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"7 up" Walking Group

photoThis group provides walks of any distance over seven miles. The walks will be on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

If you have any queries about the walk, or if you are unsure whether the walk will go ahead (because of inclement weather for example) please contact the walk leader.

The group operates a 'car share' to get to the walks. If you would like information about this, or would be prepared to lead a walk in our next programme, please contact Margaret on 266 5816 or email walks@u3aleeds.org.uk.

PLEASE NOTE: All walks will be circular unless otherwise stated. Walkers should be adequately equipped wearing suitable footwear and carrying clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. Food and drink should be brought for a full day walk, and don't forget a sit mat.

Walkers are reminded that they attend walks in this programme at their own risk, and that they are responsible for their own safety.

2019 programme

23 January

'Cats and swans' – 7.5 miles

This is a circular walk, meeting at MASSC at 9.45 to share cars, and at 10.30 at Crimple Hall Garden Centre, Leeds Road, Pannal, HG3 1EW (GR SE 309 519). It is hoped we will be able to park in the garden centre car park, but if this is not the case the leader will advise on arrival.

Leader: Christine F. (07989 690171).

27 February

Ilkley circular

Meet 9.30 at MASSC to car share. To start the walk meet at 10.30 at the road bridge over the river Wharfe in Ilkley, where there’s good parking. A circular walk 7-8 miles, up the moor to Addingham High Moor and down via Addingham Moorside to join the Dales Way and back by the riverside. Most likely some mud!

Leader: Chris M. (228 7181, mobile 07759 564515).

27 March

Saltaire circular, approx. 8 miles

Meet at MASSC at 9.40 to share cars. On street parking is available in Saltaire, but can be busy and previously we have used the large car park at the back of Saltaire Mills, accessed from Shipley. From the car park we will need to walk to the front of the main mill building, into Victoria Road, and walk up to the railway station on the right hand side, to meet the leader at 10.40. Maureen is using the train to reach Saltaire. It leaves Leeds station at 10.26 and is due to arrive at Saltaire at 10.40, so you will need to wait in the vicinity of the station to meet her.

The first half of the walk goes up Shipley Glen, through woods and back along the top. The second half goes up to Bingley and back through Hirst Wood using riverside paths and tow paths.

Leader: Maureen (294 2625, mob. 07929 273967).

24 April

Washburn Valley circular, 7 miles

Meet at MASSC at 10.00 to share cars, and at Leathley Church/Village Hall at 10.30 to start the walk. After crossing the River Bridge in Pool, turn left onto Leathley Lane and when you reach the village you will see the Church on the left, and opposite, the Village Hall on the right. Parking is in front of the Village Hall (LS21 2LD).

Leader: Kath (mob. 07713 010741).

22 May

Thruscross Reservoir circular, 7 miles

Please meet at MASSC at 9.45 to share cars. Park at the dam car park (free, but no loos or café) at the reservoir ready to walk at 10.45. Half of the walk is round the reservoir and the rest is over the moors.

The simplest route is to turn right off the A59 (Harrogate to Bolton Abbey road) before Blubberhouses at the sign for Stump Cross Caverns, turn right on reaching a T junction and keep going until the Stone House Inn on your right (HG3 4AH). Turn left here at the red phone box, signposted West End, down the lane, Reservoir Road, to the reservoir and car park over the dam bridge.

It has been very dry on my recces but after rain the moors might be muddy.

Leader: Lynne (266 2213).

26 June

Addingham – Haw Pike circular, 7 miles

Meet at MASSC at 9.45 for car sharing, or park on-street in Bark Lane, Addingham (by the path down to the suspension bridge, grid ref. 083499) in time for a 10.45 start.

The route goes along the Dales Way to Farfield, then up to Haw Pike, and back past Bracken Ghyll golf course.

Leader: Chris L. (268 5153, mob. 07460 424662).

24 July

Kippax circular, 7 miles

Meet at MASSC at 10.00 for car sharing, or at Kippax Co-op car park for 10.30.

Directions: Turn off the A63 Selby Road into Kippax. At the mini roundabout turn left. The Co-op store is on your right. Take the second turn after the store into Apple Tree Lane and park at the back of the car park.

The route goes through the pretty villages of Ledsham and Ledston. There is some on road walking.

Leaders: Rita and Audrey (269 7246, mob. 07711 028469).

28 August

Circular walk from Golden Acre

The walk mostly follows the Leeds Country Way. The walk is about eight miles, and there is some road walking.

Meet at MASSC at 10.00 for car sharing, or in time for a 10.30 start at the main car park at Golden Acre.

Leader: Andrew (07581 108412).

25 September

Bramhope circular, 8.5 miles

The walk starts by going downhill through Bramhope and over to Arthington Road, then back via Avenue des Hirondelles and Caley Crags to Bramhope.

Meet at MASSC at 10.00 to share cars, or at Bramhope village car park at 10.30.

Leaders: George and Margaret (266 5816, mobile 07973 339008).

23 October

Horsforth circular

A varied circular walk through woodland, suburbs and along canal towpath; does entail crossing some busy roads (7 miles).

Meet at 10.00 at MASSC to share cars, or at Horsforth Hall Park at 10.30. The walk starts at the car park just off Hall Lane on north side of the park, LS18 5JY (it has sign for Gazi’s Indian restaurant). On street parking also available.

Leader: Chris M. (266 1273, mobile 07792 098698) and Sue (268 4406, mobile 07960 727221).

Ilkley circular, 27 February 2019


Ilkley Moor, the bridge over Spicey Gill.


Lunch at Windgate Nick, on Addingham High Moor.