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.

2022 programme

5 January

A carefree "short" 6-mile circular

The walk is through some of the most attractive scenery on the northern fringe of Leeds. It even includes a "conversation" area.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Catch the 9.55 no. 36 bus from Leeds Bus station (10.11 at Moortown corner). The stop at Harewood Bridge is immediately over the river on the Harrogate side of the river. Please note that there is absolutely no parking at Harewood Bridge, also there are no toilets, pubs or cafes on the route.

Leader: Sylvia (268 4526)

2 February

"Short" 6-mile circular from Bardsey

The walk follows undulating paths through Hetchell Woods which can be muddy after rain.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Meet at the junction of Church Lane, Bardsey and Wetherby Road at 10.30 for a 10.45 start. We will await the arrival of the X99 bus which leaves Leeds City Square (K) at 10.03 and is due to arrive at Bardsey at 10.41.

Leaders: Margaret and George (266 5816)

2 March

Alwoodley to Canal Gardens, 6-mile circular

The walk takes us through Wigton Moor woods, down Roundhay Park Lane and into Addyman woods. We then make our way through Roundhay Park to Canal Gardens for a picnic. The return journey covers another section of Addyman woods then into the Dark woods and back to the start. There are no stiles but there will be uneven surfaces and no doubt mud.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Meet at the Lord Darcy pub on Harrogate Road (LS17 8EH) for a 10.30 start. If using the 36 bus it stops very close to the pub. If coming by car we have permission to park in the Lord Darcy car park if we so wish. Please park at the back. There is also plenty of parking on side roads.

Leader: Audrey (07711 028469)

6 April


4 May

Golden Acre circular, 6 miles

The walk goes past Paul’s Pond, crossing Cookridge golf course and on to Moor Side (near the airport), returning via Crag House Farm.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Park at Golden Acre, or take the 10.00 X84 from the bus station, due to stop at Golden Acre at 10.26. We will aim for a 10.30 start, but will wait until the X84 arrives if it is delayed.

Leader: Chris (07460 424662)

1 June

Calverley circular, 7 miles

A new leader for this group and a walk in an area we don't often visit.

We will be using footpaths and tracks across fields and through woodland. There will be some fine views over the Aire Valley.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Catch the no. 60 bus from Leeds Bus Station, stand 16, at 10.15 (due in Calverley at 10.47). Andrew will meet the bus in Calverley but please ring him to let him know you are coming.

If you choose to travel by car please allow extra time for roadworks traffic. Park on Victoria Street at the back of the park and wait for Andrew on the corner of Victoria St and Chapel St. Walk starts at 11.00.

Return buses at 14.29; 15.03; 15.38; 15.58.

Leader: Andrew (07923 660776) (APS002@hotmail.co.uk). Please ring him if you require any further information.

6 July

Pannal circular, 5.5 miles

Please meet at the church in Pannal, ready to walk at 11.00. If driving, park in Crimple Meadows opposite the church. If coming by bus catch the 10.10 number 36 from Leeds bus station (10.23 at Moortown and 10.45 at Pannal). Walk down the hill past the railway station to meet at the church – only five minutes from the bus stop.

The walk is mainly along footpaths and field paths with a short section of pavements in Harrogate suburbs near Ashville College.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Leader's advice: "Wear long trousers on the walk from Pannal due to some of the paths being overgrown with long grass and nettles."

Leader: Lynne (266 2213). Please phone to let her know if you are coming.

3 August

Another section of the Airedale Way: Guiseley to Saltaire linear, 5.5 miles

We will be walking on tracks, lanes and riverside paths.  There are sections of uneven ground where some of you might prefer to use walking poles. Otherwise a very easy walk.  We will take a short detour to have a quick look at the village of Esholt where Emmerdale Farm was first filmed.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Meet in Leeds bus station at stand 17 in time to catch the no. 33 bus at 10.29. Return by train at 12 mins and 42 mins past the hour, £2.40 with Metro card.

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

7 September

Shadwell circular, 5.5 miles

photoWe will walk along Bridle Path Lane turning left along a wooded bridleway until we reach Brandon cottages. We will then make our way along Brandon Drain, an ancient packhorse route. Walking briefly along Wike Lane we turn right at the old petrol pump and keep left on the golf course. Eventually we reach a little known nature reserve with a series of ponds surrounded by bullrushes. Up some old steps until we reach a grass ridge with beautiful views and a wide sky. We then walk through Biggin Farm and Hillcrest Farm and loop back to Wike Lane. We retrace our steps until Bridle Path Lane where we head across fields to have a brief audience with Shadwell's celebrity pig, Penelope, before returning to the Red Lion. A few stiles, nothing major.

Don't forget a picnic and a sitmat.

Meet at the Red Lion car park Shadwell (LS17 8HH) in time to start walking at 10.30. The no. 7S bus leaves Infirmary Street at 9.45 and reaches the Red Lion about 10.20. Please do not park in the Red Lion car park. Roadside car parking is allowed nearby. If car sharing please be at MASSC for 10.00.

Leader: Rosaline (07941 022058). Phone her if you require any further information.

A leader is required for 2 November.

Temple Newsam circular, 5 May 2021


Setting off from Temple Newsam.


On the path round Skelton Lake.