What we’re about
This is a group for anyone interested in walking who would enjoy exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines and beyond. 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 Meetup group to meet other outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking and may like to consider joining the club. We do not charge any fee for the first three walks but if you wish to continue then you would need to join the club and pay the annual subscription (currently £5) which would enable full membership – including access to Club weekends away.
We run a range of walks:
Sunday ‘A’ Walks - usually strenuous full day walks around 13 to 17 miles.
Sunday ‘B’ Walks - less strenuous, maximum 13 miles but typically around 10 to 12 miles.
Sunday ‘C’ Walks - gentle walks, not more than 8 miles.
Saturday Walks - normally around 7 to 8 miles taken at a steady pace.
Saturday ‘D’ Walks - round about 5 miles, with very little ascent - taken at a leisurely pace.
Sunday Coach Outings – usually combine ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ walks, and may also be joined by those who simply wish to enjoy a day out in the town or area being visited.
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 however, during the current Covid-19 pandemic, we generally 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. 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 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.
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Upcoming events (4)See all
- Carl Wark and Stanage Edge (14 - 15 miles)Redmires Reservoir, Sheffield
If you fancy exploring the Peak District this weekend, you will be most welcome to join us on this walk in gritstone territory to the west of Sheffield.
The walk will start at Redmires Car Park (Grid ref SK 257857), which can be reached from the A57 near its junction with the A6101 Rivelin Valley road, by climbing up the steep Lodge Lane, turning right at the crossroads into Redmires Road, and following this road for some 2 miles to the car park at Redmires reservoir. We plan to start at 9.45 prompt so please allow time for changing into boots, etc.
From the car park, the route takes us in a south-easterly direction over moorland to Ox Stones and then onto Carl Wark, the site of an Iron Age hill fort. We continue over Higger Tor and climb onto Stanage Edge with hopefully some panoramic views of the Derwent Valley and Kinder Scout, and then proceed in a northerly direction towards the A57. The final section of the walk takes us into the Rivelin Valley and over moorland back to the car park.
This is a CHA 'A' walk of 14 - 15 miles in length with a total ascent of around 1,600 feet and while much of it is on decent tracks, there could be some boggy sections after all the recent rain. We expect to finish between 4.30 and 5.00pm.
There is no charge to attend the first three CHA walks, but to attend further walks we request that you join our club for an annual membership fee of only £6. This will give you access to an unlimited number of walks, social events, coach trips and weekends away, in line with our parent club Leeds CHA Rambling & Social Club. For further details follow the link on this website.
- NORTH & SOUTH OF ILKLEYNeeds location
Join us for a CHA 'B' walk of approx 10 miles which goes both sides of Lower Wharfedale with good views over Ilkley & Addingham.
Meet at Ilkley rail station at 09.40 am to await the 09.15 train from Leeds.
Ascending the north side of Ilkley to reach the moorland before descending to Addingham & crossing the river before ascending the south side of Ilkley.
Ascend through Panorama woods before returning to Ilkley.
Gradual ascents & descents throughout with good views over the dale.
- Ilkley to Addingham circularIlkley Train Station, Ilkley, LS29 8HA
This is a Leeds CHA C walk and is approx 7 miles of walking on mostly good tracks, however with the rainfall of late it will be muddy in some parts, wear suitable footwear and if needed bring a walking pole.
From Ilkley station we will walk down to the river and along the river path before turning right into a road which is a short climb to our first style.
This path will take us through Owler Park Woods (this part could be muddy) and then up a grassy hill to reach High Austby. Not too high 169m elevation.On a clear day there are good views. From here we will ascend down to a style which will lead us to Nestfield where we can have our brought lunch near the Postmans shelter.
From here we can take the road to the suspension bridge of Addingham.
Just to mention the public toilets were closed on the walkover so we may if we wish call into a cafe/pub for a coffe and convenience stop.
From Addingham we will make our way past the church and through Low Mill Village along tge riverside path back to Ilkley.
- NEW ZEALAND via SAN FRANCISCONeeds location
Join us for a scenic tour of one of the USA's most iconic cities followed by a scenic tour of New Zealand south island & a look around Wellington the capital of the country.
This is a digital projection taken by a club member on a visit to NZ last year with snow capped mountains & the spectacular Milford Sound.
Refreshments will be served at the half time break all for a nominal charge.