Walkers’ holiday and Freedom break 2017

Report, photo gallery and news of next year’s holiday

Our National Trust walks and walking holidays have the reputation for good weather. This year 48 members and friends travelled to the Lake District on a glorious sunny Monday for a 4 night break at the HF hotel on the shores of Derwentwater. After afternoon tea we met our 3 walk leaders who took us for a short walk around the village of Portinscale. On Tuesday the weather was again fine and we had the option of 3 walks of 8 miles, 9 miles or 12 miles with varying heights of ascent with wonderful views. On Wednesday however the weather changed and the rain in the valleys was incessant and on the tops of the hills was horizontal for the rest of the stay. However the hardy souls continued to walk daily, coming back like drowned rats, but the numbers dwindled with some of us opting to join those who had come on a non walking break to visit the local attractions by car. Our 3 leaders were excellent and kept us safe on the hills and provided us with evening activities. Everything at the hotel was first class, the staff were efficient and friendly and the food was to die for especially the last night when they put on a 7-course meal highlighting local produce.

Next year we have booked to go to the HF hotel at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight on the 19th March for 4 nights. Anyone interested in coming, either as a walker or a holidaymaker, should contact me.

Janet Clews

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Holidaymakers at Derwentbank hotel

The view from the hotel

The HF Hotel, Derwentbank

The ‘gang’ with our walk leaders and the hotel manager

Derwentwater

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