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Smooth Hound - comprehensive accomodation list

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National Trust National Trust for Scotland
Long Distance Walkers Association
Activity Exchange - Sports and leisure links Snyde Sports and leisure Club site
John Dawson's Lake District walks Go4awalk - comprehensive walks info site
Car-free walks A directory of UK online walks and more
Outdoor Solutions Walking in England - free downloadable walk descriptions

Links to recommended products and companies

This section provides information and links to a number of products and companies which Club members have found to be reliable and good value in the field of goods relating to walking. Please note however that the opinions expressed below are those of the people submitting the information, and that the Club cannot be held responsible for problems arising from any dealings with these companies.

Instruction in Navigation

Would you like to navigate confidently on and off the paths in any visibility? Or simply experience the British mountains with a guide who can ensure you get the most enjoyment from your day out in the hills?

Based in the Lake District, John Kettle, who is a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, offers expert navigation tuition, and takes an attentive and flexible approach to ensure your needs are met. John was kind enough to give a presentation to several people who took part in the club's Lakes week in September 2009.

Tariff: 1-2 people £120 per day, 3-4 people £160 per day.

For further information, please see John Kettle's web site.

Information: David Peel

Houghwood Manufacturing Company

Great Value "boot covers", leggings and miscellaneous small walking products home-produced by small company in Lancashire; several colours, reasonable charges; information and orders returned efficiently. Contact: Houghwood Manufacturing Company, Houghwood House, Billinge, Wigan WN5 7UA (tel. 01744 894435 or e-mail A firm worth supporting as they recover from severe losses incurred during the Foot & Mouth epidemic.

Information: Jill Tuffnell.

Walks on Ministry of Defence Land

An illustrated free book which can be obtained from:

Wendy Molyneux, Agency Secretariat, Defence Estates, St George's House, Blakemore Drive, Sutton Coldfield B75 7RL (e-mail

Information: Sarah Cole.

Unsolicited links

These are links which have been requested by outside organisations, usually in return for linking back to the Club at their end, or by offering a discount to Club members. The caveat in the preceding section applies with even greater force.

Vista Trails

Montenegro is an exciting new walking destination and Vista Trails is pleased to present it's 2010 Brochure. We are the most comprehensive walking specialist in Montenegro with bases in the UK and in country, we pride ourselves on a professional service with a personal touch. We offer a great variety of Group Itineraries showcasing the best walking in Montenegro, all trails have been tried and tested by our team.

We offer:- In Montenegro you will experience:- But most importantly you can escape the crowds and enjoy the idyllic peace and breath taking countryside.

Exclusive Ramblers Promotion for 2010 - Free Weekend in Mid Wales worth £240

Take advantage of our exclusive offer for Ramblers Members, receive two free nights for six people in self catering accommodation at Squirrells Nest set in the stunning Mid Wales countryside when six or more Ramblers book one of our Montenegro holidays. Squirrells Nest is ideally stituated in the Mid Wales countryside on the Severn Way and close to Glyndwr's Way, Kerry Ridge Way, Clywedog Dam and walks across the Llandinam Hills. It sleeps six in three twin rooms with beautiful views and walks from the door. Enjoy a two night stay for six people absolutely free between April & June and September to October when six or more people book a Montenegro holiday.

Please check out our web site, we are extremely flexible so if you do not see what you require then please let us know and we can discuss your requirements.

Sarah Chapman

Vista Trails Email:
Tel: 01686412042 Mobile: 07575682923 Website:

Enlightened Traveller

web site

This company offers a 5% discount to Club members booking a hiking tour with them in southern France. For more details, see their web site or click on the logo above.

Webtogs - outdoor clothing and gear

Webtogs is a web-based outdoor clothing company which offers Club members a discount of 11%. In order to claim this discount, you will need to email to obtain a special code which you have to quote when making the actual purchase. The code will only be given to bona fide Club members. See the Webtogs web site for full details.

High Point Holidays (Auvergne, France)

We are a small independent company organising guided and independent walking holidays in France for all levels. Our aim is to match great walks with a rewarding and genuine local experience. We would be delighted to offer a 10% reduction to your members on any of our walking holidays. In addition, we currently have a special offer on our guided walking holiday in the Auvergne for the 6th to 13th of September. (The additional 10% reduction makes this fully inclusive holiday great value for money.)

Full details are available on our website.

Walking holidays in Greece

A company called have supplied the following information: We offer discounted rates or a commission to the organiser of a group booking.

