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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.

TRURO, CORNWALL, 17 - 24 July

As this is the replacement for the postponed 2020 St Ives holiday, priority has been given to those who booked last year. There are still available very limited single rooms with shared facilities. Epiphany House is a former Bishop’s Palace at Kenwyn on the northern outskirts of Truro and we will have sole use of the house for the week. Truro is a convenient location for walks on both the northern and southern sections of the South West Coast Path.

The price for 7 nights half board is £493.50. Packed lunches can be ordered at £7.50 per day. A deposit of £100 is required to secure your place.

Organiser: Peter

WYDALE HALL, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 27 - 30 August

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.

Organiser: Chris

CONWY, NORTH WALES, 24 - 27 September

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

Organiser: Peter

AMPLEFORTH ABBEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 29 April - 2 May 2022

The club has provisionally 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.

I am awaiting notification of prices before taking any member reservations.

Organiser: Chris