Wern Watkin club weekend away Fri 26 - Sun 28 Feb 2016

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Post by Jane Herrin » 04 Oct 2015 20:03

As the days become shorter and the nights grow longer and colder, it's time to think of the Beacon February escape. Rolling hills, fine food and fantastic company await you at the Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, (Llangattock,near Crickhowell, Powys) while the surrounding countryside offers great opportunities for cycling, sightseeing, canoeing, or walking.

Those of us who stayed at Wern Watkin last year thought it to be the best bunkhouse that the club has used during this successful series of early Spring escapes, so do join us in 2016.

More details can be found for the 5 star bunkhouse at www.wernwatkin.co.uk

I am now taking names and deposits.

The accommodation cost will £44.00 per person for two nights plus a modest charge for the meal in on Saturday evening, menu to be revealed nearer to the time.

Please post below if you would like to go and let me have a deposit of £20.00 per person, cheques to be made payable to 'Beacon R C C'.

It would be great to welcome some new people as well as the loyal regulars.

If you would like to know more please send me a pm or telephone on 01527 834921.

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Post by CakeStop » 04 Oct 2015 20:22

Yes please Jane, it was a cracking weekend this year.
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Post by charlie » 09 Oct 2015 16:20

Yes please, both of us would like to go.

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Post by David Cole » 09 Oct 2015 18:27

Count us in please Jane. Ann and Dave.
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Post by George » 12 Oct 2015 00:36

£20 paid by BACS.

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Post by Jane Herrin » 13 Oct 2015 20:33

Those signed up so far

Steve Smith
Tony Webb
Jane Herrin
Dave Cole
Ann Cole
Charlie Skinner
Andrene Skinner
George Barker
Bob Green
Carole Green
Alan Nicholls
Dave Hughes
Anne Hughes
Gary Mac
Michelle McGuirk
Andy Terry
Clare Abbiss
Martin McGowan
Laurence Cooley
Ken Haddon
Pat Haddon
Sheila Shayes
Chris Hudson
Mike Kedian
Alan Weaver
Lucy Weaver
Dave Little

That's brilliant keep the names coming for this great weekend.
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Post by Andy Terry » 23 Oct 2015 18:43

Please add Andy Terry and Clare Abbiss.

£40 deposit paid by BACS transfer.

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Post by AlanW » 06 Jan 2016 19:32

£40 paid by BACS for Lucy and l
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Post by George » 07 Jan 2016 09:19

I shall be riding there and back. If anyone else is doing the same, I'd be pleased to link up (although, of course, I'm already a third of the way there).

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Post by AlanW » 07 Jan 2016 13:16

George wrote:I shall be riding there and back. If anyone else is doing the same, I'd be pleased to link up (although, of course, I'm already a third of the way there).
Hmm....I wondered about riding there, but fearful that if I suggest it then MrsW might have something to say... :shock:
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Post by laurence_cooley » 07 Jan 2016 13:35

George wrote:I shall be riding there and back. If anyone else is doing the same, I'd be pleased to link up (although, of course, I'm already a third of the way there).
I was in two minds whether to ride like last year, or get a lift and take my bike and plan a longer ride for the Saturday instead.

Martin, are you keen to ride there again?

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Post by George » 07 Jan 2016 14:54

It's a much shorter ride from my house. I haven't planned a route yet, but I would think it's only 60-70 miles. Anyone who doesn't fancy the whole slog both ways to/from B'ham may want to consider getting dropped off at our place by a partner en route, or driving over and leaving the car in our lay-by for a couple of days. (Parking space is limited; 2 cars max, in addition to ours.) Drawback is that my pace may be a little sedate for some of the younger/keener members of the group. At that time of year on a heavy bike, I would probably expect to do 15-16mph, but if there's a SW wind (quite common in Feb) it may be a case of grovelling down and flying back.

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Post by CakeStop » 07 Jan 2016 17:38

Similar to last year I'll probably do a leisurely 50 mile ride from Ledbury with a pub lunch stop and then a slightly shorter ride back to Hereford.
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Post by Andy Terry » 14 Jan 2016 21:30

Possible walk for Saturday:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11811674

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Post by Jane Herrin » 28 Jan 2016 09:46

Nearly time for our second visit to the 5 star luxury bunk house that is Wern Watkin. The format will be much the same as last year, fish and chips on the Friday evening and the traditional fine feast on Saturday of :-

A glass of bubbly and nibbles to start

For the main course a delicious spaghetti bolognese. To be accompanied by whatever beverage alcoholic or otherwise you choose to bring.

