Leeds U3A The University of the Third Age

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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.

2021 programme

5 May

Temple Newsam circular, 5.5 to 6 miles

The walk starts from Temple Newsam and circuits Skelton Lake with a view of the river Aire. All on good tracks.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Please ring the leader to book a place (limited to 10) on the walk and leave your contact details to comply with "track & trace" regulations.

Please meet at the Lodges car park on Colton Road in time to start walking at 11.00. If coming by bus use the no. 19/19A bus and get off at the Brown Cow/St Mary's Church, Whitkirk and walk up Colton Road to the park. Please inform the leader if you intend coming by bus so that we can wait for you.

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

2 June

Meanwood Valley circular, 5.5 miles

The walk takes us through Meanwood Park towards Alwoodley on one side of the beck and back on the other side. Included in the walk is a short detour to visit the remains of the Boys Reformatory built in the late 1850s.

Please park on Parkside Road near the Myrtle Tavern LS6 4NE at 10.30 to begin the walk at 10.45.

Please ring the leader to book a place on the walk and leave your contact details to comply with "track & trace" regulations.

Leader: Audrey (269 7246, mob. 07711 028469)

7 July

Shadwell to Eltofts Pond, 5.5 miles circular

This flat and gently undulating walk will take us through pretty countryside. Across fields, through woods, bluebells and wild garlic, lunch by Eltofts Pond. See horses, sheep, cows and a pig and an occasional human being. There are a few stiles. Don’t forget a picnic and a sitmat. Parking available for 8 or 9 cars on Main Street Shadwell between the Red Lion and Colliers Lane. Meet at 10.30 for a 10.45 start. If coming by bus the 7S stops opposite the Red Lion at 1030.

Leader: Rosaline (07941 022058). Please phone her to book and for any further information.

4 August

Barwick in Elmet circular (towards Thorner), 5 miles

This walk is mainly on field paths and tracks. We start in the direction of Thorner and come back through Saw Wood. There will be mud after rain so sticks would be useful.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Please ring the leader to book a place on the walk and leave your contact details to comply with the Test and Trace regulations.

Meet at the maypole in time to start walking at 10.45. If coming by car please park considerately on Elmwood Lane. Shopkeepers have politely asked if walkers would not park in the layby in front of the shops. If coming by public transport use the no. 64 bus from Vicar Lane, Leeds at 10.09 (arriving in Barwick at 10.37). Please inform the leader if using public transport.

Leader: Maureen (tel. 294 2625, or by text on 07929 273967)

1 September

Barwick in Elmet circular (towards Garforth), 5.5 miles

The walk follows footpaths to Garforth golf course, then loops round to Scholes, returning to Barwick along Rake Hill Road.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Please ring the leader to book a place on the walk and leave your contact details to comply with the Test and Trace regulations.

Meet at the maypole in time to start walking at 10.45. Travel instructions exactly as for last month's walk.

Leader: Chris L. (268 5153, or by text on 07460 424662)

6 October

Pannal circular, 5 miles

Starting at Mill Lane we will walk on part of the Harrogate Ringway following the river Crimple, through Rossett Green to finish at the 14th century St Robert's Church and village green.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Please ring the leader to book a place on the walk and leave your contact details to comply with Test and Trace regulations.

Meet at the Post Office in time to start walking at 10.45. Use the Harrogate no. 36 bus (every 15 minutes) and get off at the car dealership in Pannal. If travelling by car there is parking at the old Dunlopillo factory but this fills up early with commuters. There is parking available at the church or on the streets.

Leader: Barrie (07483 227004)

3 November

Harewood circular, 6 miles

A gently undulating walk with lovely views over the Wharfe valley. There are good paths and bridleways and some lane walking following the Leeds Country Way for a while towards Bardsey and then back via Rigton Moor. There is a good chance of mud!

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Meet at Wike Lane end/Harrogate Road in time to start walking at 10.45. The 36 Harrogate bus runs every 15 mins and stops at Wike Lane end. There is free parking on the roadside at the end of Wike Lane.

Leader: Chris M. (228 7181 or 07759 564515)

Leaders will be required for 2022.

Temple Newsam circular, 5 May 2021

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Setting off from Temple Newsam.

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On the path round Skelton Lake.