Otley Walking Festival 2015

SATURDAY 27 JUNE
FOUR PUBS WALK
Meet Andy FitzGerald, in association with Otley Pub Club, at the Junction pub, Bondgate, Otley, LS21 1AD. Depart 10.30am.
Superb walk, four pubs en route. Only one steep climb after the first
pub!

10 miles        6.5 hrs.        Moderate        Circular

SPACEY HOUSES TO OTLEY
Meet Jeff Davies at the bus stop by the Stratstone Car Showrooms, Princess Royal Way, Pannal, Harrogate, HG3 1LG. Walk departs 10.30am. Note: X52 departs Otley bus station 10am, arrives 10.25 at Pannal start.
Hills, crags, woods, superb views.
15 miles           6.5 hrs.          Hard             Linear

SALTAIRE CIRCUIT
Meet Janet Matthews at the bandstand, Roberts Park, Saltaire.
Depart 11.00am. Optional pub stop at end.
Gentle hills, riverside, spectacular 5 rise locks!
6.5 miles        4 hrs.        Moderate          Circular

LEATHLEY, STAINBURN CIRCULAR .
Meet Carol Downing, Leeds Combined Arts, at Leathley Village Hall, Leathley. Depart 11.30am. 
Bridleway, fields, woods, tracks, beautiful villages.
6 miles          3.5hrs.       Moderate          Circular

WILDLIFE & WHEELCHAIRS IN GOLDEN ACRE PARK
Meet David Shaftoe, Open Country, by the Blue Badge parking bays at the main car park, Golden Acre Park, Leeds, LS16 8BQ. Depart 11.30am. If you require a wheelchair pusher or a sighted guide, please let us know in advance. Booking essential: Open Country 01423 507227.
Easy going, wheelchair accessible nature ramble at a gentle pace. Golden Acre, Adel Dam, Breary Marsh.
3 miles             3.5 hrs               Easy              Circular

WALKING AND WINE AT THE HALL
Meet Ruth at the sundial in Wharfemeadows park, Otley.  Depart 5.30pm. Drinks at Farnley Hall, then a superb evening walk. £5 payable on booking. Booking opens May 1st: Festival Office, only two places left book at Chevin Trek on 01943 851166. 
Conviviality & superb evening walk with great views. 
8 miles       5 hrs. (total)       Moderate          Circular

SUNDAY 28 JUNE
SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 1:  MIDDLEHAM - BOUTHWAITE.
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 8.30am. £7 for minibus. The walk is now fully booked.
Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.
15 miles          8 hrs.         Mod/Hard          Linear

WHARFE AND WASHBURN CIRCULAR
Meet Heather Hodkinson at the North Parade car park behind the Horse and Farrier pub in Otley (Grid ref SE 203456) Depart 9.30am. 
Rivers, reservoir, fields and woods.
11miles        5.5 hrs.          Moderate       Circular

INTRODUCTION TO POWER WALKING FOR WOMEN
Meet Angela Wilkinson at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 10am. Trainers essential, no boots.
Power walking – a great way to get fit and healthy. Come and give it a try.
8 miles            2.5 hrs.         Moderate      Circular

TRAIN, CANAL, TRAM, MOORS
Meet Fran at Menston Railway Station. Train to Shipley departs 9.36am please note the change of time! Walk departs Shipley Railway Station 10.15am.
Canal, Salt’s Mill café, Hockney’s work, Tram, Moorland and wide-ranging views.
8 miles       6 hrs. total        Moderate      Circular

GOLDEN ACRE FAMILY WALK
Meet Roger Voller at the top of the mobility access ramp of the main car park,
Golden Acre Park, Leeds, LS16 8BQ. Depart 10.30am
Easy going family walk, taking in Paul’s Pond.
1.5 miles         1.5 – 2 hrs.       Easy         Circular

MENSTON TO BAILDON HILL
Meet Denise Bennett at Menston Railway Station. Depart 11am.
Moorland and woodland with spectacular views.
12 miles           6 hrs.        Moderate      Circular

FOLLOW THE STRINGS
Meet Tim, Kev, Jen and the Otley Ukulele Orchestra, 
at the Woolpack Music & Arts Studio, 14 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB.
Depart 7.30pm. for a magical musical pub tour.  
Good songs and good cheer.
1.5 miles          2 hrs                  Easy             Linear

MONDAY  29 JUNE
TWO TRAILS TRAMP
Meet Meg Morton at Otley bus station. Bus to Harrogate start point departs 8.03am. No dogs please.
Steady paced walk. Dalesway Link & 6 Dales Trail.

