February Ramblings 201923th-24th February 2019
‘The Stiperstones, the most singular and mysterious of the Shropshire Hills’ (Tom Wall, 2014)
Our next Shropshire Ramblings weekend will be based in Bishops Castle, where meals have been booked for Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday lunch in a pub, at the finish of our walk, will conclude the organised events.
The two walks will be focused on the Stiperstones and the surrounding area, which featured in five of Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pine books: Seven White Gates, Lone Pine Five, The Neglected Mountain, Not Scarlet But Gold and Home to Witchend. The walks will involve some steep ascents and descents and, at times, difficult conditions underfoot. The first walk, of some 8.5 miles, begins with a route across the main outcrops, including the Devil’s Chair (where the terrain is uneven, with loose stones and rocks), as well as one of the dingles and parts of the ‘land of dereliction’. The second day’s walk, of some 3.5 miles, involves two further dingles, one of which includes a steep descent.
Participants will need to drive, or share lifts, on both days – both routes will be circular but the start/finish points will be 11 miles from Bishops Castle. A deposit will be payable at the time of booking. All other costs, including the balance of the meals, are separate and the responsibility of the participants, who will also need to make their own arrangements for accommodation.
Please remember that these walks will take place in winter conditions, in an exposed environment, and there is the possibility that routes will have to be changed, or cancelled, in the event of adverse weather. Appropriate footwear (with ankle support) and warm, waterproof clothing will be essential.
If you would like to find out more details, please click on the link below (Please note that, for technical reasons, if you expressed interest before 3 November, you will need to reapply, as your application has been ‘lost’) . You will then be contacted by the event organisers with an information sheet which will enable you to make a firm booking and pay the relevant deposit. Due to the nature of the walks, and pub/restaurant space, numbers will be limited to 24, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Although the deadline for application and receipt of deposits is 31 December 2018, applications will close earlier if numbers reach the limit.
|If you are interested in attending this event, you can register your interest by filling in this form|
Come to Norfolk in 201926th-28th April 2019
Next year’s Annual Gathering Weekend will take place on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th April 2019. This will of course tie in with one of Malcolm Saville’s most popular books, Redshank’s Warning (1948); however, a lesser known volume is The Adventure of the Life-boat Service (1950) and, with Cromer’s heroic links to this service, we are hoping to tie this into the weekend also. Another piece of Saville writing you might want to seek out is Guardians of our Coast, which appeared as a contributory chapter in Adventure & Discovery 2 (1947).
Our host hotel for the weekend will be The Links Country Park Hotel at West Runton. The Links is one of the area’s most prestigious hotels, and includes a host of facilities including a golf course, gym, indoor swimming pool and free parking! The Hotel has 49 ensuite bedrooms – a mix of single, double, twin and superior. The Hotel is just off the A149 Coast Road, and for those travelling by rail is only 150 metres from West Runton Station, with regular connections via Norwich to the rest of the network.
Due to early demand, rooms at The Links Hotel are now fully booked. However, our host hotel has kindly reserved a number of rooms exclusively for the Malcolm Saville Society with its sister hotel, The Dales Country Park Hotel, at Upper Sheringham. The Dales is located about a mile from Sheringham and its railway station, and approximately 3 miles away from The Links, set in its own beautiful gardens, on the edge of the National Trust’s Sheringham Park. A special group rate of £130 per night for a double/twin room is available for Society members, available until 1st December, after which any remaining rooms will go on general release.
If you would like to stay at The Dales, please contact the hotel reception directly on tel: 01263 824555, and mention the Malcolm Saville Society when booking. The special room rate applies to the Friday and Saturday nights of the Gathering Weekend, and also to nights added either side of the weekend. Please note it is not possible to book online for the Gathering Weekend.
The Booking Form can be downloaded by clicking on the link here; please complete and send to Joy Tubby as directed on the form.
Amsterdam weekend7th-10th June 2019
In 1974 Malcolm Saville wrote the last of his series about The Buckinghams: Diamond in the Sky. 45 years later we will be following Juliet, Simon and Charles to Amsterdam, where most of the book is set, and visiting the places that they saw as well as a few that they missed.
