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7 Up Walking Group

photoWelcome to the 7 Up walking group which, as the name implies, provides walks of any distance over 7 miles. The walks will be on the 4th Wednesday of every month and details of these walks will be posted on the programme below, along with the contact number of the walk leader.

All walks will be circular unless otherwise stated. Walkers should wear footwear and clothing suitable to the terrain and weather conditions. Food and drink and a sitmat are also advisable.

If you wish to come on a walk, would you please pre-book by phoning the walk leader and providing contact details. For the time being, the walk leader will contact you on the day before the walk to ask a series of Covid related questions.

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

If you would like to lead a walk during the next year, or for any other information, please contact Rosaline on 07941 022058.

2022 programme

26 January

Wetherby circular, 7.5 miles

This month's walk is from the Old Station Car Park, Linton Road, nr Wetherby, LS22 6SD. We will meet in the car park at 10.00 to start walking by 10.10. From Wetherby to Linton, Collingham and back, over varied countryside, along the river and through farmers' fields. There is a small amount of road walking and it could also be muddy at one point, so do dress appropriately, bring refreshments and a sitmat.

Contact Jenny B to say you will be coming, and for further details, on 266 6971 or 07821 607307 (text please).

23 February

Temple Newsam circular, 7.5 miles

An easy and pleasant walk on good paths from Temple Newsam, circuiting Skelton Lake with views of the River Aire and including Rothwell Country Park. Meet for a 10.30 start at the Lodge Gates car park Temple Newsam, Colton Road. If coming by bus, take the 19/19A to the Brown Car/St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk and walk along Colton Road to the car park.

Please phone Maureen on 294 2625 or 07929 273967 to book or for further information.

23 March

Sicklinghall, Wood Hall, Spofforth circular, 7.5 miles

Park in the car park of the Scott's Arms, Sicklinghall, LS22 4BD (we have permission). The walk is mainly along country lanes with some field paths and woodland. Please be ready to walk at 10.00. If you prefer to share transport be at MASSC in time to leave there at 9.30.

Please ring Lynne on 266 2213 to book and for more information.

27 April

Bramhope circular, 7 miles

The walk starts at Bramhope and we follow the route in an anti-clockwise direction, through Otley Chevin, York Gate Plantation, East Carlton, SE and then NE through rough pasture and thence back to base.

Meet at the public car park behind The Fox and Hounds, Church Road, Bramhope (LS16 9AX) by 10.00 to start walking at 10.15. If the car park is full, parking (with consideration) can be found on Manor Close or Churchgate.

Leader: Ray (07762 880586). If you intend to join, please let him know by 17.00 Tuesday.

25 May

Burley in Wharfedale, Lanshaw dam and rocks, Horncliffe well, circular 7.8 miles

The walk is mainly along paths, some road, leading to the top of Burley Moor. A steady steep climb offers views of Beamsley Beacon, Almscliffe Crags and Otley.

Park in the Red Lion, Burley in Wharfedale LS29 7BT (we have permission). If you prefer to share transport please be at MASSC in time to leave by 9:45. Be ready to walk 10.30. Alternatively, train from Leeds 10.03-10.20. Please wait at the station in Burley in Wharfedale and we will walk up from the car park. Return train 15.17 or 16.17.

The walk can be shortened if the weather requires it. A packed lunch is required.

Leaders: Jenny (07932 670213) and Chris (07759 564515).

22 June

Stainburn Moor circular, 9 miles

Wonderful views along this walk which starts at 10.30 from Stainburn Moor carpark on Norwood Lane, Beckwithshaw (OS map 297, GR237523). 100 yards from the car park road we will go onto a private road. We will enjoy wonderful views across the valley passing Scargill Reservoir on our left during our 2 mile walk along this road. We will then enter fields and start to ascend to another access road to a farm. We continue up this road until we cross a minor road and enter the fields containing wind turbines. Passing these we reach the main A59 which we cross. A short distance on a footpath brings us out on a minor road. We return to the main road and cross to fields. 3 fields later and we are out on the minor road we crossed earlier in the day. We leave the road to drop down to Beaver Dyke reservoir. Our route now is along the edge of the reservoir and into woods. We now rejoin our path from the morning dropping down through a field to the access road. Our return journey is on this same road but this time we are ascending back to Norwood Lane and the car park. The walk can be shortened if the weather is awful. Please dress appropriately and bring refreshments and a sitmat.