Greekpaths offers walking and cultural holidays to an unspoilt area of Northern Greece, we can include long walks in an area with stunning scenery and some of the best views in Europe. And after a day in the fresh air we then organise Greek Dancing and Greek Cookery lessons for those that still have the energy.

Walking holidays in Crete

From Footscapes of Crete:

We have a small business offering accommodation with optional guided walking, in the North West of Crete. Our three well equipped studios are set in a quiet and peaceful location and offer fantastic views in all directions, over both mountains and sea. Terraces front and back allow guests to make the most of the views, while watching the vultures and eagles who fly above us on an almost daily basis.

We offer a range of guided walks, varying in length and degree of difficulty. For those who wish to self guide we will help with advice and maps, and there are five walks from the front door written up in each studio. We also have about half of our walks available as GPS files.

Each studio sleeps two people, three using a futon, but we can accommodate larger groups as a villa close to us is also available for rental. We would be happy to do any negotiations needed to accommodate a larger group.

We are keen to make walkers aware of our accommodation, and our website gives more details. However we would offer a 10% discount on our published accommodation prices to anyone from your group booking a holiday with us. Just quote "UKWG09" when enquiring.

Mountain Paradise

Mountain Paradise has a special offer for club members. Mountain Paradise are specialists in rambling holidays to the High Tatras mountain range in Slovakia, an unspoilt mountain range in one of the most beautiful undiscovered areas in the heart of Europe.

The Tatra mountains are undoubtedly the most attractive tourist area of Slovakia together with the Slovak Paradise and Pieniny National Park offering great variety of rambling tours. Visitors can choose from easy walks, high-mountain tours to ascents to the peaks. They run in the sweeping world of alpine meadows, steep cliffs of different shapes, dwarf pine scrub, waterfalls and lakes. There are 8 peaks that can be accented following the marked paths as they do not surpass the limit of 2.500m. Find out more about the High Tatras.

Mountain Paradise would like to offer the club & all members a 10% discount on any group or individual holidays they book through Mountain Paradise.

The Suncliffe (Isle of Wight)

Ken and Linda Smith offer a 10% discount to tour groups between September and April. This is their email:

We are a small, family run Guest House/Hotel in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.

On the Isle of Wight, there are over 500 miles of well-maintained and signed footpaths to suit all ages and capabilities. If you would like to view some of these walks, log on to:

Isle of Wight Walking Festival
Walking routes

At the Suncliffe, we cater for your every need, with (if you want it) the biggest breakfast on the island, lifts to, and pick up from your walk, and a well stocked bar for you to relax in at the end of your day.

Check out our web site and see what we provide, or phone Ken & Linda on 01983 863009.

Sierra Nevada, southern Spain

Email from Ibex Trex, offering (on a once-only basis) two free holidays if a Club group of 6 or more people make up a party.

We are a small family walking company called Ibex Trex, who have just set up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Southern Spain. We specialise in small groups and therefore provide a more personal holiday experience with a real taste of Spain.

In order to promote our holidays and advertise our company we would like to invite 6 of your walking club members to come for a holiday with us, with 2 members coming free of charge. Our grand opening is in August and so you can take advantage of this offer from September 2007 quoting your walking clubs name (only one holiday offer is available per club).

Our holidays include accommodation in your own excellent and beautifully situated village house, breakfasts, guided trekking with lunches, all transport including to and from Granada or Almeria airport and an excursion to the famous Alhambra. Our holidays are £370.00 per week. For further information, see our web site.

Responsible Travellers Himalayan Adventures

Email from Responsible Travellers:

As a walking club member you may be interested in a venture to The Kingdom of Nepal. We offer all types of Himalayan Adventures, from discovery tours with short day and half day walks, introductory low altitude treks to the ultimate of walking into Everest Base Camp.

The Responsible Travellers is a non commercial organisation specialising in travel within Nepal. The company's primary objective is to generate income for charitable projects which support environmental and educational development in the region. We can therefore offer you a rare and unique opportunity to visit this spectacular Himalayan Kingdom knowing that all profits generated will be invested in local charitable projects. Whether it is trekking amongst the splendid mountain peaks, an elephant safari in the jungle or an enriching cultural experience, Nepal is the ultimate travel destination.

When you travel with The Responsible Travellers you benefit and so does the local community: If you are ready for a change in the way you approach your holiday, we believe no-one else can offer you a better option than The Responsible Travellers. In addition to the ethical reasons to choose a holiday with us, any booking made in response to this letter will qualify for 5% discount!!!!! So why not have a look at the variety of trips we offer.

