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.

2019 programme

2 January

Linear walk, Garforth to Barwick, 6.5 miles

The walk starts on the outskirts of Garforth and goes via Scholes to Barwick in Elmet.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Catch the 166 bus from New York Street, stand F3, at 10.29 (Cross Gates 10.50). We get off at the Barleyhill Road stop on Wakefield Road. Return bus 64 at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour from the maypole in Barwick.

Leader: Chris L. (268 5153, mob. 07460 424662)

6 February

Linear 5-6 miles

Linear from Pannal – Almscliffe Crag – Huby using mainly field paths.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Catch the no. 36 Harrogate bus from Leeds bus station, stand 23, at 10.20 (10.36 at Moortown).

Leader: Roy (274 0004)

6 March

Linear 6.75 miles

Linear from Newlay Bridge to Guiseley following the Airedale Way, using mainly riverside paths. There are muddy sections so sticks would be helpful. Several stiles.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Catch the no. 33 Otley bus from Leeds bus station at 10.20.

Leader: Maureen (294 2625)

3 April

Bramhope circular – just over 5 miles

The walk goes down Staircase Lane, up Avenue des Hirondelles to Caley Crags. Another short slope up to a fairly level path back to Bramhope.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Catch the 10.35 X84 from the bus station, arrives Bramhope approx. 11.06 at the bend by the church.

Leader: George (266 5816, mob: 07973 339008)

1 May

The Crosses – East Bierley circular, 6 miles

The walk will be on meadow and field, farm track, path and short stretches of road. Mainly on the flat with a couple of moderate ascents and several stiles. We will have an early lunch on the village green in East Bierley then another stop in Oakwell Country Park where there is a cafe and toilets.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Please meet in the bus station at Stand 10 in time to catch the no. 255 at 10.20.

Leader: Jenny (266 6971, mob: 07821 607307)

5 June

Piper Holes circular, 5 miles

The walk is on towpath, field path, moorland path and quiet lanes with some good views and historical interest. There are moderate ascents and descents. As the walk is only 5 miles there should be time to visit the exhibition and/or cafe at Standedge tunnel end.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Meet on the platform in Leeds railway station in time to catch the 10.06 train to Marsden. Purchase a return ticket to Marsden (£3.80 with Metro card).

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

3 July

Wike Lane End – East Keswick – Harewood, linear 6.5 miles (optional circular walk for drivers)

Wike Lane End to East Keswick and along the river to finish in Harewood village. 6.5 miles easy walking along good paths with few stiles.

Catch the 36 from Leeds bus station at 10.20 (10.34 at Moortown) and get off at Wike Lane End. If you prefer to drive there is ample parking there and you can extend the walk from Harewood village by 1.5 miles through woods to return to your car, or alternatively catch the bus from Harewood village for one stop back to your car at the end of the walk.

Leader: Lynne (266 2213)

7 August

Tadcaster circular, 6 miles

The walk on riverbank, meadows and bridleways takes us through Newton Kyme.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Catch the York bus 840/843 in the bus station at 10.15 to start the walk at 11.00 from Tadcaster bus station. Metro bus passes can be used.

Leader: Chris M (07759 564515)

4 September

Moravian meander, 7 miles circular

Walking through two valleys we will be on field and woodland paths and ginnels. Some stiles. Hopefully time for a look at the Moravian centre and/or a cup of tea.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Catch the no. 14 bus on Park Row, stand P4, at 10.35 am.

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

2 October

Villages between Harrogate and Ripon, 6 miles circular

A nice and easy walk, no steep bits, field paths and farm tracks. A short bit on quiet road. Several pubs en route.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Catch the no. 36 Ripon bus from Leeds Bus Station stand 23 at 10.10 (Moortown Corner 10.26) for an 11.30 start from The Inn (formerly Red Lion) at South Stainley.

Leader: Sylvia (268 4526, mob. 07879 400474)

6 November

Linear walk Linton to Pannal, 7 miles

The walk starts along the Ebor Way, then heads across to Kirkby Overblow, and finishes on the A61 about a mile south of Pannal. Could be muddy in places.

Don't forget a picnic and sitmat.

Catch the X99 bus from New Briggate bus stop N4 at 10.40 (Oakwood 10.55), arrives Linton at 11.20. Return on no. 36 bus.

Leader: Chris L. (268 5153, mob. 07460 424662)

4 December

Bramhope – Cookridge circular, 5 miles

photoThe walk takes us past four air shafts for the Bramhope tunnel of which we will see the entrance (or exit). We will be on field and woodland paths and tracks. There are some good views including planes at the airport. Several interesting stiles. There will be mud!

I have arranged for us to have lunch at the Coffee Shop at Crag House Farm (Caring for Life) where they serve a selection of sandwiches, paninis and soup and hot and cold drinks. Pre-ordering is not required but they would like me to let them know the numbers. Please let me know if you are planning on joining us. If you have any boot covers it would be helpful if you could bring them along.

Please catch the X84 Ilkley bus at 10.35 from Merrion St temp stop E (Arndale Centre Headingley at 10.52, Golden Acre Park 11.00). It also stops on the Headrow stand H10 and Woodhouse Lane.

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

There will be no walk in January 2020 as the first Wednesday is New Year's Day.

Meanwood Valley, 1 November 2017


Pause on the Meanwood Valley Trail for a group photo.