Rushcliffe Ramblers

Past holidays



Report from Karen:

Our Autumn weekend in the glorious countryside of Nidderdale in North Yorkshire was attended by 27 Ramblers (and 1 dog).

A choice of two or three walks was offered each day and took us to Brimham Rocks, the Coldstones Cut which is Yorkshire’s biggest and highest public artwork, and finally Simon’s Seat and Appletreewick on the Sunday, where everyone seemed happy to round off the weekend with a drink at the rather quirky Craven Arms.

A special thank-you is owed to all the walk leaders, Christine, Alan, Jeremy and Martin, who good-humouredly faced up to numerous challenges resulting in a few alterations and curtailments.

Those who attended stayed in a variety of accommodation from hotels to B&B, campsites and cottages, with many choosing to extend the weekend.

Finding venues for our large group to enjoy their evening meals together proved difficult, but the Royal Oak pub and the Willow Restaurant managed to serve our rather convivial (noisy) party good food in typically large Yorkshire portions. (We also managed to clear the Spar shop of sandwiches.)

We were very fortunate with the weather during the weekend itself, although heavy rain on Monday morning altered the plans of those who had stayed on longer.

I (Karen) have received a number of messages of thanks in various forms, including the following comments:

A brilliant weekend, thanks and best wishes – Bill & Gill
Everything went well… we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – Larraine
It was just great – Hazel
We had a great time from beginning to end, as always with Rushcliffe – Brian & Ruth



Report from Angela:

31 people attended the holiday ,all the arrangements fell into place from leaving home albeit an early start, getting to the airport, the flight, being collected at the airport and arrival at Hotel Waldheim on a very hot day to a welcome drink.

Our programme of walks worked out very well too. We had to adjust the walks on two days because of rain or low cloud, but all in all there was a good variety and something that most people could do. I had been fortunate to have contact with an HF Walk Leader prior to our leaving and he had given us some very useful information. Also, Karin at the Hotel was very knowledgeable about the area and helped us plan our days.

The hotel lived up to its reputation and although they’d not had a self guided group in all of their 25 years of providing HF with accommodation they coped well with our noise and demands brilliantly. Pork was a popular dish on the menu and it became a joke guessing what the next day’s menu would contain. Nonetheless the meals were wonderful with plenty of choice.

The total cost of the holiday, including flights worked out at £872, although the single occupancy rooms attracted an additional cost and those booking flights at a later date may have paid slightly more.

Many thanks go to Joe who spent hours plotting the routes as HF had only given us descriptions of low level walks. Also many thanks to Karen, Martin and Alan for taking charge of leading the walks and a special thanks to Jane who picked up the reins of leadership and guided most of the short walks. As I always say, the holiday wouldn’t have been the success it was without the help of these wonderful people.

Comments from our members:

‘A huge thank you for arranging such a wonderful week in Austria’ – Pat
What a fabulous holiday in Austria’ – Gill
‘I am running out of superlatives to describe your holidays … it was absolutely brilliant. It all went so smoothly, the walks were excellent and by and large the weather was good’ – Mike
‘Danke schon Thank you for arranging such a wonderful week in Mayrhofen’ - Elaine
‘Thanks for organising a truly memorable holiday’ – Elizabeth

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Report from Angela

In late April 43 Rushcliffe Ramblers travelled south from Nottinghamshire, braving the traffic on the M25 to arrive in West Sussex. We were self-guiding and had walks planned for each of the four days of our stay. Our Friday walk started off the weekend with a stroll round Petworth Park. This was followed by a dash to Abingworth Hall for tea and cakes. Everyone loves cake and the choice and quality available wasn’t a disappointment. Many thanks to the HF Chef who is still serving home baked cake.

On Saturday we had three walks of differing lengths, all walking from the front door of Abingworth Hall. All three walks started off in a westerly direction with the short 6 miles walk doing a loop around Storrington before returning and the 14 miles walk getting up on to the Downs. The 9 miles walk struck out west to Parnham with a walk around the park. The sun shone and it was a good day. Each evening, after dinner and coffee we had either a quiz or a game.Most people took part and everyone had a good laugh as well as lots of chatter.

