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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

(fully booked) Christmas Dinner


Date: Sun 15th Dec
Time: 4:30pm

Details: Fully booked!

We are having our annual Christmas Dinner at the White Lion pub in Great Longstone. For those that don’t know this is a laid-back, cosy, bar-restaurant serving cask ales and good food.

The Christmas Dinner is £19.95 per person for a 3-course dinner extra £1.95 for coffee/tea with mini mince pie. There is an excellent menu choice including gluten free and vegetarian. If you have an intolerance or allergy to any food, please add this info when you book.

There are limited places available so book early to avoid disappointment. All orders must be paid for in full and placed by SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER as the pub needs final numbers.
Payments by bank transfer to Sheffield 40s walking group, Account 20198167 Sort Code 60-83-01, using the reference "White Lion".

Christmas Menu:

Please pay your £19.95 into the group account and email your menu choices with the subject title ‘White lion’ to - payments are due on booking.

The White Lion is on Main Street, Great Longstone, Bakewell, DE45 1TA. There is a large car park behind the pub or on street parking.

Short and long walks will be organised to coincide with the Christmas Dinner.

Any questions you can text Tracey on 07903 440 314 or email the above email.

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Xmas Boogie


Date: Friday 20th Dec

Details: Boogie time!

We are having an event on the 20th December 7.30 pm to celebrate Christmas, at the Showroom Café Bar, Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX. At the rear of the main bar is a private room with its own bar with plenty of space for dancing or for people to sit and talk.

We are having a DJ (Roy) who will do the disco for us, he uses CD’s from the 60’s to the present day, but if you have a particular band you would like to hear, you can fetch your own CD’S and he will play them.

There is one hand pulled beer in our room, with another two in the main bar, and there is also Thatcher’s cider and lager on the tap, various gins, as well as other spirits, wines.

Food will be served at 8.00 pm and will be a mix of hot turkey, pork, chicken and vegetarian sausage (for vegetarian’s this needs to be requested on booking) with new potatoes and gravy. We can supply Gluten free bread but this needs to be requested on booking.

The price is £16 per person. Payments by bank transfer to Sheffield 40s walking group, Account 20198167 Sort Code 60-83-01, using the reference "Showroom". Please then send an email to to tell me you are coming and if you need any Dietary requirements (veg or Gluten free), by the 6th December.

Any questions please text Tracey on 07903 440 314 or email the group.

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New Year in Whitby


Date: 29th Dec - 2nd Jan

Details: New Year in Whitby 29th Dec - 2nd Jan - £120 for 4 nights.

We are going to Whitby for New Year!

Hanover Cottage is an impressive 5-bedroom house. The accommodation sleeps up to 10 guests and provides everything needed for an enjoyable and comfortable stay. Rather unusually for Whitby, the property has private driveway parking for 4 cars, a conservatory and beautiful enclosed gardens. Located on Prospect Hill, you can reach the town centre and harbour by foot in 5 minutes and public transport is easily accessed nearby.

There is unlimited Wi-Fi, bed linen and towels. Access is available from 3pm on a Sunday. The owners provide a lot of items to ensure guests have a hassle-free and home from home experience. Good quality bed linen is provided along with mattress protectors, anti-allergy duvets, pillows, and bath / hand towels. There is a garage storage for bikes if required, just ask for a garage key when you arrive.

We will put various walks on, info to be added at a later time (maybe a linear walk from Staines to Whitby (long walk) or Runswick bay to Whitby (shorter walk), catch the bus there and walk back. Then the other coastal walk is, to Robin hoods bay and back to Whitby via the bus and walking back. (To be decided later) as well as other walks taking us inland.

We will provide dinner in house for 3 out of the 4 nights, probably dinning out for one night. Breakfast and lunches to be provided for by yourselves.

If you would like to go please email the gmail to secure your place and send in a deposit (once your place has been confirmed) of £45, to the Account: 20198167, Sort Code: 60-83-01, reference: Whitby.

