Socials and Weekends Away   (Click here for socials archive)

As the weekends away and meals out are always oversubscribed and tend to fill up almost as soon as they hit the website, we have to restrict them to current members of SWG40s. However, everyone is welcome on a pub night out, especially if you are new to the group or you are thinking about joining us.

Before booking onto a weekend, please read the weekends away booking information on the FAQ Page.

Weekends and Trips

Spirit of Kinder Celebration


Date: Sat. 21st April, 1:15 - 4 pm


When: Saturday April 21 st , 1.15 - 4 pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester

Hear speakers tell us about walking in the past and what the future holds:

Jim Perrin: one of Britain's finest outdoor essayist" according to Robert Macfarlane. He is Manchester-born, radically left-wing, a prolific author, the Guardian country diarist for Wales, and a TGO columnist. In earlier years he was one of Britain's leading rock-climbers. A close friend of Benny Rothman, he has had a passion for the Peakland moors since his early teens.

Keith Warrender: a leading expert on the Trespass and has been giving talks on the Kinder Trespass for nearly forty years. He writes and publishes books about the local history of Manchester, Cheshire and the Peak District, and published Benny Rothman's account of the Trespass.

Kate Ashbrook is a vice-president of the Ramblers, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, vice-chair of the Campaign for National Parks and patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network.  She was in the vanguard of the campaign for greater access to open country in England and Wales, and she continues to champion people’s rights to enjoy paths and open spaces in town and country

- Join us in a rendition of… yes you guessed it – THE MANCHESTER RAMBLER and hear a local choir

- Come and see some displays about the history of the trespass and what local groups are doing now about the problems of access

- Have some refreshments

- Meet other walkers and campaigners and learn how you could get involved

- Tell you friends and colleagues and get them to come along

For further information:

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Skye Walking Week


Date: 28th April – 5th May 2018

Details: The Isle of Skye is a walkers' paradise. From easy going walks on the spectacular coastline to dramatic scrambles in the Cuillin mountains, the most challenging in Britain, the island provides fantastic walking for everyone.

We will be based for a week at the village of Carbost which is ideally placed for all our activities. The village has a shop, pub and café and is home to the Talisker distillery and visitor’s centre.

We have rented two cottages in the village sleeping 10 in total. Cost for the 7 nights is £120 per person for a shared room sleeping 2. It may be possible to book a single room – please ask for a price.

[* Group accommodation now fully booked *] If you would like to book into the group accommodation please text Jill Brogden 07940 415 695
On confirmation of your booking, a deposit of £20 will be required and the balance payable by 31st January 2018.

Payments by bank transfer please, payable to Sheffield 40s Walking Group, Sort code: 60-83-01, Account no: 20198167. If you prefer to pay by cheque please let Jill know.

Other accommodation available includes –

Bunkhouse and B&B available at the Old Inn.

Camp site for Motorhomes (no tents) is also available on the outskirts of Carbost, near to the cottages.

The accommodation in Carbost (and on Skye in general) is very much in short supply and quickly gets booked up, so if you would like to join us please get booking!

If you would like any further information please contact Jill by text or by email

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New Members Night / Pub Meet


Date: Friday 18th May, 8pm

Details: New members night at the Grapes pub, 92 Trippet Lane, Sheffield, S1 4EN. Meeting in the Kennedy Room from 8.00 pm, Just a general get together for new members to meet existing members and some of the committee. Maybe going to either Maggie Mays or The Bessemer for a boogie later. All welcome, for inquiries ring or text Tracey on 07903 440 314.

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Awards Night


Date: Friday 1st June 2018

Details: Friday 1st June 2018 at the Wentworth Pub, 32 Milford Street, Sheffield, S9 2LD, Time: 7.30 PM for Pie and Peas at 8.00 PM. (Vegetarian option and Gluten free option, any other food allergies mention at the time of booking)

We are organising an Awards night to celebrate all the good work our walk leaders do, we have awards and certificates for various things: Leader who has led the most walks, The longest walk, Most people on a walk, The wettest walk, the Muddiest walk, Most Memorable / best costume, Person who went above and beyond on a walk.

We also have a photo competition which will be voted for on the night: Best Landscape Photo, Best Photo, and Best Quirky/Unusual Photo.

We will present the awards after the meal, we have a laptop that will provide music, so we can dance, or the beer garden is a lovely place to relax and catch up with other walkers.

The cost of the Pie and Peas meal, which includes the hire of the room will cost £9.50, all welcome. Please pay into the group bank by electric transfer, reference Awards to Sheffield 40s Walking Group sort code 60-83-01 account no 20198167. Please send us an email to tell us you are coming (and if you are a Vegetarian or have any other Dietary requirements). Any queries you can email the gmail account ( or text Tracey on 07903 440 314)

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Keswick Mountain Festival, Cumbria


Date: 8-10 June 2018

Details: We will be heading off for a group weekend away to Keswick in the Lake District.

The mountain festival is held every year and we thought it would be good to combine it with a group weekend away.

