Weekends Away


New Weekends Away Programme

  • Fri 25th – Sun 27th June – Pub Camping Weekend (Czes Wicherek)

  • Fri 2nd – Mon 5th July : Carry on up the Dart (Chris North)
  • Thu 22nd – Sun 25th July : Snowdonia (Robin Seymour & Vince Pyle)
  • Fri 30th July – Mon 2nd August : Reims Plan B – Cornwall (Al Denton-Miller)

  • Fri 13th – Sun 15th August : Cirencester Rally 2021 (Eileen Ostinelli)
  • Fri 20th – Sun 22nd August : Women in Motorcycling (Liz Getgood)
  • Fri 27th – Sun 29th August : Ironbridge Shropshire (Steve Routh)

  • Fri 24th – Sun 26th September – Rumble up the Arras (Roger Bonnici)

Assistant Director Paul Cutler co-ordinates the Weekends Away Programme

Friday 25th June – Sunday 27th June

Pub Camping Weekend (Czes Wicherek)

A relaxed weekend riding approximately two hundred miles or so with a couple of comfort breaks before arriving at the Bubble-car museum near Boston and setting up camp. Once refreshed, we’ll visit a local hostelry for something to eat, a few beers before retiring back to Base Camp for some more refreshment and a night under the stars.

The next day, we will get up (when we are ready); have breakfast ; ride down to the seafront at Skegness for lunch and maybe explore the local area for places of historical interest before returning to our camp base and getting ready for another evening out before returning to sit around under the stars.

The ride home will be a leisurely affair on the Sunday.

More details will be posted as they become available.

Contact Czes for more details and to book

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Friday 2nd July – Monday 5th July

Carry on up the Dart (Chris North)

This is a very chilled ride to the Palace Hotel (spa facilities and indoor pool), Paignton, Devon which is right on the sea front. On arrival a 6-course meal is included in the price, including bed and breakfast for 3 nights.

4 days, 3 nights. Total mileage 450, longest ride 175 miles. 10 Rooms currently reserved. Prices to be confirmed but roughly £130 for two B&B&D (6 course evening meals) per night. Price for single not confined either but is about £20 less than a double.

Depart from GH-D at 10.00am stopping on route at a pit stop location to be decided later. Then onto Palace Hotel, Paignton, Devon.

On Saturday the bikes are given a rest, and a short walk to Paignton Round Robin Steam Package train, currently at £30 per person, and for the over 65 at £28:50 per person (but prices not confirmed) for a fabulous trip along the River Dart Valley arriving at Dartmouth via a short ferry crossing.

A meander around the town, grab something to eat prior to a steamboat ride to Totnes, then an open top bus back to Paignton. The evening is a non-event, and for members to explore the town and then eat at the hotel which has a great bar and outlook over the beach and sea, plus live entertainment.

The following day is a ride into Brixham one of the largest fishing towns in the country. Fabulous fish & chips for lunch. Then do as one please, but to be back in time for dinner at the hotel.

The following morning and after a leisurely breakfast the ride back home. Leaving the hotel at about 10.30, returning via A303 and stopping at the Route A303 Cafe for a pit stop. Then onwards home.

Deposit of £25.00 per person (non-refundable) is required at booking. Members need to book directly with the hotel with no cost to Hogsback Chapter. Coded ref will be given to participants prior to booking with contact details of hotel etc, as I’ve negotiated the prices. This all depends on COVID restrictions being relaxed.


  • Double occupancy room now available at £134 for two DBB per night includes 6 course meals (3 nights).
  • Plus 2 tickets for the Round Robin Steam Train & River Cruise, includes open top bus. Price to be negotiated with previous participants who can’t now go.

Contact Ride Leader via email at chris.north@hogsbackchapteruk.org

Contact Chris for more details and to book

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Thursday 22nd July – Sunday 25th July

Snowdonia (Robin Seymour & Vince Pyle)

An interesting ride to one of the best little villages in North Wales. Suitable for all and no motorway riding, good food and stunning scenery.

  • Travel up on Thursday using A and B roads with a stop for lunch which will need to be pre ordered.
  • Friday and Saturday will be bimble throughout Snowdonia with visits to a castle or two and if you feel adventurous, we could try Zip World.
  • Travel back on Sunday using a different route and if we have time, we will take in the Elan Valley.

Cost: Rooms are £120 regardless of occupancy and breakfast £5 per head. Currently 17 rooms are booked with a further 8 available.

Contact Robin for more details and to book

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Friday 30th July -Monday 2nd August

Reims Plan B – Cornwall (Al Denton-Miller)

Due to Boris’ recent announcement, this year’s Reims trip is cancelled.

However there is a cunning “Plan B” of a trip to Cornwall for the same dates. I have managed to get some double rooms at the University of Falmouth campus. All have double beds, en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee facilities but bear in mind this is student accommodation so probably won’t be up to the usual 5 star Hogsback hotel standard😉 It will at least be a bed and a shower though and is fairly cost effective at £69 per room per night.

