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 and you can pay the annual membership when sending us your deposit.
You can see details of the National events which took place over the last 12 months by clicking this link:
National Events Programme
LEYBURN, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 2 - 4/5 March
The accommodation arranged for the group at Eastfield Lodge is now fully booked. However there should be alternative accommodation available in Leyburn for independent bookers, and some Footprints members have already booked accommodation for the weekend. I hope to arrange evening meals for the Friday and the Saturday night for the whole group. For further details please get in touch.
WYDALE HALL, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 29 March - 2 April
For Easter 2018 eighteen club members have booked (in response to a circular email) to stay at Wydale Hall, Brompton-by-Sawdon YO18 9DG (just off the A170 six miles west-south-west of Scarborough). Views of the house and its gardens can be seen on its website at https://www.wydale.org.
There is likely to be a short walk on the Thursday afternoon of 29th March, then both an 'A' walk and a 'B' walk on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a walk on the Monday.
The cost per person per night is £53, with no single room supplement. Members can either provide their own packed lunches or buy them from Wydale Hall for £8 per lunch. Two of the eighteen members have booked for the night of Monday 2nd April, as well as for the other four.
Wydale Hall is currently unwilling to release any of its remaining Easter vacancies to the club, but it may be willing to release one or two at the beginning of March 2018, so anyone who has not so far booked but would like to do so is asked to ring or email the organiser in order to be put on a waiting list.
CHELMARSH, SHROPSHIRE, 4 - 7 May
This break will be at the Bulls Head Inn at Chelmarsh 4 miles south of Bridgnorth South Shropshire. This is a new location for Footprints set in Shropshire’s rolling countryside near the river Severn and its famous Severn Valley steam railway which goes from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. There are footpaths leading in all directions including some long distance trails.
We have booked all 8 rooms in the main building which can be used as single or twins/doubles, and 2 adjacent self catering cottages - one 4 bedroom and one 3 bedroom both with shared bathrooms - which can be used for single or sharing twin or double. Those in the self catering cottages can have breakfast in the pub restaurant for £6.50 and evening meals in the bar or you can cater for yourself. It is possible to book further self catering cottages subject to availability so if you wish to book a room in a self catering cottage early booking is advised. Please note that there are only 3 en suite rooms left in the inn itself. The inn is family owned and has a reputation for good food and has a good selection of real ales and evening entertainment.
The location is fairly central to the country and it is hoped this will encourage members to attend the AGM either as a resident or day basis. This will be held at 5pm on Saturday 5th May. Non residents will be able to join the group for the evening meal after the AGM.
Priority will be given to those booking for 3 nights.
Main Building (bed and breakfast per person per night): single en-suite £60, sharing twin/double en-suite £40
Cottages (room only per person per night): single shared facilities £40, sharing twin/double shared facilities £30.
Deposit in all cases is £30.
EASTBOURNE, 14 - 21 July
Our annual summer break will be in Eastbourne at the Albany Lions Hotel on the sea front about 100 metres from the pier. Many rooms have a sea view although this cannot be guaranteed. Eastbourne is well situated for walks on the Eastern South Downs including Alfriston, Beachy Head and towards Battle and Hastings. Public transport is good for travel to the walks.
Eastbourne claims to be the sunniest place in Britain! There is on street parking at £1 per day. There are through trains to Eastbourne from London Victoria. Priority will be given to those staying for the full seven nights.
The price pppn for dinner bed and breakfast is £50 single and £45 sharing twin/double. The deposit is £50. Priority will be given to those staying for the full 7 nights.
CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, 24 - 26 August
For the August Bank Holiday we will be staying at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the largest town in the Cotswold district. The college was founded in 1840.
Accommodation and dates We have reserved 26 single en-suite rooms in a house for which we have sole occupation. There is a communal lounge and a car park located next to it which is free of charge. The cost for the main three nights, with B&B and a three course meal is £148.65 (this does not include the packed lunches.)
We also have reserved 2 rooms for Thursday night and 2 for Monday night. More rooms can be reserved for those extra nights.
Prices Single en-suite, with B&B is £39.95 per person per night inclusive of VAT - includes all car parking, Wi-Fi, linen and towels. A three course meal is £9.60 per night. The plan is to eat in for all the evenings. Packed lunches are £5.90 per lunch; these need to be paid for separately at the college, or there is a Waitrose and Tesco around a mile away towards the town.
- Train to Swindon then a bus.
- Train to Kemble station (three miles from Cirencester), then a bus, 93 which appears to pass the college. Or taxi, eg Cirencester Radio Cars 01285 650850 or Kevs-Kabs 07852 491573.
- There is a National Express service to Cirencester from London.
- By road: M4 Motorway, Jnct. 15 (A419); M5 Motorway, Jnct. 13 (A419) or Jnct. 11A (A417); M40—A40 to beyond Burford, the B425 to Bibury and Cirencester Fosse Way.
The Walks Here are some possible walks, to be confirmed nearer the time. Volunteers to lead would be appreciated. I already have an offer to lead an A walk and B walk. We will need to drive to a walk on at least one day.
- Friday: A walk into the town to find out where the shops are, and maybe a bit of a tour!
- An 8 mile walk (plus the walk from the college so 11 in total) from the centre of Cirencester, which takes in 'lovely old villages, fine churches and extensive views.' Same route for A and B parties. Possibly.
- A 7 mile walk from Crickley Hill (N.T) in the Cotswolds. It would involve a 20 minute drive (13 to 15 miles from the college). The walk offers 'two of the finest views on the Cotswold escarpment of Cheltenham and across the Vale of Severn.' Again, A and B can be same route, with a possible extension to the A walk.
- A 10 mile walk from the college, a Kemble circular which includes the source of the Thames. This can be extended to 13 miles for the A walk.
Evening entertainment As we will have our own lounge we may as well make the most of it so any ideas are welcome.
Bookings All of our reserved places have now been taken. It may be possible to book independently with the college at the higher standard prices - please see their website for details.
BORROWDALE, LAKE DISTRICT, 7 - 9/10 September
This year we have a reservation for just 20 places at our favourite destination, the Glaramara Outdoor Centre, with its wonderful food and fantastic location in the Borrowdale Valley. As a result of refurbishment and expansion in recent years, the Centre is now both upmarket and extremely popular. Gone are the days when we could make last-minute bookings; they are demanding to know our exact numbers earlier and earlier, and once I have returned unused rooms we are unlikely to get them back again. Therefore, please book or register interest asap to avoid disappointment!
Accommodation We now have only en-suite twin/double rooms remaining, however it may be possible to let some of these rooms go on a sole occupancy basis for a supplement of £10 per night. Cost per person: £156 (2 nights) or £228 (3 nights), deposit £50.
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.
GRANGE-OVER-SANDS, CUMBRIA, 19 - 22 October
Our Autumn Walking weekend will be at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange over Sands. Sunday's walk will be dedicated to the memory of Absent Friends.
The price pppn for dinner bed and breakfast is £65 single and £45 sharing twin or double. The deposit is £30. Priority will be given to those staying for 3 nights.