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Monday
20 August
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Tuesday
21 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
22 August
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
23 August
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Friday
24 August
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Saturday
25 August
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
26 August
10:00am - 4:00pm
Swans on the River Thames between Windsor and Eton, taken from Eton Bridge looking East towards the Windsor Wheel.

Through ancient woodlands, picturesque villages, and riverside meadows, join us for a fabulous Spring walking weekend with a new hotel and new full day walk exploring two sections of the world renowned Thames Path. Grade: Easy to Medium

Meet up on Friday evening at our lovely new hotel near Windsor with your Tour Leader and fellow walkers for a welcome drink and dinner.

Springtime with daffodils lining a footpath in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Walk 1 – 7-10 miles (12km) / Taplow to Windsor

On our first morning we set out from the hotel walking down to the River Thames following the National Trail to Eton & Windsor. The path passes under Brunel's magnificent Maidenhead railway bridge which Turner made the subject of his famous painting: Rain, Steam and Speed (1844). The tree lined path takes us past elegant villas, Monkey Island, Oakley Court (of Hammer Horror film fame) and the sporting venues of Dorney Lake and Winsdor racecourse. It is along this reach that Jerome K Jerome’s ‘Three Men in a Boat’ had their sad lunch of beef with no mustard and an unopenable tin of pineapple which was consigned to a watery grave! We briefly leave the riverside path here to Dorney and lunch (own cost). This afternoon we continue past Boveney Lock and over Eton’s meadows, the royal town of Windsor comes into view dominated by its Castle, a royal residence for over 900 years. We end our walk here perhaps with a little time to explore before returning to the hotel.

Note: This walk may be altered if conditions underfoot are too wet or at times of flooding

Walk 2 – 5 miles (8km) / Cookham and Cock Marsh

On this walk we take the Thames Path from the picturesque village of Cookham to explore the riverside meadows and Bronze Age burial mounds of Cock Marsh. We then return to Cookham where our walk finishes but with some time to explore the village.

[Note: This walk may be altered if conditions underfoot are too wet or at times of flooding

Grovefield House

With its own secluded 7 acres of grounds, our hotel was once the country retreat of the famous Fuller brewing family.

The hotel is located off Junction 7 of the M4 or Junction 2 of the M40. Burnham railway station is 2 miles. Complimentary parking is available.

Rooms Include 

Stylish rooms all feature Freeview TV, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, iron, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.

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Useful Information

Location & Transport
The hotel is located off Junction 7 of the M4 or Junction 2 of the M40. Burnham railway station is 2 miles. Complimentary parking is available.

Walking programme
Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to 12km (10 miles) on the first walk and around 8km (5 miles) on the second walk.

A coach will be used to transfer you back to the hotel from the finish of the 1st walk and are included at the start and the end of the 2nd walk.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.

Transfer Time
The transfer from Grenoble Airport to our resort is approximately 2 and a half hours, depending on weather and traffic.

Skiing Programme
You may either take group ski lessons, private ski lessons or form groups to enjoy exploring the slopes together. Whatever you preference your Tour Leader will be available to help organise your skiing.

Ski Hire
Poor piste conditions can be hazardous to ski equipment as uncovered rocks and stones can easily scratch and damage skis and snowboards. We strongly recommend you inspect your ski hire equipment at the start of your holiday and agree the state of their condition with the ski hire suppliers, as clients are responsible for the care of their hired equipment and should this equipment be damaged the ski hire suppliers are within their rights to ask for a compensation payment.

Ski Equipment
This can be hired in the resort where you will be advised about the most suitable equipment for your standard of skiing. It is very important to have ski boots that are comfortable and fit well, so do not be afraid to keep going back and changing your boots until you get a good fit. For your safety, we advise that you wear a ski helmet wherever possible.

Ski Passes (low/high season)
A local Courcheval Valley lift pass is approx 230€ to upgrade to a full Three Valleys pass - this will be an additional cost of approx €60

Ski School
Group lessons: 2 hours per day £199 (subject to sufficient English speaking ski-school numbers)

Ski Hire
Ski Hire €95 - €174 approx
Ski and boot hire €135 - €230 approx.

Dress Code

On a skiing holiday, dress is generally very informal, the emphasis being on comfort and warmth. We recommend that you pack a pair of skiing trousers and warm ski jacket or a waterproof shell and separate fleece lining or an all-in-one ski suit. Thermal or silk underwear is recommended. Cotton/cotton mix roll necks, T-shirts or sweat shirts; several thin layers are better than one thick layer. Ski socks, ski gloves or mitts and a hat or headband are suggested. Where temperatures are expected to be well below zero, take a facemask or balaclava. Moon boots or waterproof walking shoes are a “must”. Suntan cream (high protective factor), lip salve, sunglasses and/or goggles are all very useful items to pack. Casual clothes are ideal for the evenings; it is unusual on skiing holidays to dress formally in the evenings.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on. If you choose to have ski lessons, you may also like to thank your ski instructor at the end of the week with a token of appreciation.

 

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
26 Apr 2019 28 Apr 2019 2 All Ages £ 360 BOOK

What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 2 guided walks including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Half Board:
    Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Walking Notes
    Grade: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 8-12km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential
  • NB:
    You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.



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