26 Nov Additional walk added to Autumn 2013 programme.
25 Nov The 2014 Programme and newsletter are now online!
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The Club has booked sole occupancy of the independent Castle Acre hostel in Norfolk, north of Kings Lynn and on the Peddars Way national trail. Unusually, the hostel has a number of double rooms, some en-suite, as well as twin and larger dormitory rooms. This may attract couples who usually give our hostel weekends a wide berth! The hostel provides bed & a buffet breakfast. All bedding and towels are included. The cost is £47.50 per person for the two nights booked. We plan to eat in the local pub on the Saturday night. Please contact Jill Tuffnell if you would like to join us.
You will read in the winter 2014 newsletter that Norman is not able to organise a Club trip to the Lakes next autumn. However. a number of people have volunteered to help plan a visit – although walks’ leaders are required! The 2013 arrangements, with most people staying in self-catering accommodation, worked well, but there was a shortage of volunteers to lead the walks. The bad weather on several days didn’t help! If you are willing to help plan a trip for 2014 and/or lead a walk please contact Jill Tuffnell.
For 2015 we might repeat a week’s booking at Ramblers’ Holidays Hassness House on Buttermere where we can book two leaders to provide a range of walks. This accommodation is in a marvellous location and is excellent value for money.
There is an extra walk on the Club’s autumn 2013 programme – for Sunday Bs on 29th December. The walk will be between 10 and 11 miles and will start at Linton Health Centre car park at 10.00am, led by Jo.
Many thanks to Meg for organising a great weekend – a weekend of blustery winds and showers with bright and colourful sunny conditions in between.
Click here to see a selection of photos taken by David on our two longer walks.
Getting from Cambridge to the new Eastbourne hostel proved a major problem, thanks to closure of the M11 and major delays on the M25! However, once we had recovered from the journey we took advantage of dry, warm weather to explore stretches of the South Downs Way and linking paths along the beautiful Cuckmere Valley.
On Saturday we walked from the hostel (on the west of Eastbourne) to Beachy Head, then followed the coast path over the Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven. We walked north up the Cuckmere Valley to a welcome pub stop in the village of Litlington; in the afternoon we followed bridle paths east to Jevington and then back up onto the Downs and our high point of 205m, providing great views over Eastbourne and the coast. A good 16 miles!
On Sunday we started our circular walk from the very pretty village of Alfriston. We first followed the Cuckmere Valley south, then branched west onto a bridle path well above new vineyards on the chalky downs. We eventually turned north, before joining the South Downs Way on an escarpment giving excellent views north. As the photos show, we passed a large number of horse riders – as well as mountain bikers. Luckily the Downs are open, so there is no conflict between the many users. This path included the highest point of the weekend, at 219m. Following the usual CRC pattern, we concluded our walk with tea and cake!