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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

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.

Organiser: Peter

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.

Organiser: Jonathan

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.

Organiser: Gail

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.

Organiser: Peter

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. We intend to walk both on the coast and inland, subject to available public transport and member’s cars.

The Club will be offering the normal 4 day Easter break, with 2 extra days at the start for those who wish to stay longer. Requests can be made for an extra day at the end, as well. 25 people have already ‘expressed interest’ in this trip.

The nearest railway stations are Honiton (from Waterloo) and Exeter (from Paddington and points north). There is a current hourly bus service from both Exeter and Honiton, although it would be appreciated if some members would bring their cars to enable more flexible transport to the walk starting points, if possible.

Optional extra accommodation:

Please state the nights on which you wish to stay.

Cost: £65 per night - dinner, bed and breakfast, or £70 per night – dinner, bed and breakfast plus a packed lunch.

Deposit of £50 per person required by 31st October 2019 please. If bookings are received after this date, accommodation cannot be guaranteed. Final balance required by mid-February 2019.

Organiser: Ian

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, and is now fully booked by members. 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.

If you would like to go on a waiting list for accommodation at Rydal Hall, 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 please contact the organiser.

Organiser: Chris B

FUSSEN, GERMANY, 2 - 9 June 2019

Fussen is a picturesque town located in Southern Germany on the Austrian border. It is easy to get there by flying to Munich Airport, then taking a couple of trains with good connections. The journey takes approximately 4 hours from the airport and 2 hours from Munich Central Station. Fussen is where tourists stop before going to the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, so there are a lot of hotels, hostels, B&Bs and holiday apartments. There are also many restaurants, cafes and pubs providing lots of choice for evening meals, as well as supermarkets and excellent bakeries to buy sandwiches and cake for lunch.

Accommodation

Our main accommodation will be Bavaria City Hostel. There are a range of rooms: 2 beds, 4 beds, 6 beds, 7 beds and 8 beds, and the prices will be between 25 and 30 Euros per night per person (The twin room will be 78 Euros per night per room). However, the 2019 prices haven’t been confirmed yet, so please see these prices just as a reference. The local tax of 2.20 Euros per night will be added to it. Breakfast is not included. This hostel is located in the middle of the old town and very new and clean. It has a kitchen, so you can prepare your meals here. Please see their website for more detail (www.hostelfuessen.com).

For non hostel people, we have provisionally secured rooms at the following hotels:

Hotel Hechten
3 single rooms (74 Euros per night: 558.80 Euros for the whole stay, including the local tax of 2.20 Euros per day: including breakfast) (https://www.hotel-hechten.com/)

City Apart Hotel
2 x Double bed + 2 single beds (159 Euros per night for a room: 1,113.00 Euros for the apartment for the whole stay, including tax). A double room and a twin room are separated, and a lounge between them, plus a Kitchen in the apartment.
Twin room (89 Euros per night for a room: 623.00 Euros for the room for the whole stay, including tax)
Double room (89 Euros per night for a room: 623.00 Euros for the room for the whole stay, including tax)
Breakfast is optional (7.90 Euros).

When you book this trip with us, please specify which accommodation you would prefer. We will try to meet your preference, but it will be on a first come first served basis.

If you prefer staying at the hostel, please let Ian know as well. He will organise the hostel accommodation.

There are some other options and below are only examples:

Hotel Fussen
Double room (128 Euros per night for a room - all the rooms are double rooms).
https://www.xn--hotel-fssen-zhb.de/

Old Kings Hostel
2 x double room (70 Euros per night for a room)
1 x twin room (65 Euros per night for a room)
2 x dormitory (bunk beds for 8 people, 200 Euros per night for a room)
No breakfast included, No kitchen

Suzannes Bed & Breakfast & Gardens
www.suzannes.de

Walks

Proposed walks include an introduction to Fussen, introducing the nearby hills, lakes and the town's historic centre; a trip up the Tegelberg a mountain just above the Neuschwanstein Castle; and some walks from Reute, Austria which is easily accessible by bus. There are higher and lower options of walks and the chance to use cable cars to extend the length of walks in the mountains.

Please note that we are going to use public transport to get to starting points.

If you don’t want to walk, there are lots of other activities. You can hire bikes in Fussen to access the numerous easy cycle tracks around the lakes, go swimming in one of the lakes (weather permitting), or visiting castles and other attractions. The maps of the area are good, and the routes are clearly signposted so there are also options to plan your own walks.

We will plan to have one walk free day, when you can go to Munich or some touristic places, or you can just chill out.

Travel

When you book this trip with us, please go ahead with booking your flights. The most convenient airport is Munich Airport, but you could fly to Innsbruck or Memmingen Airports. I usually fly with Lufthansa at 10:45 from Manchester Airport, which arrives at Munich around 13:45, and take trains and arrive at Fussen at 18:00. If you arrive at similar time, we can travel together. Please avoid arriving later than this. There is only 1 train arriving at Fussen every hour, and not all of the trains start from Munich Central Station.

You can check train times here: https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml

Meals

We will book a restaurant on the first night (2 June) and the last night (8 June) for the group meals around at 19:30. On other nights, you can explore a variety of restaurants in the town. Or there is a big supermarket which opens until 20:00. If you arrive late on the first night and can’t join us at the meal, please let us know in advance.

If you would like to join this trip, please book with us by 31 March 2019. A deposit of £50 is required.

Organisers: Catriona and Yoshie