What we’re about
Welcome to West Yorkshire 25s-45s Hiking Group. We are a friendly group of people from across the county and surrounding areas, hosting walks, trips away and social events. The group is accessible to people of all fitness levels. Our walks vary in difficulty ranging from a walk around reservoirs to the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
We also do weekend & week trips. We are looking at organising trips abroad in the future. These trips can vary from staying in a B&B to wild camping.
- Everyone must have a recent photo of themselves as their profile picture.
- Let the walk/event leader know in advance you can no longer attend. Please have the courtesy to do so in good time.
- Zero tolerance for discrimination of any type.
- No advertising.
- Make everyone feel welcome.
- All members are accountable for their own safety and wellbeing. Ensure you come with the necessary clothing and footwear for the conditions.
We mark our walks with a difficulty scale so you can judge if you are fit enough for the walk. Please bear in mind the difficulty of a walk comes down to a person's own personal fitness and how steady they are on their feet on rough terrain. The conditions can also factor and would not be known until the day, such as boggy terrain. If not sure, check the walks itinerary or ask the walks leader for confirmation.
Easy - Short flat walk or minimal overall ascent. Less than 7.5 miles in length and less than 300 metres of ascent.
Moderate = Moderate distance and/or small to medium amount of ascent. 7.5 miles - 12 miles and/or 300 - 599 metres of ascent.
Hard = Long distance hikes and/or a lot of ascent. 12 - 20 miles and/or 600 - 999 metres of ascent.
Strenuous = Challenge walk distances and/or proper mountain height amount of ascent. 20+ miles or more and/or 1,000+ metres of ascent.
Technical = Any walk which requires exposed ridge walking (Crib Goch, Striding Edge), scrambling, ice pick, torch or anything extra required.
I do not live in West Yorkshire. Can I join the group?
Yes! Anyone is welcome to join the group.
Do I have to leave the group when I reach the age limit?
Of course not! Stay for as long as you feel comfortable.
I have paid for the walk but I now cannot attend, can I get a refund?
No. We have a no refund policy. The money will go towards future group events and charities.
How do I become a leader and host walks?
Send me (Jamie) a message and I will make you an organiser.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Christmas Party @ Crowd of FavoursCrowd of Favours, Leeds
Join us for our annual Christmas party at the excellent Crowd of Favours in Leeds. Starting from 7pm and going until midnight.
Only members that have attended at least one hike may join. We are not a social group.
We will be in the dining area this year rather than the basement (it was already booked for every Friday in December). This area has a capacity of 30, therefore this event has a limit. If RSVP's go over 30 then I will prioritise people who join the group regularly over those that do not.
You can arrive sooner than 7pm if you want and sit in the bar area.
The place serves food, so you can order food there if you want. Menu is here: Food Menu
- Hiking Trip Abroad - Island of MadeiraNeeds location
Week long trip to Madeira. Madeira is a Portuguese island off the coast of Africa, near the Spanish Canary Islands. It is a mountainous island that offers spectacular views, waterfalls and stunning scenery. The scenery and architecture will literally make you feel like you are in a either a Tomb Raider or Uncharted game.
Come do as many of the walks as you want. No requirement to do them all. They are all easy-moderate. Only last one is strenuous.
Itiniary (Subject to change)
Day 1 - Land in Funchal at Medeira Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. I will be hiring a car as it is the best way to explore Madeira and makes life a lot easier to get to the start point of walks. Happy to give two others a lift (will prioritise people who cannot drive though). Therefore some others will need to drive also.
Then we head to our accomodation (no requirement to all stay at the same place). Get settled in and if there is time, then go out and explore Funchal.
Day 2 - Hike #1 - 1 hour drive to then start the week off with an easy, spectacular waterfall walk. Risco Waterfall and 25 Fontes Falls Trail. It is 6.5 mi/10km long and follows Levadas (water chutes that transport water from the wetter parts of the island to the drier, south side) to numerous waterfalls. Following route PR6 to its end, backtracking and following PR6.1 to Risco Waterfall and then walking back to the car park.
