packed lunches as usual, and eating out at local pubs in the evenings.We are next door to the Stonecroft Inn, and this "smallest town in Britain" has a selection of pubs and shops including the Neuadd Arms Hotel with its own Heart of Wales Brewery.
There are  25 places on the trip. 

What does this area of mid Wales have to offer ?
Well you could try an eight-mile run, two lengths of a60-yard peat bog trench and a 12-mile mountain bike ride. Yes, this is the home of the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, red kites and prolific breweries, surrounded by landscapes made for walking and cycling.
Llanwrtyd Wells straddles the River Irfon, an upper tributary of the River Wye, and lies at the heart of one of the largest remaining great wilderness areas in Great Britain, gateway to the Cambrian Region and positioned slap in the centre of Wales, making it the perfect base for our weekend.

A landscape of forests, mountains and  hidden valleys with circular walks from the hostel, using the Heart of Wales line to nearby stops or cars. 
Bike hire is available locally - it's on a sustrans route and there's a wealth of mountain bike trails in the area. Also you can explore the area on horseback with short or day long treks available. If you book on the trip, let me know if you're interested in either of these options.

Transport
LLanwrtyd Wells station is just 7 mins walk from the hostel.There are two possible routes if coming by train, though there don't seem to be a great number of trains available on each route.
1) Trains from Paddington to Swansea, then changing onto the Heart of Wales Line, which runs between Swansea and Shrewsbury.
2)Trains from Euston to Crewe, then changing onto the Heart of Wales Line,  down to LLanwrtyd Wells.
Advance fares have jcome available though don't seem to be any cheaper than the current super off peak returns at £82.
There will be the usual car sharing options though lifts can't be guaranteed as it'll be dependent on any drivers who book on the trip. Once drivers have booked on the trip it’s helpful if they can then let the group know if they can offer lifts and when they might be leaving London.

Cost
The cost will be £42.00 which covers 3 nights' accommodation, bedding (but bring your own towel), self-catered breakfasts and packed lunches plus CLOG membership fee £15 if you are not already a member.

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