Leeds U3A The University of the Third Age

The canal gardens, Roundhay

Walking Group

photoThis is a very friendly sociable group. We walk on the first Wednesday of the month and we use public transport.

The walks are between 5 and 7 miles using a different leader each month.  A packed lunch is required and a sitmat.

A brief description of the next walk, along with travel instructions, is given out in leaflet form on the walk and also appears on the website.

Walking boots or shoes are recommended together with a waterproof coat.

2018 programme

3 January

Circular from Bingley – 5 or 6 miles

The walk starts on the canal and via 5 rise locks goes uphill to Gilstead Moor, across the moor into Gilstead then back down to the canal. The climb through Bingley is fairly long but there will be no hurry to complete it.  Time and weather permitting the walk can be extended to Saltaire.

Don't forget a picnic and a sit-mat.

Meet outside Boots in Leeds Rail station at 10.15 to catch the 10.26 Skipton train. Purchase an off-peak return ticket to Bingley (£2.70 with Metro card – but price may rise by January!), train arrives Bingley 10.44.

Leader: George (266 5816)

7 February

Linear walk from Wellington Hill via Thorner and Scholes to Cross Gates – 6-7 miles

An easy level walk using field paths and tracks. Will probably be muddy and quite a lot of stiles.

Don't forget a picnic and a sit-mat.

Catch the X99 bus from Infirmary Street (stand H1) at 10.40 or from Oakwood at 10.54.

Leader: Maureen (294 2625)

7 March

Linear walk, 5.5 miles from Alwoodley to Bramhope

The walk starts at the 36 bus stop at Millfield farm (just beyond the Grammar School), goes past Eccup reservoir, then over to Bank Top Lane, past Arthington quarry, and finishes at the Britannia Hotel. Most of the route is on hard surfaces, so hopefully not too muddy.

Don't forget a picnic and a sit-mat.

Catch the 36 bus from Leeds bus station at 10.30 (Moortown 10.46). Return to Leeds by the X84/X85 bus.

Leader: Chris L. (268 5153)

4 April

The Airedale Way Part 1, 5-6 miles

The walk follows the canal then the river to Rodley Nature Reserve where there is a cafe and toilets. There are also hides so bring your binoculars and a picnic.

Meet outside The Queens Hotel in City Square for a 10.30 am start. Return by no. 670 or 60 bus to Leeds.

Leader: Rob (269 2930)

2 May

Linear from Guiseley to Otley, 5 miles

The walk starts with a slow pull up through fields and tracks to reach the Chevin, then gently down to centre of Otley where there are plenty of tea rooms for those wishing to make use of them.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Meet outside Boots in Leeds railway station at 10.15 in order to catch the 10.32 Ilkley train. Purchase a single ticket to Guiseley (£2.10 with Metrocard). We will return to Leeds on the X84 bus from Otley.

Leader: Wendy (278 7518)

6 June

Crossflatts circular, 6 miles

This walk uses towpaths and moorland paths with a little climbing giving some good views.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Meet outside Boots in Leeds railway station by 10.10 in order to catch the 10.26 Skipton train. Purchase a return ticket to Crossflatts.

Leader: Maureen (294 2625)

4 July

Huddersfield Narrow Canal – Milnsbridge to Marsden, linear 6 miles

This historic restored waterway offers a mostly gentle walk through the steep-sided Colne Valley where countryside meets 18th and 19th century industry.

Don't forget a picnic and a sit-mat. There is a cafe in Marsden at the end of the walk.

Meet outside Boots in Leeds Rail station at 10.00 to catch a train at 10.18. Get a return ticket to Marsden (£3.70 with pass – we get off at Huddersfield and return from Marsden).

Leader: Angela (07866 994748)

1 August

Weeton and Rougemont

"A carefree family walk through some of the most attractive scenery on the northern fringe of Leeds. And so accessible. A lazy 3-4 hours for a short 6 mile circuit". (Quote from Frank Wilkinson).

Picnic and sit-mat needed. There will be an early lunch stop and an opportunity to take a short cut near the end. There are one or two "challenging" stiles.

Catch the 36 bus from Leeds bus station at 10.30 (10.45 Moortown corner). Alight Harewood Bridge (first stop over the river Wharfe).

Leader: Sylvia (268 4526)

5 September

South and North Elmsall and Wrangbrook circular, 6.83 miles

The walk includes attractive reclaimed colliery land and open arable countryside, starts and finishes at South Elmsall station.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Meet outside Boots in Leeds Railway station at 10.05 in order to catch the 10.21 Doncaster train. Purchase a return ticket to South Elmsall.

Leader: Maureen (294 2625, mobile 07929 273967)

3 October

Killinghall to Hampsthwaite circular, 6.5 miles

Catch the 36 Harrogate and Ripon bus at 10.30 from Leeds bus station (10.45 at Moortown). We get off at 11.40 in Killinghall at the Three Horseshoes bus stop. Car drivers should park in Cautley Drive just off the Otley Road where the walk starts.

Lunch will be after a couple of miles in Hampsthwaite on the village green. Most of the walk is along field paths and a few quiet lanes with some rarely visited hamlets. Afternoon sit down for a rest in Knox after another 3 miles.

Leader: Lynne (266 2213)

7 November

Linear walk Menston to Ilkley, 6 miles

Menston to Ilkley via Burley Woodhead, over Ilkley Moor dropping down via cow and calf and into Ilkley.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Meet at Leeds railway station by Boots at 10.10 for the 10.33 train to Ilkley alighting at Menston at 10.48. Return trains from Ilkley are 10 and 40 mins past the hour. Purchase a return ticket to Ilkley (£4.40 with Metro card or £8.80 full fare)

Leader: Wendy (07773 100928)

5 December


Halifax and Shibden Valley circular, 5 miles

A surprisingly rural walk considering its close proximity to Halifax, using old packhorse tracks and field paths. There are a couple of steep ascents (1,148ft in total) and descents but no stiles. Sticks recommended.

Lunch has been arranged at the Coffee Culture cafe in Shibden Hall park. Please let me know if you will be having lunch in the cafe as they have requested that I pre-order our selections. If you wish to bring your own lunch there is plenty of outdoor seating in the park.

Please meet outside Boots at Leeds Railway Station at 10.00 in order to catch the 10.18 to Halifax. Purchase a return ticket to Halifax (£3.40 with Metro card).

Leader: Maureen (294 2625)

Meanwood Valley, 1 November 2017


Pause on the Meanwood Valley Trail for a group photo.