Update on plans
This year members of the club hoped to be going on 2 mini breaks, apart from the regular Sunday and Wednesday walks, plus the long trails.
The first break , planned for July, was to be with HF Holidays in Derwent Water. HF have had to cancel this holiday, but have offered the same break in 2021, with our deposits held over to next year.
In October the planned break was to take us to Norfolk, again for 3 days walking. 18 members have signed up for this break so far, which has been organised by the club committee. As of May 2020, we will have to wait and see if this event can take place.
A group of 20 members travelled to Yorkshire, to stay at the Old Bridge Inn, Holmfirth. We arrived on Thursday, and dined together in very comfortable surroundings.
The weather forecast for the next 3 days was bad – heavy rain was promised, so we looked forward to 3 days walking with some misgivings. On Friday and Saturday there were 2 walks planned, of about 6 to 7 miles and over 12 miles, so that most capabilities would be catered for. On Friday the weather forecast had improved slightly, but even so the long walkers set out in fairly heavy rain. The shorter walkers were able to delay their start until late morning, as the rain eased off. They took a bus to Holm, and walked back without getting wet. The long walkers also enjoyed a drier walk in the afternoon.
Saturday turned out to be a much better day; all walkers were back in the hotel before it started to rain. The area round Holmfirth was lovely, with open moors, reservoirs, patches of woodland, and small hamlets to walk through. Everyone enjoyed both days of walking, and of course each evening proved a social time for the group, with good food, and the occasional drink!
On Sunday the promised rain had arrived though, and it was decided not to do the last, 5 mile walk we had planned. It seemed to make no sense to get wet before the journey home. The break was deemed a success though, and hopefully we can have a similar break next year.
A group of 22 enjoyed a wonderful weekend in October, walking in Exmoor. We stayed at the Simonsbath House hotel, which was a very comfortable base for the 3 night break. The welcome was warm, and the food excellent.
We were lucky with the weather too – sunshine nearly all the time, so we were able to enjoy the autumn colours, with views across the moorland, home to several groups of deer and, of course, Exmoor ponies.
The weekend was deemed a great success, and our thanks go to Malcolm Fellows, who masterminded the whole thing. It was pleasing to see him once more.