OTLEY WALKING FESTIVAL 2011 – PROGRAMME OF WALKS

SATURDAY 25 JUNE

NIDDERDALE NOODLE
Meet Jeanette Martin at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 10am. Option to leave the walk at lunchtime after 5 miles. Pasture, woodland, riverside, pub stop halfway
9 miles 5.5 hrs. Moderate Circular

A ROLLING VIEW OF WHARFEDALE
Meet Roger Voller at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 10am. Some great views of Lower Wharfedale. A bit of a climb and a stroll along the former Menston railway
5 miles 3.5 hrs. Easy/Moderate Circular

BOOTS ‘N’ BOOZE
Meet Andy FitzGerald at the Junction pub, Otley. Depart 11am.
Up hills and down dales visiting 4 fine hostelries.

10 miles 6 hrs. Moderate/Hard Circular

SWINSTY RESERVOIR
Meet David Shaftoe, Open Country, by the toilet block at Swinsty Moor car park. Depart 11.30am. Wheelchair accessible walk. Booking essential: 01423 507227. Wheelchair accessible transport from Otley available by request.
Explore Yorkshire’s Lakeland.
3 miles 2.5 hrs Easy Circular

A WALKER’S NATURE
Jur Keessen, Otley Walkers, presents a talk and slide show about nature and us, from the medieval forest to the Otley Wetlands. Starts 7pm. The Old People’s Community Centre, Crossgate, Otley. Tickets £1 on the door. £1.50 for both talks.

BAT TALK AND WALK
Meet Andrew Perry at The Old People’s Community Centre, Crossgate, Otley. Talk starts 8.30pm. Bring warm clothes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £1 on the door.
Talk/slides then batwatching along the riverside.
1.5 miles 2.5 hrs (total) Easy Linear

SUNDAY 26 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 1: MIDDLEHAM – BOUTHWAITE .
Meet Stuart Fildes at Otley Civic Centre for minibus transport. Depart 8am. £5 each. Numbers limited. Preference given to those doing all 3 stages. Booking essential at the Festival Office: 01943 851166.
Moors, valleys, scenery, adventure.
15 miles 8 hrs. Moderate/Hard Linear

BRAMHOPE - OTLEY VIA EAST CARLTON
Meet Heather Hodkinson at Otley bus station. Bus to Bramhope departs 9.37am.
Fields, woodland, heathlands. Hotel or café stop near the Chevin.
7 miles 3.5 hrs Moderate Linear

HOME GROWN IN OTLEY WALK
Meet Alison at 1pm or Jim at 2pm for a stroll around Home Grown members’ gardens. Booking essential: phone Rob 01943 468864 or www.vegplantsonline.com/home_grown/opengardens
See how good food can be grown close to home.
3-4 miles 2 -3 hrs Easy Linear

CHEVIN FOREST PARK GEOLOGY TRAIL
Meet Alison Tymon, West Yorkshire Geology Trust, at East Chevin Quarry car park, East Chevin Rd., Otley. Depart 2pm.
Fossils, rocks, landscapes on the new Geology Trail
1.5 miles 3 hrs. Easy Circular

DESPICABLE LIARS EVENING MEANDER
Meet Jeanette Martin at The Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 7.30pm. Finish in the Manor.
Beer money, sense of humour, suggestibility essential
2 miles 2 hrs. Easy Linear

MONDAY 27 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 2: BOUTHWAITE - BLUBBERHOUSES.
Meet Stuart Fildes at Otley Civic Centre for minibus transport. Depart 8.30am. £4 each. Booking essential. Booking details as for Stage 1.
13 miles 8 hrs. Mod/Hard Linear
More moors, valleys, scenery, adventure. 

OTLEY – SKIPTON
Meet Rebecca Chesmore at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 9am. Return by X84 bus from Skipton. Bus fare + beer money essential. 
Fantastic walking, great views, good company
19 miles 8 hrs Hard Linear

CRACKED POT WALK
Meet Fran Coldrick at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.30am. for Carlsmoor outside Pateley Bridge. Lunch stop at The Drovers.
Pots, pub, moors, and more! 7 miles 5 hrs. Moderate. Circular

NORDIC WALKING ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Howard Nicholson, walkityorkshire, at the Chevin Country Park Hotel, Yorkgate, Otley. Depart 10am. Booking essential: 07876 707179. Two free sessions Mon – Friday during Otley Walking Festival
Learn the basic techniques. Get the amazing benefits.
1 mile. 1 hr. Easy Circular

WALKING HOME (LEEDS TO OTLEY)
Meet Yvonne Barnard at Otley bus station for the X84 to Leeds. Bus departs 15.20pm. Walk departs 4pm from the corner of Woodhouse Lane and Clarendon Rd, Leeds. Bring your dinner! 
Meanwood Valley and Dales Way Link to Otley
13.5 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Linear

SAUNTER WITH STROLLING MINSTREL
Meet Fran and Ruth at the Manor pub, Walkergate, Otley. Depart 7.30pm.
Join Yorkshire minstrel, Eddie Lawler, on a stroll round Otley's famous Inns. Bring your own favourite verses, tales or songs to add to the Festival fun.
1 -2 miles 2-3 hrs Easy Linear

TUESDAY 28 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 3: BLUBBERHOUSES - OTLEY.
Meet Stuart Fildes at Otley Civic Centre. Depart 8.30am. £3 each. Booking essential. Booking details as for Stage 1.
10 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Linear
Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.

