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.
ST IVES, CORNWALL, 18 - 25 July
This break has been cancelled due to the current emergency and will be rescheduled in 2021.
Due to popular demand I have booked 20 places at Treloyhan Manor Hotel St Ives for the week of 18-25 July 2020, last visited by Footprints in 2014. Due to the time of the year the hotel can only let us have 6 single rooms with shared bathrooms and six twin en suite or non en suite rooms and one double en suite or non en suite room. Single rooms will be booked on a first come first served basis.
The prices quoted based on dinner bed and breakfast are:
Double or twin en suite £80 pppn
Double or twin not en suite £70 pppn
Single all not en suite £72 pppn
St Ives has its own train station on the short branch from St Erth where connections can be made with the rest of the country. Car travel is via the M5 and A30.
Walking is mainly coastal along the South West Coast Path with some of it quite strenuous but there will be A and B parties each day with a free day during the week. It may be possible to visit the Mynach open air theatre during the week. Public transport will be used for the walks.
Please send in a booking form with a deposit of £100, payable to Footprints Walking Club, to the organiser. If you pay by bank transfer please inform the organiser. Bookings are for 7 nights only, part week bookings will not be accepted.
BORROWDALE, LAKE DISTRICT, 27 August - 1 September
At the time of writing, I am very much hoping to go ahead with this trip. I have spoken to the Glaramara Outdoor Centre, and am comfortable with the stringent measures they intend to put in place for the return of their guests. Many walks are possible directly from the house, and I anticipate that many members will be able to travel by car, so hopefully we can avoid using public transport to/from the walks.
The trip is currently fully booked, as I returned all unused rooms prior to lockdown. However, if you would like to be put on my waiting list, please let me know. Cancellations are always possible, and I may also be able to secure additional rooms from the hotel if some of their other guests cancel. But there is still much uncertainty, and I will keep those already booked up to date with any developments.
PARCEVALL HALL, WEST YORKSHIRE, 2 - 4 October
For the nights of Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October 2020 the club has booked sole occupancy of the whole of Parcevall Hall, Skyreholme, Appletreewick, Skipton BD23 6DG, a country house built between 1586 and the early 20th century, listed as Grade II*, and currently the retreat house of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds (although our booking is for entirely secular purposes). Further information about, and photographs of, the Hall and its attractive gardens, can be found at www.parcevallhall.org.uk.
Accommodation There are 17 bedrooms: a mixture of single, twin, and double, all of which are available for sole occupancy. There is no supplement or discount relating to the room occupied or whether it is shared. Only four bedrooms are en suite, and they will be allocated to walk leaders, the event organiser, and anyone who convinces me as event organiser of their medical need for en suite facilities. Otherwise please indicate whether you wish for sole or shared occupancy of a bedroom (and if the latter, who you will be sharing with). This will be on the basis that although your room will have its own washbasin you will be sharing corridor bathroom and toilet facilities with occupiers of other bedrooms.
Cost The cost of dinner, bed and breakfast will be £71 per night, i.e. a total of £142 for the event, on the basis of arrival on Friday and departure on Sunday. If you wish to book either the Friday night or the Saturday night, without booking for the other, please discuss with me whether this will be possible (rather than send a deposit), because the club needs to fill all 17 bedrooms for both nights. If you wish to book any additional nights (dinner, bed and breakfast at £68 assuming that, unlike the Friday and Saturday, the evening meal will lack a soup course) you will need to book and pay for them directly with Parcevall Hall after I have allocated you a particular room. Although packed lunch is not included, members can book and pay for it directly at a cost of £7 per day, provided at least 5 days’ notice is given to the Hall.
Booking To secure a booking, please either complete a booking form and send it, with a deposit cheque of £60 per person payable to Footprints Walking Club, to the organiser, or (if you are paying by electronic transfer as per the details in the Newsletter) contact me giving your name, address, telephone number, any dietary needs, and the days you would like to stay for. Please let me know you have made the payment immediately after you have done so.
Walking There is likely to be a short walk on the Friday afternoon, a choice between an ‘A’ walk and a ‘B’ walk on the Saturday, and one or two walks on the Sunday.
