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BY PROCEEDING TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP TO THIS GROUP, YOU ARE CONFIRMING THAT YOU HAVE FULLY READ THIS INFORMATION PAGE.

Hi and Welcome! My name is Martin and I have thirteen years experience of leading walks through the wonderful Yorkshire landscape. I have led approx. 200 walks ranging in distance from 4-12 miles with groups of varying sizes. Having 'escaped' from my 'career job', I'm now embarking on a new venture with my favourite leisure activity.

The aim of this Group is to provide a range of walking options covering weekday and weekend walks including short half-day walks of up to six miles, evening walks during the lighter months and day walks of normally 7-10 miles but occasionally longer. Each walk will finish with an optional tea room or a nice pub!

As the Group name would suggest, walks will be led in our two wonderful National Parks; other walks will take place in areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the Wolds, Howardian Hills and Nidderdale. Further walks will be led in the general areas of York, Harrogate and Leeds.

My walks are led at a steady pace: not too fast, not too slow.

WHO IS THIS GROUP SUITABLE FOR ?
* Adults who are reasonably fit and healthy and can walk at a steady (not slow) pace.
* Children aged 14 and over, provided they are accompanied by an adult.
* Sorry but dogs are not permitted on any walks.

WALK FEES
There is no joining fee or annual membership fee, you simply pay a small fee each time you attend a walk: £3 per walk unless the walk is less than five miles, in which case a fee of £2 will be charged. Fees are payable in cash at the start of the walk. From the monies taken, I have to meet ongoing costs for maintaining the website and every walk I lead will have been recce'd.

CAVEAT
I do not have formal walk leader or first-aid qualifications and this Group does not have insurance. When you RSVP for any walk, you accept that you remain responsible for your own safety at all times. You are required to respect the walk leader and be mindful of the safety of others. Please keep to the pace of the Group and don't go off ahead even if you think you know the route.

If a Group member brings a guest(s) along on a walk, the member has a responsibility to ensure the guest(s) is fully aware of the walk details and the pace the walk will be led at.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES
I am also happy to offer my services as a walk leader to private groups, or to family/friends who require a walking guide for Yorkshire-based holidays and days out. These groups can be made up entirely at the booker's discretion so adults, children of any age and dogs are all welcome and the walk pace will also be at the booker's request. Fees for these services will be discussed with the relevant parties at the appropriate time.

From time to time, members may request copies of the walks I lead, for their own use. I'm happy to provide copies using my own printer for a fee of £2 per copy.

In addition to my walking services, I also have experience of organising & running quiz events so do keep me in mind should you know of any group or organisation requiring a quizmaster.

OTHER INFO: PLEASE READ

1: Pre-conditions for Membership

* The application process requires a clear, recognisable photo of yourself, your name and general location (town/village).
* Please ensure your Meet-Up settings are correctly set up, in order that you may receive Group comms. & notifications that are sent out by myself. In order to do this, go into your Meet-Up profile, select 'settings' and tick the appropriate boxes.

2: Reasons for Cancelling Membership

* Registering for a walk and then not turning up. If you change your mind or are unable to attend a walk, simply change your RSVP. Group policy is that two 'no-shows' results in membership being cancelled.

* The membership will be monitored and managed on a periodic basis to ensure the membership numbers reflect those considered to be active members.

* If your membership is cancelled, you are free to reapply for membership at any time, if the reason for cancellation is simply down to not registering for any walks during a specific period of time. However, you will only be able to reapply once for this reason!

3: What to Bring on a Walk

This is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of items worth considering, dependent on walk distance, terrain, weather conditions etc.

Backpack, waterproofs, sturdy/comfortable footwear
Several thinner layers of clothing rather than one or two thick layers
Packed lunch/snacks/drinks
Hat & gloves
Sunglasses/sun hat/suncream/insect repellent
First-aid kit (the walk leader will not provide any items)
NO umbrella's (dangerous when walking in a group and totally impractical on a windy hillside!)

As the famous walker Alfred Wainwright once said: there's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing !!

Upcoming events (5)

Spofforth Pinnacles - 5.5 miles

On-street parking outside Spofforth Castle, Castle Street / Manor Garth

'RULE OF SIX APPLIES', NO 'GUESTS' ALLOWED Our morning walk starts from outside Spofforth village hall on Castle Street. Roadside parking. Spofforth is located on the A661 between Harrogate & Wetherby. We walk through the village to pick up Crimple Beck and faithfully stay with the beck along its embankment until reaching a couple of quiet roads before crossing fields in the direction of Plompton. From here, we head back towards Crimple Valley and walk through the Pinnacles before taking a meandering route in the direction of Spofforth Castle where we can consume our packed lunches in the 'dining hall' !! The walk will be led at a steady pace: not too fast, not too slow. Please be ready to start walking at the advertised time. There are two fence panels to clamber over. Walk fee: £3. No dogs please. Bring packed lunch/drink/snacks with you. I have no formal walk leader or first-aid qualifications and the Group does not have insurance. When you RSVP for any walk, you accept that you remain responsible for your own safety at all times. You are required to respect the walk leader and be mindful of the safety of others. Please keep to the pace of the group and don't go off ahead even if you think you know the route.

