Windermere

Countryguide Holidays at Windermere

We stayed at the Windermere Hotel.  Despite all the recent bad weather, and some gloomy forecasts,  we managed to find some enjoyable walks – and avoid the mud and rain! In view of the ground conditions our walks were shorter than usual, but the recent extra rain helped the waterfalls to look good!

On our first day we went to Waterhead at the northern tip of Windermere and saw Stockghyll Force and Ambleside.  

The next day we enjoyed sunshine and snow topped hills:

Countryside Holidays at Loughrigg Tarn

as we explored Elter Water and Loughrigg Tarn.

As it was a  little misty on our final day, we had a last minute change of route and did a short but enjoyable walk along Lake Windermere to Bowness-on Windermere.

Approaching Windermere

There’s more pictures on our Facebook site.

 

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Malvern

Group in Rose Bank Gardens, Malvern

Group in Rose Bank Gardens, Malvern

We stayed at the Abbey hotel, adjoining Malvern Priory, at the foot of the Malvern Hills. On the first day we walked up Happy Valley and Green Valley over the Malverns to West Malvern, and returned via back via North Hill (see here for walk details).

On North Hill

The next day we went via Holy Well:

Approaching Holy Well

to Worcester Beacon:

Approaching Worcester Beacon

where we felt on top of the world! We came back via St Ann’s well –  so you could say it was a well received walk (see here for walk details)!

On our final day we visited British Camp

Approaching British Camp

where  we enjoyed walking over the hill fort, and admiring the views (see here for walk details)! Once again we were very lucky with the weather, and had some great walks. There’s more pictures on our Facebook Page

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Otley Chevin

Another new venue for us, we stayed at Chevin Country Park Hotel:
Group at hotel in Otley Chevin

On the first day we enjoyed walks around Otley Chevin, going through Chevin Forest Park and admiring the Surprise View – said to be one of the finest panoramic views in Yorkshire.

On the next day, we went on Ilkley Moor and the Cow and Calf Rocks:
On Ilkley Moor with and without hats.
and also explored Ilkley
The River Wharf at Ilkley

On our final day we did a  circular walk from Otley Chevin to Otley and back:
Caley CragsWe were very lucky with the weather, and had some great walks. There will soon be more pictures on our Facebook Page

 

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Belper

Everyone at Makeney Hall

We stayed as Makeney Hall to explore the Derwent Valley and South Derbyshire. 

Our first day’s walk was exploring the area around Milford, Duffield and Holbrook. The walk ended near the lovely 17th century Holly Bush Inn:

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The next day we explored the area around Belper:

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On our final day we visited Allestree and Keddleton Park

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Some of the group also did an extra walk around Allestree Park.

There’s more pictures on our Facebook Page.

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Ironbridge

Our Hotel

Another new venue for us this year was Ironbridge.  We stayed at Madeley Court Hotel – a 16th Century Manor House, and explored the “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution”. 

On our first day we went though Stirchley, Dawley, and Hinkshay to Telford

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The next day we went on a circular walk around Ironbridge

Group outside the Tontine Hotel

where we enjoyed exploring old bridges

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and much more.  On our final day we went to Ironbridge and Buildwas

Over bridge

where, in the exceptionally hot weather, Mel and Gillian managed to find tree lined walks to keep us cool.

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Levisham

Levisham
We stayed at the lovely Horseshoe Inn in Levisham, in the North York Moors National Park.

Our first walk was to the Hole of Horcum
Our route up
According to Wikipedia, it’s an amphitheatre made by a giant, who scooped up a large ball of earth and tossed it aside to create a nearby hill!

The next morning we did a walk to Levisham Station
Waiting for a train
to get a train to Pickering and walk back.  Unfortunately the train didn’t arrive, so we walked back to Levisham and did a different walk around Levisham:
On the bridge
where we explored old churches, woods and valleys.

On our final day we visited the Bridestones:
Enjoying the viewand enjoyed the amazing views.

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Studley Castle

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Another new location for us, and we’ve stayed in another castle!

Our first walk was from AlcesterImage

to an attractive village called Wixford:Image

Our next walk we went through the fields

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to Henley in Arden, where some of our party headed straight for the ice-cream shop!

On the final day we had another pleasant walk

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to Coughton Court, and back to Studley CastleImage

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