What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in medium distance walking (12 to 17 miles) who would enjoy exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines and beyond. A reasonable level of fitness is required as the walks are usually fairly strenuous all day walks. The group is part of Leeds CHA Rambling & Social Club ( http://www.leedscha.co.uk/ ) but these walks are open to all. We started this group to meet other outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking.

Practical Aspects
We try to limit the size of walks to 12 to 15 walkers and so you need to check there are places free before joining. For all our walks we car share as much as possible and generally meet initially in the centre of Leeds (Park Place - LS1 2RU - near the junction with King Street) at 8:30 am - although it is often possible to meet at the start of the walk.

The planned walks listed may be subject to change depending on the availability of transport, or due to weather conditions. If in doubt contact the walk leader on the listed number. Our walk leaders are not generally formally qualified but we take safety on the walks very seriously and check out the routes in advance to the best of our abilities.

Guidelines for walkers:

Walkers should be adequately equipped, wearing suitable footwear, and carrying clothing appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions which can change during the day. The walk leader reserves the right not to accept into the party anyone he or she considers not to be adequately equipped. Dogs are not permitted on any of the walks.

Walkers need to carry their own food, drink and spare clothing. A torch, whistle and basic first aid kit are also recommended, and a mobile phone could be useful in an emergency.

Whilst the walk leaders will take every care to ensure that the walk is safe and enjoyable, walkers take part in these walks at their own risk and that they are responsible for their own personal safety. On the walk it is important not to get ahead of the leaders and If you decide to leave the party during the walk, always tell the leader first.

We aim to observe The Countryside Code - fasten all gates, take care not to damage walls or fences and leave no litter.

On a final note of caution

If you are running late or unable to come, PLEASE contact the walk leader to let them know. Walk hosts will generally give anything up to 15 minutes grace period but it is unfair to keep a large group waiting for long.

As with other groups within Meetup, we offer a 3 strikes policy. This means that if you fail to let the walk leader know about walks that you have RSVP'd to and do not show up, then you will get an email reminder and may be removed from the group.

Also, please note that if you have not visited the site or not attended a walk in 12 months, you may be removed from the group. However, you can re-join again at anytime.

Thanks for looking at this group.

If you have any queries or concerns just private message (PM) me

Mike (organiser)

Upcoming events (2)

CALDERDALE CANTER - 12 mls

OL14 7PW

£1.00

The walk will leave at 9:45 prompt from the canal bridge on the Bacup Road - A681 - on the way out of Todmorden.

For parking see the directions opposite. Please allow sufficient time for travelling, changing into boots etc. and walking round from the car park

The walk starts with a steep climb up The Naze, with views over the former cotton town of Todmorden, and the Calder Valley. Crossing the moor to Brown Road, tracks with two short climbs lead to Freeholds Top trig. point. A track descends to join the Todmorden Centenary Way, as far as Limers Gate, where the track continues to the A681 road.

From the A681 the Rossendale Way is followed to Heald Top Farm (noisy guard dogs on chains), and other walled tracks lead to a gradual climb up to Thieveley Pike, for extensive views of Lancashire, including Burnley.

Returning east, the Burnley Way leads to Heald Moor, and a scenic route down to the village of Cornholme. A minor road provides a steep ascent out of Cornholme to Lower Moor, where tracks lead south to Hazel Greave, above Midgelden Brook, and field paths lead back to Gauxholme

The walk is about 12 miles long, with no more than 1900 feet of ascent, nearly all on good tracks or footpaths. The final section of the walk could be altered on the day, to instead use minor roads, in case of poor weather or fading light. We expect to finish between 4pm and 5 pm

Because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) , car sharing will be at the discretion of the drivers but we will try to arrange lifts for those without their own transport.

Throughout the walk we will all need to practice social distancing and, whilst masks are not required whilst we are walking, you will need to have one with you. We would also recommend carrying hand sanitiser gel.

If you would like to join the walk or need further details just RSVP or message George

ROUND BARDEN MOOR - 14 miles

Embsay Reservoir

£1.00

The walk itself will start and finish at the Embsay Reservoir car park situated above Embsay village.

Because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have decided to limit car sharing to a minimum and will mostly use our own transport to get to the start of the walk. We will try to arrange lifts for those without their own transport but any car sharing will be at the discretion of the drivers.

The walk will leave the car park at 09:45am prompt - please allow sufficient time for travelling and changing into boots etc.

The walk itself is moderate to strenuous with some scrambling - a total ascent of approx. 660 m (2,160 ft). A good level of fitness is required.

The walk initially follows a track north west out of the car park and then climbs up to Cookrise Crags with splendid views from the top. From there we descend over rough terrain to cross Waterfall Gill which we leap just above the waterfall. We then have a steady climb up to the Cracoe Cross and the Rylstone Pinnacle, passing over the Rylstone track on the way. We then work our way round the moor to the high point of Thorpe Fell Top. We then continue to work our way round the moor as we descend to the Barden Reservoirs. From there follow good tracks up to the road and then onto the shooting hut - climbing all the way. From the hut we then head across the moor following the line of butts before descending to the village of Eastby and on to Embsay. From here we follow the road back to the car park.
We should get back to the car park about 4:30 pm so in view of the time of the year it would be advisable to carry a torch.

Throughout the walk we will all need to practice social distancing and, whilst masks are not required whilst we are walking, you will need to have one with you. we would also recommend carrying hand sanitiser gel.

If you would like to join the walk or need further details just message Mike

Past events (12)

BILSDALE AND CLEVELAND HILLS - 14 mls

Clay Bank Car Park

£1.00

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