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:

Sunny winter walking in Madeira, 13th to 22nd February
We are leaving the cold grey English winter for the warmth and colour of this subtropical island.  Madeira is a paradise for walkers as it enjoys a subtropical climate and is cross-crossed by a network of old paths and tracks.  Walks by levadas (ancient water channels) range from relatively easy, incredibly scenic walks to more serious cliff and mountain walks.  There are wooded valleys, rocky slopes, cultivated terraces, coastal cliffs, cloud forests and jagged peaks.  
Full, waiting list in operation

Lisbon, 4 nights, 22nd to 26th March

This is a “DIY” style trip where you book your flights and hotels depending on when you’d like to fly, how long and where you’d prefer to stay. We can meet up each morning in a central location CLOG-style to talk about what everyone plans to do each day, but you are free to spend it as you choose.  Lisbon is on the Atlantic coast north of the Algarve and is considered to be "the San Francisco of Portugal”, with steep hills, cable cars and a bridge similar to the Golden Gate. It is the political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. The city’s charm lies in its many hidden nooks and crannies, inspiring architecture, enchanting squares and Moorish legacy. End of March temperatures are normally 18 degrees high, 10 degrees low
Full, waiting list in operation

Springtime in Paris, 3 nights, 28th April to 1st May

 Hop over to the French capital on Eurostar and join other Cloggies for a long bank holiday weekend, arranging your own train tickets and hotel accomodation.  Sightseeing options include a trip to the Palance of Versailles and possibly a visit to the British Embassy, as well as the city's variety of other well-known attractions, museums and galleries.
Open for booking

Wales Coastal Path, 12th to 19th April, Easter
This year we are tackling a western section of the Wales Coast Path from Aberystwyth (A) to Barmouth (B). This part of the coast is bisected by wide estuaries which give the walk contrast; the area is Wales’s only Unesco biosphere reserve. The walk follows hillsides close to the sea, with sections of empty beach, rather than high cliffs. It is the landscape that inspired Led Zeppelin to write Stairway to Heaven while based in a cottage close to our route. We will cross sheep country and forest, visit quiet towns and villages, industrial heritage, and Victorian resorts. On the coastal sections there will be rock pools, nature reserves and sections beside sand dunes. At Ynyslas, we should see some traces of a submerged forest; there are legends of a drowned town. The estuaries have a really different character as the tide change
Full, waiting list in operation

Lake District, 13th to 20th April, Easter

Ambleside and Eskdale are both excellent bases for walking in the Lake District National Park. Both have plenty of options for both strenuous mountains walks and easy valleys walks.  The Ambleside hostel is in the centre of the Lake District on Lake Windermere with easy access to boat trips round the Lake and lots of places to eat nearby. Ambleside YHA is on the bus route to Windermere station.  The town centre is only 20 mins walk away with further buses to Keswick, Great Langdale and Coniston and lots of shops etc.
Eskdale YHA is somewhat remote in the Eskdale valley in the Western Lake District, but still has a pub nearby and the Ravenglass railway and further pubs 2 km away. From either location the highest mountains in England can be climbed.
The Main accommodation is now fully booked, but please contact the organisers, Ralph Hawtree or Gavin Robinson if interested in booking your own accommodation or going on the waiting list.

Llanwrtyd  Wells, Wales 28th April – 1st May 2017

CLOG's Spring weekend away is to Stonecroft Lodge, a hostel situated in Llanwrtyd Wells, ‘the smallest town in Britain’. Surrounded by green fields, mountains and the glorious countryside of mid Wales, Llanwrtyd is in renowned red kite country and is a great centre for walking. The Lodge is well situated in the centre of this small but lively town and handily next door to the Stonecroft Inn
Open for booking

Belgium cycle touring, May 
Historic cities tour (Belgium plus a bit of Holland) - the LF2 route starts in Dordrecht in Holland and ending in Lueven (not far from Brussels), about 120 miles in total, done over 5 or 6 days (approx 25 miles per day) so plenty of time for sightseeing, cafes etc.  We start in Dordrecht, the oldest city in Holland and we generally stay in historic cities in Holland and Belgium including Bergen Op Zoom, Antwerp, Mechelen and Leuven.
Full, waiting list in operation

Porto, Early May Bank holiday
This is an ‘organised’ trip in only the loosest possible way:  Numbers are unlimited, make your own bookings, have your own ideas of what to do, communicate by mobile. We usually arrange to meet-up AM [if not staying at the same place]  and for dinner PM in small groups.
Open for booking

 Canal du Midi (Toulouse to Carcassone) cycle touring, June
This 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

French alps, June 

No further details available yet

Start Bay Devon 14-16 July 2017
Located 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.

Bookings opening in due course

Fordwich Champing, walking and canoeing weeked, July 

A champing weekend in the village of Fordwich in Kent (a few miles east of Canterbury) where we can "sleep amongst the saints in England's smallest town church"  in the 18th century box pews.  There will be walks in the Stour Valley through woods, around lakes and along the River Stour, and cycling on a national cycle route and other quiet roads. Canoeing is also an option  - there is a canoeing company based near opposite the church
Bookings opening in due course

Chichester sea kayaking and cycling weekend, July

A 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)
Bookings opening in due course

Denmark cycle touring, August 
Danish part of the Berlin to Copenhagen cycle route. Research is at early stage.
Bookings opening in due course

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.
Bookings opening in due course

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 September
Southern 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 October

We 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 2018
This 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

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. 

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