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Church Stretton | Club Trip 14th – 17th October 2016

This weekend promised to be good one. Ruth and Bill had lived in the area so qualified for providing good walking routes, Ralph was celebrating his birthday and with the fine reputation of the HF hotel all we needed was good weather. We were not disappointed. On Friday most of the 18 participants arrived at…
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Coach Trip to NT Tyntesfield | 7th September 2016.

The annual coach trip was a bit later this year but well worth the wait. After a smooth journey, courtesy of Brian, our Stewart's driver, we arrived at Tyntesfield near Bristol where most, if not all, descended on the cafe for refreshments (RRC members know where their priorities lie). Strangely, we then had to leave…
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The Smallest City | 30th June – 4th July 2016

St. David's in Pembrokeshire, is described in the literature as "the smallest city in Britain," which fairly describes the intimate feel of the place along with the imposing presence of its Cathedral and Bishop's Palace. Almost surrounded by coast, it offered our 11-strong group our pick of clifftop paths. A short walk through the city…
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Bourton-on-the-Water | 15th – 18th April 2016

We arrived in good time at the elegant and welcoming Harrington House, then enjoyed a leg stretch to Lower Slaughter (slohtre) meaning “muddy place”, to admire faultless Cotswold gardens, the 13th C church and water mill. Afternoon tea then awaited us and we met our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable guides who each evening described the…
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Alfriston | 12th – 15th March 2016

After the drive down to Alfriston, it was boots on and up onto the downs. The sun broke through the mist for a little while and shone on us as we walked from Bostal Hill to Firle Beacon. The mist never really cleared from the valley bottom giving the view an eerie feel. When the…
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Sunshine, Showers and Flowers in Bellevaux | December 2014

Twenty-six of us arrived at Hotel Les Moineaux in the late afternoon of Saturday, 9th June. The whole family, whom Barbara has known for 25 years, welcomed us and invited us to a drink in the bar before dinner. On Sunday, both groups took the short bus trip to L’Ermont (1100m.). The Sportifs set off…
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The Island of Eternal Spring | December 2012

Fourteen of us took part in the RRC trip to Gran Canaria in December. The island has been called a continent in miniature, because of the variety it offers, but I like the appellation “island of eternal spring”. It is wetter and greener in the North and much more arid in the South, but we…
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La Gomera | December 2011

Travelling to the island involves a 4 hour flight to Tenerife and then 2 long ferry trips. However the effort in getting there is well rewarded on arrival. The island has spectacular mountains, valleys, gorges, forests, and coastal cliffs. Our hotel, The Gran Rey, faced the sea with mountains and gorges at the rear. Having…
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