Listed below are details of National events so far arranged. Not all these events may yet be open for booking so if you see an event (or events) that interest you please contact us and we will send you details of the event and a booking form. We do ask you become a member before attending a National event for insurance reasons.
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National Events Programme
BORROWDALE, LAKE DISTRICT, 11 - 13/14 October
We currently have just 2 twin/double rooms left for this weekend at our regular venue, the Glaramara Outdoor Centre. The rooms are available for sole occupancy at a fixed supplement of £30 for the weekend, although priority will be given to those wishing to share. If you would like to come, please let me have your deposit by 3rd May 2019. However, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are interested after this date.
Accommodation All rooms are en-suite. Priority will be given to those booking for 3 nights.
Meals As usual, the price includes all evening meals, breakfasts and packed lunches.
Walks There is plenty of good walking available directly from the Centre, although we may use local buses or cars to travel further afield. As usual, it is intended to offer a choice of full-day led walks on the Saturday and Sunday. Given that this is the Lake District, expect the walking to be more strenuous than in other locations.
Cost per person £164 (2 nights) or £240 (3 nights)
COBER HILL, NORTH YORKS, 29 November - 2 December
20 places have been booked at Cober Hill Holiday and Conference Centre at Cloughton which is 6 miles north of Scarborough on the Whitby Road and half a mile from the coast. Accommodation is in the Joseph Rowntree Centre a recently built annex of en suite rooms with a large lounge and a conference room. It also has a kitchen with a constant supply of hot water where communal drinks can be made. Meals are taken in the adjacent main house. The rooms have a mixture of baths and showers but no TVs. Footprints have visited here many years ago. The large lounge is ideal for the group to gather in the evenings or to watch TV.
Cost The full board package including packed lunches is £156 for two nights Friday to Sunday and £234 for 3 nights Friday to Monday. There is no single supplement.
Travel Cober Hill is easy to get to by public transport. Regular trains run from York to Scarborough station where a there is an hourly Whitby bus from outside the station taking 20 minutes to Cober Hill.
Walking The walking is mainly coastal along the heritage coast between Whitby and Filey but there is much walking country inland. Public transport can be used to access the walks.
Booking Please send in a booking form with a cheque for £60 deposit payable to Footprints Walking Club stating how many nights you wish to stay and whether you would like a bath or a shower. If you pay electronically please inform the organiser and the treasurer.
COSTA BLANCA, SPAIN, 4 - 11 February 2020
Following several successful years of winter sun walking holidays, for 2020 we propose visiting Spain’s Costa Blanca. There will be walks arranged on 5 days with a day off for sightseeing etc. We hope to offer A and B walks on most days, provided we have volunteers to lead the B walks which may be variations of the A walks or different walks in the same area. Walks will include coastal, river valley and mountain walks although actual walks offered on the day will be dependent on weather etc. Each walk will be up to 5 hours actual walking (longer with breaks) which may be a single all day walk or a combination of shorter morning and afternoon walks. We can offer a longer more adventurous walk on one day (A+) if people are interested.
There will be a maximum of 15 places.
We will be using car hire most days and will need 3 cars, so will need at least 3 willing drivers but would prefer to have two drivers per car (ie. 6 drivers) as in previous years. In February 2020 car hire prices will be about 200 euros per car plus petrol. This is likely to be in the region of 60 to 70 euros per person including fuel.
We plan to stay at the TUI Roca Esmeralda in Calpe on a half board basis.
Cost is likely to be around £385-00 to £420-00, depending on airport used and travelling on a Tuesday to Tuesday basis. It may be possible for people to book accommodation/transport independently.
Places are limited so please check with me before booking. Anyone booking who is able to drive or wishes to lead walks, please let me know.
SLAIDBURN, FOREST OF BOWLAND, 28 February - 1 March 2020
Location The Group has booked exclusive use of the accommodation available at the Hark to Bounty Inn, Slaidburn, Lancashire. I have been informed that the club last visited Slaidburn in the Trough of Bowland in 2005, when the group stayed at Slaidburn Youth Hostel. So the location is due a return visit.
Accommodation The accommodation at the Hark to Bounty Inn comprises 9 ensuite rooms - 2 single rooms, 3 double rooms, and 4 twin/double rooms. All of the rooms can be let on a single occupancy basis, but I am proposing that 2 of the twin/double rooms be let on a twin share basis, to give members of the club as much choice as possible with accommodation options and to encourage more people to join the weekend (and hence ensure sufficient numbers to put on two grades of walks?).
Breakfast will be included in the accommodation costs, and I am proposing that the group have an evening meal at the Hark to Bounty Inn the first night, and then consider eating out at a different venue on the Saturday night. Members are welcome to stay additional nights at the Inn, though I would prefer if these arrangements are made by members direct with the Hark to Bounty Inn. There is a Youth Hostel still open in the village, and members are welcome to book accommodation there and join the group for walks, evening meals etc.
The walking It is proposed to offer two led walks on both the Saturday and Sunday – an A party and a B party walk. The Forest of Bowland offers some of the most beautiful and remote walking in the country, from the grandeur and isolation of the moorland hills to the undulating lowlands with their distinctive pattern of settlements, woodland cloughs and river valleys. These landscape contrasts, along with the serenity and tranquillity of the area make this a walker’s paradise. As well as the fell tops and moors, there are extensive opportunities for shorter and less challenging routes in the valleys, most especially riverside walks which abound in the area.
Getting there The postcode for the location is BB7 3EP. The nearest rail station to Slaidburn is Clitheroe 8 miles away, and there are taxi firms in Clitheroe to help with onward transport.
Costs. The cost for single occupancy of a room per person per night is £45, including B&B, reducing to £35-£40 per person per night in a twin room. As stated above, I am proposing to let 6 rooms as singles for the first 6 people to send a booking form and cheque to me in the post. If the preferences for twin rooms are not forthcoming in the early stages of the booking process, I will then consider letting these out as single rooms. As some of the rooms are priced differently, I will send a final balance out to those who sent a deposit, the cost per person per room will be in the region of £40- £45 per person per night.