The plan so far is to ride down to Falmouth on the Friday, making a few stops along the way including lunch and fuel. Once checked in to our rooms, we can get freshened up and take a short bus ride into town to get fed and watered or just chill out on the campus where there is a small (licensed) café/restaurant and a shop selling food and booze.

For Saturday, a ride around the most southerly part of Cornwall. From Falmouth over Goonhilly Downs to Lizard Point and then to Penzance for lunch. Then a quick photo stop at Land’s End and on to St. Ives for ice cream, then back to Falmouth. About 100 miles in total.

On Sunday, a bit further north, up to Padstow via Newquay and the coast with a lunch stop and a bit of a wander round in Padstow then through Bodmin and St. Mawes back to Falmouth. About 100 miles in total.

Monday will be a leisurely ride back home, again with plenty of stops for fuel, lunch and coffee. About 250 miles to GH-D.

A limited number of rooms are available, so if you are interested, please email me at al.denton-miller@hogsbackchapteruk.org

Update : I am limiting it to 30 people in case CV19 restrictions don’t get fully lifted. As of right now, I have 28 people confirmed, so can accommodate 2 more – could be two singles or one couple. First come, first served.

Contact Al for more details and to book


Friday 13th August – Sunday 15th August

Cirencester Rally 2021 (Eileen Ostinelli)

The 4th edition of our legendary Cirencester Rally organised by the Hogsback Chapter. With UK and European guest chapters to be invited. On the grounds and with accommodation at the Royal Agricultural University. There is a lot of interest from other chapters for 2021.

Hogsback members should pay deposits (£50 per room) before we open up bookings to other chapters. Date to be confirmed. For anyone that moved their 2020 deposit to 2021 your booking is secure. If you had your 2020 deposit refunded you will need to book again. To avoid any disappointment, get your booking in quickly.

Room Availability: Double/twin rooms, Single rooms, plus very limited camping and Motor home/caravans

Cost: All meals + room or camping. Single £165, Twin £275, Double £285 All with ensuite bathrooms. Subject to change

Contact Eileen for more details and to book


Friday 20th August – Sunday 22nd August

Women in Motorcycling (Liz Getgood)

A fun and action-packed weekend that brings together female riders, from experienced riders to learners. At Tutbury Castle you will find bikes, clothing, accessories, tour, inspirational speakers, workshops and meet-ups all focused on women’s needs in motorcycle riding.

The (not just) LoH event of the year!

Contact Liz for more details and booking


Friday 27th August – Sunday 29th August

Ironbridge Shropshire (Steve Routh)

A World Heritage Site and the beating heart of the Industrial Revolution, the Ironbridge Gorge is home to some amazing museums that make for an unforgettable experience.

  • Friday a bimble up via Marlborough and the Cotswolds arriving around 4-5.00pm at our Hotel.
  • Saturday – a “Tour de Shropshire” which is a 90 mile ride with many stops at beautiful villages and a castle.
  • Sunday we will plan as we go with a visit to the Rock houses, Bridgnorth and Bwedley or visit the RAF Cosford museum as weather or people decide.
  • Monday a ride via different roads home via the Cotswolds.

Friday and Saturday evenings experience live music at the hotel in Ironbridge subject to change with Covid restrictions.!! https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/explore/blists-hill-victorian-town/

Accommodation: A superior room for two people (3 nights including breakfast) is £357.00. Slightly cheaper rooms for single occupancy

A change of Hotel now means that there are now an additional seven rooms available.

Contact Steve for more details and to book

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Friday 24th – Sunday 26th September

Rumble up the Arras (Roger Bonnici)

The weekend will be catering for all levels of rider and inclusive to trikes. We shall take a coastal route from Calais then inland to end up in Arras for a hearty lunch. Later in the evening we will have dinner in the centre of Arras.

Saturday we will peruse the massive
street markets before a possible ride out after lunch. Evening meal is planned for a centrally located restaurant. Sunday will be a casual scenic ride back to Calais. The expected mileage for the weekend should be around 250-300 miles.

Roger has EIGHTEEN rooms reserved with the Arras Ibis hotel with a mix of doubles, twin and single rooms for TWO nights including breakfast. Expect to pay per night approximately 80? per couple/double or twin room and 65? per single room. Local taxes taken into account.

There is a great interest in this weekend with people desperate to jump the queue so in fairness to all, people will have to get on the list quick by emailing me on roger.bonnici@hogsbackchapteruk.org and once confirmed following up by sending a deposit of £69.00 per room by BACS to

Hogsback Chapter; Sort Code 30-92-70; Acc No.Reference ARRAS (followed by your initials)
(Please note that deposits are non-refundable unless the room can be occupied by some other person. Deposits will be deducted from your final bill on departure)


All available 19 rooms on the Arras weekend have now been reserved. I’m assured that the hotel still has 2 more rooms available should we reserve them before Friday 22nd January. I will deem the reservations closed by that date. -RB

Only 1 room left now – RB

19/01/2021 – No rooms left ! – RB

08/03/2021 – Due to change of date for this trip, two double rooms now available – RB

Contact Roger for more details and booking

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