Recent National Events
Listed below are details of National events organised in the last 12 months.
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:
- One or two nights beforehand – Tuesday 16th and/ or Wednesday 17th April.
- One night afterwards – Monday 22nd April.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Double room (128 Euros per night for a room - all the rooms are double rooms).
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
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.
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
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 28 February 2019. A deposit of £50 is required.
Organisers: Catriona and Yoshie
BARMOUTH, WALES, 13 - 20 July 2019
Note change of hotel details. I have found a hotel that is more suited to our requirements than the one advertised in the last newsletter especially for single rooms. The Arbour hotel is on the seafront only a five minute walk from the town centre and train station. They can do a full board package including packed lunch for £90 per day with no single supplement. Those sharing a twin/double will be given bigger rooms preferably with a sea view.
Travel Barmouth is on the Shrewsbury Pwlheli line with through trains from Birmingham New Street. The hotel has a small car park but most other parking is in pay and display public car parks.
Walking Barmouth is a good centre for walking and actually holds a walking festival in September each year. The Mawddach estuary is reputedly the most scenic in Wales and an area Footprints haven’t visited for many years. The Rhinog mountains and Cader Idris are close by and there are also many lower level walks. The train can be used to travel up and down the coast and the bus can be used for some of the inland walks. It is proposed to have A and B walks on five days with a free day in the middle.
Booking Please send in a booking form with cheque for £100 deposit payable to Footprints Walking Club stating whether you would like a bath or a shower. If you pay electronically please inform the organiser and the treasurer.
COLCHESTER, ESSEX, 23 - 26 August 2019
For the August Bank holiday we will be staying at the University of Essex, Colchester campus. The Campus, a vast complex, is set within 200 acres of Wivenhoe Park. The park was originally landscaped in the eighteenth century. Colchester is two miles away, London is around an hour by train from Liverpool Street.
From this base we can explore the Essex and Suffolk coasts and also inland. This is the current plan:
- Saturday 'A' walk: A 12-mile circular along the Stour Valley, visiting places associated with John Constable, i.e., Flatford Mill, East Bergholt and Dedham.
- Saturday 'B' walk: An 8.5 mile walk in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Afternoon tea stop at Flatford Mill.
- Sunday 'A' walk: To be arranged.
- Sunday 'B' walk: Coggeshall circular. 8.5 miles. The historic town and field ways of Coggeshall. Time to visit Paycocks and Grange Barn (NT) afterwards.
- Monday walk(s) to be arranged.
Bookings through the club are now closed but it should be possible to make independent bookings directly with the University.
Organiser: Chris R.
BORROWDALE, LAKE DISTRICT, 11 - 13/14 October 2019
Accommodation All rooms are en-suite. Priority will be given to those booking for 3 nights.
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.
Cost per person £164 (2 nights) or £240 (3 nights)
COBER HILL, NORTH YORKS, 29 November - 2 December 2019
20 places have been booked at Cober Hill Holiday and Conference Centre at Cloughton which is 6 miles north of Scarborough on the Whitby Road and half a mile from the coast. Accommodation is in the Joseph Rowntree Centre a recently built annex of en suite rooms with a large lounge and a conference room. It also has a kitchen with a constant supply of hot water where communal drinks can be made. Meals are taken in the adjacent main house. The rooms have a mixture of baths and showers but no TVs. Footprints have visited here many years ago. The large lounge is ideal for the group to gather in the evenings or to watch TV.
Cost The full board package including packed lunches is £156 for two nights Friday to Sunday and £234 for 3 nights Friday to Monday. There is no single supplement.
Travel Cober Hill is easy to get to by public transport. Regular trains run from York to Scarborough station where a there is an hourly Whitby bus from outside the station taking 20 minutes to Cober Hill.
Walking The hotel is only half a mile from the coast at Cloughton Wyke where some of the walks start or finish. Walking is mainly following the coast along the Cleveland Way long distance footpath between Whitby and Filey but there is much walking country inland in the south eastern part of the North Yorks Moors. Public transport can be used to access the walks so there is no need to bring a car.
Booking Please send in a booking form with a cheque for £60 deposit payable to Footprints Walking Club stating how many nights you wish to stay and whether you would like a bath or a shower. If you pay electronically please inform the organiser and the treasurer.
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
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.