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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.

2018 programme

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.

For anyone wanting a lift to Golden Acre, a car share will be available at MASSC at 10.00.

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

28 February

Postponed because of bad weather.

28 March

Bardsey, Hetchell Crags and Thorner, 7 miles

Start: Lay-by on A58 at entrance to Hetchell Woods. From Leeds the A58 goes through Scarcroft, changes from 30mph to 50mph and goes down a hill at the bottom of which is the wood and lay-by on right (grid ref. 369430). The layby can accommodate 4-5 cars. Parking also on roads into Bardsey (across A58 nearly opposite the Woods).

Walk: through the woods and past Hetchell Crags. On tracks and paths to Thorner, then metalled road through Thorner. Across fields to the A58. Across this then curve round back towards Bardsey, through Bardsey and return to the layby.

Mud will be available!

Meet 10.00 am at MASSC to share cars, or at 10.30 at the start of the walk.

Leader: Monica (266 4260, mob. 07804 743363).

25 April

Hardcastle Crags and Blake Dean

A 7-8 mile circular walk through woods at Hardcastle Crags to Blake Dean a good view point in the upper valley of Hebden Water.

Meet at 9.30 at MASSC to car share to start the walk at 10.30 at Midgehole road car park HX7 7AA (grid ref 988291), which is National Trust and there are 'small parking charges'.

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

23 May

Spofforth, Stockeld and Plumpton circular, 7.5 miles

Meet at 9.30 at MASSC to share cars, or at 10.30 by the gate into the castle in Spofforth. Parking available on the road. The walk goes from Spofforth to Stockeld, and through the grounds of Plumpton Hall.

[This is the walk postponed from February.]

Leader: Christine F. (01423 504739 , mobile 07989 690171).

27 June

River and rocks, 9 miles

The walk is circular and goes from Dacre Bank to Brimham Rocks. Meet at MASSC at 9.30 to share cars, or at 10.30 in the car park opposite the Royal Oak Pub in Dacre Banks, HG3 4EN, to start the walk. Grid ref: SE 197 619.

Leader: Christine F. (01423 504739 , mobile 07989 690171).

25 July

Barwick in Elmet to Parlington Park, 8 miles

Meet at MASSC 9.30 to car share, or for a 10.00 start at at The Maypole, Main Street, Barwick in Elmet.

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

22 August

Circular walk from East Keswick

The walk is 8 miles long and goes from East Keswick to Wood Hall, Collingham and East Rigton. Much is on very quiet country lanes and the rest on field paths and through woodland.

Meet at MASSC at 10am or park in East Keswick to start walking about 10.20. Park in The Paddock which is on your right opposite the Old Star pub as you drive up the hill in the village.

Leader: Lynne (266 2213).

26 September

Horsforth to Cragg Wood and Rawdon, 7 miles

The walk is circular; from Hall Park we walk briefly by the River Aire, go through Cragg Wood to Rawdon and back via Hunger Hills. The walk has variety but may be muddy.

Meet at MASSC at 10.00 or at Hall Park Back Car park at 10.30. The walk starts at the car park just off Hall Lane on north side of Horsforth Hall Park, LS18 5JY. This is also the car park for Gazi's Indian Restaurant.

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

24 October

Bingley, St Ives circular

This 8.5 mile walk goes from Bingley to St Ives. From there we go over Harden Moor, returning through St Ives estate, and back to Bingley.

Meet at 9.30 at MASSC to share cars, or at 10.30 on Beckfoot Lane, Bingley BD16 1LX. To reach the meeting place, from Saltaire use the Bradford Road, signposted Bingley. At the big roundabout with the A650 Bingley bypass just after the Bankfield Hotel, take the B6265 as far as Cottingley Bridge over the River Aire. Turn Left immediately before going over the bridge, into Beckfoot Lane. On street parking is available.

Leader: George (266 5816 or 07973 339008).

28 November

Thorner, Bramham Park circular

Circular walk from Thorner passing Bramham Park. 7.5 miles accessing field paths, woodland and wide, well worn tracks.

Meet at MASSC at 9.30 to share lifts. If you are driving straight to Thorner park near the Mexborough Arms on Main Street and be ready to walk by 10.00.

Leader: Lynne (266 2213).

St Ives circular, 24 October 2018


Lunch among the crags on Harden Moor.