Recent National Events
Listed below are details of National events organised in the last 12 months.
CHELMARSH, SHROPSHIRE, 4 - 7 May 2018
This break will be at the Bulls Head Inn at Chelmarsh 4 miles south of Bridgnorth South Shropshire. This is a new location for Footprints set in Shropshire’s rolling countryside near the river Severn and its famous Severn Valley steam railway which goes from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. There are footpaths leading in all directions including some long distance trails.
We have booked all 8 rooms in the main building which can be used as single or twins/doubles, and 2 adjacent self catering cottages - one 4 bedroom and one 3 bedroom both with shared bathrooms - which can be used for single or sharing twin or double. Those in the self catering cottages can have breakfast in the pub restaurant for £6.50 and evening meals in the bar or you can cater for yourself. It is possible to book further self catering cottages subject to availability so if you wish to book a room in a self catering cottage early booking is advised. Please note that there are only 3 en suite rooms left in the inn itself. The inn is family owned and has a reputation for good food and has a good selection of real ales and evening entertainment.
The location is fairly central to the country and it is hoped this will encourage members to attend the AGM either as a resident or day basis. This will be held at 5pm on Saturday 5th May. Non residents will be able to join the group for the evening meal after the AGM.
Priority will be given to those booking for 3 nights.
Main Building (bed and breakfast per person per night): single en-suite £60, sharing twin/double en-suite £40
Cottages (room only per person per night): single shared facilities £40, sharing twin/double shared facilities £30.
Deposit in all cases is £30.
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.