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
CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, 24 - 26 August
This break is now fully booked. 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.
- 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
Very limited availability remains for our weekend at the Glaramara Outdoor Centre. If interested, please get in touch WITHOUT DELAY!
Accommodation We now have only two en-suite twin/double rooms remaining, however it may be possible to let at least one of these rooms go on a sole occupancy basis for a supplement of £10 per night.
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 allocation of rooms at the Cumbria Grand Hotel has been booked but more rooms may become available nearer the time of the event.
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.
LEYBURN, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 7 - 9 December
The weekend at Eastfield Lodge which had to be cancelled in March has now been rescheduled as a pre-Christmas event.
The accommodation arranged for the group at Eastfield Lodge is 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.
LA PALMA, CANARIES, 31 January - 7 February 2019
There has been an annual trip to Spain / The Canaries for the past 6 years and some of the regulars are keen to continue with these trips. It is therefore proposed to revisit la Palma in 2019.
We will be staying at the H10 Taburiente Playa in La Palma, a 3 star Hotel with half board - either booked as a package or booked independently.
Flights with TUI are only available on Sunday or Thursday from Manchester, and only on Thursday from Gatwick, thus the holiday will be from Thursday to Thursday.
Prices are (currently)
- from Manchester £519
- from Gatwick £514.
There is the possibility of booking flights/hotel independently, but details of independent flights are not yet available.
There would be some use of public transport but also car hire. We would need people to volunteer to drive.
Anyone wanting to help with organising/leading walks would also be very welcome. Walks would be arranged on 5 days with a day off for sightseeing etc.
Further details to follow – in the meantime if you wish to go or merely register interest please contact the organiser before booking.
ILKLEY, 8 - 10 March 2019
We are returning to the Craiglands Hotel Ilkley last visited by Footprints in November 2015. This former spa hotel is half a mile from the town centre on the edge of Ilkey Moor and is an excellent base for many walks some starting or finishing from the hotel itself. Ilkley is easily accessed by rail via Leeds or by road with ample parking in the grounds.
The price for dinner bed and breakfast sharing a twin or double room is £50 per person per night, single £70.
It is possible to extend the weekend either side by staying Thursday and Sunday nights at the same price.
SIDMOUTH, DEVON, 18 - 22 April 2019
Sidmouth is an attractive coastal resort between Dorset and Exeter, and we will be staying at the Christian Guild hotel there on a full board basis with led walking by Club members.
The Club will be offering the normal 4 day Easter break, with 2 extra days at the start for those who wish. If necessary, accommodation may be available for 1 night afterwards.
Nearest railway stations are Honiton (from Waterloo) and Exeter (from Paddington and elsewhere).
Further details to follow.
RYDAL HALL, LAKE DISTRICT, 9 - 13 May 2019
Dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation for the club has been reserved at Rydal Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9LX, for the nights of Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, and Sunday 12th May 2019 (dates which obviously do not relate to any Bank Holiday weekend). Rydal Hall was built as a stately home in the 16th – 19th centuries, but is now a Church of England retreat house, though available to secular activity groups like us. It is situated on an access road off the A591 between Ambleside and Grasmere. Photographs and information can be found at https://rydalhall.org.uk. The club AGM is likely to take place at 5pm or 5.30 pm on Saturday 11 May 2019 in Rydal Hall, and the walking programme will fit round this.
Bedrooms are priced, per person, at £65 for the Friday and £65 for the Saturday, and, if booked at the same time as for those days, £60 for the Thursday and £60 for the Sunday. There is no supplement or discount for any type of room, whether shared or allocated for sole use. Packed lunch is not included, but can be ordered directly (a day in advance) from Rydal Hall at £6.50 per day. Alternatively, just sandwiches can be ordered at £3 or £3.50 (depending on choice of filling) per day. Most of the club’s allocation of bedrooms has already been reserved by individual members following a circular email, but at the time of writing there are vacancies for sole occupancy rooms that share a bathroom, in the “Coach House” about 20 yards from Rydal Hall itself.
If you would like to book accommodation, or if you will be staying elsewhere but would like to join the walks, and/or the evening meals (at £18.50 each for 3 courses), please contact the organiser.
Organiser: Chris B