Day 3 - Hike #2 - Drive to and park at Baia D'Abra for a coastal walk along Maderia's most eastern desert-like penisula. Following the PR8 route to Sardinha, loop around the end of the peniusla, retrace our steps and then veer off along red rock cliff tops before ascending up Maderia's most highest eastern mountain Pico do Furado (694m high). Then we loop back down to the car park.
Day 4 - Hike #3 - Levada do Caldeirão Verde – PR9 route. Mostly a flat walk, 12km (6-7mi) long. TORCH OR HEADTORCH IS A MUST.
One website calls this the most beautiful hike in all of Maderia. It follows levada's through the jungle, past waterfalls and through tunnels.
Day 5 - Rest Day - Probably drive around the island and visit other towns. Maybe find some activites to do if they run any off-peak season.
Day 6 - Hike #4 - The next part of hike #3, again torches required for the tunnels. We will see more stunning waterfalls and go through a spectacular canyon.
Day 7 - Saving the hardest and possibly the best to last. It is about 7-10mi (websites differ on distance) long and overall ascent is 1000m. A head for heights is a must!
This one we will start 30 minutes before sunrise. We drive to the car park near the summit of Maderia's third highest mountain, Pico do Areeiro, we walk to the summit of this mountain. Getting there just before the sun starts to rise. We then follow the PR1 trail to Maderia's second highest mountain (sounds like you don't summit this one though). The path splits in two around this mountain, we will take one and continue onto the highest mountain of Maderia, Pico Riuvo. When ready, we head back the way we came and take the other route around the second mountain, and then follow the original path back to the car park.
Day 8 - Back to Cristiano Ronaldo airport and fly home!
- Weekend Trip - Lake District - Scafell Pike & SkiddawNeeds location
Putting this up to gauge interest. Please be aware dates are only set because cannot create an event without doing so. They are set as a rough estimate when intend to put this on. Therefore they are not set in stone and are subject to change.
Join us for an epic weekend away in the spectacular Lake District! We will be doing two hikes with a rest day in between. All fitness levels are welcome, however, please ensure read all warnings at the bottom before signing up. Including our usual disclaimers that will be added to each walks own event page.
Thursday - Meet at accommodation. Get settled in.
Friday - Hike #1 - Scafell (scramble via Lord's Rake and Optional: Westwall Traverse), Scafell Pike, Great End, Allen Crags & Glaramara - 5 Wainrights - 11mi/18km - Strenuous & Technical
See walk's event page here for itinerary.
Saturday - Rest Day/Leisurely Activities
No need to stick together today. Can go in small groups and do various activities, ideas below:
- Non-strenuous walks (e.g. Threlkeld/Keswick railway trail).
- Browse major outdoor brands shops in Keswick.
- Walk alpacas or llamas.
- Pencil museum (I'm joking about doing it, not joking that it exists).
- There's an adventure centre near Keswick.
- Lowther Castle near Penrith (this place looks insane!)
Sunday - Hike #2 - Latrigg, Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw - 4 Wainrights - Strenuous
See walk's event page here for itinerary.
I will book the same accommodation we stayed in in the summer, near Keswick. It has multiple bedrooms with bunkbeds. Every room has its own bathroom.
With current dates it will cost £94 each if 24 people join.
Also, if you pay and then can no longer make it, there will be no refund unless someone takes your place.
Warning - Terrain
The Lake District can be extremely rocky. The majority of routes will have uneven rough terrain. Please be sure you are confident on walking terrain like this.
Also, correct footwear is essential. Trainers are only acceptable if they are designed for fell running or hiking. Your everyday trainers are not acceptable.
Warning - Scrambling (for Scafell Pike hike)
Scrambling is a lesser version of rock climbing.
It does not require helmet or ropes.
It is the most strenuous form of hiking. It requires using both your hands and feet.
Please be sure you are comfortable doing this activity. If never done it before, it may be best to go do some minor scrambling in the Peak District or Yorkshire Dales first.
