Countryside Guided Walks

April - September 2016

The full Guided Walks leaflets with all relevant walk information is available to download from this page.

Please note: Dogs are NOT allowed on any of our walks (guide dogs excepted)

April

Tuesday 5th April
Rylstone Ramble
Circular 5 miles (8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Anne Hodgson at 10.30am at Rylstone duck pond just off the B6265 (grid ref 586969) for a walk through hamlets and farm land. A few stiles. 


Tuesday 12th April
Tewitt Lane
Circular 7 miles (11.2km)
Packed lunch
Meet Jeff Brodrick at 10:30am at Saltaire Station, Victoria Road, Saltaire. Good paths to start with including some local packhorse trails, returning along the Dalesway link. 


Saturday 16th April
Old Bess
Circular 7 miles (11.2km)
Packed lunch
Meet Anthony Green at 10:30am at Stanbury bus terminus for a circular walk taking in part of the Pennine Way on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border to find the Old Bess stone. 


Sunday 17th April
Northcliffe
Circular 5½ miles (8.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Colin Pitts at 10:30am at Roberts Park entrance (at the end of the bridge), Victoria Road, Saltaire to celebrate Saltaire Heritage Weekend with a varied walk to land donated by yet another Shipley benefactor. 


Saturday 23rd April
Wharfe Wander
Circular 3½ miles (5.6km)
Snack
Meet Peter Beaumont at 10:30am at the roundabout at the junction of Station Road and Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale for a stroll to the River Wharfe and back. Suitable for families. 


Wednesday 27th April
Ling Park and Primrose Hill
Circular 6½ miles (10.4km)
Packed lunch
Meet Gillian Dale at 10:45am at the Old Packhorse Bridge, Stockeld Road, Ilkley for a walk along the valley bottom then a steady climb up to Upper Austby and back down to Ilkley via Middleton Lodge and Middleton Woods. 


May

Tuesday 3rd May
Via a Viaduct
Circular 2 miles + 4 miles (6 miles total) (9.7km)
Packed lunch
Meet Barbara Walker at 10:30am at the bottom of James Street, Thornton. A figure of 8 walk crossing Thornton Viaduct and then little-used paths on the other side of the valley, with some interesting names. 


Saturday 7th May
Looking for Kingfishers
Circular 2½ miles (4.2km)
Light snack
Meet Gillian Dale and Mary Weir at 2pm on Ilkley New Bridge on Brook Street. A riverside walk looking for local wildlife along the river banks. Bring your binoculars. 


Tuesday 10th May
Lunds Tower
Circular 7½ miles (12km)
Packed lunch
Meet Eddie Nash at 10:30am near the Village Hall, Main Street, Sutton in Craven for a relatively level start before a steady climb onto Earl Cragg and Lunds Tower, with extensive views of Upper Airedale. Please do not park in the Village Hall car park. 


Sunday 15th May
Middleton Woods
Circular 5 miles (8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ray Wood at 10:30am at Ilkley swimming pool for a walk through Middleton Woods. 


Tuesday 17th May
Moorside Meanders
Circular 5 miles (8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Anne Hodgson at 10.30am outside Addingham Library for a wander onto the moorside through farms and interesting historical features. 


Sunday 22nd May
Bailiff
Circular 7½ miles (12km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ken Allen Snr at 11am at Bailiff Bridge crossroads (junction of A41 and A649) for some lane walking through Wyke and Oakenshaw on good paths. 


Wednesday 25th May
Keighley Moor Reservoir
Circular 8 miles (12.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Malcolm Gardner at 10:30am at Laycock Village Hall for a walk through valley and moorland with reminders of rural textile history still visible. 


Saturday 28th May
Newsholme and Slippery Ford
Circular 7½ miles (12km)
Packed lunch
Meet Anthony Green at 10:30am at Oakworth Park entrance for a circular walk taking in Newsholme and Slippery Ford. 


June

Wednesday 1st June
Long Way to Thornber
Circular 8 miles (12.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet David Anderson at 10:30am in West Lane at the top end of Draughton just off the A65, as he revisits a former walk leader’s wonderful undulating walk, with views over Wharfedale. 