Keswick, according to your man Alfred Wainwright “is…the best single base of operations.” It is indeed a great location for all kinds of walks along with many options for accommodation including B&Bs, Hostels, Self-catering and Campsites.

Group walks will be arranged for during the day but the festival also offers many activities that you may like to try. On both Friday and Saturday evening there is live music at the festival park where the stage, overlooking Derwent Water and surrounding fells, must have the best backdrop of any venue in the country!

For further details and costs for the festival, please see

Please text Jill Brogden 07940 415 695 to book on for the weekend and we will keep you up to date with any group activities. Please book your own accommodation.

Full details of walks will be posted on to the website nearer the time.
If you are interested in leading a walk please let Jill know. (All grades - A1 to C3 welcome)

Suggested websites for accommodation -

Hostels –

Camp sites –

B&Bs, Self Catering –

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Dentdale Music and Beer Festival


Date: 22-24 June 2018

Details: A weekend of live music from some the best acoustic acts - the Dentdale Music and Beer Festival is a great excuse to discover this wonderful valley. Over 25 acts, from folk to blues and jazz to country, all washed down with finely crafted local and Scottish ales.

This year it's been held on the weekend of June 22nd - 24th.

I've once again booked 12 pitches on an area we've always used at the High Laning campsite.

The festival is an experience and an atmosphere not to be missed, and all the music is free.

Please contact Colin Percival on 07505 936025 by text or email

Cost to camp is £22.50 per night for tent, car and 2 adults, reduced fee for a single occupant.

There are b&b's in the village and surrounding area but be quick to book if camping is not your thing.
I'll be putting on a barbie come rain or shine

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Music in the Gardens (Botanical) - Michael Jackson and David Bowie tributes


Date: Friday 29th June, 7:30pm

Details: Michael The Legacy - A jaw dropping tribute to Michael Jackson celebrating his life and music.

Ultimate David Bowie Tribute Show - Prepare to be transported across 40 years of Bowie - from Spaceboy to Superstar.

Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2LN

£22 (incl booking fee)

Come & join in the party. After you have purchased your ticket text Tracey to find out inside meet up details 07903 440314

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Stainsby 50th Anniversary Live Music Festival


Date: 20th - 22nd July 2018

Details: Come and join us for a fun packed weekend at Stainsby Live Music Festival 20th -- 22nd July 2018, not too far to travel - 2 miles from Junction 29 on the MI.

This tiny hamlet comes alive to the sound of live music held in colourful marquees there are also craft stalls,workshops, competitions, theatre, poetry, film and much more...

Take a look at the website:-

Early Bird Tickets available now £60 per person for a weekend ticket with free camping thrown in! For those who do not like camping please check the website for alternative accommodation. Motor Homes are allowed in car park only. You can book your ticket through the website but please just let Jane or Kath know so we can keep track on numbers and hopefully pitch our tents as a group.

Any queries please text Jane on 07985011279 or Kath on 07772235306.

A weekend not be missed, hope to see you all there!!

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Tramlines Music Festival Blues & Ale Stage, Sheffield


Date: 20-21 July

Details: We will be attending the Blues stage for Tramlines again.

Blues & Ale Stage, Tramlines @ CADS

C.A.D.S, 7 Smithfield, Shalesmoor, S3 7AR.

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st July 2018

One more Waltz in The Courtyard, Free Entry.

Real Ale, Cider, Wines and Food Available.

Music available from 7.30 PM on Friday 20th July till Midnight and from 13.00 PM on Saturday 21st July till Midnight.

For more information contact either Jean 07795 203 867 or Tracey on 07903 440 314.

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4th Annual Rail, Ale & Blues Festival, Cleethorpes.


Date: 14-16 September

Details: 4th Annual Rail, Ale & Blues Festival, Cleethorpes. Lakeside station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0AG

We are attending the 4th Blues festival in Cleethorpes, Free Entry.

Friday 14th September from 7.00 PM, finishing Sunday 16th September band finish at 15.00 PM, see program for the great bands.

Over 50 Real Ale and Ciders, Food available and the Miniature Steam trains will be running for short trips all weekend.

The Campsite (Cleethorpes Showground Caravan Park, Meridian Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0AR, 07522 551 877) is right next door, book yourselves in, there is also various B&B accommodation or Hotels in Cleethorpes.

If you want to ask any questions text Tracey on 07903 440 314 or Jean on 07795 203 867

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Date: Monday 5th November, 7:15pm

Details: FIREWORKS FIREWORKS - Dam House, Crookes Valley Park Sheffield

Meeting 7.15 p.m. at the Nottingham House 164 Whitham Road Broomhill Sheffield S10 2SR.

At 7.30 p.m. we will set off to walk to Dam House Pub Mushroom Lane Sheffield S3 7NZ. Dam House is in Crookes Valley Park (next to Weston Park & across the road from Ponderosa Park).

Fireworks are due to start at 8.00 p.m.

Contact Tracey Lyne for further information 07903 440314

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More details and full booking information will be available nearer the time.

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