If you are looking for something specific, a tailor made holiday, an alternative route or itinerary, or have a special group trip to plan then we can provide you with a bespoke quotation. We have operated trips for groups such as walking clubs and charities with bespoke itineraries and costs.

Finally, if you are interested in a holiday with a difference, and to make a difference to those worse off in the developing world. We have 4 trips with imaginative 2 part itineraries combining adventure & compassion. You can enjoy the highlights of Nepal with a Himalaya Trek or Cultural Tour and then join a community development project and stay with a Nepali family for 5 days, experiencing life in a rural village and get an understanding of the issues faced by developing country populations. There is no better way to get to know the country you visit than spending time living with local people. If you have a taste for adventure and are eager to do something different this is the holiday for you. All you need to do is choose which option to go for.


From Jacky and John Kennedy
I am contacting you in the hope that your club and / or its members individually might be interested in the use of our superb villa in Soo, Lanzarote as a base walking holidays in the sun, on our unusual and scenic island.

Our Finca (Spanish for Farmhouse) is ideally positioned for all areas of the island which is well known as a destination with fairly consistent temperatures and often a constant cooling breeze.

Many clubs, groups couples and individuals come here to walk all year round as you are probably already aware.

We have restored this beautiful traditional Canarian Finca to provide fantastic accommodation for parties of between four and six people and there is lots of space for relaxing in shade or sun, dining, swimming and generally unwinding after a days walking.

We offer the finca as EITHER self catering for parties of four to six people OR bed and breakfast for a party of four. We can also provide a picnic lunch that guests can take with them on a day's outing. An optional evening meal is available on request and subject to prior arrangement.

Self catering prices can be as low as £167 per guest per week (for a party of 3 couples sharing the house) or £200 per week (for a party of 2 couples) - at any time of the year - we do not charge high season premiums.

Bed and Breakfast prices are £230 per person per week. Only four can be accomodated if a bed and breakfast option is required. A packed lunch can be provided if requested.

We provide a substantial "continental" breakfast for those wanting B & B - which includes boiled eggs, cold meats, cheeses, pate, fresh local bread rolls, fruit and fruit juces. As much tea nd coffe as required. Enough to sustain you!

We commend you to view our web site where full details of prices and the accomodation, accompanied by many photos of the property and island can be seen.

A discount of 10% will be offered if you booked as a group through the club which can either be offered as a direct deduction from the price of the holiday or as an introductory commission to help with club funds.

Your club and its members would receive all the personal attention you might need from Jacky and I to ensure that your stay is up to your every expectation.

Sunflower Books produce a really good walkers guidedbook to Lanzarote - worth a buy before you come!

Walking in the Pyrenees

From Ruth Mulcare
Discover one of Europe's last wild frontiers - Special offer for Cambridge Rambling Club members We're a brand new family run enterprise providing stylish new self catering apartments in Cauterets, a beautiful thermal spa town, deep in the heart of the Pyrenees. All year round, Cauterets offers rewarding walks for all ages and abilities with more than 100 marked footpaths within its National Park. From the town you can enjoy many walks through lush forests, hidden pastures, alongside mountain streams or up close to magnificent water falls. The more adventurous trekkers can even climb to the summit of Vignemale, the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees (3298m). We have restored a beautiful old building to provide 7 apartments with balconies overlooking the river and mountains, ranging from a duplex for 6 - 8 people to a studio for 2. Our welcome room is ideal for group bookings and we are on hand daily to help organise activities - especially walking and trekking (with or without local mountain guides) - and serve free tea and cakes each afternoon! Having seen your website, we would like to offer your members a 10% discount if they book a week long walking holiday with us (apartment prices from 35 for 7 nights). Please find attached a poster that you may like to forward on email or give out to members. Also, if you would like to discuss an accommodation and walking package for the group, please do get in touch. Our website is for all our details and we would be very grateful if you would consider listing us under your Links to Other Sites page on your website (please see below for text to cut and paste). Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like further information.
Many thanks, Ruth Mulcare
T: 0844 232 2038 (3p/per minute)Text for website links page:

MULCARES IN THE PYRENEES - 10% discount for members
T: 00 33 5 62 92 23 29

For full on treks, shorter walks or something in between, visit us in the snow capped mountains of the French Pyrenees.
So why not come and explore the Pyrenees for yourself and discover one of Europe's wild frontiers!