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Hi and Welcome! My name is Martin and I have twelve years experience of leading walks through the wonderful Yorkshire landscape. I have led approx. 100 walks ranging in distance from 4-12 miles with groups of varying sizes. Having taken voluntary severance from my previous employer, 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. 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 and other walks will take place close to areas such as York, Harrogate and Leeds.

My walks are normally led at a steady pace: not fast, not slow but somewhere in the middle! However, on the short half-day walks, I will be walking at a slower pace.

WHO IS THIS GROUP SUITABLE FOR ?
* Adults who are reasonably fit and healthy.
* 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. A sliding fee scale will operate, as follows: Adults will be charged £3 for a day walk or a half-day walk and £2 for an evening walk. Children aged 14-18 will pay a flat fee of £1. From the monies taken, I have to meet ongoing costs for maintaining the website and every walk I lead will have been recce'd.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES
I am also happy to offer my services as a walk leader to private groups or family/friends who require a walking guide for Yorkshire-based holidays. 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.

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.

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.

OTHER INFO: PLEASE READ

1: Pre-conditions for Membership

* You must be reasonably fit and healthy.
* You must show walking etiquette and respect to fellow walkers.
* You must read the walk description in full before you RSVP for any given walk.
* All day walks require you to bring a packed lunch/snacks/drinks with you, unless otherwise stated.
* As a minimum, the application process requires you to provide a clear, recognisable photo of yourself, your name and general location.
* Ensure your Meet-Up settings are correctly set, in order that you may receive any Group messages and be advised of walks as and when they are uploaded to the website.
* Tea room/pub visits are at your own expense!

2: Reasons for Declining/Cancelling Membership

* Displaying inappropriate behaviour.
* Adding 'guests' to your RSVP who have had membership declined or cancelled.
* Uploading an unclear/inappropriate photo.
* Registering for a walk and then not turning up. If you change your mind, simply change your RSVP.
* The membership will be monitored and managed on a periodic basis to ensure the membership numbers accurately 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.

3: What to Bring on a Walk

This is not 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!)
NO wellington boots (unsuitable footwear!)

Upcoming events (5+)

Calverley Arms Circular - 4.5 miles

Calverley Arms

A pleasant evening walk through attractive woodland before we drop down onto the canal towpath for an easy saunter back to the Calverley Arms, which has both a terrace and the biggest beer garden I know of ! Calverley is situated off the Leeds outer ring road, just past Horsforth to the north-west of Leeds. We have permission to use the far side of the car park. When you drive into the car park, head down past the front of the pub and then turn left to go down the side of the pub. Then head for the far end of the car park. We will meet at this point. 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: £2. No dogs please. 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.

Flamborough coastal walk - 7 miles

Needs a location

A glorious coastline walk for a summer's day. Terrific vista's are the norm on this walk which is not one to be hurried. Its one of my favourite recce's to date and well worth travelling a little further to experience. There are no stiles, the only short steep ascent is up a flight of steps and ditto for the one steep descent. There are (free) toilets at various points en route ! We start from the pay & display car park at South Landing (postcode YO15 1AE) and the sea is soon in our nostrils as we gently descend on a short access road to South Landing itself with its beach and RNLI station. From here, we take a steep flight of steps up to the headland and then its a wonderful three mile stroll along the cliff top to Flamborough Head, where we shall have a late but extended morning break at the Headlands cafe. We'll spend a maximum of 30mins here, you may wish to take a look inside the adjoining gift shop which has some decent seaside paraphernalia to adorn the home. On leaving the cafe, we resume our walk along the cliffs to North Landing, which will be our lunch stop. Hopefully the benches will be free so we can consume our packed lunches whilst admiring another splendid view. There is also a cafe and separate toilets here too. Once again, on resuming our walk, we follow the dramatic coastline to Thornwick Bay, which involves descending a steep flight of steps before we see the perpendicular cliffs to the north come into view. We walk through Thornwick Holiday Village and soon after head towards the village centre of Flamborough. Here, we have the option of a cool drink at the Dog & Duck before our final short stint of walking back to our start point. Start location: parking is £2.90 and there are toilets. Weather: the recce was done on a glorious sunny day but even so, at times, it was a bit cool and breezy on top of the cliffs. Walk fee: £3. No dogs please. Bring a packed lunch/drink/snacks. 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. 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.

A Walk to Cluckingham Palace - 7 miles

Harewood Arms

This walk starts from the Harewood Arms car park in the centre of the village - please park at the back of the car park and on the l.h.s. if possible. Having taken a quiet road out of the village, we walk through a churchyard and around the edge of a golf course in Rudding Park before picking up Crimple Lane that takes us towards the impressive viaduct, still used by trains today. Having walked through woodland near Crimple Beck, we emerge on to a back road on the edge of Harrogate - the street is one of the most expensive in the whole of Harrogate, although we only have a brief glimpse of this before heading back into the countryside. Our route now finds us on the other side of the viaduct and using a bridge to cross over the track before heading into woodland again. After a brief walk on a wide grass verge close to a busy road, our final stretch is through a quiet area of countryside and then field edge walking before we stop to consume our packed lunches 10mins before the end of the walk. Afterwards, we have the opportunity to patronise the delightful Harewood Arms, a 17thc. hostelry complete with red carpets and wooden beams and several snug rooms. 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. I do not have formal walk leader or first-aid qualifications and the Group does not have insurance. When you RSVP for any event, 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.

Osmotherley - 3.5 miles

Needs a location

This is a pleasant evening walk starting from the village centre where there is on-street parking. There are also public toilets 50yds away. I can't guarantee they will be open but apparently they've been voted the best in the UK on more than one occasion !! We will meet by the stone monument in the village centre (see photo). The postcode is DL6 3BN. From the village centre, we walk up the road and then turn off onto the Cleveland Way, which soon gives us some lovely views across the Vale of Mowbray. After a while, we take a right fork up into pleasant woodland before making our way along a path through bracken, finally reaching Cod Beck reservoir. From here, we pick up further woodland trails before passing an old mill house (now owned by the YHA) and the road back down into the village centre. Countryside walking with some lovely colours. 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: £2. No dogs please. After-walk refreshment at the Queen Catherine Hotel, no less ! If you're feeling peckish, I can recommend the local chippy - the chips and the fish batter were particularly good ! I have no formal walk leader or first-aid qualifications and the Group does not have insurance. When you RSVP for any event, 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 (26)

Great Whernside from Kettlewell - 8.5 miles

kettlewell national trust car park, toilet block near disabled parking inside the carpark.

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