On Sunday, again there was a choice on three walks. The short walk of 5 miles headed off to Bignor and the site of the Roman Villa. After the walk there was an opportunity to look round the Villa.. The medium 8 miles walk started at Amberley walking along the river and getting up on the Downs. They didn’t manage tea and cake at the quirky teashop because it was so busy, instead a trip to the nearest pub had to suffice. The longer, 13 miles walk climbed on to the Downs and visited Steyning, Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring.

Our weekend finished with an easy 5 miles walk from Rudgwick. This was followed with lunch at the pub before we said our goodbyes and travelled back home. It’s always sad when a wonderful weekend comes to an end but we had happy memories to take away with us.

Comments from our members:

‘Thanks from both of us for another wonderful walking weekend. We enjoyed it so much the date for next year at HF Selworthy is in our diary.’ – Karen
‘The weekend was absolutely fabulous, we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.’ – Morag
‘A huge thank-you for organising our stay in Abingworth, we really enjoyed ourselves.’ – Pat
‘What more could we ask for: fantastic company, amazing walks and scenery and lots of good food to eat.’ – Hazel
‘Another great walking weekend due to the excellent organisation. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend away.’ - Jan
Thank you HF for making our weekend in West Sussex special; a happy memory that will stay with us for a long time.

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Report from Angela:

Roaring waves crashing into stoney bays. Stoney bays overlooked by high cliffs intercepted by golden, sandy bays. Bays whose only access was via the coastal footpath. Bays frequented by hardy swimmers and fishermen. Then there was the crescent shaped, third best beach in the world; Rhossili with its wide expanse of beautiful sand, surfers and sight-seers. This was our long (13 miles) Saturday walk on the southern Gower coast from Penmaen to Rhossili.

Our other walks included Three Cliffs Bay, the most photographed coastal view in Britain, Oxwich Bay, Cefn Bryn the highest hill on the Gower, Pwlldu Bay, and Clyn Valley. Walks were enhanced with local knowledge from Jan and Nick

39 Ramblers made their way to Mumbles making this the largest group on an Autumn weekend away. The numbers were swelled further as we were joined on walks and evening meals by 4 guests. Such was the lure of this area of outstanding natural beauty, but not only was the scenery magnificent so we're the evening meals. We managed to find restaurants in good locations that would take a large group and provide good food at a reasonable price. With the arrival of Rushcliffe Ramblers the decibels increased with lots of chat and laughter.

I've received a card, e-cards, emails and text with thanks from participants. Some of the comments are as follows:

Thank you for arranging another great weekend - Rosemary another splendid, well organised weekend. A thousand well dones. - Mike St We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend - Morag

The weekend wouldn't have been so memorable without our walk leaders whose planning, knowledge, navigation skills and leadership all added to the weekend. So, many thanks from all participants.

During the weekend participants voted for Pateley Bridge in Yorkshire as the destination for Autumn 2017.

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Report from Angela

This was another successful holiday. 18 members took part in the holiday. The majority of the group stayed at the Briers on the outskirts of Newcastle. Unfortunately this was a little too far out of the town for easy access. Both the proprietor and the web-site information were misleading on the walking time into Newcastle. However, it didn’t spoil the experience and this was remedied with the use of taxis that were very reasonably priced.

There were several very good restaurants in the town and we were able to dine in a different venue each evening. We kept the price down by dining early and ordering from the early bird menus that provided us with some very good selections of food.
Martin and Karen lead us on walks both in the mountains and along the coast. It’s not easy to lead a group without having done a recce in an unknown area so special thanks go to both for their bravery and skills.

The Walking Festival was a hit for those who enjoyed the Mountains and the walking they provided. Those who preferred the lowland walks didn’t have quite the same experience as these walks included a fair amount of road walking due to the lack of footpaths in Ireland generally.

The Saturday night Knees Up Shindig was attended and enjoyed by all. For the modest sum of £12 we were treated to a very good sit down, hot meal, a traditional Irish band and a caller for the dancing. Rushcliffe Ramblers lead the way on the dance floor and were the stars of the evening.

We spent the arrival and the departure days in Belfast with most people enjoying the Hop on Hop off bus and the Titanic Exhibition. Our arrival day culminated in an evening meal at the Crown Liquor Saloon, a traditional Irish pub with booths made of wooden screens with stained glass.