Warning - Weather
Lake District weather is unpredictable even in summer time. You must be comfortable hiking in cloudy conditions on the terrain mentioned above.
Also be aware of the temperature. Be sure to bring plenty of layers with you, a good rule is to bring more layers than you think you will need. It maybe shorts and t-shirt's temperature at the car park but it could well be sub zero degrees at the top. When stopped for lunch, if you don't bring enough layers, you are going to get cold!
You should at a minimum, have a suitable base layer (a normal everyday cotton t-shirt is not suitable, it is dangerous!), a mid layer (e.g. a fleece or hoodie) and a coat.
- Weekend Trip - Hike #1 Scafell, Scafell Pike, Great End, Allen Crags, GlaramaraButtermere, Cockermouth
Please ensure read the warnings in the weekends main event page here before signing up. People are welcome to join us for this hike only. No requirement to do hike #2.
Hike #1 - Scafell, Scafell Pike, Great End, Allen Crags, Galarama - 5 WAINRIGHTS - 11mi/18km - 1500km - Strenuous & Technical
Dog owners beware, the Westwall Traverse is impossible for a dog to get up by themselves. They will need to be lifted up at least one part of it. Be sure they are okay with being picked up before leading them into it. It may be best to take the alternative route.
Meet outside the public toilets at Seathwaite Farm.
We start by passing through the farm and crossing Grain's Gill. We then veer off and follow the path that steadily ascends along the bottom of Base Brown. The path turns up into the valley here and gets a bit steep for a short period before levelling out as we follow Styhead Gill to Styhead Tarn.
We walk around the tarn and ascend up the path until we come to the start of the Corridor Route up Scafell Pike. This path is stunning from start to finish as it winds its way through the mountains, with a few short and easy scrambles, until it comes out at the tourist route.
We descend down the tourist route briefly before veering off towards Scafell. We walk across to the entrance to the gully called Lord's Rake. A scree gully that is a fun scramble. We are only going up this briefly before veering off onto the path that leads into another gully called the Westwall Traverse (optional). The path starts off flat with brief moments of exposure but for the most part you are protected by rocks on either side. It is then a steep scramble to the top.
If not for you, you can continue up to the top of Lord's Rake and follow the path up here left to the top of Scafell and wait up there for us.
Once up, we walk over to Scafell's summit (Wainright #1) where we will have our first lunch break. Sadly there is no safe way down to Mickledore from Scafell. So we then briefly retrace our steps before descending down the main route up/down Scafell to Foxes Tarn. We continue following it down through Foxes Rake (a less treacherous gully than the one's before).
We then ascend up to Mickledore and then a final push up to Scafell Pike (Wainright #2). We will stop for a well earned rest and another lunch break before continuing. Once ready, we make our way over the rocks to the path to the gap between Scafell Pike and Broad Crags, this is a super steep descent so care must be taken.
It is then a short ascent part way up Broad Crags before walking across the huge flat rocks around it, we then veer off for a short ascent to the top of Great End (Wainright #3) for views out across where we were walking at the start. We then descend down to the crossroads and then its a short ascent up Allen Crags (Wainright #4).
The final part of the walk is a flatish walk across the tops to Glaramara (Wainright #5) before descending down to Seathwaite Farm and our cars. We can then go to Keswick for a meal in a pub.
The walk organisers do not have training or insurance. Therefore, anyone who joins the walk is accountable for their own safety and anyone they bring with them. By signing up you accept this.
Check the weather (on multiple websites) before leaving your residence. Bring clothing & footwear suitable for the forecast. We advise you to bring walking boots for any medium or harder walk. Trainers are only recommended for leisurely and easy walks. Bring a coat just in case (this is Britain after all...) and extra layers if it is going to be cold.
The walk will cost £1 to join. All proceeds go towards equipment for leading walks, group events & trips. A percentage will go to charities.
Bring a packed lunch and snacks. Bring enough food & water to last the estimated time.
We recommend bringing some cash just in case. Especially if parking. Not everywhere is contactless yet.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the walks organiser.