Following the successful trip to the Penzance peninsula this spring, we have decided to walk another fabulous stretch of the South West coast path in spring 2015. This time we will avoid half-term/Spring bank holiday! The plan is to walk from the Helford River east, covering most of the coast to the Cremyll Ferry near Plymouth. We can again travel by train – this time starting at Falmouth and finishing at Looe, where there are branchline connections to the mainline. We will make use of a local baggage carrier, buses, ferries, taxis etc – so please be aware that these costs may be significant.
We have booked 3 nights at the independent Falmouth Backpackers hostel, with 2×2, 2×4 and 1×6 bedded rooms. The double rooms cost £72 and the dorm rooms £57. (This price includes a simple breakfast of toast and jam, with a drink).Then we move onto Boswinger YH for 2 nights. There are 3×2 and 3×4 bedded rooms, all costing £37. Boswinger provides all meals. Finally we move on to luxury self-catering accommodation in west Looe for 3 nights. We have booked a fantastic house with 9 bedrooms called The Clipper; most rooms have sea views and it can accommodate 22. It will probably put most of us off ever staying in a hostel again! I have broken the cost down so that the individual price reflects privacy. A bunkbed costs £87, a double/twin/single room fully occupied costs £99 per person and single occupancy of a double bed costs £108.
At this stage I am asking for deposits of £60 per person, as that is what I have already paid out to the 3 properties. The balance isn’t due until 1st April 2015. Please let me know what you would like to book; I can take slightly more people at Looe than elsewhere for anyone wanting to book B&B in Falmouth and at Boswinger/Gorran Haven.
The new landlords at The Bull pub in Burrough Green have asked for early advance bookings for the ‘fish suppers’ walk on Thursday 21st August. They need to know numbers by Monday 18th, as they place orders with the Lowestoft fish suppliers on Tuesday 19th. So please let Jill know if you are coming and want a meal by Monday evening. Cod is the default fish!
Mary Corbett, CRC walker, has been on two walks arranged by Colin and Bridget Cooper and thoroughly recommends them. She says that the distances walked can be adapted to suit. Mary says that they are extremely nice people and you stay in lovely places which are arranged in advance. The Coopers will put on a holiday for a bespoke group of four or more people or you can join another group (not more than 12).
Bonjour Walks take place in central France along the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail, a total of six days walking. The countryside is lovely, rising to the summit of Mont Lozère at 1699 meters. Accommodation is in small family run hotels or chambre d’hôtes where good French cuisine awaits walkers at the end of the day.
The walks are run by Colin and Bridget Cooper who provide all necessary support including the booking of accommodation, meeting and return to Clermont airport if required, daily transporting of baggage and help should there be any health problems or accidents.
Walkers need to pay (2014 costs):
· Dinner, bed and breakfast : euros 380 per person (sharing) or euros 490 (single)
· Travel to and from the walk in central France
The Coopers require no fee whatsoever for their services but instead ask that walkers send a donation to Voluntary Service Overseas.
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Many thanks again to Jill for organising a great week’s walking along stretches of the Coast Path in Cornwall, based in Penzance and Lizard Point. Here are some photos: David’s photos, Larry’s photos, Paul’s photos.
Please note that details are now being announced for this weekend and deposits are required by Monday 18 August 2014 to be sure of a place on this trip. The Longmynd Hotel is now part of the HF group. A mix of twin, double and single en-suite rooms have been reserved for our 2015 Spring weekend. Please see: http://www.hfholidays.co.uk/holidays/longmynd/accommodation
The total cost for 2 nights’ dinner, B&B, packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday, coach travel and gratuities will be £193 per head for a shared room and £208 for a single room. To reserve your place, please send a non-refundable deposit of £75 per person to Alex Andrews (address in current walks’ programme), with cheques payable to Cambridge Rambling Club. The balance is to be paid by 2 February 2015. Car parking details will be given later. Please include your address, email and telephone details with your deposit.
Church Stretton is set within a landscape of stunning variety and beauty. The only town within the SHAONB (Shropshire Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), its 5,000 residents live in a rift valley between the heather-covered Long Mynd (Long Mountain) to the west, and the even more imposing rocky peaks of the Stretton Hills to the east. As usual we hope to offer 3 different walks each day – please let Alex know if you would be willing to lead a walk.