2011-2012 Calendar

Programme 2011-2012


October 4 John Blashford Snell

1) In the Footsteps of Colonel Fawcett and
2) An Ancient Waterway Between the Pacific & the Atlantic

1) First John follows the path taken by Colonel Percy Fawcett in Bolivia & after the break will describe the seeking & finding of a water way across Nicaragua before the building of the Panama Canal

October 18 Mike Unwin Swaziland
A tiny kingdom but harbouring wealth of delights – breathtaking scenery, pageantry, big game and Excellent rock art and much more.
November 1 Mike Laird Burke and Wills – on Your Bike!
Mike Laird’s solo cycle marathon of 3400kms across Australia in the footsteps of the first trans Australian crossing in 1860.  
November 15   Members Social
November 29 David Edwards New Zealand – Land of Wonder
Join David for two months of exploring and trekking in this beautiful and varied country.
December 13 Nick Laing  Vladivostok and Bust
Nick recounts his 8000 mile journey by motor bike from London to Vladivostok across Russia Passing through St. Petersburg, Moscow,across Siberia to Irkutsk & on to the east coast.



3 John Richardson  The Falklands & South Georgia
Wildlife and wild scenery of this wonderful part of the world, and a little about the endurance and leadership of Sir Ernest Shackleton during his escape from the grip of Antarctica.


17 John Gimlette The Wild Coast – Guiana
The Guianas have always defied human kind. Despite 400 years of colonial effort, they remain some of the wildest,weirdest and most beautiful lands on the continent.


7 Chris Bradley Treasures of the Silk Road 
Stretching 8,000kms across deserts and mountains from China to the Mediterranean, the Silk Road is the greatest trade route the world has ever known.
February 21 John Pilkington A Short Stroll Through the Middle East
Lebanon,Syria, Iraq and Iran are in the news for all the wrong reasons, but John spent six months travelling through them and found nothing but warmth and generosity.


6 Robin Bayley

Two Journeys to Mexico – A Hundred Years Apart (note programme change)
Acclaimed author, Robin Bayley, talks about his great grandfather’s journey to Mexico in the 1890s and the journey he himself did in his footsteps and the extraordinary discovery he made when he got there.


20 Fran Sandham A Solo Walk Across Africa
Critically acclaimed author &  former Rough Guides editor, Fran Sandham, tells the humerous &engaging story of his remarkable 3000 mile trek from Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to the Indian ocean near Zanzibar.


3 Paul Whittle

1) Hill Stations of the Raj and
2) Steaming On

1) Nostalgic reminders of the Raj: tea gardens, stunning mountain scenery & 4 very special rail journeys, including the ‘Toy Train to Darjeeling.
2) The very best of the UK’s steam heritage railways. Old locomotives,carriages,stations and scenic views recreating travel from a more leisurely time


17 AGM and Jean and Harry Wickens

Easter Island
A trip to see the mysterious statues on one of the remotest islands in the world, & the Tapatai Nui Festival.