CONWY, NORTH WALES, 27 - 30 November
The pre Christmas trip this year is to Beechwood Court Guest House Conway North Wales LL32 8PY. The house is owned by Christian Endeavour the same company that own The Pleasaunce Overstrand where Footprints are going at Easter. The dates booked are Friday 27th to Monday 30th November (3 nights) although it is possible to book for any number of nights. The accommodation has both en suite and non en suite rooms and is full board with packed lunch. 2 nights en suite is £155, not en suite £140 with no supplement for single occupancy. The extra night on Sunday is £69 en suite £59 not en suite. These prices are based on a minimum of 20 people booking and if the number is less than 20 the price will be slightly more.
There will be a walk on the Friday starting at 2.00 and there will be A and B walks on Saturday and Sunday. There could be a walk on the Monday if there is a demand.
Conway is an excellent base for walking and also has a large castle. It is easy to get there as there are through trains from London and many other places to Llandudno Junction which is only a mile away.
Please send in a booking form stating the number and which nights you wish to stay with a deposit of £60.
MADEIRA, 1 - 8 February 2021
Well we are still in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak. In the spirit of optimism and in the hope that it will all be over by 2021, and to give us something to look forward to, I am advertising our next possible trip. However, it may not be over by 2021 and the travel industry landscape may be very different by then. I am therefore proposing that no one books at the present time. I am taking names of those who wish to go if the trip is possible plus a waiting list if there are more than 15 expressions of interest. Currently 9 people have expressed interest in the trip. There are details below but these may need to be altered.
Following several years of winter sun walking in 2021 we intend to revisit Madeira. Nicknamed “The Floating Garden”, Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean boasting a subtropical climate, making it ideal for winter walking.
There will be walks arranged on 5 days with one free day for people to sight see or chill out etc. The arranged walks will mainly be “A” walks as they are for people who are surefooted and have a head for heights. It may be possible for people to do less robust walks but this would be for individuals to arrange for themselves and the logistics of car use will need to be taken into consideration.
We will be using car hire most days and intend to hire 3 cars so will need 3 willing drivers but as in previous years would prefer to have two drivers per car (i.e. 6 drivers). Allowing for a maximum of 5 people per car places are limited to 15 people.
Currently we intend to stay at the Hotel Dorisol Bouganvillea (half board) in Funchal. Packages by TUI are currently available with flights from London and Manchester on offer. Dates 1st till 8th February 2021.
As places are limited please check with me before booking. Anyone wishing to drive or lead a walk please let me know.
NEW ZEALAND, 30 January - 20 February 2022
Ten years after the first ‘trip of a lifetime’ to New Zealand, I am planning a return trip to celebrate reaching another milestone. I have announced details now to give you plenty of time to decide and to allow you to save both time and money for the trip.
The trip will mainly be a South Island tour, including Abel Tasman National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown and finish in Christchurch. But we will start in Auckland for a bit of nostalgia, including a walk on Rangitoto Island, before travelling south by train, via National Park, to Wellington.
Our holiday will include some of best sights in the South Island of New Zealand. After the long flight, we will spend a couple of days in and around Auckland to acclimatise before heading south to Wellington. During our short stay here, we may include a walk to the top of Mount Victoria. We then take a ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton, before arranging our hire vehicles.
From Picton, we drive west, along the north coast of the South Island, to Nelson. We look forward to 3 full days here, including walks in the Abel Tasman National Park and a cruise around Tasman Bay.
From Nelson, we head south and west to Franz Josef in the foothills of the Southern Alps for another 4-night stay. During this time we will enjoy a hike on the Franz Josef Glacier and other walks in the area, such as the Lake Wombat Track and the Callery Gorge Walk.
Our next destination is Queenstown. During our 3 days here we will include a day trip to Milford Sound and a boat cruise in Fiordland. We can also visit Arrowtown and try our hand at gold panning.
Our final destination is Christchurch. We will spend our last couple of nights here for a final bit of sightseeing, which may include a trip to the summit of Mount Cavendish in the Christchurch Gondola.
For further information, including a detailed itinerary, see http://www.gregwilson2022.co.uk/.
To register your interest in the trip please contact Greg. Deposit and commitment will be required by July 2021.