The Bummel   ex-Cheltenham YHA Group





Welcome to the old web site for the ex-Cheltenham YHA Group.

There is a brand new , whizzier than wizz, super website that has superseded this site.  Please go to

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.  Currently it is called the Gloucestershire Outdoor Group.

This web site is about some of the members that were in the group in the late 1960s and 1970s and have met up in recent years to rekindle old friendships and relive some of their experiences.  I hope you like it and will visit again.

Brian Wood (member 1974-1987) is the webmaster.  If anyone has anything that can be published, please let me know.

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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