Please phone Christine on 07989 690171 to book or for further information.

27 July

East Keswick Keyhole walk, 8.75 miles

This walk will start at 10.30 from Crabtree Lane carpark, East Keswick (just off Harewood Road, LS17 9HG), along country lanes to Sicklinghall. We then take a circular Christmas Tree route, returning to the Scotts Arms, Sicklinghall, for a drinks break to refresh ourselves prior to the final 2.4 miles of the walk back to Crabtree Lane. For those wishing to carshare, please meet at MASSC at 9.50.

If you wish to join the walk please phone Rita (268 7777) or Audrey (07711 028469).

24 August

Otley–Burley circular, about 8 miles

The walk starts at the Surprise View carpark (near the Royalty, LS21 3DG) at 10.00 for a 10.15 start. For those who wish to carshare, please meet at the MASSC at 9.30. After briefly taking in the views of Otley to the north and Leeds Bradford airport to the south, we head west, passing Jenny’s Cottage, through the woods, exiting them via a stile, walking south to York Gate Road. From here we will head towards Burley in Wharfedale via Top Moor Road, West Chevin Road, along Gill Brow, through Acrecliffe Equestrian Centre and the golf course. From Burley we climb gently towards the Royalty. We will climb over a few easy stiles during this walk. Please bring a packed lunch and sitmat.

Please phone Ray on 07762 880586 if you wish to join the walk.

28 September

Otley circular, 8 miles

We are starting this walk at the car park next to the River Wharfe in Otley (Mill Lane LS21 1FE). We set off east before crossing the river and head for Leathley Bridge. Here we turn north with some road walking towards Fishpool and Leathley Mill. With the river Washburn on our left the path takes us to Lindley Bridge and on to Clifton and Carr Banks Gill. Please bring a packed lunch and sitmat. For car sharing please meet at MASSC at 9.30 to be ready to start the walk at 10.10.

Please phone Rob on (0113) 269 2930 or 07532 264860 if you wish to join the walk.

26 October

Shadwell – Wike circular, 7.2 miles

The walk starts at the Red Lion car park, Shadwell (LS17 8HH) at 10.30. Please don't park in the Red Lion carpark, park on roadside nearby. We will walk along Bridle Path Lane, turning left along wooded bridleway until we reach Brandon cottages. We will then make our way along Brandon Drain, an ancient packhorse route. Walking briefly along Wike Lane we turn right at the old petrol pump and keep left on the golf course. Eventually we reach a little known nature reserve with a series of ponds surrounded by bulrushes. Up some old steps until we reach a grassy ridge with beautiful countryside views and a wide sky. We then walk though Biggin Farm and then Hillcrest Farm and loop back to Wike Lane. We retrace our steps until Bridle Path Lane where we head across fields to have a brief audience with Shadwell's celebrity pig, Penelope, before heading off through pathways again towards the Ring Road and looping back along the bridle path to the Red Lion. A few stiles, nothing major. If coming by bus, the 7S stops opposite the Red Lion just before 10.30. If carsharing meet at MASSC at 10.00 or 10.10. Please bring a packed lunch and sit mat.

Please phone Rosaline on 07941 022058 to book and for more info.

23 November

Spofforth circular, 8.5 miles

Meet at Spofforth Castle, HG3 1ND, at 10.30. The Castle is in the centre of the village, grid ref 361512 on Leeds OS 289. An easy walk to Kirby Overblow across several fields and along farm tracks. Our lunch will be eaten in the church yard enjoying the view across the valley to Harewood Castle. We then access more fields and a small wood heading towards Sicklinghall from where we return to Spofforth via a gravelled farm track. The Castle Inn will be open for refreshments. If carsharing meet at MASSC at 10.00.

Please phone Christine on 07989 690171 if you are joining the walk and for more info.

28 December

Suggestions welcomed for our seasonal lunch and walk

Stainburn Moor – Kettlesing circular, 22 June 2022




On a hot day, most people chose to sit in the deep shade at lunchtime