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
STRATHPEFFER, 9 - 16 July
Single rooms are fully booked; twin rooms are still available.
I have booked 20 places at the Ben Wyvis hotel in Strathpeffer near Inverness for the week of 9th to 16th July 2022. We have been allocated 10 single rooms and 5 twin rooms. The price for a shared twin room is £532 and single is £676 half board.
HF Holidays had a centre there for many years. There is a variety of walking from Ben Wyvis, the nearest mountain to several easier walks within a short distance of Strathpeffer. There are good train services to Inverness or Dingwall including a sleeper to Inverness from London with buses to Strathpeffer.
BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK - AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY, 26 - 29 August
Details updated (28/3).
Staying between Abergavenny and Brecon, the Club is running a trip to the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, where the walking ranges from mountainous to easy. Whichever walk you choose, you can be assured of walking in beautiful Welsh scenery, together with your Footprints friends.
We are staying at the Llangasty Retreat House in the village of Llangasty Talyllyn. There are 10 single and 6 twin rooms, but at present the accommodation is fully booked.
Alternatively, if you want to book your own accommodation, please do so soon! Ian can advise on the location relative to Llangasty Retreat House (LD3 7PX) and any other questions.
Walks will be led by Club members. Please let Ian know if you are willing to lead a walk.
These prices are for guidance only. 2022 prices have not been decided by the house yet. As an estimate add 10% to the figures below.
Half board - Monday to Thursday £65.50 per night, Friday to Sunday £73 per night.
Full board - £78 per night and £83 per night respectively – ie, including a packed lunch. There is nowhere in the village to purchase packed lunches and little available elsewhere.
How many nights?
The ‘core’ weekend is for 3 nights from Friday 26th August. Optional extra nights available on Thursday 25th and Monday 29th August.
ASHBURNHAM PLACE, BATTLE, EAST SUSSEX, 6 - 10 April 2023
The club has reserved 20 en suite bedrooms for the nights of Thursday 6 April, Good Friday 7 April, Saturday 8 April, and Easter Sunday 9 April, so that we will leave after breakfast on Easter Monday 10 April.
The accommodation is at Ashburnham Place which was built as a stately home but is now a Christian retreat centre which is available to secular groups like ours. The Grade II listed house and its 220 acres of Grade II* listed grounds (laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the mid-18th century) can be seen in photographs on the website at www.ashburnham.org.uk. The total cost for 4 nights for anyone sharing a bedroom is £232, and for anyone having sole occupancy of a bedroom is £280. These prices include two-course evening meals on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, hot breakfasts on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and packed lunches on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but not the Monday. Balances will be due by 31 December 2022.