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Annual General Meeting of Long Distance Walkers Association

Over the last twenty years the Association has combined its Annual General Meeting with a walking/social weekend. Thanks to a lot of hard work by the Organisers the weekend has become a very popular event. The weekend includes a walking programme which caters for all abilities, a Gala Dinner, Barn Dance, a Speaker and the Annual General Meeting.

Geoff Saunders (MerseyStride) worked wonders consistently over 11 years finding good quality hotels with leisure facilities at very reasonable prices.  Reg Kingston took over from him in 2010 and organised very successful AGM weekends for the following five years – Skipton (2010), Axbridge (2011), Grange over Sands (2012), Malvern (2013) and Harrogate (2014) and they were all very well supported.  Katie Hunt organised AGM weekends at Sutton Scotney in 2015, Buxton in 2016 and Milton Keynes in 2017 and Bill Fear organised the 2018 AGM weekend at Broughton.

2018 LDWA AGM and Social Weekend – Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018

The 2018 LDWA AGM is based at Forest Pines Hotel, Broughton, Lincolnshire, DN20 0AQ.

The venue offers modern hotel, leisure and conference facilities. There is a swimming pool, sauna and steam room (free of charge for residents) and golf and spa facilities available at discounted rates.

Separate details of the AGM Weekend are in this leaflet.


Walk to the AGM from Hull bus station.

Registration from 3.00pm.

Evening meal served from 7.00pm until 8.30pm

    Quiz: organised by Norman Corrin and Steve Smith , Beds, Bucks and Northants (BBN) group
    Workshop: Mountain leader Training – “Is it for me?” led by Bill Fear


Breakfast from 7.00am

Choice of 3 Walks:
    A: 24 miles Coach to Tealby, walk back to hotel. Coach leaves at 7.45am.
    B: 18 miles Industrial Heritage Walk. Circular walk from the hotel. Start 9.00am.
    C: 12 miles Circular walk from the hotel to Brigg. Start 9.00am.
Trip: to Lincoln. Coach leaves hotel at 10.00am.
    Will include a visit to either the cathedral or the castle (Magna Carta), lunch and shopping.
Workshop: Outdoor First Aid. Time to be confirmed, but likely to be 9.00am – 5.00pm.
    Free, but spaces are limited to 16. Book by 20th December 2017.

Gala Dinner: 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.
    After dinner speaker: Phoebe Smith


Breakfast from 7.00am

AGM starts 10.00am
    1st AGM Booklet 2018
: includes Agenda, Election Statements, Accounts, revised Articles of Association and Bylaws
    2nd AGM Booklet 2018
: includes reports from NEC members, and emerging information from the Business Plan
    The Story So Far: 1972-2017
    Tea/coffee and biscuits around 12.30pm.

TO BOOK:  Complete these forms.

Leadership workshop – Friday evening.
Led by Bill Fear

The Leadership workshop will present some of the basics of outdoor leadership training and the important elements and characteristics of leaders. This is set in the context of [mountain] leadership. There will be time for discussion and people attending the workshop are encouraged to share their experiences and take part in discussion. The question posed by the workshop is: ‘Is outdoor leadership training and qualification relevant to the LDWA and what are the implications?’

First Aid Course – Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm (tbc).
The First Aid course will focus on delivering first aid in the ‘wilderness’. That is, when there is no medical help immediately available. The course is certificated but this is not a formal qualification (formal first aid qualifications are a minimum of 16 hours). It is a good introduction to providing first aid in the sort of situations we may find ourselves in during a walk. It is well suited to walk leaders and other responsible parties on a walk. It also provides a good introduction/refresher to administering first aid ‘outdoors’.

Saturday evening speaker: Phoebe Smith.
Phoebe is an adventurer, author, editor, presenter, speaker and filmmaker. She is the editor of Wanderlust Travel Magazine and an extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer. Phoebe was the first person to sleep at all the extreme points of mainland Britain – including the centremost point – which she did solo, on consecutive nights in 2014. She has completed the Three Peaks Sleeps Challenge – in which she overnighted on the summits of the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland. She is also the author of 7 books including the bestselling Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper, Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain's Rugged Corners and the first ever guidebook to Britain’s free-to-stay-in mountain shelters – The Book of the Bothy. Please visit her website to find out more:
Phoebe visits Spithope Bothy with Clare Balding in this episode of Ramblings.


Steph Carter has arranged a walk TO the AGM Venue on Friday.
A 23.2 mile walk from Hull bus station.
Route: Transpennine Trail and briefly Yorkshire Wolds Way along waterside to the Humber Bridge, cross the Humber then follow Viking way - waterside to South Ferriby, then inland to Horkstow Hall. Here head west to Weir Dyke and follow Footpath south to leave it for Broughton, and then south to Forest Pines (road has a pavement path).
For those wanting to leave their car at Forest Pines, bus number 4 07.40 from Hotel to Scunthorpe Bus Station (arrives 08.03) then bus 350 to Hull dep 08.14 arrives 09.36.
Walk starts at 09.36 and should take about 9 hours to arrive back at the hotel for around 18:30.


For all Saturday walks, you need to make arrangements for lunch. You can order a packed lunch from the hotel (cost tbc) on Friday afternoon. Food shops are available in Caistor (A walk only) Brigg and Broughton.
There will be a small charge for the coach (cost to be confirmed)
A map copy for each route option will be available at Registration.

A: Lincolnshire County Top Walk - 24 miles - Transport to leave FPH at 07.45. Walk starts 08.30.
Linear route starts at Tealby and follows the Viking Way north through quiet villages and points of interest including the Ramblers Church and the Roman town of Caistor, leaving the VW at Somerby to head W through Brigg and back to FPH. Minimal road walking.

B: Industrial Heritage Walk - 18 miles – Start 09.00.
Circular route from the hotel through woodland with views of current and past industrial activity before entering the Ancholme valley and heading S towards Brigg. The circuit is completed by returning to the hotel via the river and a stretch of Roman road, Ermine St.

C: Brigg Walk - 12 miles - Start at 09.00.
Circular route from the hotel via Broughton, tracks and paths to Brigg market place. Time for shopping or a short guided tour or refreshments then return to FPH via river Ancholme and Broughton village. Could be done one-way with a taxi/service bus to or from Brigg.