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

The Clarion Call - Folk Dancing evening


Date: Fri 25th Oct
Time: 7:30pm

Details: Come and enjoy a great evening’s entertainment celebrating our rambling heritage!

Songs are drawn from old Clarion Ramblers’ handbooks as well as being inspired by the events of the times.

Key figures such as Edward Carpenter, G.H.B. (Bert) Ward, Ethel Gallimore and, later, Alfred Wainwright are centre stage in this “folk opera” of the rambling movement.

Stunning archive and contemporary photographs give a wonderful visual context to catchy songs and choruses that will play in your head long after the evening ends.

Please come along, sing along and have a really enjoyable evening.

Don’t delay - Tickets will be in demand for this event. just £5 on the door Or you can also book online via Eventbrite

Folk Evening with Clarion Call,
Shakespeares Pub, Gibraltar St. Sheffield
Friday Oct 25th from 7:30pm

Promoted by the Sheffield Ramblers Group - tickets can also be obtained from their Secretary or 0784-253-0128

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Path Warden Volunteer Meeting


Date: Monday 28th October
Time: 7pm

Details: Hi Folks,

We are holding a meeting on Monday 28th October, 7pm, to get all the path wardens together, meeting at The Florentine, Tapton Park Rd, Sheffield S10 3FG (big free car park). We are meeting in one of their meeting rooms (ask at the bar for Jeremy, or the Ramblers meeting).

The meeting is to do two things - divide up the paths between the various volunteers, and to run through how to report problems.

If you can't make the meeting, but still want to help the project, please let me know (email:, and also approximately where you live, so we can allocate you some paths to check.

Essentially to report a problem you just need to email to me the details, exact location and a photo, but to make that process easier (for me and you), I have created a web utility, that you can access via the web browser on your phone.

This utility can be used to directly email in a report, or you can just use it to get the exact grid reference, then make a note, take a photo, and email them all to me later.

It would be good if you could try it out in advance, to see if it works, but if you have problems with it, we can run through it at the meeting.

The link to the web utility is

When you first use the utility, it will ask for permission to access your location, and to take photos. It may need reloading after giving it permission - if it doesn't work, just try it again.

The utility shows you a form, with the location at the top (including how accurately it has found the position), and the following to fill in:
- Dropdown of categories
- Box to type a note into
- Button to take a photo
- Name and email fields (these are remembered the first time you enter them)
- Submit button

When you submit a report it will shrink down the photo (to save you on data charges) and then email you and me the report.

I am hoping that it will work out at about 15 miles per person - two mornings or afternoons a year.

We are only going to cover paths in Sheffield. If you go to it will show you all the paths in the area. You can click on a path to see if it is in Sheffield or elsewhere.

Any queries, please email me at


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Fireworks Fireworks!!


Date: Tuesday 5th Nov 2019
Time: 6pm

Details: FIREWORKS FIREWORKS Tuesday 5th November 2019 Dam House, Crookes Valley Park Sheffield

Meeting first at the Nottingham House 164 Whitham Road Broomhill Sheffield S10 2SR.

For those who would like to eat before the fireworks, please join Jean at the Nottingham House at 6.00 p.m. where Pie & Peas can be purchased over the bar. Please text Jean to let her know you will be dining so she can book a table 07795 203867.

For those not wishing to dine, meet 7.15 p.m. at Nottingham House.

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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Annual General Meeting


Date: Thursday 14th Nov
Time: 7:30pm

Details: Dear SWG40s member,

Our AGM will be held on Thursday, 14th November 7:30pm at The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield. S3 8SA.

All members are invited to attend.

At the AGM a new committee will be elected. There are six roles that make up our committee. If you are interested in any of the roles please put your name forward with the name of your proposer and seconder, via email, to the committee by 18th October 2019.

Vacancies – Walks Co-ordinator. Julie is no longer able to continue in the role so now is your chance to join the team that runs the group.

I am pleased to announce that the rest of the committee members are standing for re-election.

Chair – Wayne Grounsell
Secretary – Bev Kenyon
Treasurer – Peter Robinson
Socials and Weekends Away Co-ordinator– Tracey Lyne
Walks Co-ordinator – Vacancy
Web Editor – Jez Kenyon

There is a brief description of what each role entails on our website. If you would like any more information please ask the relevant current committee member, via email or on a walk.

Many thanks,

The Committee

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Christmas Dinner


Date: Sun 15th Dec
Time: 5:30pm

Details: 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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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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