ALMSCLIFFE CRAG CIRCULAR
Meet Andy Fitzgerald at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Depart 9.30am.
River, crag, trout. Tea stop at Braythorne Bees Café.
16 miles 6.5 hrs. Moderate/Hard Circular

THE ENVIRONS OF HAZLEWOOD, STORITH AND BOLTON ABBEY
Meet Derek Garnham at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.30am. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Hamlets, riverside, woodland and moors.
6.5 miles 6 hrs (total) Moderate Circular

NORDIC WALKING ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Howard Nicholson, walkityorkshire, at the Chevin Country Park Hotel, Yorkgate, Otley. Depart 10am. Booking essential – details as Monday.
Learn the basic techniques. Get the amazing benefits.
1 mile. 1 hr. Easy Circular

RAILWAY FOOTPATH
Meet Kevin Cooney, Otley Railway Footpaths Group, outside Goods Funeral Service, High Dykes, Bradford Rd., Otley. Depart 10am.
Walk along the old railway, cross open fields, return via Otley golf course. Several stiles on route.
4 miles 2.5hrs. Easy Circular

CARLTON, BRAMHOPE, DANEFIELD
Meet Roger Brookes, Countryside & Access Officer, at the Lower Shawfield Car Park on East Chevin Road, Otley. Depart 6.30pm.
Footpaths, bridleways, scenic ways.
5 miles 2.5 hrs. Easy/Moderate Circular

WAYZGOOSE WEAVE
Meet the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Team and friends at 7.30pm at the Otley Maypole, Cross Green, Otley (opposite Otley Civic Centre).
Dance, walk, wander & make merry via a few of Otley’s fine ale houses. End in a local pub!
2-3 miles 2 hrs. (plus) Easy Circular

WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE

RED KITE WALK
Meet John Sparshatt, Long Distance Walkers Association, at 7.50am.at Otley Bus Station for bus to start of walk. (Walk to finish at Otley).
Red Kites, Harewood Estate, and more!
14 miles 6 hrs Moderate/Hard Linear

THE DALES WAY: KETTLEWELL-ILKLEY
Meet Rebecca Chesmore at Otley Civic Centre for minibus transport. Depart 8am. £4 each. Numbers limited. Booking essential at the Festival Office: 01943 851166. Optional pub stop at the walk’s end. X84 bus back to Otley.
Hills and riverside on the Dales Way.
23 miles 9 hrs Hard Linear

BOSS MOOR CIRCULAR
Meet Eric Wright at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.30am. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Moorland, limestone country, history, great views
8 miles 4 hrs. Moderate Circular

NORDIC WALKING ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Howard Nicholson, walkityorkshire, at the Chevin Country Park Hotel, Otley. Depart 10am. Booking essential – details as Monday.
Learn the basic techniques. Get amazing benefits.
1 mile. 1 hr. Easy Circular

TODDLERS’ TREASURE TRAIL
Meet Helen Craddock, Elizabeth Archer and Donna Marie Hargrave at Lower Shawfield car park on East Chevin Rd., Otley. Depart any time between 12.30 and 2pm. Picnic area available.
A fun walk for pre-school children and their adults on a themed trail. Look out for the Mr Men. 1 mile 2 hrs. Easy Circular

ALLOTMENT WALK
Meet Julia Johnson and Geraldine Crosby at Otley Civic Centre, Cross Green, Otley. Depart 6.30pm
Green footed stroll around our superb allotments.
4/5 miles 3 hrs. Easy Circular

THURSDAY 30 JUNE

LEEDS - LIVERPOOL CANAL: THE FINAL ASSAULT.
Meet Stan and Mike at Otley bus station. X84 bus to Skipton departs 8.30am. Return by bus. Options to leave the walk at Gargrave or Barnoldswick.
Pretty countryside from Skipton, alongside the summit section of the canal, to Foulridge.
16 miles 8 hrs. Moderate Linear

BOLTON ABBEY TO BURNSALL VIA SIMON’S SEAT AND TROLLERS GILL
Meet Tim Huntley at Ilkley Bus Station at 9.20am. Bus departs 9.35am. Bus fare + beer/tea money essential. Some steepish descents and rough ground. Return bus from Burnsall at 5.45pm. Sorry, no dogs allowed (Bolton Abbey Estate).
Classic Dales walk with stunning views rewarding the climb up Simon’s Seat, but beware of the barghest in Trollers Gill!
12 miles 6.5hrs Mod/Hard Linear

