Recent National Events
Listed below are details of National events organised in the last 12 months.
GRANGE OVER SANDS, CUMBRIA, 9 - 11 December 2016
For our pre-Christmas weekend we are returning to the Cumbria Grand Hotel in Grange over Sands last visited in March 2014. This former railway hotel is superbly situated in 20 acres of private gardens overlooking Morecambe Bay. The hotel is only half an hour from M6 junction 36 and half a mile from the train station where direct trains run from Lancaster where connections can be made with the rest of the country.
Walks will be in the immediate area and inland around Cartmel famous for its priory and in the Arnside and Silverdale areas by taking the short train journey across Morecambe Bay. There will be A and B walks on Saturday and Sunday and walks on other days subject to demand.
The price for evening dinner bed and breakfast is £38 per night based on sharing a twin or double room with a £15 per night supplement for a single room. It is possible to add extra nights either side of the weekend at the same rates. Single rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN, 4 - 11 February
Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands which are part of Spain but off the North West coast of Africa. The weather should be quite mild in February. Although the island is basically one volcano, there is a good variety of walks available. The motorway which runs two thirds of the way round the island means that few places are more than 90 minutes’ drive from our resort at Playa del Ingles including the highest point on the island. There are many walks much closer. Offers to lead walks will be appreciated. I have guide books and maps.
We will be staying in the Playa Bonita in Playa del Ingles. Costs should be around £450 per person with Easyjet Holidays or £540 with Thomson depending on flight and room with half board buffet meals.
Easy Jet flights are only from Gatwick to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Thomson fly from Manchester and Doncaster/Sheffield as well as Gatwick.
We will need to hire cars costing about £120 - £150 each + fuel. As before, I aim to have 2 drivers per car, please let me know if you can be a driver.
If you would like to come please let me know before arranging your own booking at http://www.easyjet.com/ or www.thomson.co.uk/. I recommend booking early, especially if you want a single/sole occupancy room.
HARROGATE, 24 - 26 or 27 February
All our allocated rooms have been booked. It may be possible to book extra double or twin rooms but only for two people sharing.
I have booked 20 places, 10 single and 5 twin rooms at the Cairn Hotel Harrogate last visited by Footprints in December 2014. This Victorian 3 star hotel dates back to Harrogate's period as a spa town and is owned by the same company who own the Cumbria Grand Hotel in Grange over Sands.
The hotel is well situated for walks in the eastern Yorkshire Dales around Pateley Bridge and the famous Brimham Rocks. Ripon, Knaresborough and York are not far away.
Harrogate is easily reached by both road and rail being only half an hour from Leeds where connections can be made to all parts of the country.
Bookings can be from 1 to 3 nights. Sharing a twin room or double room is £36 per person per night. There is a £15 supplement for the first 6 single rooms with a £25 supplement thereafter so if you can share a twin room it is much cheaper.
HARTINGTON, PEAK DISTRICT, 13 - 17 April
Only dormitory accommodation is now available.
For our annual club long weekend away at Easter I have booked single and twin room accommodation in Hartington Hall Youth Hostel for 2017.
The Hostel is situated in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park, and the River Dove is nearby, so it has an unbeatable location for walking. The Hostel is a 17th century manor house and is particularly comfortable, with log fires, oak panelling and I have booked the usual full board package. So at £189.72, it’s a bargain in a 'posh' Youth Hostel!
9 places have been pre-booked – 3 single and 3 twin rooms - so don’t hang around. They’ll go quickly. After that, I will book other rooms when demand permits.
Anyone interested in extra days? I will, separately, book another two night's accommodation (full board), either at Hartington Hall YH or elsewhere in the Peak District, for the two nights before the break proper, ie, 11th and 12th April 2017. It makes the travel worthwhile, hopefully avoiding the worst of the Bank Holiday rush. Please state on your booking form whether you want to add two extra days.
Accommodation. £189.72, 4 nights full board, beginning Thursday 13th April 2017. Departing Easter Monday, 17th April 2017. 3 single and 3 twin rooms. 9 places available.
More accommodation will be booked, if demand exceeds supply, but please tell me if you do not wish to stay in rooms containing a larger number of beds/bunks.
Travel. Railway. To Derby or Matlock from the south; To Buxton from the north. Then by bus. By car. From Stockport – 35 mins. From London – 3 hr 40 mins.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation. If anyone wants their own BnB accommodation elsewhere, please feel free to do so.
ST BRIAVELS, WYE VALLEY, 1 - 5 June
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
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
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
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
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
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.