We will look at other properties if there is enough interest to fill another house or people can book their own accommodation, just let me know you are coming. If you would like to ask me any questions you can email me at the gmail or text me, Tracey 07903 440 314

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[Fully booked] Introduction to Madeira - 6 days away in the sun


Date: 14-19 March 2020

Details: *** This trip is now fully booked ***

Member organised Madeira trip - by our very own Madeiran, Ze Nobrega.

** So far there is a high number of members interested which is great. However, due to the specific nature of walks in Madeira-"levadas, tunnels, high mountains, transport, etc the number of applicants will be limited to approximately 18 people in order to maintain Health and Safety during the walks. Therefore, could you please let me know if you are thinking to book your flight. **

Hello everybody I am from Madeira and would like to introduce you all to this beautiful volcanic and rugged Island not only with tropical flowers but also with the 2nd highest sea cliff in the world. You will enjoy organised walks and site seeing with amazing views. There will be opportunities to explore the old “levadas”, natural pebbly beaches and tasting exotic fruits and local food and wine.

You will have plenty of hiking thrills when walking above the clouds! The walks, site seeing and activities will take place from Saturday 14th to Thursday 19th March 2020. Most flights to Madeira are on Fridays and Mondays with easy jet and Jet 2 from Manchester and East Midlands. Please note that there is a cheap flight with easy jet from Manchester on Friday 13th March and back on Friday the 20th March 2020. If you are committed going to book as early as you can! I would appreciate if by October 2019 I could have the number of people booked so that I can discuss further the arrangements with Madeira Travel Company in order to arrange transport for some walks.

The accommodation: Try to book your own accommodation, but please note that we will be meeting in Funchal to start most of our walks and sightseeing. Therefore, try to book any kind of accommodation around Funchal. Not too far away from the Farmers Market-Mercado dos Lavradores or the Historical Centre of Funchal ie Cidade Velha. There is the Oudinot Shopping Centre very close to Farmers Market and the Historical Centre. I was told that there will be Apartments T1 T2 and T3 to rent in March. You can mention that you belong to the Ramblers Sheffield group organised by Ze when contacting: +351969496666 Address: Rua Brigadeiro Oudinot 2 9060-209 Funchal

Please note that Madeira has a lot of tourism and have a variety of accommodation to offer from hostels to 5 star hotels so feel free to choose your own accommodation around Funchal. Walks activities I will lead the walks myself, but will get a company to provide transport as necessary for some walks. It will be mainly B2 walks, but due to the nature of the Madeira volcanic terrain, irrigation channels- “levadas” and beautiful scenery across mountains some walks will have high drops but there will be some handrails on the side. However, not advisable for people who suffer from vertigo! Insurance in Madeira is an autonomic region of Portugal, therefore is part of the Common I assume that you will need your own insurance.

If you want more information please email me on: I hope when I know the number of people going I will be able to produce a plan for the week in Madeira.

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North Kesteven Walking Festival Weekend


Date: 17th-19th July 2020

Details: A group booking will be arranged in the Lincoln area tie up with the Festival.

More info to follow.

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Pitlochry Walking Week


Date: 21-28 August 2020

Details: We are planning a week away in Pitlochry, Perthshire (the heart of Scotland) on 21 August 2020.
Pitlochry is a town with a number of interesting shops, cafes and hostelries and is on the edge of The Cairngorms National Park which offers some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
We are going for seven days so there will be plenty of time to do lots of walking and sightseeing.

If you are interested in staying in group accommodation please let us know by the
Thursday 12th DECEMBER (election day) so that we can secure the property.

We have seen a fabulous property for 14 people. The cost will be approximately £200 per person for 7 days based on full occupancy (double and twin rooms)

Bookings and deposit will be open in January on a first come first served basis day with an opening day.

The house may be used as a base for anyone wanting to book their own accommodation for 7 days or less.

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