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Holidays

The club usually arranges at least one walking holiday each year. Brief details of some past trips are shown below to entice future, and remind past, participants.

A list of pastYHA weekends is given below.


2016 Three holidays Isle Of Man

Champoluc

Northumbria

One-week holiday in the Hydro Hotel in Douglas, Isle Of Man, 10 - 16 April 2016.

Champoluc, Monte Rosa, Italy.
Ten days holiday near the Italy/France/Switzerland borders

Jesmond, Newcastle in Northumbria 26 - 30 September 2016.


2015 Four holidays Loch Tummel

Grazalema

Kitzbuhl & Saalbach

Keswick

Around 50 members travelled by coach to the Loch Tummel Hotel, fairly near to Pitlochry, 18 to 22 April 2015. The weather was fantastic allowing good walks including Scheihallion and Ben Vrackie in bright sunshine and a little snow. Others went on the coach trips included in the holiday.

A week's walking in the Sierra De Grazalema in Andalucia from 26 May to 2 June 2015, staying in the Hotel Fuerte just outside Grazalema. Also walked in the Sierra de las Nieves and visited the wonderfully situated city of Ronda

A two-week, two-centre holiday in Kitzbuhel and Saalbach in Austria, 26 August to 9 September. Walking in brilliantly hot weather in Kitzbuhel but 20 degrees lower in the second week in Saalbach.

Another 5 day break in the Keswick Country Hotel in the Lake District from 12 to 16 October 2015. The best weather we have ever had in the Lakes with wonderful clear views in blue skies.


2014 Three holidays Keswick

Kranjska Gora

Llandrindod Wells

A five day mid-week break in the excellent Keswick Hotel 31 March to 4 April 2014. The weather was reasonable for all levels of walking.

A belated return trip to Kranjska Gora in the Julian Alps, Slovenia 27 August to 10 September 2014. Good walking among the white limestone peaks and trips to Bled, Bovec. Llubljana and the lakes just beyond the Italian border.

Our mid-week break at the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells 6 to 10 October 2014 was not blessed with the best of weather, but we did manage to walk in the Elan Valley, Rayader and Radnor Forest areas..


2013 Three holidays Isle Of Wight

La Villa & Ischgl

Caernarfon

Two coach loads travelled for a week at Shanklin in the Isle Of Wight in April 2013.

A two centre holiday with the first week in La Villa in the Dolomites and the second week in Ischgl in Austria

An autumn break in Caernarfon in the Celtic Royal Hotel in October 2013. High winds and heavy rain in Snowdonia.


2012 Four holidays Llangollen

Andalucia

Lech and Mayrhofen

Skipton

Replacement for the Twyn Break but the dates were changed to 26 - 30 March 2012

A 7 days' walking holiday 1 -8 May at the Hotel Zuhayra in Zuheros on the fringe of the Sierra Subbetica Natural Park. Visits to Cordoba and Granada were also arranged.

A two-week two-centre holiday in Lech and Mayrhofen in Austria from 18 August to 1 September 2012.

A return to Skipton for an autumn break Monday 1 Oct to Friday 5 Oct 2012 at the Hotel Rendezvous.


2011 Three holidays Grange-Over-Sands

Kandersteg

Skipton

A return to the Cumbria Grand Hotel at Grange-Over-Sands. Good high level walking in southern lakeland.

A 10 day holiday in the Swiss mountain resort of Kandersteg.

An autumn break Monday to Friday 3-7 Oct 2011 in the Rendezvous Hotel.


2010 Three holidays Llandudno

Davos and Saas Fee

Tenby

Another wonderful spring holiday break enjoyed by the 76 participants, with good food at the Queens Hotel, superb walking and hilarious entertainment.

A two-week two-centre holiday in the alpine resorts of Davos and Saas Fee in Switzerland

Excellent walking along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path from the Cliffe Norton Hotel in Tenby.


2009 Four holidays Barmouth

Lake District YHA Tour

Pertisau and Neustift

Scarborough

A great 5 day holiday, staying at the Min y Mor Hotel. Walking in the Mid Wales countryside, Cader Idris, Precipice and Panorama walks and entertainment in the evenings.

6 day walking tour between hostels

Another two-week two-centre holiday in the Austrian Tyrol in Pertisau and Neustift

A 5 day holiday in Scarborough in October 2009 with walks along the cliffs from Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby, from Bridlington to Scarborough and in the North Yorkshire Moors.

