What we're about

Welcome to West Yorkshire 25s-45s Walking 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 leisurely stroll in a park 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.

Group Rules

  • 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.

Difficulty Scale

We mark our walks with a difficulty scale so you can judge if you are fit enough for the walk. Please note that the difficulties do not factor in distance. They will include some or all of the criteria mentoned below. Check the walks itinerary or ask the walks leader for confirmation.

Leisurely - Parks, flat terrain, smooth paths. Leisurely pace.
Easy - Flat but maybe rough footpaths. Leisurely pace.
Medium - Some ascent, mixture of terrain, moderate pace.
Hard - Hilly walk, lots of up and down, & rough terrain, moderate/brisk pace.
Strenuous - Steep ascents/descents, rough terrain, short scrambles, brisk pace.

FAQs

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?

As long as you have been on a few walks, send me a message and I will make you an organiser.

Upcoming events (4+)

Linear Canal Walk Leeds to Castleford 12mi/20km

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Start Time: 8:30
Miles/Kilometres: 12mi/20km (Approx)
Total ascent: 250m (Approx).
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated length of time: 5 hours (including a lunch break)
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Public Transport: Yes - Leeds Train Station
Parking: Yes, various paid around Leeds
Payment: £1 - Use this link to pay: https://settleup.starlingbank.com/jamiepope1 - please put “Canal” as reference.
Itinerary:
Meeting at Granary Wharf, outside Salt/Candlestick Building
We will walk down the canal tow path towards Castleford, 12 miles and fairly flat throughout, returning to Leeds on the train from Castleford. There may be opportunities to stop for refreshments at the halfway point in Woodlesford and/or further along the canal towards Allerton Bywater. Otherwise please bring sufficient refreshments.
Train Times return; train times back to leeds are every 30 minutes.

Disclaimers
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.
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.
Please aim to arrive 10-15mins early and notify walk leader if you're estimated to be late. To avoid an avoidable delay to the start of walk; if you intend not to walk, please remove your name from the walk attending list asap.
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.

3
Loop - Dovestones - Peak District - 10mi/16km

Needs a location

Start Time: 10:30am
Miles/Kilometres: 10mi / 16km (Approx)
Total ascent: 580m (Approx).
Difficulty: Medium (see group info on main page for more info on difficulties)
Estimated length of time: 4 hours (includes stopping for lunch)
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Route map: https://explore.osmaps.com/route/9292407/dovestone-hike?
Public Transport: Not really - nearest train station, Greenfield is a 1.5 - 2 mile walk from the car park. I'm happy to pick people up from Sowerby Bridge station or Greenfield.
Parking: Yes - There is a car park at Dovestones reservoir, marked by the pin on the map.

WALK PAYMENT - £1 - Use this link to pay: https://settleup.starlingbank.com/jamiepope1 - please put e.g. "Dovestones" as reference.

Itinerary

We start by walking alongside Dovestones Reservoir and Yeomen Hey Reservoir & Greenfield Reservoir. We follow the Greenfield Brook until we come to what appears to be a dead end. We turn right and climb up (there is no scrambling involved) Greenfield Brook - there can be waterfalls here if it has rained enough. This is the only steep ascent of the walk.

Once up to the top, we cross the brook to bear right and come back on ourselves and follow the edge of the hill around until we come to the Trinnacle Rocks (pictured). Where we can enjoy great views across the reservoirs we walked by earlier.

We follow the edge of the hill around for a few miles until we come to Chew Reservoir. The final part of the walk we walk along the edge of another hill, where we come to Winberry Craggs with great views of Dovestones Reservoirs, we then descend back down to the car park for an ice cream! Possibly a coffee/tea too if the catering van is there.

Disclaimers

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 recommended 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.

3
Blackpool - World Firework Championships

Needs a location

https://www.visitblackpool.com/things-to-do/events/world-fireworks-championship-blackpool/

Lets go watch the world championship firework display as a group! We could turn this into a day out, walk along the waterfront/beach, go in some arcades, get some fish & chips etc... suspect the fireworks display will not start until 7-8pm. The start time has not yet been announced. Also, it has not been announced yet which countries will be participating on that day, I'll update this as soon as I know. With that being said, start time of the event is subject to change once the event gives more information.

We will meet at Blackpool North station - the train to here starts at York and goes through, Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Burnley etc... last train is at 21:18.

3
Loop - Sandal Castle, Newmillerdam, reservoirs & lakes - W.field - 11.5mi/18km

Needs a location

£1.00

Putting this one up again - had to be cancelled earlier in the year due to it being 32C!
Start Time: 10:45am
Miles/Kilometres: 11.5mi / 18km (Approx)
Total ascent: 244m.
Difficulty: Easy (see group info on main page for more info on difficulties)
Estimated length of time: 5 hours (including a lunch break)
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Route map: https://explore.osmaps.com/route/13053196/sandall-newmillerdam-reservoirs-lakes-loop?
Public Transport: Yes – Train – Train leaves Leeds at 10:21am.
Parking: Yes - There is parking at the station. If that is full there are a lot of residential roads near by to park on.

WALK PAYMENT - £1 - Use this link to pay: https://settleup.starlingbank.com/jamiepope1 - please put e.g. "Y3P" as reference.

Itinerary

Start outside the Sandal & Agbrigg station. We start by heading through the park/residential area to Sandal castle. We will wonder around here for a short while before making our way through more of Wakefield's suburbs to Newmillerdam.

We will have lunch by Newmillerdam. Then proceed through the flat countryside to Haw Park where there is woodland and reservoirs. Onto Angler's Park for a large reservoir.

We then continue through more flat countryside, crossing over the railway twice to Walton Colliery Nature Park. We end by following the railway back to the station.

Disclaimers

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 recommended 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.

Past events (90)

Whernside at Twilight - Evening Walk [7.75 miles]

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