National Events: walking breaks and holidays
From Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point on the British mainland to Lands End via the Peak District, Lake District, Pennines and the North and South Downs. From the Black Cullin of the Isle of Skye to the Blackgang Chine dinosaurs on the Isle of White, Footprints offers a selection of walking breaks at various locations around the country and sometimes overseas. We call these National Events and for insurance reasons they are open to members only.
The format of these breaks varies slightly from event to event, with the classic weekend format being two or more nights' accommodation at a country house, hotel, B&B, youth hostel or bunkhouse. There are one or, more usually, two led walks each day. Most weekend breaks are full board (ie packed lunches provided) subject to availability. Youth hostel accommodation offers the option of self catering for those who prefer that. If a break is in your local area you are always welcome to attend as a day walker.
For youth hostel weekends you do not need to be a YHA member as the club has group membership. Footprints does though recommend the YHA as a worthwhile organisation to join, and you can become a member online or at any hostel at a cost of £15 per year: for more information visit the YHA website www.yha.org.uk.
You can also see details of the National events which took place over the last 12 months by clicking this link:
National Events Programme
In the extreme circumstances caused by the Coronavirus and where Footprints cancels an event we will give those members booked on the event a full refund. If members individually wish to cancel for an event (for any reason, not just virus related!), please read the club cancellations policy in the Members Handbook. We recommend that you have Travel Insurance to cover for any losses incurred as the club cannot refund amounts paid unless we can recover that money from the venue or through someone else taking your place.
WYDALE HALL, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 27 - 30 August
This event is now fully booked, and there is no prospect of any additional accommodation becoming available.
The club has reserved 8 en suite bedrooms at Wydale Hall, Brompton-by-Sawdon YO13 9DG (which we visited at Easter 2018, about a mile north of the A170 and 7 miles west-south-west of Scarborough) for the nights of Friday 27, Saturday 28, and Sunday 29 August 2021, so that we will leave on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August. Wydale Hall (not to be confused with Rydal Hall) was a stately home and is now a retreat house. Views of the house and gardens can be seen on its website at https://wydale.org. The cost for dinner, bed and breakfast will be £60 per person per night, with no supplement for sole occupancy or discount for sharing. That obviously makes a total of £180 for three nights or £120 for two nights. Although it would not be possible to add on the night of Thursday 26 August, it would be possible to add on the night of Monday 30 August by booking and paying for that directly with Wydale Hall on 01723-859270 after you have a confirmed booking via me for other nights. Packed lunches are not included, but may be booked and paid for (at £8 each) directly with the Hall the day before they are wanted. There is free parking on site.
If the 8 en suite bedrooms become fully booked there is the possibility of annexe dormitory accommodation at reduced cost.
Member balances are payable to the club by 16 July 2021.
The regular charges made by Wydale Hall for any cancellation (which the club would pass on to the member cancelling) are 20% of the total for more than 8 weeks before the event, 25% for more than 4 weeks before the event, 50% for more than 1 week before the event, and 100% within the week before the event. However, the Hall will be negotiable in relation to any cancellation arising from a member being prohibited from travelling to the event by government Covid rules.
CONWY, NORTH WALES, 24 - 27 September
Limited rooms with shared facilities are still available.
This is the postponed pre-Christmas weekend from 2020. Beechwood Court is a Christian Guest House on the lower slopes of Conway Mountain. Conway is easy to get to as it is on the main Chester - Holyhead rail line with a station at Conway. Conway is a good centre for walks some starting or finishing at the house itself and is a good centre for visiting towns along the North Wales coast with the attractive resort of Llandudno only 3 miles away. HF had a house in Conway for many years until they mistakenly sold it a few years ago.
Bookings can be made for 2 or 3 nights from Friday 24th September. The prices for half board are 2 nights shared facilities £140, 2 nights en suite £155. Staying the extra Sunday night is £59 shared facilities £69 en suite. There is no single supplement. Packed lunches can be ordered individually. The booking deposit is £60
BERWICK UPON TWEED, 1 - 4 October
Four of us will be staying at the Premier Inn in Berwick Upon Tweed for the first weekend in October and you are welcome to join us. Berwick Upon Tweed is on the glorious Northumberland coast and within walking distance of Holy Island. Berwick itself has a Lowry Trail where you can see the settings for a number of his paintings.
This is a DIY event where you book your own accommodation and in these uncertain times you may wish to consider booking at the last minute. If you do book, let me know and I will include you in any arrangements.
AMPLEFORTH ABBEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 29 April - 2 May 2022
The club has reserved 14 en suite bedrooms for dinner, bed and breakfast at Ampleforth Abbey YO62 4EN, for the nights of Friday 29, Saturday 30 April, and Sunday 1 May 2022, so that we will leave on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May. Ampleforth Abbey is about 2 miles south of the A170, about 10 miles east of Thirsk in North Yorkshire. The Abbey complex is a functioning Roman Catholic monastery, school and conference centre, but its visitor accommodation is available to secular groups like our club Photographs of the Abbey can be seen on its website at www.ampleforth.org.uk.
Although the fixing of prices for 2022 has been delayed until at least September 2021, for 2021 they are £55.50 for Friday night, £55.50 for Saturday night and £54 for Sunday night. The breakdown of the 14 en-suite bedrooms into the numbers of single, twin and double rooms is dependent upon building works which are nearing completion.
As yet no decision has been made by the club as to whether or not the AGM will take place during this event, but a suitable room for it would be available.