Report from Angela:

'Mud, mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for slipping, sliding and falling over'. With all the Spring rains, the ground in Derbyshire/Staffordshire was still saturated, however we didn't let this spoil our enjoyment of the amazingly beautiful countryside. With 3 walks of varying lengths on 4 days there was something for everyone to enjoy. This couldn't have been achieved, however without our dedicated walk leaders to whom we all send our grateful thanks.

64 Rushcliffe Ramblers stayed at the HF hotel, Peveril of the Peak. Many of whom had splendid countryside views of Dovedale from their bedroom windows. After returning from our walks the attentive hotel staff provided us with delicious evening meals. These were followed by our evening entertainment with included a quiz, a raffle and a beetle drive. Many thanks too to the ladies who formed the 'social committee' and compared these events. On the Saturday evening, in celebration of a members birthday, we were joined by the Radcliffe Ukulele Strummers, most of whom stayed overnight swelling our numbers to 72. With the aid of audience participation they played and sang a wide range of songs culminating in Nottingham (Manchester) Rambler and I'm Gonna walk 500 miles to which the audience stamped their way through the lyrics. A truly memorable evening.

Even the weather behaved itself. The rain made a couple of appearances but the majority of the time it remained dry with sun and blue skies. I'm sure this will be one of those weekend that will be talked about for many years to come as one of our more successful weekends away, of which there have been quite a few.

Thanks again to all who helped make this a memorable event.

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Report from Angela:

Why haven’t we been to Haltwhistle before? It is such good walking country!

27 RR members travelled north and took part in the weekend. We started with a 5 mile undulating walk along the River Allen with some short, strenuous climbs. The Saturday walk was a full day walking along the Wall. The longer walk was just under 12 miles with a cut-off for those wishing for a shorter route. On the Sunday we started our second Wall walk from Housesteads Roman Fort, which also offered a get out for those wanting a shorter walk.

Evening meals were taken together on Friday and Saturday evenings and both venues provided quality food with good-sized portions and good ambiance. We also celebrated a birthday in what has become our usual tradition with cake and a poem from Pam.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walks, the restaurants, the company and generally the whole weekend. Below are some of the comments received:

“Fabulous, marvellous, brilliant and perfick” – Elaine
“It was a great weekend” – Maggie
“It was another part of the country I hadn’t been before and it was lovely” – Mike Sp
“For me it couldn’t have gone any better …. and the pint in the Black Bull was most welcome” – Mike St

Thanks go to all those who helped to make this another truly wonderful weekend, namely the walk leaders and their glamorous assistants: Martin & Mike St, Jeremy & Pam, Karen & Peter, Mike Sp & Jack K9 and lastly to Pam for her wonderful poems. I couldn’t do it without the help of these lovely people.

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27 members took part in the Scilly holiday. We travelled by train, car, air and ferry all arriving for the first of our evening meals together at Speros, overlooking the beach and St Mary’s harbour. The weather was mostly kind to us with lots of sun and blue skies. We also experienced blue/green clear, calm seas, white beaches, an amazing array of flora, tame bird life, great accommodation and fantastic sunsets. One evening we had rain when we were travelling back on the open boat to St Mary’s, but we weren’t daunted and burst into song with ‘What shall we do with a drunken sailor’. All good fun! We also had two birthdays to celebrate and these were done in true Rushcliffe Ramblers style with poems provided by our own ‘Poet Laureate’, Pam Duesbury, birthday cakes and singing. The birthday parties were successful and in one case, enjoyed by the locals/holiday makers too.

