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Encounters with Wainwright (Book)

The Wainwright Society is delighted to report that its publication, Encounters with Wainwright, compiled and edited by David Johnson, was placed as a joint Runner-up for Lakeland Book of the Year 2017.

The book contains 120 stories of people who met or knew Alfred Wainwright. These range from very brief encounters to accounts from those who knew him over many years. Together they provide much new information and many previously unpublished photographs, and provide the reader with an opportunity to consider Wainwright afresh in the light of first-hand experience.

Escalante Pro – Peak2Pub

The Peak2Pub range keeps growing and the Escalante Pro has been designed with women in mind. Inspired by the American southwest, the Escalante Pro combines Wigwam’s patented moisture management technology, Ultimax® with style, comfort and support.

Eva’s Cousin By Sibylle Knauss

In the summer of 1944 Gertraud Weisker 20 years old when her cousin Eva Braun invited her to come and keep her company at Berchtesgaden.

This is the story of her fascination with the easy, glamorous lifestyle of her cousin and the gradual realisation of the dark history unfolding around it

Exmoor, Selworthy: Holnicote House

Lying near the village of Selworthy at the heart of the Exmoor National Park, this historic building is set in peaceful gardens with extensive lawns and has superb walks right from the doorstep.

The house was once the heart of an extensive 12,500 acre estate. In 1944 owner Sir Richard Dyke Acland, a Liberal MP and founder member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), gifted the house and estate to the National Trust.

Today Holnicote House comprises of 34 newly refurbished bedrooms both in the main house and in the thatched cottages in the grounds. There are two comfortable lounges, dining room and sociable bar.

The gardens, part of the wider Holnicote Estate, are extensive and include a putting green and croquet lawn. The heated outdoor swimming pool is always popular with our guests.

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These bags don’t only look great, they work hard too. The Expedition Healthy Back Bag is made of strong, water resistant cotton twill, with nubuck leather trim, burnished brass hardware, and a fleece-lined strap for extra comfort – and now features a full size internal zipped and padded security pocket for valuables. Great colours paired with retro-rugged styling and leather trim make the Expedition HBB great for everyday use or travel, and an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Falcon Manor Afternoon Tea

Treat yourself to our traditional afternoon tea, served every day between 2.00pm and 5pm. Featuring a selection of sandwiches and home baked sweet treats it’s the perfect reward following a morning in the great outdoors. Afternoon tea can be taken in the lounge, bar or out on the terrace should the weather permit.

What’s more, you can make it extra special with a glass of fizz. Or for something a little more unusual add a cheeky glass of G&T from a range of gins matched with the best tonics.

  • £17.50 per person
  • Daily 2pm – 5pm
  • Booking advisable

Falcon Manor Spring & Summer Getaways

There’s so much to see and do right from our doorstep. Cleatop Wood offers a lovely circular walk of around four miles, a stroll along a green lane and across farmland brings guests to the ancient woodland, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. As well as bluebells as far as the eye can see as walkers wander up through the wood when you emerge from the trees there is an excellent view of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks mountains and the upper reaches of North Ribblesdale.

Then when you’ve exhausted the great outdoors head back to Falcon Manor for a sumptuous meal and relaxing overnight stay in one of our boutique bedrooms, followed by a fabulous breakfast the following morning.

  • DB&B from £155 per couple
  • Superior & Suite upgrades available
  • Full Yorkshire Breakfast
  • Walkers packed lunches £7.50

Falcon Manor Walking Breaks

The Three Peaks walk traditionally starts at nearby Horton in Ribblesdale at the Pen-y-ghent Café, where walkers can clock-in and out to time their walk. This walk is for the very fit, but there are plenty of shorter walks in the area for walkers of all abilities. The Ingleton Waterfall Trail is a delightful walk and photographer’s dream with some of the best waterfalls in the UK, including Thornton Force. The Reginald Farrer woodland nature trail from Ingleborough Hall takes you to Ingleborough Cave past a wonderful collection of rhododendrons and wild flower meadows and under Thwaite Scars.