Followed by the famous Cartmel Sticky Pudding with either custard or cream

Tea or coffee



Here are a few reminders of stuff to bring for the weekend:

Torch
Food for breakfast, packed lunch, snacks etc.
Drinks
Towels
Money

Things provided:

Bed linen and pillows

To save there being several cartons of milk etc. I will bring for a bulk supply of :-

Milk (semi skinned)
Sugar
Tea bags
Coffee
Red and brown sauce
Vinegar
Salt & pepper
Kitchen roll
Tin foil
Napkins


The bunkhouse is available to us from 4pm. on Friday. The owner of the bunkhouse is happy for cars to be parked outside the front doors for unloading but request they be moved to the parking area afterwards.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

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Post by Jane Herrin » 28 Jan 2016 10:09

There are still 3 places available for this weekend, so go put your name down. It's such a friendly and sociable time, you can cycle, walk or sightsee as much or as little as you want.

If anyone would like any further information please call or pm me.

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Post by Jane Herrin » 05 Feb 2016 17:53

As our weekend away to the bunk house gets closer, it's time to think about your Fish and Chip order for the Friday night. Please post your food order below.

Tone and me - Fish and Chips twice plus one mushy peas.

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Post by Jane Herrin » 05 Feb 2016 17:56

A gentle reminder, for those who have not yet paid their deposits - pay up or I will send the 'boys' round. Thank you.

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Post by George » 05 Feb 2016 20:41

My fish & chips order is as follows:

-----1 x fish & chips

With thanks to the fetcher(s).

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Post by Andy Terry » 05 Feb 2016 21:16

Fish and chips twice, please.

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Post by CakeStop » 05 Feb 2016 21:36

1 x fish & chips please
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Post by martin mc » 05 Feb 2016 21:44

Hi,can I order a fish n chips please. Many thanks,
Martin.

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Post by AlanW » 06 Feb 2016 07:30

2 x fish and chips please

Thanks
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Post by AlanW » 06 Feb 2016 07:34

I dont know what plans people are doing in terms of riding there/back, but Steve Smith and I have discussed catching the train to Ledbury and then take a leisurely ride (via a pub stop for lunch) to the Bunk House.

The return trip will be riding back to Hereford and then train it home from there.
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Post by George » 08 Feb 2016 16:41

AlanW wrote:I dont know what plans people are doing in terms of riding there/back, but Steve Smith and I have discussed catching the train to Ledbury and then take a leisurely ride (via a pub stop for lunch) to the Bunk House.

The return trip will be riding back to Hereford and then train it home from there.
I'll be riding both ways, but I'm not sure that my plans easily fit in with what you describe, Alan. From the responses to my earlier post, I guessed that I would be riding on my own this time, and have accordingly planned an outward route of 113km (lunch at Eardisley) and a return route of 107km (lunch at Newent). Both routes look like being quite slow going. I'm targeting 24kph, but will plan for the possibility of a slower speed if the weather/wind are against me.

What about the Saturday? Who's cycling and who's walking? I shall be cycling, but have no fixed plans. Laurence and Martin: are you still planning a longer ride? How long and how fast?

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Post by laurence_cooley » 08 Feb 2016 18:21

I was planning on following Steve and Alan's plan of getting the train part of the way, so that I could get a decent ride in on the Saturday, but I haven't looked into routes yet. I'd probably plan something close to 100 km, but some company would be nice so I'm happy to listen to suggestions, including for shorter rides.

Fish and chips with mushy peas for me, please. No vinegar.

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Post by George » 08 Feb 2016 18:34

laurence_cooley wrote:I'd probably plan something close to 100 km, but some company would be nice so I'm happy to listen to suggestions, including for shorter rides.
Anything up to 100km is fine by me, Laurence. My only reservation was that you and Martin might be planning a hard ride by your own standards, which would probably be an impossible ride by my standards. Since I'll be riding alone on Friday and probably a lot of Sunday (I might start out with the train party), a group ride on Saturday would suit me well.

Inevitably all plans are provisional, because in that area at that time of year, the weather is always liable to intervene.

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Post by Andy Terry » 08 Feb 2016 19:00

I have planned an 11 mile walk for the Saturday. It should take 5-6 hours and we will need to take packed lunches.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11811674

The walk starts by descending from the bunkhouse to join the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal near Llangattock. The canal is followed for about 2 miles before we leave it to follow a south west course, gradually ascending, over fields, lanes and a couple of road crossings to reach Craig y Castell. The walk then heads south east on high ground to skirt the south side of the impressive cliff face of Craig y Cilau before dropping down to Darren Cilau. From here it is an easy mile back to the bunkhouse for tea and cake.