The following is a flavour of the comments from participants:

“great poems, epic holiday” Elaine
“fabulous holiday.. one of the best” Pat and Dave
“the whole week was ‘pure dead brilliant’” Morag
“What a special, wonderful time you gave us in the Scilly Isles.” Maria
“I am running out of superlatives ….. the colour of the sun, sea, sky, and sand were breath taking and will be an abiding memory.” Christine
“Still on cloud 9. The holiday was brilliant from start to finish.” Larraine

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Report from Angela:

I received text, cards and emails from some of the 37 people who attended the weekend and the following is a flavour of the comments received:

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the w/end on the Isle of Wight. The walks were great”  Annie

“Thanks so much for a brilliant weekend”


“Thank you so much for all the work you and your fellow helpers did to make the weekend such a great success. We both enjoyed ourselves and were made very welcome by all the group”  Jan

“Thanks for all your hard work taking us into springtime on the Isle of Wight”  Alan and Joyce

“My grateful thanks again for a super weekend on the Isle of Wight”    Christine

“We had a fab time, not laughed so much in ages. We were made to feel welcome from the off and it just got better….. We look forward to walking again with Rushcliffe”  Brian and Ruth

This was another very successful weekend away. The weather let us down by not providing very good views because of low cloud on 2 days but it stayed dry for us and by the last day we were walking in warming sunshine. The low cloud didn’t spoil any of our walks, nor did it stop some hardy folk from trying out the outdoor swimming pool. We undertook 2 short walks on the first and last days with much longer coastal walks on the middle two days. On these two days there were also options for shorter walks.

As usual the accommodation was very good; clean and comfortable even though the Hotel was in need of some refurbishment. The meals were typically HF with choice and more than enough to eat. Two members had birthdays whilst we were away and we celebrated with cakes and candles, balloons, singing and a specially written poem by Pam.

There was one incident when Marjorie Jones fell in the hotel and broke a bone in her foot. The Manager took control, first giving her a cold compress and later arranging for an ambulance to take her to A&E and then fetching both Majorie and Anne back from the hospital late at night. He also moved Majorie to the ground floor to make it easier for her to get around. The following day we were off back home and Anne did a sterling job getting Marjorie back to Clifton. Many thanks to Tony the Hotel Manager (I’ve sent him a thank you card) and to Anne for taking care of Marjorie.

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We are so lucky to have such wonderful places to visit.  Holmfirth lived up to our dreams with fantastic scenery; lots of hills to climb and lush valleys to descend into, water and reservoirs abound. To top it all, the weather behaved itself and gave us warming sunshine for most of the time; albeit there was a little mizzle mid Saturday when low clouds descended from the peaks.

On Friday we met up at Flockton for an 8 miles circuit of the glorious, rural countryside with gentle undulations and lots of sunshine.  We visited Emley and never lost sight of the Emley Moor transmitter, which can be seen for miles around. This put everyone into relaxed mode and a good start for the weekend.  Many thanks to Adriana and John for their walk leading skills and commitment.

On Saturday 21 of us set off from the hotel, heading for Holme where we’d booked lunch at the pub.  It was a tough climb out of Holmfirth heading upwards until we had sight of Digley Reservoir. Here we stopped for coffee with views down the reservoir.  Then it was on to Holme and lunch.  Here the group split, some headed directly back to Holmfirth, some continued to Ramsden Reservior before making their way back to Holmfirth along the river Holme, making it an 8 mile walk and the last group headed for Hade Edge, Jackson Bridge and Wooldale before arriving on top of the cliff overlooking Holmfirth, 12 miles.  Many thanks to Elaine and Martin for their dedicated walk leading.

The weather gods were definitely on our side on Sunday as the sun shone continuously for us during our trek on Marsden and surrounding moorland. Lots of climbs, descents and views making this a fabulous walk.  The weekend was completed by a trip to the pub or the café at Tunnel End before tired but happy weekenders made their way back home.  Many thanks for Mike & Jack for getting us round over what can only be described as difficult to navigate terrain.

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18 people travelled to Aviemore Scotland on 17 June. Two people took their cars; 4 flew and the majority travelled by train experiencing a few problems on the way, namely a taxi drivers’ protest in Nottingham and a fatality on the line north of Newcastle.  Accommodation was provided by a very good standard B&B and a hotel.  This was mainly to accommodate the required number of single rooms.  One couple also rented a bothy for the week.

