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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

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Whitwick & District U3A - Walking Holidays

Each year, usually September or October, all WAD walkers are offered the opportunity to participate in a 4 night walking holiday. These holidays are booked with HFHolidays Ltd and are taken at one of their country houses in the UK. HF offers a very good standard of accommodation and we enjoy full board in en-suite rooms. A choice of 3 walks of varying length and difficulty are offered each day with a range of between 7 and 12 miles. Some evening entertainment is offered by way of light hearted quizzes or games, a speaker on topics of local interest, demonstrations or music. Travel is shared and we usually have enough willing drivers.

All balance payments for the 2018 holiday in Bourton on the Water to be with Ann by 15th August please.






Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October at Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds A provisional booking has been made for a 4 night holiday with HF holidays on a full board basis. A choice of 3 walks every day from 6 to 12 miles led by experienced walk leaders in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with its gentle hills, enchanting villages and tempting tearooms! Car sharing will be organised. The price is £435 per person whether in a single/double or twin en suite room. There is limited availability of single rooms. Deposits to be paid by the end of October and the balance due 6 weeks prior to the holiday. Further details from Ann


The 2019 holiday has now been booked in the Lake District. From Monday 7th to Friday 11th October we will be staying in HF's historic country house dating from the late 18th century on the banks of picturesque Derwent Water in the Lake District. From the house there are views of the lake and fells, and the lawn slopes down to the lake jetty offering a splendid spot to admire the magnificent setting. From Derwent Bank we will be able to enjoy lakeside rambles, charming valleys, and some more challenging mountain ascents if we should choose to. We are within walking distance of Keswick with its Theatre by the Lake.

The cost of the holiday per person will be £449 (providing we have at least 10 members booking). There are a few premium single rooms on offer at an extra cost of £40. No single supplements. We will share transport, and we will share costs for this at the WAD recommended rate for mileage charges.

If we do not reach a number of 10 interested members, then you are not committed to your booking as the price will inevitably be more, and a quote for that is unavailable at the moment. I am optimistic we will get at least 10!

If you would like to secure a place, please email Ann by the 3rd September with your deposit of £75 to be paid by the end of September and the balance due 6 weeks before the holiday.

Places will be given on a first come basis. If you are unable to make a decision by that date, I will always try to get you a booking later but cannot guarantee a place. If you have never been on one of our walking holidays and would like any more details please contact Ann.


Ann on walkhol at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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Below is a decription and some pictures from the 2017 holiday.

Pictures from 2015 and 2016 are in the gallery.

Walking Holiday 2nd to 6th October 2017

Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales

Ten intrepid WAD walkers, plus one enjoying a sightseeing break, enjoyed 4 nights at the beautiful 16th century Thorns Hall run by HF holidays. We arrived mid afternoon on Monday 5th just in time to unpack and enjoy afternoon tea. As the rain was very heavy we had to miss our usual village orientation walk in favour of staying in the dry!

Next day, three different length walks were sampled by members of the group, all using part of the Pennine Way starting from the little village of Dufton and going through the scenic woods along Dufton Ghyll. After a hard days walking and lovely dinner, we were entertained by a local group.

On our second day we set out with trepidation as heavy rain was forecast. A couple of our walkers opted out and visited Sizergh Castle instead, while the walkers set off in two different groups. The harder walkers did get soaked, but luckily those of us on the easier walk only encountered light drizzle. That evening we took part in the inter-house quiz which is run simultaneously in every HF house in the country (about 18 of them). Once again our WAD members triumphed with one team taking the top spot in our house (photos showing them displaying their exciting HF holiday mugs which were the prize) and our other team coming in 2nd.

Our third and final day's walking saw us taking in the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The three walking groups all took different routes as part of this walk, the easier walkers concentrated on the Ingleton Waterfall trail, the medium walking traversing the amazing limestone pavements of Twistleton Scar, and the harder walkers ascending one of the Dales 'three peaks' Ingleborough. Sunny weather on the final day brought our walking holiday to a very satisfying finish. The day was rounded off with a delicious 4 (or was it 5) course meal focussing on local produce, and rounded off with a nice glass of port. That was a treat!

We all thoroughly enjoyed our break and look forward to next year in the Cotswolds!

Our group enjoying refreshment in the bar after a hard day's walking

Scenic Smardale Fell

Our proud quiz prize winners showing off their HF mugs!

Looking down the dale at Ribblehead Viaduct

Four of our walkers enjoying the Ingleton Waterfall Trail

Fascinating sink holes on Twistleton Scar

The magnificent waterfalls

The beautiful 16th Century Thorns Hall

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