Welcome to the web site for the ex-Cheltenham YHA Group.
 
In 1951 several young people formed the Cheltenham Social Group of the Youth Hostels Association* They met socially on Thursday evenings at Northlands in Cheltenham, and at weekends visited many Youth Hostels either on foot or on bicycle.
Over the years the name changed to Cheltenham YHA Group; Cheltenham and Gloucester YHA Group.  Eventually the group became the Gloucestershire Outdoor Group.
This web site is about the activities of some of the members that were in the group in the late 1960s and 1970s and have met up again in recent years*** to rekindle old friendships and relive some of their experiences.  We hope you like it and will visit again.
 
 
Some of the Youth Hostels that we visited ...
* See the extract from a 1961 edition of the group's magazine (via 'Magazine' tab at top of page) for an article on the formation of the group.
** The choice of the name 'Bummel' for the group magazine is thought to have been inspired by the title of the Jerome K. Jerome book 'Three Men on the Bummel' (not perhaps as well known as 'Three Men in a Boat') about three men who go on a cycling tour in the Black Forest in Germany. In the early days the group probably did more cycle touring than walking, so 'Bummel' seems very appropriate!
*** Click here to see a newspaper article on how our 'reunions' started.
The Bummel**
 
is the name given to the regular magazine
of the Cheltenham YHA Group.
 
   From a German-English dictionary:
 
      Bummel nm. stroll
      Bummelei nf. stroll, loafing, negligence, indolence
      Bummler nm., Bummerlin nf. dawdler, loafer
 
   This succinctly describes us and our activities!


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Website update
Monday, 08 May, 2017
Some photos from our April 2017 walk in the Cotswold Water Park have now been added to the website.
Our next walk
Wednesday, 15 February, 2017
On 23rd April we will meet for our 2017 walk starting from the Gateway Centre at the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester.
Colin Hagger
Saturday, 01 October, 2016
We are sad to report the death of group member Colin Hagger, on 21st September 2016.
There will be a celebration service for Colin on Wednesday 12th October at Great Malven Priory.
No mourning dress please, at Colin's request.

Charmouth photos
Friday, 27 May, 2016
Some photos from our recent visit to Charmouth can now be seen on the website.
Website update
Sunday, 24 April, 2016
Some more photos from the 2015 walk have now been added to the website
John Boucher
Friday, 01 January, 2016
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our dear friend John Boucher. Please click on the heading above to go to a page where we will add more information as we have it.
Website update
Monday, 27 July, 2015
Some photos from the 2015 walk have now been added to the website
Next event
Monday, 06 April, 2015
In May next year (2016) we will be returning to Stonebarrow Manor, Charmouth, Dorset.
Next event
Wednesday, 05 November, 2014
Our next walk will be on Sunday 19th April 2015
Website update
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
Some photos from our May 2014 trip to Charmouth have now been added to the website.
Eddie Skinner
Monday, 03 February, 2014
As many members of our group will know, Eddie has recently had heart surgery (a double by-pass operation). Thankfully Eddie is now back home, but he has to take things easy.
Next event
Sunday, 21 April, 2013
Our next event will be a visit to Dorset in May 2014
M.B.E for group member
Saturday, 16 June, 2012
It has been announced that Gill Dawson (née Twiss) has been awarded the M.B.E in the Queen's Birthday Honours List
Colin Hagger
Tuesday, 28 February, 2012
We were sorry to hear that Colin Hagger has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Click on the heading above to go to Colin's blog for more info. and then the 'background' tab for how it all started.
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