I have been on several Ramblers Worldwide holidays since my husband died and I tried to persuade a friend who has recently been widowed that it is an ideal way to take a holiday. She said she would prefer me to accompany her and, as she had not been walking for many years, we chose to go to the new UK walking holiday ‘Land of the Prince Bishops’ as I felt Grade D would be suitable.
Unfortunately between booking the holiday in spring and our departure in July my friend developed a painful knee but we decided to go anyway. I enjoyed the holiday and it was a good crowd, an equal mix of men and women, some couples and some singles. The weather was fair but not as dry as at home and we were surprised to see that the grass in the north is still green.
Ushaw College where we stayed is a very unusual place, and one of the highlights of the visit was a guided tour of the buildings by one of the staff, together with a potted history. The food was excellent and the refectory had quite a dramatic atmosphere.
Christine managed the first day’s walk into the city of Durham where we had plenty of time to look around the Cathedral before returning on the local bus. That walk proved that her knee was not up to Grade D, so the next day she joined two other members in a taxi to Beamish Open Air Museum, which was the destination for the walk. It is location which requires a whole day to visit so the walkers were not able to look around, but we all came back together to Ushaw on the coach. I think Christine enjoyed the holiday despite the trouble with her knee.
We were both impressed by the friendliness of the local people who seemed genuinely interested to talk, and the scenery was beautiful too. I hope that Christine will be able to get some treatment to improve her knee and if so I am sure that she will join me on another Ramblers Worldwide holiday or maybe even take one on her own.
Best wishes, Jill Gigg