8 for the 8 Proud Walkers!

October 17, 2016

It was great to meet eight enthusiastic walkers at Belper Adult Learning centre on Thursday 13th for an excellent day of map training.

The day was funded as part of the Derwentwise landscape partnership project  with support from the National Lottery.

The weather offered us grey drizzle but no-one – yes no-one worried. Instead we had an excellent indoor session and then we set off for the hills in great spirits counting our paces and noticing every wall and footpath!

Lots was learned – many talked about increased confidence. Some of the group share the key learning points:

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For more information on Map Courses

 

Len Clark- countryside campaigner 100 years young.

August 22, 2016

It was g100reat to celebrate the 100th birthday of countryide campaigner Len Clark. Len grew up in London in the 1920s and 30s and escaped the city to discover the countryside through the newly established YHA . He gave back a lot to the Association by serving in several voluntary roles eventually becoming national chairman and a vice president.

 

 

fightAs a Council member of the National Trust he was ready to remind  the charity that its roots had been in enabling access to open spaces. After retiring from public service in the 1970s he became active in the Open Spaces society, the Campaign for National Parks and was a consistent supporter of the moves to obtain National Park status for the South Downs.

Len Clark’s Blog

Kate Ashbrook dubs Len a  living Legend 

 

Oops did I mention that I am one of his three proud sons? (Neil and Stuart are the others two! )

 

 

Complimentary cake and a free walk! – Derbyshire 3 September

August 15, 2016

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Complimentary cake? We’re in!

Looking for a fantastic, free day out this summer? You need look no further, as walking holiday provider HF Holidays, has announced it will be combining cake and countryside at a pop up event in the Peak District National Park on Saturday 3 September, exploring the stunning Dovedale gorge.

HF Holidays to host free day out for families in Derbyshire!

Families and individuals looking for a fantastic, free day out this summer need look no further, as walking holiday provider HF Holidays, has announced it will be combining cake and countryside at a pop up event in the Peak District National Park on Saturday 3 September, exploring the stunning Dovedale gorge.

Get into gear and join us
You don’t need to be Ray Mears or Bear Grylls, just gather the troops, strap on a comfy pair of shoes and come enjoy some of the best scenery the UK has to offer.

Those looking for an adventure can head to HF Holidays’ country house, The Peveril of the Peak for 10am and take advantage of a brilliant opportunity to create some lasting memories together. The five and a half mile (9km) walk will take visitors across the limestone plateau; past the rocky outcrops of the Nabs to Dove Holes and along the river to the famous stepping stones at Dovedale gorge.

You can relax and unwind in the company of local experts who really know their stuff so it’s the perfect opportunity to lace up your boots, get outside, and spend some quality time together.* Not to mention the delicious homemade cake free to enjoy at the end of the day!

Book-up for free
To ensure that there is enough cake and local leaders on hand for the event, please register your attendance here:
www.meetup.com/HF-Holidays-Pop-Up-Walk/events/232863197/

For more information on HF Holidays, please visit www.hfholidays.co.uk or call 020 3424 6162.

*Please note: dogs are not allowed.

Dorset Coast and Country from Lulworth Cove

August 12, 2016

It really was tremendous to lead walks from HF Holidays Lulworth Cove House with co-leaders Nick and Christine this week.

Here is a short montage of just some of the week’s walks and events!

Northumberland X 2 – Almouth walking

August 12, 2016

 

Dunstanburgh Castle  sits imposingly on the volcanic. Whin Sill

Dunstanburgh Castle sits imposingly on the volcanic. Whin Sill

 

 

 

 

 

I was delighted to be asked twice by HF Holidays to lead walks in Northmberland based on their house at Alnmouth. I first ventured north in late May and again in July.

Greoux les Bains

May 2, 2016

Had a great week walking in Provence (France)
with IMG_992018 walkers of different but all very interesting backgrounds.

 

During our trip  we discovered a lot of wonderful plants (Flax, Milkwort, Broom, Periwinkle Rock Rose to name just a few), heard cuckoos and marvelled at the Verdon Gorge and noted the literary connection with windmills.

 

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Verdon-Zig-zag

The narrow gorge managed to confound my  GPS as signals bounced cheerfully between limestone cliffs. The picture shows how the track wandered drunkenly.

 

 

Oh – worth mentioning that before the week started, fellow leader Jim and I watched a stunning 3D film about trip inspired by the first descent of the Verdon Gorge in early 20th Century by a guy called Martel.  Well worth checking out the film  Verdon Secret.

 

Not getting lost in Derbyshire

March 22, 2016

It was great to send the best part of a week in March up on the Derbyshire Moors with some very motivated map reading students.

This is landscape which never fails to impress and it certainly made an impression! After one dreadful day of bitterly cold persistent rain things looked up and by the and of the week there were patches on blue in the sky.

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All the learners put a lot into their sessions and made great progress.

 

 

 

 

Key points to remember:

  • Thumb on the map
  • Read the landscape as well as the map
  • Don’t hang your map case round your neck – you will strangle yourself as you orientate your map!

Beating Obama to Cuba!

March 22, 2016

February 2016 was the time to make tracks for Cuba and explore the great walking, music and food just before US president’s planned historic visit in March!

What a place?

Where do you start?

Great people, wonderful walking, marvellous music and fabulous food (well some of it was fabulous)

Check out the montage to music

Fresh winds at Freshwater Bay at New Year!

March 22, 2016

Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight never fails to impress and New Year 2016 was no exception.  It was just great to walk with so many nice people.

 

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Thanks to Tony and the crew at

HF Holidays Freshwater for making sure we ended the day warm, dry and well fed!

 

 

 

And you know on the day with the worst weather (horizontal rain, mist, wind) – the group was happiest!

Une petite randonnée à  pied – dimanche le 8 novembre

November 6, 2015

A short walk in French open to anyone – beginners or experts
(Adult education students, relatives and friend and anyone else)

French sign

Une petite randonnée suivit d’une visite pub pour le dimanche 8 novembre.

Ouvert à tous. Pas besoin d’être un expert en français.
Une courte randonnée et une longue conversation dans la pub!

Date: Dimanche le 8 novembre

Rendez-vous à 12h30 sur le parking de l’église de Duffield.   Pour la carte

Meteo:  anglais

Ambiance: française

Apportez avec vous : bonnes chaussures ou des bottes. imperméable, un sourire

Pour confirmer – prier d’envoyer un texto  Alastair Clark 07847417027

This short walk in French really is open to anyone who would like the experience of walking and talking a bit in French. You DO NOT need to be an expert to come along. Just meet us at Duffield C of E church at 12.30 on Sunday 8th November 2015.