Walk Leader Training

July 19, 2017

It was great to meet 10 enthusiastic walk leaders and potential walk leaders at Shipley park for walk leader training.  We covered a lot of ground in the day – not on a long walk but discussing issues.

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Here are just a few follow-on links.

MAPS

Ordnance Survey web  site

Harveys maps web site

This site offers very good discounts on maps ordered with next day free delivery Dash4it

MAP READING

The national navigation Awards are recognised at bronze, silver and gold level.

See NNAS Web site  or contact Alastair Clark (07847417027) who is a registered provider

SENSE OF PLACE
Sense of place seminar You can download the event report from  Learning from Sense of Place,:

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FURTHER TRAINING

Navigation awards (see NNAS above)

Lowland walk leader

Hill and Moorland Leadership 

 

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Several organisations welcome volunteers walk leaders

HF Holidays recruits walk leaders

Ramblers Worldwide holidays

Walking for Health recruits leaders across the country

 

Railway Walks in Derbyshire

June 24, 2017

I was delighted when HF holidays accepted my idea for what they call a Limited Edition walking holiday based on a railway theme in Derbyshire.

I was also delighted to meet Michael, Alison and Ian who came to HFs Dovedale House last week so that we could try out the walks.

Walkers crossing Ecclesbourne Valley Rly

We had three great walking days on the High Peak Trail, the Monsal Trail and on our last day we walked the Ecclesbourne Valley  and returned in a heritage railcar on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Dovedale Rly 11

Take a look at the montage of pictures.

Perfect Provence

June 23, 2017

Easter was a superb time to explore more of Provence when I am now Field Advisor for the HF walks in Greoux les Bains.  Before the walkers arrived I did find that one of the footpaths on an easier walk had become so eroded that it really needed a diversion taking us in to Moustieres Ste Marie .

Greoux les Bains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The walks are pretty much varied and the last day takes us into the Verdon Gorge where the colour of the water is legendary.

Cuba again!

June 7, 2017

Yep, despite some challenges with accommodation in 2016 I was up for taking another group to Cuba this year. Lovely group of people (who still stay in touch by email) and some great walks. Not massive distances as it can be hot even in February and there are iconic scenes like this guy ploughing.

 

We came across the silent valley (Valle El Silencio) and decided to obey the rules!

 

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Refreshing drinks during a farm visit.

Huge thanks to Carlos our highly informed local guide.

Fresh year starts at Freshwater Bay (Isle of Wight)

June 7, 2017

The year 2017 kicked off with HF holiday walks on the Isle of Wight. Lunch stop on first of January was overlooking the coloured sands of Alum Bay

 

The group was in dancing mood by the time we reached Tennison Down.

We have not released a music album!

June 7, 2017

Just a quick note to say that a band called the Brian Jonestown massacre have just released an album called ‘Don’t Get lost’ . It’s not Alastair Clark on keyboards – honest!

We are quite separate and still focussed on exploring the outdoors.

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!