Sunday 5th June
Road, Rail and Water
Circular 3 miles (4.8 km)
Packed Lunch
Meet Eddie Nash at 11am outside Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Shipley Glen. A gentle walk to Saltaire via Hirst Weir, the River Aire and Leeds Liverpool canal. A possibility of returning on the Shipley Glen Tramway (pay your own fare). 


Tuesday 7th June
Highs and Lows of Ilkley
Circular 8 miles (12.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Jeff Brodrick at 10:45am at Ilkley Station. Uphill to start with views over the Wharfe Valley – then a pleasant return along the valley bottom. 


Sunday 12th June
Chevin Forest Park
Circular 8 miles (12.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Martin Dyche at 10:30am at East Chevin Quarry car park, East Chevin Road, Otley. A walk through Chevin Forest Park, then onto Menston along some of the Dales Way with some good views on our way back. 


Tuesday 14th June
Bound For Bottoms
Circular 5½ miles (8.8km)
Bring a drink
Meet Nigel at 13.30 opposite Westgate Hill Primary School, Westgate Hill, Tong Street (A650), Bradford. Super views, an old railway line and a stroll alongside the M62. What more could you wish for. 


Sunday 19th June
Scar House Reservoir
Circular 7 miles (11.2km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ken J Allen at 10:30am at the car park at Scar House Reservoir, Nidderdale for a good walk around Scar House and Angram Reservoirs with some good views. 


Monday 20th June
Druids Delight
Circular 4 miles (6.4km)
Snack (or breakfast)
Meet Barbara Walker at 3:30am (yes, you read that correctly!) at Wells Road car park, Ilkley for an exhilarating climb to the Twelve Apostles stones to greet the first sunrise of summer. Warm clothing and a torch required. 


Wednesday 29th June
By Aire to Leeds
Linear 7 miles (11.2km)
Packed lunch
Meet Colin Pitts at 10am at the new Apperley Bridge station to catch the 10:21 train to Bingley, or outside Bingley station at 10:45am. We follow footpaths in the Aire valley as we head towards the Bradford/Leeds boundary. This walk ends at Apperley Bridge. 


July

Sunday 3rd July
Six Days Only
Circular 3 miles (4.8km)
Light snack
Meet Gillian Dale and Mary Weir at 2pm at Northcliffe park gates opposite the Branch public house, Shipley. A walk through Park and woodland to “Six Days Only”. Weather permitting a train ride at the end of the walk (pay your own fare). 


Wednesday 6th July
Haworth Twist
Circular 5 miles (8km)
Packed lunch
Meet David Anderson at 10:30am at Haworth Visitor Information Centre, top of Main Street, Haworth for a walk with many ups and downs, twists and turns around the village. 


Sunday 10th July
Lords Seat
Circular 10 miles (16km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ken Allen Snr at 11am at Cavendish Pavilion, Bolton Abbey for a long walk on excellent paths at first, with good views returning along the river. 


Wednesday 13th July
Harden Grange Boundary
Circular 7½ miles (12km)
Packed lunch
Meet Colin Pitts at 11am at the lower car park near Bingley St Ives main entrance (off the A6429 Harden Road). A few ups and downs through woodland and countryside to see just how much land the Ferrands owned. 


Sunday 17th July
Haworth Bronte Moors
Circular 8 miles (12.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Martin Dyche at 10:30am at Haworth Church steps, Main Street, Haworth for a walk up to Top Withens and back along the Millennium Way. 


Wednesday 20th July
Middleton Moor, Langbar and Nesfield
Circular 7½ miles (12km)
Packed lunch
Meet Howard Lloyd at 10.45am at Ilkley Swimming Pool, Denton Road, Ilkley. A gradual ascent brings you on to open moorland with excellent views followed by a descent into the scattered village of Langbar and the picturesque little community of Nesfield. Please note: the start point is a 15 minute walk from Ilkley rail/bus station. 


