Listed below are details of the National events currently open for booking. We do require you become a member before attending a National event for insurance reasons.
You can also see details of the National events which took place over the last 12 months by clicking this link:
National Events Programme
COSTA BLANCA, SPAIN, 4 - 11 February
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
The accommodation is now full.
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 weekend is now full, although day trippers are welcome to attend and there may be alternative accommodation nearby. 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.
OVERSTRAND, NORFOLK, 9 - 12 April
The Pleasurance Hotel in Overstrand is just along the coast from Cromer. It is a relaxed hotel in a 19th-century grade 2 listed redbrick mansion designed by Lutyens. It has stunning coastal views and a large garden with tennis courts. The hotel is run by the Christian Guild which we have used successfully in the past.
On offer is half board at £75 with ensuite facilities and £66 standard room per night (£304 and £246 for the 4 day break). There is no single room supplement as there are no single rooms available. Extra nights can be booked either side of the break for those wishing to extend their stay
Full English and continental breakfasts are offered with three meal choices for the two course dinner. Packed lunches are available on request for a reasonable fee.
Overstrand is on the Norfolk Coastal Path offering excellent cliff top walks and beautiful sandy beaches. There are plenty of things to do in the area other than walking. Sheringham and Sandringham are nearby along with a steam railway, National Trust properties, seal colony, bird reserve, Broadlands and more. Find out more by visiting https://www.cehc.org.uk/centres/the-pleasaunce and https://www.visitnorthnorfolk.com/places/cromer.aspx
Please send a booking form with cheque for £50 deposit payable to Footprints Walking Club to the Footprints Treasurer. Alternatively you can pay electronically (details on the back of the booking form) and inform the treasurer and the organiser that you have done so. Either way, please state your preference for standard or ensuite room and any additional days you would like to stay.
BRECON BEACONS, WALES, 25 May - 1 June
Staying at Llangasty Retreat House, next to Llyn Syfaddan (Llangorse Lake), the Club is running a trip to the Brecon Beacons National Park, where the walking ranges from mountainous to easy. Whichever walk you choose, you can be assured of walking in beautiful Welsh scenery, together with your Footprints friends.
We are staying at the Llangasty Retreat House in the village of Llangasty Talyllyn. There are 10 single and 6 twin rooms, so there are places for a maximum of 22 people. If bookings are in excess of this number, I will suggest some bed and breakfast locations for members to book themselves.
The House is 6 miles from Brecon and 15 miles from Abergavenny (railway station here). Currently there is a bus service from Abergavenny to Bwlch (3½ miles from the House). A lift can be arranged on 20th May, from Abergavenny to the House, for a few people. Driving times, from either London or Stockport, 3 ½ hours approximately.
Walks will be led by Club members. Please let Ian know if you are willing to lead a walk. An ’off day’ will probably be taken on the Thursday, subject to the weather.
Annual General Meeting
The Club’s AGM will be held at some point during the trip.
Half board - Monday to Thursday £65 per night, Friday to Sunday £70 per night.
Full board - £75 per night and £80 per night respectively – i.e., including a packed lunch. There is nowhere in the village to purchase packed lunches and little available elsewhere.
(2019 prices – expect approximately a 3% increase – details available from Ian in November and in the next newsletter).
How many nights?
You can stay for just one night or anything up to the full 7 nights. The first possible night is Monday 25th May, starting with the evening meal. The last night is Sunday 31st May, finishing with breakfast on Monday 1st June.
How to book.
Until 13th December 2019, just indicate your interest on the booking form or by e mail, or pay a £50 deposit (refundable).
After 13th December 2019, full payment is needed.
We hope you won’t want to cancel, but you can get a full refund by notifying me by 13th December 2020. After that, cancellation rates are 50% (up to 13th February 2020) and no refund thereafter.
BERWICK ON TWEED, 12 - 14 June
Margaret and myself will be in Berwick on Tweed from 12th to 14th June and you are welcome to join us. We will be staying at the Youth Hostel and there is also a Premier Inn nearby. Berwick on Tweed is on the glorious Northumberland coast and within walking distance of Holy Island. Berwick itself has a Lowry trail where you can see the settings for a number of his paintings.
This is a DIY event where you book your own accommodation(!) but if you let me know that you are coming I can include you in any arrangements.
ST IVES, CORNWALL, 18 - 25 July
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
This year our August Bank Holiday break will be at our regular venue, the Glaramara Outdoor Centre, where we have 20 places reserved for a 5-night trip. As it is a longer stay this time, the club is required to commit to room numbers 6 months in advance, so I require bookings by 27th February in order to guarantee your place. Unused rooms are likely to be returned after that date.
Accommodation All rooms are en-suite, and the price includes all evening meals, breakfasts and packed lunches.
Price Single £88 pppn (£440 total) or twin/double £78 pppn (£390 total)
Walks We may walk directly from the Centre, and/or use local buses or cars to travel further afield. It is intended to offer full-day ‘A’ and ‘B’ walks on 4 days (Friday through to Monday). As this is the Lake District, the walking will be more strenuous than in other locations, and even ‘B’ walks will have a significant amount of ascent.
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.
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.