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National Events

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

WINDERMERE HOTEL, LAKE DISTRICT, 27 - 29 October

After two flyers circulated by email, fourteen members have booked for this event at discounted prices. No other reservations are currently held, and the discount has now expired (though it is likely to re-appear about twice during 2017). Nevertheless, standard single rooms, twin rooms, and double rooms are likely to be available (held by the hotel’s owners).

If you are interested in booking, please contact the event organiser. A conversation would be preferable, partly because prices will vary depending upon the time of booking.

All accommodation is en suite and breakfast and evening meals are provided.

There will be an 'A' walk and a 'B' walk on the Saturday and either a choice of walks or a combined 'A/B' walk on the Sunday.

Balances are payable by 15 September 2017, please.

Organiser: Chris

ELLESMERE, SHROPSHIRE, 8 - 10 December

Accommodation - The Red Lion coaching Inn, 18 Church Street, Ellesmere, SY12 0HD. Evening meals and lunch not included in the price, but plenty of places to obtain food in Ellesmere. We used this accommodation for a weekend in November 2006. Lifts available from Whitchurch.

Walks - Plans to run A & B parties but will confirm plans nearer to the weekend. Possible walks include the Llangollen canal or over to the Berwyns.

Price – Cost per person for 2 nights, single en-suite £110, Single non en-suite £60-90, twin en-suite £60, twin non en-suite £45. No deposit required.

Organiser: Dave

NERJA, SPAIN, 4 - 11 February 2018

Nerja is 40 miles up the coast from Malaga in Spain.

There is a good variety of easy to moderate walks for us to choose from on the outskirts of Nerja, in the Axarquia and Alpujarras regions and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. These include old trails linking ancient villages, climbs to great mountain views, coastal ridges and beaches, and river valleys. There is also an optional visit to Granada.

We will be staying in the Nerja Club Hotel. Costs with Thomsons are around £450 depending on flight & room with half board buffet meals. See http://www.thomson.co.uk.

Flights to Malaga are from Gatwick, Cardiff, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle. Alternative flights are available from EasyJet.

We will need to hire cars costing approx. £120 each + fuel. As before, I aim to have 2 drivers per car, please let me know if you can be a driver.

Richard is planning walks and offers to help lead will be appreciated, we have maps & guide books.

If you would like to come please let me know before arranging your own booking. I recommend booking early, especially if you want a single/sole occupancy room.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Organiser: Señor Colin

LEYBURN, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 2 - 4/5 March 2018

The group has booked exclusive use of Eastfield Lodge bed and breakfast in Leyburn, North Yorkshire for the weekend 2nd-4th March 2018 with an additional night of 5th March 2018 available on request. Details of the accommodation can be found at http://www.eastfieldlodge.co.uk.

Accommodation The accommodation is furnished to a high standard and has 8 bedrooms in total – 3 twin rooms and 5 double/single rooms. So at a minimum 8 people can be accommodated assuming all the rooms are let as singles, though I would prefer a mix of 3 twin rooms, 1 double room for a couple, and 4 double rooms let as singles, which gives a total of 12 people to be accommodated.

Meals Breakfast is provided on all 3 days, and for evening meals (which need to be added as an additional expense) I propose that for Friday night we eat in the guesthouse and have a meal provided by the recommended outside caterers (approx. cost £25) and then eat out as a group in Leyburn on the Saturday night. Packed lunches for each day will also need to be purchased as an additional expense.

Travel Leyburn is a small and attractive market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is about 12 miles from the A1 (M) at Leeming Bar junction on the A684 road. There are limited bus services linking the town with the main East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh/Glasgow at Northallerton (1 bus at 1720 hrs on the Friday) and Darlington stations (2 buses at 1528 hrs and 1714 hrs on the Friday). Lifts to and from the stations could be arranged if needed. Alternatively, group travel can be arranged by taxi if necessary.

Walks It is proposed to offer two grades of walks on the Saturday and the Sunday, either into Wensleydale, or further afield using shared car transport to Swaledale and the Buttertubs pass. Or perhaps we can devise a walk using the restored Wensleydale Railway running from Bedale (near Northallerton) to Redmire in Wensleydale?

Booking As the group has to pay a fixed price for the accommodation for the whole weekend, at this stage it is not known what the cost might be for individual bookings, as this would depend on the numbers booking and the preferred choice/mix of rooms. So, bookings for the weekend will be taken initially by sending a £40 deposit payment by cheque to the organiser. Once an initial indication of numbers has been obtained together with room preferences, it is proposed to allocate rooms on a 'first come first served' basis with preferences given to those people willing to (a) share a twin room (up to 3 rooms) or (b) wanting to stay an extra night (Sunday). If members are successful in getting a place at the guesthouse, they will be notified of the final price they will have to pay. For those members who are unsuccessful, their deposit cheques will not be cashed, but Leyburn together with Middleham nearby has other suitable B&B accommodation options to consider. As a guideline price, if 8 single rooms are occupied for 2 nights, this will give a price of approx. £125 per person for 2 nights B&B accommodation (excluding evening meals and packed lunches).

How to Book To register your interest, please send a £40 deposit by cheque payable to Footprints Walking Club together with the completed booking form to the organiser. Please also state whether you would require an extra night’s accommodation (Sunday 4th March).

Please contact me if you have any further queries about the weekend.

Organiser: Jonathan