Our proposed schedule will include
· Walk featuring the locations from Diamond in the Sky
· Visit to Anne Frank’s House
· Pedal boats on the canals of Amsterdam
· Visit to the Concertgebouw (featured in the book)
· The Windmills at Zaanse Schans
· Bike ride
· Canal boat trip
· The Church in the Attic
· Meals on all three nights
You can decide to join all or some of these activities.
Some of the activities are subject to numbers and most have an additional cost. Consequently, we are asking for an initial £30 deposit. Any further costs will be collected nearer the time or when we are in Amsterdam.
The event will be run on similar lines to our British events in that members will be free to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. However, we know participants often like to travel and stay together. So, we have provisionally booked ten rooms in a hotel not far from the city centre and these will be held until 1 January. If you register for the weekend, we will provide details. Also, it may be possible to get a group discount if ten people book together on Eurostar – bookings open in December. You can discuss either of these things with the organiser or via our email group.
To register please download the booking form here and return to the organiser with your deposit cheque. Alternatively, you can email your details and make payment directly to the Society’s bank account.
A weekend of rambling in Dovedale, visit Haddon Hall and ‘The OS Map Fan Club'4th-6th October 2019
Following on from our very successful event with HF Holidays earlier this year, this weekend is at The Peveril of the Peak, at Thorpe, near Ashbourne, their Derbyshire property. Again we have activities to appeal to members who are keen walkers and also for the not so active. This proved extremely popular last time and we were fully subscribed very quickly. We also know that many members are keen to see Helen Woods’ show ‘The OS Map Fan Club’, so we have extended the booking date, but do suggest you book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
HF’s Derbyshire Country House, The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, is set in extensive, beautiful grounds in the village of Thorpe. Amongst its many attractions there are lounge rooms and bar, free Wi-Fi, a boot and drying room, ample car parking and all the rooms are en-suite. The basic cost of the weekend is £210 per person. This includes two nights’ accommodation in a classic room, Friday afternoon tea, two breakfasts and two evening meals, Saturday packed lunch, the optional guided walk and The OS Map Fan Club show.
Accommodation. There are 18 single rooms where no single supplement applies; however once these have been allocated in the order of bookings received, an additional charge of £20 per person per night will apply for single occupancy of a twin or double room. If applicable, you will be advised of this when booking. If you are a single booking, you can of course choose this option anyway. Similarly, if you request an upgraded premium room at £10 per person per night, these will be allocated by date order in which the bookings are received.
Friday evening. After dinner entertainment will be a ‘mini’ Murder Mystery play performed by member of the Society.
Choice of activities for Saturday daytime:
Haddon Hall and gardens. Haddon Hall is described as the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, and the Elizabethan terraced gardens overlook the River Wye. More details can be found at www.haddonhall.co.uk. There is a separate cost to this part of the weekend Self guided: Adult £15.75 Concessionary £14.00 Guided tour of the Hall or garden: £18.50; Guided tour of both: £21.00
Guided walk. The exact route has not yet been finalised, but we will be rambling in Dovedale on a circular route of approximately 8 miles beginning and ending at The Peveril of the Peak. The walk will be at a leisurely pace and is likely to take us 5 hours, including a stop for lunch. Although described as easy dale walking there are some ascents, descents, and steps, including the stepping stones over the River Dove, so please ensure you are fit enough to undertake a hill/country walk.
Do your own thing. Of course you do not have to join us on either the walk or the Haddon Hall visit. If you would like to be emailed HF’s self-guided information booklet for Dovedale and the surrounding area please contact Kim Spencer.
‘The OS Map Fan Club’
Helen Wood will be joining us on Saturday evening. She’ll take us on a virtual ramble, along ancient byways to meet colourful characters, hear amusing anecdotes and pause frequently to admire the view. This fascinating, laughter-filled show celebrates the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. Helen joined our Society for a short period because she was researching Malcolm Saville for this comedy show about maps. She says she enjoyed his books as a child, particularly the ones set in Shropshire, an area she visited often as a family, and particularly liked the sketch maps in the books. In her show, she tells the audience how the books and those sketch maps had a big influence on her early enthusiasm for maps. She always looks for people in the audience who have heard of him and read his books.
Please click here for the booking form or send a s.a.e to Kim Spencer.