Jackdaw Crag (Boston Spa) - 8 miles

Needs a location

'RULE OF SIX' APPLIES, NO 'GUESTS' ALLOWED. Easy eight-miler from the pleasant settlement of Boston Spa, along the river Wharfe to Jackdaw Crag, up through Deep Dale, heading through the village of Clifford and then across fields to pick up the river again for our final stretch. Given the route we take, our morning break will be soon after the walk start and our lunch stop will be at around 1.30pm. The walk will be led at a steady pace: not too fast, not too slow. Please be ready to start walking at the advertised time. Walk fee: £3. No dogs please. Bring packed lunch/drink/snacks. Start location: Stables Lane free car park off the main street. From the A1, pick up the A659 towards Boston Spa and you'll arrive in the centre within a few minutes, passing the church en route. Go past the library (and adjacent car park) and the pedestrian crossing, then a few yards further on, our car park is signposted off to the right along Stables Lane. Postcode is LS23 6BX. Toilets: free toilets in the library car park, a five minute walk from our meeting point. I have no formal walk leader or first-aid qualifications and the Group does not have insurance. When you RSVP for any walk, you accept that you remain responsible for your own safety at all times. You are required to respect the walk leader and be mindful of the safety of others. Please keep to the pace of the group and don't go off ahead even if you think you know the route.

Ilkley & Middleton Woods - 7 miles

Needs a location

'RULE OF SIX' APPLIES, NO 'GUESTS' ALLOWED. A glorious mid-distance walk. Its not a 'strenuous' walk but there is a significant amount of ascent so you will need to be comfortable with walking uphill. Initially we follow a lovely riverside path that takes us over the suspension bridge across the river Wharfe, then we head into Middleton Woods and our path meanders delightfully through the woodland in an upwardly direction bringing us out onto Curly Hill ! Across the road, we enter more woodland, eventually emerging into a field with a grand view back towards Ilkley. Onwards & upwards we head, gazing over at the 'modern pile' known as Myddleton Grange before quickly delving into a copse and emerging past cottages onto another back lane. Soon we are climbing again up a track before cutting across a series of fields with views of the area. At this point, with most of the climbing done in the first hour or so, we will stop for a short break. On resuming our walk, we drop down into the tree-filled ghyll known as Bow Beck. Cutting across further fields, we then head down a lane from Denton village to pick up a track along the valley floor and from here its a flat walk back to the suspension bridge. On arriving back at our start point, we'll head into Riverside park to eat our packed lunches. We'll make ourselves comfortable near the Riverside Hotel & 'Kabin' where a variety of food & drink options are also available. There are some benches to sit on for the general public using the park. The walk will be led at a steady pace: not too fast, not too slow. Please be ready to start walking at the advertised time. Walk fee: £3. No dogs please. Bring packed lunch/drink/snacks with you. Start point: we will meet outside the small white building on New Brook Street (it says Ilkley Football Club on the road-facing side but don't be looking for a stadium!!). Approaching the start location from the main through road (A65), in the centre of town at the traffic-light controlled crossroads, turn down New Brook Street (as opposed to turning up into Brook Street where the shops are). Cross over the river bridge and you will then note roadside parking is free from this point on. There is also extensive roadside parking along Denton Road, which is first left after the bridge (also to the right of N.B.S. as well). The postcode of Ilkley RFC (in Denton Road) is LS29 0AA. I have no formal walk leader or first-aid qualifications and the Group does not have insurance. When you RSVP for any walk, you accept that you remain responsible for your own safety at all times. You are required to respect the walk leader and be mindful of the safety of others. Please keep to the pace of the group and don't go off ahead even if you think you know the route.

Ripon & the rivers Skell & Ure - 5.5 miles

Needs a location

'RULE OF SIX' APPLIES, NO 'GUESTS' ALLOWED. A pleasant, level and undemanding morning saunter. We start from the Town Hall end of the Market Square (see photo). We soon descend into historical Kirkgate, which guides us towards the imposing facade of the Cathedral and then head down from there to pick up the riverside path along the river Skell. Passing by picturesque properties, we continue onto a wooded path and soon reach the point where the Skell meets the Ure. A bit of field walking atop a low embankment, then we cross Hewick Bridge to pick up a path on the other side of the river before veering away across field tracks to arrive at the village of Sharrow, which has the one surviving 'sanctuary cross'. From Sharrow, we make our way over the North Bridge to pick up one final riverside trail and head back to the Cathedral area. The walk will be led at a steady pace: not too fast, not too slow. Please be ready to start walking at the advertised time. Walk fee: £3. No dogs please. Bring snacks/drink with you. Parking: too good-sized adjoining car parks. Marygate (HG4 1LX) and Cathedral (HG4 1LG). £1.60 for four hours and there are (free) toliets at the top of Cathedral car park, from where you walk through the Arcade and into the Market Square. I have no formal walk leader or first-aid qualifications and the Group does not have insurance. When you RSVP for any walk, you accept that you remain responsible for your own safety at all times. You are required to respect the walk leader and be mindful of the safety of others. Please keep to the pace of the group and don't go off ahead even if you think you know the route.

Past events (152)

Great Ouseburn - 7 miles

Great Ouseburn village hall

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