Recent National Events
Listed below are details of National events organised in the last 12 months.
ST BRIAVELS, WYE VALLEY, 1 - 5 June 2017
The AGM event this year will be held from 1st to 5th June (Thursday to Monday) at Lindors Country House Hotel near St Briavels in the Wye valley between Chepstow and Monmouth. All rooms are en-suite and there is a 15 metre indoor swimming pool in the hotel grounds which is free for hotel residents. The AGM will be held on Saturday 3rd June at 5pm in one of the hotel conference rooms. Priority will be given to those booking for the full 4 nights. Access by road is via the M5 and M50 to Ross on Wye and Monmouth or the M4 to Chepstow. The nearest railway stations are Hereford and Chepstow with bus connections to Bigsweir Bridge which is 1 mile from the hotel.
There are many walks in the area with the Offa’s Dyke path and the Wye Valley Walk passing near to the hotel. The intention is to have A and B walks on the Friday Saturday and Sunday with the Saturday walks finishing earlier to accommodate the AGM at 5pm.
The prices are per person per night for full board including packed lunch as follows:
- Single: £80
- Sharing Double/Twin: £76
- Superior Double/Twin: £88
Please send in a booking form stating how many nights and type of room you wish to book. The deposit is £30 regardless of the number of nights you are staying. The balance is due by 1st May.
ST DAVID'S, PEMBROKESHIRE, 15 - 22 July 2017
For our annual summer week holiday this year we are returning to the Y Glennydd Hotel at St David’s in Pembrokeshire where Footprints went in 2012. The hotel is family run and has a reputation for excellent food. There are only ten bedrooms so if you could share a twin room it would mean more could be accommodated. However, once the hotel is filled it is possible to book into local B and Bs and take evening meals with the group in the hotel restaurant.
Road access is via the M4 to Swansea and by rail to Haverfordwest then service bus to St David's.
St David's is well situated for access to the Pembrokeshire coast which is one of the most scenic in Britain and during the 6 days walking we will cover different length sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path between the A and B walks. The hotel is only 5 minutes from the famous cathedral.
The price for the week is £490 full board including packed lunch with no single supplement. Please send in a booking form with a deposit of £50; the balance of payment is due by 15th June.
CHICHESTER, AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY, 25 - 28 August 2017
This event is now fully booked. The Footprints August Bank Holiday 2017 trip will be based in the cathedral city of Chichester, West Sussex. In a break with recent tradition, we've booked 20 en-suite, single rooms at the University of Chichester halls of residence. The cost of £187.50 for three nights includes B&B and a three-course evening meal.
There's excellent walking around Chichester harbour, the nearby South Downs and Arundel, and of course there are the attractions of Chichester itself. There will be a selection of A and B walks (volunteers to lead the B walks would be appreciated).
BORROWDALE, LAKE DISTRICT, 22 - 24/25 September 2017
Bookings are now closed for this weekend.
If you would still like to join us, please contact Glaramara House directly on 017687-77222 to check on availability. Alternatively there are local B&Bs available, and the evening meal can be taken with the group at a cost of £26 (again please book directly with Glaramara House). If you do book independently, please let the organiser know.
Accommodation: The centre offers excellent food and comfortable accommodation in a mixture of single and twin/double rooms. Room preferences will be met on a first come first served basis.
Meals: As usual, we have booked a full board package which 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 cover some new areas. Details will be confirmed nearer the time, but 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 difficult than in other locations.
ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA, 23 - 30 September 2017
Hostel accommodation is now fully booked - see below if you would like to join the group.
Following the success of the Black Forest trip in October 2016, Ian and Aline are running a European trip to Austria for the group and would love you to join us! Zell am See-Kaprun is situated in the heart of the Austrian Alps in the Salzburg province and close to the Hohe Tauern National Park. It is described as a real treasure for walkers and offers mighty mountains, lush green pastures, crystal clear waters of Lake Zell and the icy Kitzsteinhorn glacier.
Walks will be led by club members. Easier walks will be combined with the usual long walks, subject to numbers booking the trip. There are a vast number of hiking trails available and we can take advantage of our location to explore the lakeside trails and pastures as well as using cable cars to get up higher into the mountains. We will have a 'day off' during the trip which will give people a chance to relax by the lake or perhaps take a trip to see the beautiful city of Salzburg.
Dates: 23rd September to 30th September inclusive (7 nights).