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2008 Four holidays Symonds Yat

Keswick with French

Yorkshire Dales Long Walk

Seefeld and Ellmau

Over 50 members spent 5 days at the Paddocks Hotel, walking in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. A week's holiday, hosting our French friends from La Randonnee Céretane, based in Keswick and walking in a variety of locations in the Lake District.

Five days walking between hostels in the the Yorkshire Dales in July. The walks took us over Pendle Hill and then from Malham to Kettlewell to Thoralby to Hawes. The last day combined a 7 mile walk from Hawes to Garsdale Head, train to Settle and 7 miles walk to Malham

A wonderful holiday for 53 members, first walking in the limestone mountains around Seefeld and the Lautasch Valley followed by a week in Ellmau walking in the Wilder Kaiser range and the gentler slopes to the south

On the ferry After a long walk over Great Gable First day on Pendle Hill Bill leading one of his walks on the Wilderkaiser Steig

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2007 Three holidays Llandudno

Snowdonia Long Walk

Céret, France

70 or more braved a wild, wet and windy 5-day holiday at the Queen's Hotel at Llandudno Four or five days walking between hostels in the mountains of Snowdonia in July. The holiday in two hotels in Céret in the south of France, near the Pyrenees in September was a great success. The local walking group arranged a wonderful itinerary of walks and events. See example of photos on Google, taken at the reception by Jean Porqueres.

On the chequer plate

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2006 Four holidays Patterdale

California

Lake District Long Walk

Alnmouth

Another large party , including some friends from France, had a good week's holiday in the Lake District in April 2006, staying at the Patterdale Hotel. San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, great walking and sightseeing in a variety of landscapes. Slightly shorter routes than last year but made difficult by the very high temperatures throughout the holiday. Expect something similar to be arranged for next year. We filled the HF hotel at Almouth for a guided walking holiday in late September and early October
B group on St Sunday Crag on the last day Half Dome from Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park Harter fell on the way to Eskdale Northumbria

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2005 Four holidays Patterdale

Lake District Long Walk

Italy

Croyde Bay

More than seventy members braved the weather in the Lake District for a week in March 2005, staying at the Patterdale Hotel. Four days of good weather allowed 4 great ridge routes but the last day's rain kept us at lower levels. Over 50 miles and 20,000 feet of climbing. The holiday in August/September 2005 at Selva, Val di Gardena in the Dolomites was excellent. Walking at all levels was possible, using the gondolas and chairlifts among the spectacular limestone scenery dominated by the Sassolungo peaks. Some members moved on to spend a week at Malcesine on Lake Garda. More than 40 members and 10 of our French friends spent a week at the Unison Holiday Village in Croyde Bay, North Devon at the end of October 2005. A and C walks took place every day on the coastal paths, the Tarka Trail and Exmoor and use was made of the swimming, table tennis and Petang facilities.. The weather improved from a rainy first day to warm sunshine later in the week.
After the High Street walk On the third day Looking across the Siusi Plateau Our French friends

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2004 Three holidays Slovenia

Cumbria Way

Scarborough

During May 2004 17 club members took a holiday in Slovenia, staying at Kranjska Gora in the Julian Alps for one week. The Karavanke and Julian Alps mountain ranges provided marvellous walking for all grades and abilities. 12 members of the party remained for a less strenuous second week at Portoroz on the coast. A group of 25 completed this long distance walk through the Lake District, from Ulverston to Carlisle, over one week in July 2004. More than forty members spent 4 nights at the Crown Hotel in Scarborough near the end of October. The food was excellent and the weather was kind to us while we walked in the North Yorkshire Moors or along coastal paths.
In the Karavanke Range to the north of Kranjska Gora Sharp Edge on Blencathra - the rest day Forge Valley

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2003Two holidays Madeira

France

A group of more than twenty stayed just outside Funchal for a fortnight experiencing marvellous weather and completing some wonderful walks. The whole group stayed together to walk some of the famous levadas and then the stronger walkers climbed in the high mountains in the centre of the island More than 40 of us went to stay in the troglodyte region near St-Etienne-Le-Chigny in the Loire Valley with our French friends from L'Aigle and Le Perche. We visited wonderful chateaux and beautiful towns and villages with gentle walks each day
On the way to Pico Ruivo in Madeira's high mountains In the 'digs' in the Loire Valley
2002 Majorca

34 club members were on this holiday - some for 14 days and some for 7 days, staying at the Pollensa Park Hotel in Puerto Pollensa. Despite some poor weather we managed to walk in the mountains of the North West of the island almost everyday, climbing Massanella, Tomir, Teix, La Rateda among others. Visits were made to Palma, Soller, Lluc, Pollensa and Valldermosa. On the Cavall Bernat Ridge
2001Two holidays Switzerland and France

