For those members who are more active and like to get a bit of fresh air in their lungs, we organise a programme of small group (usually no more than 16 people) walks by minibus or public transport. Most of these are day walks, but we also have an annual walking holiday for 3 or 4 days where we can go a bit further afield (see below).
Our day minibus walks generally involve a distance of 5-6 miles (nothing too strenuous!), usually finishing up at a nice café, often at a National Trust property. We tend to naturally space out as we walk, so you can either choose to walk by yourself in solitary contemplation of the beautiful countryside or have a good chat as you mooch along. Our day minibus walks for 2019 are as follows:-
Thursday 25th April – Sproxton to Woolsthorpe Manor (NT)
Wednesday 29th May – Bolsover Castle to Hardwick Hall (NT)
Tuesday 20th August – Thorpe to Ashbourne via Tissington
Thursday 26th September – Badby to Canons Ashby (NT)
We also organise a short walking holiday by minibus, usually of 3-4 days duration, so that we can go a bit further afield. In recent years we have visited the Yorkshire Dales, Constable Country and the Wye Valley in Wales. Our 2018 walking holiday was based in East Sussex around the lovely Georgian town of Lewes. We visited Ightham Mote (NT), the Alfriston Clergy House (NT), Virginia Woolf’s last home, Monks House (NT) and Standen House and Garden (NT), as well as the Bluebell Railway.
Our walking holiday in 2019 was from Tuesday 18th June – Saturday 22nd June, based at Port Erin on the Isle of Man. We were blessed with glorious weather and took the opportunity to use our NT membership cards to visit a number of Manx National Heritage properties.
Plans are currently being made for our 2020 Walking Holiday, which will hopefully explore the Shropshire Hills, probably based in Ludlow.
We also have a programme of occasional shorter walks using public transport in and around Nottingham.
Planned short walks using public transport during 2019 are as follows:-
Saturday 9th March – Beeston Rylands and the Canal Heritage Museum
Friday 29th March – Daffodil Walk (Wilford and the River Trent)
Saturday 15th June – Summer Saunter with supper at the Gamston Lock
Monday 30th September – Newark
Saturday 30th November – Nottingham Canal, Boots Site and Nottingham University
Further details and booking forms for all our walks will be printed in the 2019 Newsletters sent to all members.