Accommodation: You will need to book your own accommodation in one the many hotels / guesthouses in Zell am See. Please advise the organisers if you book independently and where you will be staying. It may be possible for some of you to stay in the same place and the organisers can put you in touch with other independent bookers. You will need to contribute to the costs of maps and any admin expenses incurred. Please also note you will need to get to the start of each day's walk which are likely to be from the hostel, at a nearby bus stop or from Zell am See railway station.
- Travel to Zell am See. Please arrange your own travel to/from Zell am See.
- Packed lunches, evening meals and drinks.
- Travel to/from walks via bus, train and cable car.
- A charge to cover other expenses e.g. maps and administrations costs. This is payable whether you stay in the hostel with the group or not. Please allow approx £20 per person.
- Travel / accident / cancellation insurance. Please purchase this yourself.
How to get there: The nearest airport is Salzburg, approx 85km away. From Salzburg Hbf you can get a direct train to Zell am See, which takes approx. 2 hrs. Alternatively, you can fly to Innsbruck or Munich and get a rail or maybe bus connection to Zell am See. Please contact Aline if you need help finding flights. If you want to avoid flying completely, there is a good rail network across Europe to transport you to Zell am See. Please try the following websites for further rail information https://www.trainline.eu/ or https://www.bahn.com/
Organisers: Aline & Ian
WINDERMERE HOTEL, LAKE DISTRICT, 27 - 29 October 2017
After two flyers circulated by email, fourteen members have booked for this event at discounted prices. No other reservations are currently held, and the discount has now expired (though it is likely to re-appear about twice during 2017). Nevertheless, standard single rooms, twin rooms, and double rooms are likely to be available (held by the hotel’s owners).
If you are interested in booking, please contact the event organiser. A conversation would be preferable, partly because prices will vary depending upon the time of booking.
All accommodation is en suite and breakfast and evening meals are provided.
There will be an 'A' walk and a 'B' walk on the Saturday and either a choice of walks or a combined 'A/B' walk on the Sunday.
Balances are payable by 15 September 2017, please.
ELLESMERE, SHROPSHIRE, 8 - 10 December 2017
Accommodation - The Red Lion coaching Inn, 18 Church Street, Ellesmere, SY12 0HD. Evening meals and lunch not included in the price, but plenty of places to obtain food in Ellesmere. We used this accommodation for a weekend in November 2006. Lifts available from Whitchurch.
Walks - Plans to run A & B parties but will confirm plans nearer to the weekend. Possible walks include the Llangollen canal or over to the Berwyns.
Price – Cost per person for 2 nights, single en-suite £110, Single non en-suite £60-90, twin en-suite £60, twin non en-suite £45. No deposit required.
NERJA, SPAIN, 4 - 11 February
Nerja is 40 miles up the coast from Malaga in Spain.
There is a good variety of easy to moderate walks for us to choose from on the outskirts of Nerja, in the Axarquia and Alpujarras regions and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. These include old trails linking ancient villages, climbs to great mountain views, coastal ridges and beaches, and river valleys. There is also an optional visit to Granada.
We will be staying in the Nerja Club Hotel. Costs with Thomsons are around £450 depending on flight & room with half board buffet meals. See http://www.thomson.co.uk.
Flights to Malaga are from Gatwick, Cardiff, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle. Alternative flights are available from EasyJet.
We will need to hire cars costing approx. £120 each + fuel. As before, I aim to have 2 drivers per car, please let me know if you can be a driver.
Richard is planning walks and offers to help lead will be appreciated, we have maps & guide books.
If you would like to come please let me know before arranging your own booking. I recommend booking early, especially if you want a single/sole occupancy room.
If you have any questions please let me know.
Organiser: Señor Colin
WYDALE HALL, NORTH YORKSHIRE, 29 March - 2 April
For Easter 2018 eighteen club members have booked (in response to a circular email) to stay at Wydale Hall, Brompton-by-Sawdon YO18 9DG (just off the A170 six miles west-south-west of Scarborough). Views of the house and its gardens can be seen on its website at https://www.wydale.org.
There is likely to be a short walk on the Thursday afternoon of 29th March, then both an 'A' walk and a 'B' walk on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a walk on the Monday.
The cost per person per night is £53, with no single room supplement. Members can either provide their own packed lunches or buy them from Wydale Hall for £8 per lunch. Two of the eighteen members have booked for the night of Monday 2nd April, as well as for the other four.
Wydale Hall is currently unwilling to release any of its remaining Easter vacancies to the club, but it may be willing to release one or two at the beginning of March 2018, so anyone who has not so far booked but would like to do so is asked to ring or email the organiser in order to be put on a waiting list.