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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.

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

2017 programme

25 January

Washburn Valley

The walk is 8 miles, time 5 hrs. Start 10.30, or meet at MASSC at 10.00 to car share.

Directions: from Pool cross the river Wharfe, take first turn on the left (B6161). After 1 mile turn left by the gatehouse and cross the bridge (Farnley Park), after 2 miles turn right towards Farnley. After a quarter of a mile bear right down past the side of Farnley C of E primary school. Drive 1 mile to the bottom of the hill and park either side of the bridge ready to start the walk (grid ref. 224483).

Leader: Kath McCoy (tel. 266 1123, mobile 07443 051791).

22 February

Saltaire circular, 8.5 miles

Meet at 9.30 at MASSC to share cars, or at 10.30 in Saltaire, outside the railway station. (I understand there is a huge free car park at the side of Saltaire mill. There is often a man at the gates as you drive in, but he is just there to check on the lorries going to the warehouse.) The walk starts in Saltaire and heads over the moors and back to Saltaire.

Leader: Christine F. (01423 504739).

22 March

River Wharfe, Kearby, Woodhall Bridge and Carthick Wood, 8.5 miles

Meet 9.30 at MASSC for car share, or 10 a.m. at the car park at the junction of Crabtree Lane and A659 (the Harewood to Wetherby Road).

The nearest pub for our after-walk drinks would be the Harewood Arms.

Leaders: Rita (268 7777) and Audrey (269 7246).

26 April

Leathley, Otley and the River Washburn, 8 miles

Please meet at MASSC at 10am or by the village hall in Leathley at 10.30.

We shall go down to the river at Leathley Bridge and walk along it into Otley. Then up through the playground and past housing to start climbing up to Clifton. We walk on high ground and then drop down to Lindley Wood Reservoir and continue back into Leathley along the River Washburn.

Leader: Lynne (266 2213).

24 May

Ilkley Moor circular, 8 miles

Meet at 10.00 at MASSC for car sharing, or go to Darwin Gardens car park*, Ilkley, in time for a 10.45 start.

The route goes past the Swastika Stone, then up over the moor to the Rombalds Moor plantation, through the plantation, across to the Dales Way link, then a steep descent to the car park. The walk passes two of the Stanza Stones.

* The car park is at the top of Wells Road. The entrance is on your right immediately after crossing the cattle grid.

Leader: Chris M. (228 7181).

28 June

This walk was postponed because of bad weather.

26 July

Postponed because of bad weather – again!

23 August

Washburn valley and Denton Moor, 10 miles

The walk starts from the Fewston reservoir, down the Washburn valley, then climbs up to Askwith/Denton Moor, crossing to Ellercarr Pike, and returns via Beecroft Moor Plantation.

Meet at MASSC at 9.30 for car sharing, or in time for a 10.15 start at the car park at the south end of the Fewston reservoir embankment (grid ref. 186538).

Leader: Chris L. (268 5153).

27 September

Springhead Park to St Aidan's circular

Meet at MASSC at 10.00 for car sharing, or go to the car park at Springhead Park, Rothwell (on Oulton Lane, off the A639, grid ref. 348282), in time for a 10.30 start.

The walk is a circular from Springhead Park going through Rothwell Country Park, along the canal then up to St Aidan's opencast coal site, back to the canal, some field paths back to start. All good tracks and paths. The walk is about 9-10 miles.

[This is the walk postponed from July.]

Leader: Maureen (294 2625).

25 October

Otley circular, 8.5 miles

This walk starts in Otley by the river, climbs the hill to Clifton, crosses Weston Moor, and returns via Weston village to Otley.

Meet at MASSC at 9.45 to share cars, or to start the walk at 10.30 on Otley Bridge (grid ref. 311721). Parking available in local car parks or on-street parking nearby.

Leader: George (266 5816 or 07973 339008).

22 November

"Roman echoes"

Meet: 10 am at MASSC to share cars, or 10.30 at Bardsey Church, Church Lane, Bardsey (on street parking available, on Church Lane).

Distance: 9 miles easy walking on a rolling landscape.

[This is the walk postponed from June.]

Leader: Christine (01423 504739).

27 December

Roundhay Park sociable stroll/walk

Meet 11 am (note later time) at Roundhay Park main gates on Princes Avenue. The length of the walk will depend on the weather. We could just stroll around Waterloo lake in the pouring rain, or do the Shadwell walk if the weather is better (5 miles) or … any suggestions?

The plan is to adjourn to the Lakeside Cafe for refreshments after the walk. (Hopefully the later start time may mean there is more room for us to get together than there was last year).

Leader: George (266 5816, mobile 07973 339008).


24 January

Golden Acre to Harewood (and back)

Meet at 10.30 am in Golden Acre car park (LS16 9JY) for a 8.75 mile circular walk.

After walk drinks will be in the park cafe.

Leader: George (266 5816, mobile 07973 339008).

Saltaire circular, 22 February 2017


Lunch in the hills, somewhere above Eldwick.


The route took us along this impressive stone path, apparently an old drovers' road.