Then after a day exploring the great outdoors head back to Falcon Manor for a sumptuous meal and relaxing overnight stay in one of our boutique bedrooms, followed by a fabulous breakfast the following morning.

  • DB&B from £145 per couple
  • Full Yorkshire Breakfast
  • Packed lunches £7.50
  • Hamper options

Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson

If, no, when you visit Snowdonia, you have to pay a visit to Portmeiron as it’s a very unique location for a wander and a novel!

In the novel, the writer, Josephine Tey, joins her friends in the holiday village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine’s novel.However, tragedy strikes and a mystery ensues…

There’s some strong literary heritage here too – Portmeirion is a tourist village designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. Apparently inspired by Portofino on the Italian Riviera. The village now is owned by a charitable trust.


Finding a dealer

We’d recommend that you visit a Raleigh dealer to take you through the bike options available, so you can choose the perfect bike for you. Your dealer will ensure the bike’s the right size for your height, take you through how it works and make sure it’s perfectly set up.

Raleigh dealers offer a ‘See, Try, Buy’ service also means you can try out different bikes & e-bikes to see which one suits you best and get the best possible advice from the experts at your local shop.


A mid-weight walking sock with Merino Wool and Wigwam’s patented Ultimax® moisture control technology to keep your feet warm, dry and most importantly, blister free.

Free Photos Offer at Villager Jim’s Pet Studio

Come and meet expert pet photographers, Villager Jim and Phil Sproson at Villager Jim’s Farm in the Chocolate Box village of Foolow deep in the Peak District Countryside. Spend a couple of hours in the studio and in the local lanes and fields and we’ll create amazing photos that you can treasure forever. The packages on offer are amazingly good value starting at £149.

If you mention The Outdoor Guide at the photoshoot we will upgrade your package to include 2 extra photos worth £30.

Glamping Holidays

Hassle free luxury camping for people who love the outdoors

We will set up one of our fully equipped safari style tents on a campsite situated along the beautiful Norfolk Coast for a minimum of 2 nights, so you can start your holiday from the moment you arrive.

What’s included:

  • Full camping set up – tent, beds, bedding, lighting, chairs, table, cool box, small equipped kitchen area, towels
  • A Welcome Hamper of Norfolk Produce – Milk, homemade bread, Margins chucks eggs, tea, coffee and apple juice
  • Campsite pitch fee’s
  • The tent elves like to leave little extras to make your holiday as hassle free and enjoyable as possible

From £195 for a minimum of 2 nights – from £50 for any additional nights added

Dogs: £7.50 per dog per night (maximum 2 dogs) a bed, bowls, towels, poop bags and maybe a treat are provided

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Glencoe Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Our lovely Club Site at Glencoe is surrounded by woodland managed by the National Trust for Scotland, with all pitches enjoying breathtaking views of the mountains. The eco-friendly Glencoe National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre is a short walk from the site. This is wonderful walking country.

The West Highland Way passes within nine miles of the site, and there are many other low and high-level walks, including the Caledonian Canal and eight Munros.

Golden Cap Estate Camping and Caravanning Club Site

This is a beautiful and rural camp site and is the perfect escape from modern day life.





Golf Courses

Greetham Valley in Rutland offers two superb championship standard 18 hole golf courses, alongside a 9 hole par 3 Academy course, floodlit driving range and putting green. We are delighted to announce that Greetham Valley won the Environmental Golf Course of the Year award in the prestigious national Golf Environment Awards 2017. 

We are passionate about our surroundings and strive to achieve not just the very best golf product but one that is as ecofriendly and habitat rich as possible. Alongside the golf courses there are some fabulous public footpaths offering a variety of circular walks all the way to Rutland Water. Accommodation is available in our contemporary hotel or luxurious self-catering wooden lodges.