The Early Years
T. Arthur Leonard was the Minister of the Congregational Church in Colne, north-
The residents of this area were mostly hardworking mill workers and when the Wakes Week -
Leonard wrote, "This kind of holiday leads to thoughtless spending of money, inane types of amusement, and unhealthy overcrowding in lodging houses." So a rambling club was formed and their first holiday was a 4-
In 1896 the group acquired their first property, Abbey House in Whitby, and by the end of that year 2 more centres had been opened. With the increasing responsibilities it was decided to put the whole thing on a legal footing, so in 1897 a small company was formed called the Co-
Also in 1913, Holiday Fellowship Limited was launched as a separate group from CHA, to re-
HF Holidays is Britain's biggest walking and outdoor leisure holiday specialists, offering holiday access to scenic parts of the UK, with their highly trained walk leaders skilled in map reading, safety awareness and first aid.
HF Holidays has 20 country house hotels and historic mansions in a variety of beautiful locations. In the early days, the accommodation provided by the Holiday Fellowship was rather spartan in nature, but en-
Apart from the UK based country house holidays, HF is able to supply accommodation and guided walks worldwide. In UK houses they can also supply accommodation only and special interest holidays, as well as guided walking and family holidays.
Thomas Arthur Leonard OBE (12 March 1864 – 19 July 1948) was a British social reformer who was a pioneer in developing organised outdoor holidays for working people …
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