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Recent National Events

Listed below are details of National events organised in the last 12 months.

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.

Organiser: Gail

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.

Organiser: Jonathan

BORROWDALE, LAKE DISTRICT, 27 August - 1 September

Due to cancellations, there is currently some availability on the Borrowdale trip over the August bank holiday weekend. The trip is definitely going ahead, and there will be both 'A' and 'B' walks.

If you are interested, please contact me asap. I need to finalise numbers with the hotel within the next few days.

Organiser Sonia

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.

Organiser: Chris