FOUNTAINS ABBEY AND MARKENFIELD HALL
Meet Sheila Collins and Sheila Townley, Short Walks for All, at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.30am. Walk and guided tour of Markenfied Hall (built 1310) - £5 entrance fee payable on booking. Booking essential: 01943 465542. Booking closes 22 June.
Fields, bridleways, moated manor house.
6.5 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular

NORDIC WALKING ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Howard Nicholson, walkityorkshire, at the Chevin Country Park Hotel, Otley. Depart 10am. Booking essential – details as Monday.
Learn the basic techniques. Get amazing benefits.
1 mile. 1 hr. Easy Circular

OTLEY FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS… 127 HOURS
7.30pm. Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St., Otley. (Bar open 7pm) Tickets £3 from the Courthouse (01943 467466/467216). Booking advised.
Sean Penn’s epic film of climber Aron Ralston’s life-affirming experience trapped in the mountains.

FRIDAY 1 JULY

EARLY BIRDS ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Yvonne Barnard, Otley Walkers, at the Buttercross, Market Sq., Otley. Depart 5am.
Early morning sun rise on the Chevin ridge.
6 miles 3 hrs. Moderate Circular

BEES AND TEAS
Meet Jur Keessen at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462). Depart 9.30am.
Walk the Wharfe and Washburn valleys to Braythorn Bees farm and tea room (and back).
10 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Circular

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF TIMBLE MAN
Meet Kevin Judd at the sundial in Wharfemeadows park, Otley. Depart 10am.
Follow in the footsteps of a 19th century Dalesman.
12 miles 7 hrs. Moderate/Hard Circular

NORDIC WALKING ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Howard Nicholson, walkityorkshire, at the Chevin Country Park Hotel, Otley. Depart 10am. Booking essential – details as Monday.
Learn the basic techniques. Get amazing benefits.
1 mile. 1 hr. Easy Circular

(SOME OF) THE LOST PUBS OF OTLEY
Meet Andy and Paul, Otley Pub Group, at Bay Horse Court, Otley. Depart 6.30pm
Town centre saunter - identify pubs of yesteryear.
2-3 miles 2 hrs. Easy Linear.

SATURDAY 2 JULY

HYDE PARK – OTLEY
Meet Hank at the Marsden Monument, Woodhouse Moor, Leeds. Depart 11am.
Industrial heritage, woods, reservoirs, footballers’ mansions and stunning views.
14 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Linear

YORKSHIRE HERITAGE WAY STAGE 3.
Meet Peter Young, Burley Bridge Association, outside Argos, Boroughgate, Otley for minibus transport. Depart 9.30am. £5 per person.
Booking essential: 01943 466858 or 07949 645494.
Thruscross reservoir to Brimham Rocks.
9 miles 5hrs. Moderate Linear.

GEOLOGICAL WALK
Meet Dr. Neil Aitkenhead, Leeds Geological Association, at the Cow and Calf Rocks car park, Ilkley. Depart 10am. Boots essential.
The fascinating geology of t’ famous moor.
3-5 miles. 3 hrs. Moderate Circular

BRAMHOPE CIRCULAR
Meet Carol Downing, Leeds Combined Arts, at The Fox & Hounds Pub, Bramhope. Depart 2pm.
Fields, paths and pub at a gentle pace.
5 miles 2.5 hrs. Easy/Moderate Circular

FESTIVAL FROLIC
Celebrate a week of great walking. Conversation, dancing, socialising, and more! Tickets £9 to include finger buffet. Booking essential – 01943 465270. Booking closes 1 July.
Eat, drink, and be merry.
7.30 pm – late. Grove Hill Club, Ilkley Rd., Otley

SUNDAY 3 JULY
OTLEY, CARLTON, LEATHLEY CIRCULAR
Meet Stuart at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 10am.
Meadow paths with great views of Wharfedale.
10.5 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular

POETRY IN MOTION
Meet Jan & Ruth at Otley Civic Centre. Depart 10am. Bring your own favourite poems.
Poetry afoot, pints at the pub!
8 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular

SUNDAY MORNING STROLL
Meet Andrew Perry at the Yew Tree Inn car park, Newall Carr Rd, Otley. Depart 10am.
Gentle walk across fields, calling in at Cockpit Farm Tea Rooms.
4.5 miles 3.5 hrs. Easy Circular

GRAND FINALE
Celebrate at 3.30 pm at the Manor Pub, Walkergate, Otley. Enjoy a drink (or two) with friends old and new. Be wowed by the raffle’s magnificent prizes.





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