France

This was a composite holiday in which some people towed caravans and others hired caravans or tents when they were there and yet others flew there and stayed in a hotel. They stayed at Annecy in France before moving on to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. This was our visit to Belleme in the Orne Perche region of France at the invitation of Les Marcheurs du Perche whom we had entertained at Edale the year before
1999 Czech and Slovak
Republics

This was a repeat, with a larger group, of the successful holiday two years before, but staying in a hotel in Nova Smokavec.
1998 Bulgaria

This year we went to Borovets in the Rila mountains south of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Excellent guided walks were included and visits made to Sofia, Plovdiv, Samakov and the famous Rila Monastery.
1997 Czech and Slovak
Republics

We stayed for a few days in Prague, the beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic before travelling by train to Nova Lesna in Slovakia. This village was a short distance from the wonderful High Tatra mountain range with easy access to many walks provided by the TEZ electric railway. Visits were made to the ancient and interesting towns of Levoca, Kosice and Kesmarok.
1996 Poland by bus

This was a three centre holiday starting at Sopot, the premiere seaside resort on the Baltic coast, moving to Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and then to Zakapane, a town nestling at the foot of the Tatra mountains.
1995 Alnmouth A week's holiday in Northumbria, walking along the coast and hills in this attractive area
1994Selworthy A wonderful week in the west country in the beautiful Vale of Porlock.

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Suggestions are always being made for future walking holidays and at the moment ideas include:

Atlas Mountains, Morocco Alsace Region in France Return to Kranjska Gora Return to Selva
Andorra La Palma

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Youth Hostel Breaks

Ideas and Proposals for the Future

YHA -- Borth, West Mid Wales, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales, Kington, Shropshire (self catering), Eskdale, South West Lake District

Double A Weekends -- Hathersage, Peak District, Eyam, Peak District, Bretton, Peak District (self catering).

Independent Hostels -- SeeIndependent Hostels Guidefor bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Europe.

Summary of visits over the last few years which were kindly arranged by Peter Johnson, Anne Jepson and Bernard Heath, Mike Everill

HostelDateYear
Capel Curig11 - 13 March1994
High Close17 - 19 March 1995
Mankin Holes1 - 3 March1996
Malham21 - 23 February1997
Patterdale31 October - 2 November 1997
Snowdon Ranger6 - 8 March 1998
Kettlewell9 - 11 October 1998
Coniston (Holly How)19 - 21 March 1999
Osmotherly 8 - 10 October1999
Longthwaite (Borrowdale)3 - 5 March2000
Brecon Beacons 13 - 15 October2000
Llanberis12 - 14 October2001
Aysgarth Falls 22 - 24 March2002
Crowden11 - 12 May2002
Dufton11 - 13 October2002
Grasmere (Butterlip How)28 - 30 March2003
Langsett31 May - 1 June2003
Llanbedr3 - 5 October2003
Ingleton19 - 21 March2004
Edale17 - 18 July2004
Kirkby Stephen 1 - 3 October2004
Kings15 - 17 April2005
Clun21 May2005
Buttermere7 - 9 October2005
Grinton Lodge3 - 5 March2006
Clun20 - 21 May2006
Dent13 - 15 October2006
Bryn Gwynant16 - 18 March2007
Malham12 - 13 May2007
Ffynnon Wen12 - 14 October2007
Helmsley18 - 20 April2008
Wilderhope17 - 18 May2008
Slaidburn17 - 19 October2008
Hawes27 - 29 March2009
Elterwater9 - 11 April2010
Howarth1 - 3 October2010
Leider House8 - 10 April2011
Eyam4 - 5 June 2011
Kettlewell23 - 25 September2011
Conway27 - 30 March2012
Kington*16 - 17 June2012*Bed & Breakfast
Kirkby Stephen12 - 14 October2012
Hathersage8 - 9 June2013
Windermere12 - 14 April2013
Slaidburn4 - 6 October2013
Llwyn Y Celyn11 - 13 April2014
Black Sail19 -20 July2014
Coalport17 -19 October2014
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Eyam8 - 9 October2016
Unofficial?2017
Hartington2 - 3 Steptember2017

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The Cumbria Way 25 - 31 July 2004

HostelDate
Coniston25 July
B&B Elterwater/Chapel Stile26 July
Longthwaite27 July
Keswick28 July
Keswick29 July
Denton House, Caldbeck30 July


Summary of the A-walk tours over the last few years which were kindly arranged by Ken Elkin.

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