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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.






The Walking holiday due to take place at Malham in April 2021 was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.


The holiday for 2022 has now been booked and fingers crossed that this one can go ahead after the disappointing cancellation of the previous two bookings for 2020 and 2021. This one will be at Alnmouth on the beautiful Northumberland coast, and a location we have not previously visited on our walking holidays. The holiday will run from the 18th to the 22nd April, 4 nights full board at one of HFs stunning country houses situated right on the coast. As usual there will be an option of 3 different walks every day encompassing distances of between approx 7 to 12 miles.


Ann on walkhol at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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Below is a description and some pictures from the 2019 holiday.

Pictures from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are in the gallery.

Walking Holiday April 2022


After all the postponements and cancellations over the last 2 years, the walking holiday finally got under way on 18 April. The destination was Nether Grange in the village of Alnmouth in Northumberland. We arrived on a glorious Easter Monday to find everywhere very busy with families enjoying a day by the sea and had to wait till early evening before being able to find suitable parking. The hotel was a one-time granary when the village was a thriving sea port.

car parked outside white gates with stone building behind

We were fortunate to have views over the golf course and the sea.

extensive grass area with blue sky above

For the first day's walking, we were taken by coach to St Cuthbert's Way, north of Alnmouth and onto the edge of the Cheviot Hills. From here it was a long climb past Tom Tailor's Crag with fine views over into Scotland. By now, the sunny morning had changed as the sea fret rolled in followed by cloud. We walked across moorland which was home to grouse shooting and eventually down to the market town of Wooler. We managed to find 1 café still open and they benefitted from a rush of walkers seeking refreshment at the end of the day.

foreground scrubby moreland with coloured patchwork of fileds in mid to far distance

On the Wednesday, we walked from the house. After leaving Alnmouth, we meandered along the River Aln and gently, this time, ascended to Spy Law with views in all directions. It was noticeable the number of trees uprooted as a result of storm Arwen back in November last year. The walk continued seawards, returning through cereal fields over-looking the Aln estuary and the once busy port of Alnmouth. There was then time for a potter around the village before finally returning back to the house.

Our final walk took us from Beadnall along the coastal path and the beach into Seahouses. There was a short break here to visit the harbour before continuing along the beach all the way to Bamburgh. There was time to visit the Grace Darling museum, the Copper Kettle tea rooms and to get a few photos of the castle, which last year played host to Harrison Ford for filming the latest Indiana Jones movie.

catle outlined against cloudy sky with sandy beach and dunes in foreground

And then it was all over, the time flew by after so much waiting. Our thanks to Ann for getting through the booking process which wasn't easy. We're now looking forward to next year, wherever that may be.

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