Wednesday 27th July
Mountain and Mickle Moss
Circular 6 miles (9.7km)
Packed lunch
Meet Barbara Walker at 10:30am at the Raggalds Inn car park, on the A644 Brighouse and Denholme Road, Queensbury. Explore the uplands of Bradford with farms and villages. 


August

Wednesday 3rd August
Caley Crags
Circular 5½ miles (8.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Gillian Dale at 10:45am at Yorkgate car park near The Royalty pub at the top of Otley Chevin, for a walk around Otley Chevin with great views across the Wharfe. 


Sunday 7th August
Earl Crag
Circular 6 miles (9.7km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ray Wood at 10:30am at Ickornshaw Village near the church. Walking to Wainmans Pinnacle and Lunds Tower. 


Tuesday 9th August
Ancient Place Names and Kex Beck
Circular 5 miles (8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Anne Hodgson at 10.30am in the small car park at the foot of Beamsley Beacon (grid ref: 092522), to look at old hamlets and how they got their names as we walk up Kex Beck and beyond. 


Sunday 14th August
A View from Baildon Hill
Circular 2 miles (3.2km)
Packed Lunch
Meet Eddie Nash at 11am at the entrance to Ian Clough Hall car park, next to the roundabout in Baildon Town Centre. A gentle incline from the start to experience the panoramic views from Baildon Hill. 


Wednesday 17th August
Addingham Return
Circular 8 miles (12.8km)
Packed lunch l Meet Howard Lloyd at 10:45am at The Old Stone Bridge over the Wharfe, Stockeld Road, Ilkley for a ramble into unspoilt Wharfedale countryside. A climb up Hebers Ghyll passing through the hamlet of Small Banks. Return from Addingham by a section of the Dales Way along the River Wharfe or return to Ilkley by bus (pay your own fare). 


Sunday 21st August
Fairy Fold
Circular 8 miles (12.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ken Allen Snr at 11am at the top car park, Back Lane, Stanbury for a walk up to Keighley Reservoir on moorland paths and Old Bess hill. 


Wednesday 24th August
The Hamlet of Marley
Circular 6 miles (9.7km)
Packed lunch
Meet Gillian Dale at 10:30am at the lower car park at Bingley St. Ives entrance for a walk around Bingley St. Ives climbing to Druids Altar returning via Marley and Ravenroyd. 


Sunday 28th August
Aire Sculpture Trail
Circular 1½ miles (2.4km)
Meet Barbara Walker at 11am outside Saltaire Railway Station. Avoid Bank Holiday traffic and follow this trail to find answers to questions on the free activity sheet. Suitable for all the family. Flat walking on good paths, returning to Saltaire along the canal towpath. Why not then enjoy Roberts Park and the Glen Tramway. 


September

Sunday 4th September
Bordley – the Lost Village
Circular 6 miles (9.7km)
Packed lunch
Meet Barbara Walker at 11am in Threshfield (B6160). Ignore the turning to Grassington to the right, and take next left, signposted Skirethorns). Ample roadside parking on this “no through road”. As delightful a walk as you will find in the Dales – the first view of Bordley is like a glimpse of Shangri-La. 


Tuesday 6th September
Aire Valley and St Ives
Circular 5½ miles (8.8km)
Packed lunch
Meet Eddie Nash at 10:30am at Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley for a walk through a mixed landscape of woodland, park and river with splendid views of the Aire Valley. 


Sunday 11th September
Ilkley Moor
Circular 12 miles (19.3km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ken J Allen at 10am at Bracken Hall, Glen Road, Baildon for a good (long) walk over Ilkley Moor to the Cow and Calf. 


Sunday 18th September
Lunds Tower
Circular
8½ miles (13.6km)
Packed lunch
Meet Ken Allen Senior at 11am at Eastburn Post Office, Keighley Road for an easy start by river then a bit of a climb but easy on the way back. 


Wednesday 28th September
Hog Hill and Weecher Mouth
Linear 7½ miles (12km)
Packed lunch
Meet Malcolm Gardner at 10:30am at Bingley station for a climb up to the moors of Bingley and Ilkley finishing at Ilkley station. Return by rail or bus at own expense.