Recent National Events
Listed below are details of National events organised in the last 12 months.
EASTBOURNE, 14 - 21 July 2018
Our annual summer break will be in Eastbourne at the Albany Lions Hotel on the sea front about 100 metres from the pier. Many rooms have a sea view although this cannot be guaranteed. Eastbourne is well situated for walks on the Eastern South Downs including Alfriston, Beachy Head and towards Battle and Hastings. Public transport is good for travel to the walks.
Eastbourne claims to be the sunniest place in Britain! There is on street parking at £1 per day. There are through trains to Eastbourne from London Victoria. Priority will be given to those staying for the full seven nights.
The price pppn for dinner bed and breakfast is £50 single and £45 sharing twin/double. The deposit is £50.
CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, 24 - 26 August 2018
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 2018
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 2018
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 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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