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Post by Jane Herrin » 08 Feb 2016 19:24

Fish chips and mushy peas for Mike Kedian please.

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Post by bobg » 08 Feb 2016 20:12

Fish & chips for 2 please Dave
There is not a hill that is to steep to walk up.

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Post by Patch » 12 Feb 2016 18:31

Hi Jane. It's just going to be me. I'll sort my deposit out. Dave I'll have fish and chips please.
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Post by martin mc » 12 Feb 2016 21:53

Hi,can I order chips n fish for one. Would anyone be able to transport a bag from Birmingham to bunkhouse? I'd love to cycle at least part way if weather permits but don't want to presume.

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Post by bobg » 13 Feb 2016 09:22

Hi Martin, I can help with the bag if. You can get it to me in Bromsgrove on Thursday.
Cheers Bob
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Post by DavOz » 13 Feb 2016 09:48

Fish & chips for 1 please Dave

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Post by Jane Herrin » 13 Feb 2016 18:03

Fish and chips for Alan Nicholls please.

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Post by Jane Herrin » 15 Feb 2016 17:17

Still a few places for this great weekend, come on it's not too late to join in.

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Post by gmac » 22 Feb 2016 19:03

Hi Dave
Could we have fish and chips twice plus one curry sauce please.
Cheers Gary

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Post by martin mc » 22 Feb 2016 21:50

bobg wrote:Hi Martin, I can help with the bag if. You can get it to me in Bromsgrove on Thursday.
Cheers Bob
Hi Bob, I've arranged to get bag to bunkhouse with Mrs Weaver but thank you for the offer.

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Post by AlanW » 24 Feb 2016 06:41

That's all very formal Mr McGowan
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Post by martin mc » 24 Feb 2016 08:35

Sorry Alan, didn't know if Bob would know who I meant if I said Lucy so no offence meant. Oh dear I think i'll need panniers at this rate.

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Post by AlanW » 24 Feb 2016 09:12

martin mc wrote:Sorry Alan, didn't know if Bob would know who I meant if I said Lucy so no offence meant. Oh dear I think i'll need panniers at this rate.
How could I ever take offence at that Mart, you calling round later to drop your bag off? Or do you want to borrow my panniers now..... :wink:
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Post by gmac » 24 Feb 2016 14:44

Michelle Chris and I will be walking to Crickhowell on Saturday. Where we will try out one or all of the eight pubs it has to offer. It's about three miles and should take roughly an hour and twenty to get there.
Your all more than welcome to join us.
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Ps. Will be having lunch there as well.

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Post by Jane Herrin » 24 Feb 2016 19:23

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday, have a good journey out.

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Post by George » 25 Feb 2016 11:58

Pressure of work has prevented me properly researching any interesting routes/destinations for cycling on Saturday. As a fall-back option, I've quickly plotted a 39km route past the two reservoirs to Brecon Mountain Railway at Pant, where there's a café. If someone else has a more interesting cycling proposal for Saturday, I'll tag along. Otherwise, I'll ride to Pant and back (round trip 78km), if necessary on my own, but preferably with a bit of company. Current forecast is for a dry, overcast day, about 5C - not at all bad for cycling. But it looks as if I (and others) may get a shower of rain on the way down on Friday afternoon.

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Post by AlanW » 25 Feb 2016 12:38

Unless things change between now and tomorrow morning, but the plan so far is for Martin and myself to jump on the 10:08 train from Bromsgrove station. And fingers crossed that Steve and Laurence will also be on the same train!

Arriving at Ledbury for 10:57
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Post by laurence_cooley » 25 Feb 2016 19:42

See you on the train, Alan.

George, I plotted this route, which is part of a ride that I did with Tim and Stuart on New Year's Day: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/11704244. Quite a lot of it is on main roads, so perhaps not it's the most attractive option, but I'd like to revisit parts of it. Perhaps we can compare routes tomorrow evening and decide on what to do?

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Post by George » 25 Feb 2016 20:00

laurence_cooley wrote:Perhaps we can compare routes tomorrow evening and decide on what to do?
Yes, sure. I only plotted my route in case nothing else was planned. A significant part of your route coincides with mine, anyway.

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Post by George » 28 Feb 2016 17:46

Many thanks, especially to Jane and Tony, but also to all the cooks and helpers of other kinds, for another great bunkhouse weekend!

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Post by CakeStop » 28 Feb 2016 17:54

Many thanks to Jane and everybody else that helped - thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
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Post by AlanW » 28 Feb 2016 20:25

Just to echo what George and Steve have already said, a big thank you to everyone that made it happen, cracking weekend.

Alan & Lucy
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