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Weekends away for single person 50ish - walking or such like?

(21 Posts)
thefrozensouth Thu 20-Jun-13 19:58:54

This year I find myself single again after being dumped by my arsehole DP and with no one to go on holiday with.

But, onwards and upwards - I'm feeling (mostly) positive about the future. I'd like to try a weekend away, perhaps with other single people of a similar age. I like walking and outdoor pursuits. I checked what the Ramblers had to offer - but not much weekend activity and mostly older people.

Anything spring to mind?

BMW6 Thu 20-Jun-13 20:05:25

What about volunteering for clearing river banks of rubbish / weeds etc - can;t remember the organization involved tho, sorry sad

TheOwlService Thu 20-Jun-13 20:15:15

National Trust Working Holidays? Check out the website ..... smile

LineRunner Thu 20-Jun-13 20:20:52

Have you thought about volunteering on an archaeological excavation?

Or a geological/palaeontological project?

You don't have to live in a tent...

LineRunner Thu 20-Jun-13 20:21:38

Or we could just go off and get pissed on a barge together and read Jane Austen books ... grin

Frostybean Thu 20-Jun-13 20:22:22

Where abouts are you OP? What about Spice UK? They do lots of things for all age groups. Are you an outgoing type or a quiet type?

thefrozensouth Thu 20-Jun-13 20:55:08

Lots of brilliant ideas here grin

Frosty I'm in Shropshire and I'd say I'm somewhere in between outgoing and quiet IYSWIM. I'm not too good in large groups - not loud and bubbly -much better one to one or in a small group.

thefrozensouth Thu 20-Jun-13 20:56:45

Line Jane Austen you say? smile

thefrozensouth Thu 20-Jun-13 20:58:52

Line where does one find a geological/palaeontological project?

Twink Thu 20-Jun-13 21:15:28

Have a look at www.pyb.co.uk/ they have some fantastic holidays, walking at all levels plus loads of other stuff (climbing, biking, kayaking, wildflowers, first aid etc). The centre is amazing, staff are the best in the business, but best of all, as a single, it's all really friendly, I first went after I was widowed. I've been loads of times now, sometimes with a mate, with my daughter as well as on my own and never failed to meet like-minded people, many of whom have stayed friends afterwards.

They also do last minute price reductions if you can be flexible.

LineRunner Thu 20-Jun-13 21:20:12

thefrozensouth Here's the Go Digging! web site.

thefrozensouth Thu 20-Jun-13 21:37:32

thanks for Line and Twink

LineRunner Thu 20-Jun-13 21:55:36

The geology and dinosaur stuff tends to be in the USA and the Middle/Far East so not suitable for a weekend, but have a go at a bit of digging near you and see what you think.

I was fed up once and walked along Hadrian's Wall on my own over an Easter weekend, staying in B&Bs and quaint hostels, and I met some great people and just loved the scenery, the peace and quiet, and the history.

I got the train back to Newcastle, mind. smile

Twink Thu 20-Jun-13 22:47:15

Just looked and they've a 50+ weekend, one day walking, one day paddling coming up so you don't have to feel pressured about keeping up with uberfit 20's. Although frankly, I've found I'm at least as fit as most of the youth!

LineRunner Thu 20-Jun-13 22:50:50

Twink I'm 50 and fitter and stronger than my teenage DCs I reckon!

Walkacrossthesand Thu 20-Jun-13 22:54:00

Check out 'just you' - singles holidays, no single supplement. Their clientele tend to be 50+, they do holidays ranging from 'discovery weekends' around the uk to breaks in Europe (I'm booked on a 5day walking trip in Germany soon, there are still spaces smile ) to long haul. No couples, meals are facilitated to encourage mingling.

Frostybean Thu 20-Jun-13 23:11:39

Frozen Im in Staffs - just up the road - shame we're land locked to such a degree. Given that youre not good in groups, Id avoid Spice as they're all very outgoing and a bit bonkers lively.

bryonywhisker Thu 20-Jun-13 23:21:56

If you just want to go away with a mix of lovely people of all ages and aren't on a dating mission, I can highly recommend Just You holidays - my mum is a single traveller, loves walking and doing things and has had some fantastic breaks and holidays withthem

dearcathyandclare Thu 20-Jun-13 23:26:43

Have you tried www.meetup.com?

dearcathyandclare Thu 20-Jun-13 23:28:01

Meant to add you can search by interest, and area.

thefrozensouth Sun 23-Jun-13 09:04:42

Some brillants ideas - I'm checking them all out smile

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