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:
The next day we explored the area around Belper:
On our final day we visited Allestree and Keddleton Park
Some of the group also did an extra walk around Allestree Park.
There’s more pictures on our Facebook Page.
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
The next day we went on a circular walk around Ironbridge
where we enjoyed exploring old bridges
and much more. On our final day we went to Ironbridge and Buildwas
where, in the exceptionally hot weather, Mel and Gillian managed to find tree lined walks to keep us cool.
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
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
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:
where we explored old churches, woods and valleys.
On our final day we visited the Bridestones:
and enjoyed the amazing views.
Another new location for us, and we’ve stayed in another castle!
Our first walk was from Alcester
to an attractive village called Wixford:
Our next walk we went through the fields
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
to Coughton Court, and back to Studley Castle
For this holiday we visited the historic city of York and nearby places.
On our first day we visited Boston Spa
where we enjoyed walking along the River Wharf.
The next day we walked from the delightful village of Bishopthorpe along the River Ouse to York, where we explored the city walls and the historic city
before returning past Terry’s old factory and York racecourse.
On our final day we walked through the lovely village of Ledsham
to the nature reserve of Fairburn Ings
where we saw all sorts of birds, butterflies and wild flowers, before another great lunch in Ledsham and a pleasant walk back.
This was a new location for us, and we stayed in Walworth Castle (near Darlington) in County Durham.
Our first walk was to Piercebridge
where we enjoyed exploring the Roman Fort.
The next day we went to Barnard Castle
where we walked around the castle and to Cotherstone and back along the Tees:
On our final day we returned to Piercebridge
and walked via Summerhouse to Gainford
and back along the river.
Our walking holiday around Conwy always offers spectacular views of the North Wales coast. We go at this time of the year as it’s even better with the gorse and heather in flower.
Our first walk was around the Druid’s Circle:
with a walk back along the coast:
and views of Conwy Mountain:
which was our route on the second day, when we did a circular walk to Conwy:
On our final day we had a walk up and around the Great Orme:
and enjoyed great views of Llandudno.