Alnmouth, Northumberland Friday 16th September to Friday 23rd September.
13 members of our group enjoyed an excellent weeks holiday hosted by HF holidays at their large seaside mansion on the Northumberland coast in the attractive village of Alnmouth. An advantage of going with HF is that the ‘Guided Walking’ holidays in the UK usually have ‘Hard’, ‘Medium’, and ‘Easy’ options, varying from 12 miles and 2,000 feet of ascent to perhaps 6 miles and 500 feet: depending obviously on the terrain. The energetic were thus catered for as well as those who wanted time to stop and enjoy the scenery (or drop into the local café)!
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Each year members of East Herts Ramblers go on walking holidays together. We go away during the May Bank Holiday weekend, and also a week in September. Below are a few of our most recent holidays. See the 'Photo Galery' for a slide show of our holiday photographs.
Derbyshire Dales, Friday 11th September to Thursday 17th September.
Thirteen of our group were on an hf holiday at Dovedale, undertaking a variety of easy, medium and hard led walks. (A benefit of hf as it caters for all abilities.)This is the first time our group has been on an organised holiday, having in previous years arranged our own accomodation and walks. The total number of guests exceed 40, including from UK, Canada, USA, Australia and Germany.
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The Weavers Way
The Weavers Way, 30th April to 4th May 2015
The Weavers Way covers 56 miles between Cromer and Great Yarmouth, through varied but very level Norfolk terrain. Splitting this into five days of walking from Cromer was an interesting challenge, but by walking some sections in reverse (ie South to North), using buses on the first 3 days, a 14-seater taxi on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, and trains at the end, we completed the trail without problem.
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An Anglesey Break, 30th August to 6th September 2014
12 members of East Herts group took part in this year's September break, mostly arriving at Holyhead by train, trundling our cases ¾ mile to the 'Boathouse' hotel. This turned out to be an excellent choice, being nicely located away from the town centre, opposite the marina at Newry Beach, and a short walk from the Breakwater Country Park and spectacular scenery at Holyhead Mountain.
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The South Downs
South Downs Way, May 1st-5th 2014
Assembling at the Congress Hotel in Eastbourne a group of seven members set out for Beachy Head on the first afternoon, admiring the views and the wild flowers as we ascended the cliffs: including a brand new memorial to the airmen of RAF Bomber Command. Reaching the site of the old Lloyds lookout we had a good view of the lighthouse before returning to the hotel for supper and even some dancing to the evening entertainment!
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A week in Dartmoor, Saturday 31st August to Saturday 7th September 2013.
Our autumn holiday this year was on Dartmoor, staying at Brimpts Farm near Dartmeet, right in the centre of the National Park. Fortunately the weather was just right for walking, sunny much of the time, and the only rain came for the last 10 minutes on the final day! Indeed it had evidently been dry for some time as areas that had obviously been boggy were quite dry.
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Holiday weekend 2nd - 7th May 2013. A coal mining area near Ashby de la Zouch may not sound the most promising location for our Spring holiday, but the mines are long closed and much restoration of the landscape has occurred, giving the opportunity for extensive planting of new woodland: the National Forest. A focal point of this is the modern purpose-built youth hostel near Moira, the base for 13 of us whilst Pam and Dorothy stayed in a B&B nearby. A far cry from the old days, this had en-suite two or four bedded rooms and a ‘bistro’ type café where we enjoyed simple but (to the writer’s mind) appetising and filling breakfasts and evening meals.
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