The programme for the 6 days included a day off for sight seeing and short and long walks to include all abilities.  A Corbett and two Munros challenged the more active walker. Some walks started in Aviemore whilst public transport was used to get to the start or the return from some of the walks, including a steam train and the funicular on Cairn Gorm.  Other hills/mountains climbed during the week were Craigellachie which everyone attempted on a beautiful sunny, blue sky day and Meall a Bhuachaille.  The group were particularly fortunate when climbing Meall a Bhuachaille and Cairn Gorm as on both these days the cloud was low, covering the mountain tops, but cleared to give fantastic views over the Cairngorm National Park.

There was a range of really good food restaurants in and around Aviemore and the group ate together each evening, trying a different venue.

I estimate the holiday to have cost around £500 but this will vary for individuals as the hotel was more expensive than the B&B and the cost of the meals chosen each evening.

Everyone really enjoyed the holiday and Angela has received many accolades. Interest has already started in the 2015 holiday with members asking if a destination has yet been agreed.  Suggestions were made by those staying in Aviemore for next year and we are looking at the possibility of the Isles of Scilly, Jersey or Cornwall.

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In April a record number, 57 Rushcliffe Ramblers descended on Church Stretton for a fabulous walking weekend.  Our hotel, the HF Long Mynd looked after us very well with delicious food to come back to in the evenings after a long day of walking.  The weather held up well with just a bit of drizzle on the Sunday and a torrential storm on the Monday, but by that timewe were tucked up niceley in the pub at Much Wenlock having a late lunch before travelling back home.

We had lead walks each day with a choice of length. 3 walks on the Saturday of 13, 9 and 7miles and 2 choices on the other days. Also, there was the option to walk up on to the Long Mynd with a map at ones own pace. The hotel was situated next to Rectory Wood and Rectory Field and so this opened up further opportunity for walks (not that there was much spare time).

After dinner folk spent their time either socialising or watching one of the films that was put on specially for our group.  Two were directed by Ken Loach and the third, although a true story was very funny and had us clutching our sides in laughter.

The weekends away are so enjoyable that it's always a sad moment when they reach the end and we have to pack our bags and go home, but we can look back on the memories made and look forward to the next one.  There's always a next one and who knows, it could be better than the last one!  Here's looking forward to the Autumn weekend in Holmfirth.

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Our autumn weekend in Southwold was well attended with 23 participants. The weather had turned a little cold and wet at the beginning of September but we managed to find a gap in the clouds and enjoyed some sunshine. The walks, although different because of the flatness of the terrain, were very enjoyable and some folk were able to better their longest walk with 12 miles on the Saturday. The marshes, the seashore and the woodlands provided us with some beautiful scenery. perhaps not the views attained from climbing hills, but non-the-less a beautiful part of the country. The pubs/restaurants where we ate our evening meals provided us with some excellent food and the Boardwalk on the pier also provided some fantastic views of the coast as the sun was setting.

Many thanks to the walk leaders whose dedication helped make this another wonderful weekend away.

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At the end of June we completed our first longer holiday. Previously we have been on many 2 or 3-night weekends away, and this was our first go at an extended break. Twenty Ramblers travelled to the Isle of Man for 6 nights. The majority stayed in one B&B, the Devonian in Douglas. This proved to be a good choice, reasonably priced and convenient for accessing the range of evening eateries in Douglas. We started most of the walks with a bus, tram or steamtrain trip, which was fun in itself. We enjoyed a total of 9 longer or shorter walks across many different parts of the island; the heights of Snaefell. challenging coast paths and inland countryside The weather was variable - one and a half days of rain as a weather system moved across the island; otherwise good walking weather. Thanks to Angela for organising the trip.

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Just back from another successful weekend away, this time in Northumberland. 50 members of Rushcliffe Ramblers enjoyed a wide variety of coastal and inland walks in this spectacular castled county. On Friday we met up at Rothbury for a pair of walks in the afternoon. After the walking, we moved on to our accommodation at HF Nether Grange in Alnmouth, where we stayed for 3 nights. There was good food, films to watch and several good pubs in Alnmouth. After the walks on Saturday we called in at the Red Lion to rehydrate, only to find that there was a town-wide power cut. This prevented HF from preparing the evening meal; however, with commendable efficiency they bussed us into Alnwick for fish and chips at Carlo's. Fortunately the power had been restored by the time we returned. Many thanks to the leaders and back markers of the seven walks on the programme, and to Angela for organising it all.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018