We mentioned in a previous entry that our guide on the Drakensberg and Zululand Tour in South Africa, Dave Sclanders, was planning to head over to the UK and take a good look around sometime in 2009.
Having contacted many of his previous guests on the tour who had offered to show him around on his grand tour, the idea of a walk in the lakes – Borrowdale specifically – was suggested, and now it seems lots of Dave’s previous tours will be reuniting this August!
Dave’s base in the Lakes will be The Scafell Hotel in Borrowdale, owned by Miles Jessop who took the tour last year.
If you would like to join the group for a few days, the dates are the 14th, 15th and 16th of August and accommodation is available in the Scafell Hotel or in other properties nearby. Please arrange your own accommodation and let Dave know you will see him there by emailing him through his website, www.bergfree.za
We could not make the reunion in the Lakes, but had our own mini-reunion with Dave on 28 - 29th July. We were Dave's smallest Headwater group in October 2007 - Elizabeth and Graham Hill, and Sheila and Alan Rogers. Dave stayed with the Hills at Amersham, and Graham organised two days of walking along the Ridgeway and the Chilterns. Dave initially seemed a little surprised by the number of trees and the lack of mountains, and was amazed to discover Memorials on Combe Hill and in Latimer village commemorating those who fought in the Boer War.
It was great to see Dave again, and in addition to some excellent walking, as in South Africa, there was much hilarity around the dinner table.