16 miles           8 hrs.          Moderate                Linear 

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 2:
BOUTHWAITE -  BLUBBERHOUSES 
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS for minibus. Depart 9.30am. £6 each. Booking essential: details as for Stage 1.
More moors, valleys, scenery, adventure.
13 miles         6 hrs.       Moderate/Hard          Linear

TIMBLE MAN
Meet Kevin Judd at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley.   Depart 9.30am.
Follow in the footsteps of a 19th century Dalesman.  
12.5 miles          7 hrs.           Hard              Circular

WHARFEDALE TO AIREDALE STAGE 1:
OTLEY TO ILKLEY
Meet Sue Long at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9.30am. Return by bus.
The Chevin, fields, moors, some steep climbs rewarded by fantastic views.
9 miles         4.5 hrs. walking       Moderate      Linear

ILKLEY - NESFIELD CIRCULAR
Meet Ray Moss at Otley bus station. X84 departs 9.40am. Walk departs 10.20am Ilkley Old Bridge.
Hills, fields, farm tracks, woodlands, great views.
6 miles       3 hrs. walking        Moderate       Circular

ALLOTMENT WALK
Meet Jason Knowles at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 6.30pm.
Green footed stroll round our superb allotments.
3 miles              3 hrs.              Easy               Circular

SAUNTER WITH STROLLING MINSTREL
Meet Yorkshire Minstrel, Eddie Lawler, and friends outside the Junction pub, Bondgate, Otley, LS21 1AD. Depart 8pm.
A musical stroll round Otley's famous Inns.
1 - 2 miles          3 hrs.               Easy              Linear

TUESDAY 30 JUNE
SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 3:  BLUBBERHOUSES -  OTLEY
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 9am. £5 each. Booking essential: details as for Stage 1.
Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.
10 miles         5.5 hrs.       Mod/Hard          Linear

AIRE AND WATER WORKS
Meet Jenny Procter for car sharing at the top of Station Rd., Otley, LS21 3HX. Great walk followed by tour of Esholt Sewage Works. Depart 9:45am. £3 payable on booking. Booking opens May 1st: 07740 189999
Unique tour, canal, river, woods, country paths.
8 miles      6 hrs. total       Moderate       Circular

ILKLEY TO OTLEY
Meet Ian James at Ilkley bus station. Depart 10.30am. No difficult ascents/descents.
Rolling countryside, fields, moors, great views.
11 miles          6 hrs.            Moderate        Linear

MENSTON TO OTLEY
Meet Sheila Collins 1.50pm at Otley bus station for 33A to start. Walk departs Menston Railway Station 2.10pm.
Menston heart, fields, golf course, old railway.
4.5 miles       2.5 hrs. walking      Easy     Linear

WAYZGOOSE WEAVE
Meet the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Side and friends at Otley’s maypole, Manchester Square, Otley LS21 1BS. Depart 7.30pm.
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 1 JULY
BUS, BACON BUTTY, BRIDGE, BEAMSLEY BEACON, BRACE OF BECKS AND A BEER
Meet David Robson at Otley bus station for the 7.45am X84 bus to Addingham. Booking essential by 19 June: yorkrobson@mypostoffice.co.uk
Breakfast, 1000 ft ascent, fields and fells. Fantastic!
7.5 miles       6 hrs. (total)        Moderate        Circular

FARNLEY HALL 
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 10 am. Walk and guided tour of Farnley Hall. £11 entrance fee. WALK NOW FULLY BOOKED.
River, fields, scenery, Hall – unique experiences.
8 miles      7 hrs. (total)      Moderate       Circular

RESERVOIRS AND WASHBURN CIRCUIT
Meet Randal Metzger and John Sparshatt at Swinsty Moor car park at the southern end of Fewston Reservoir's embankment (grid ref. SE186 538). Depart 10am.
Stunning Washburn Valley, breathtaking views.
12 miles             5 hrs.           Moderate          Circular

OTLEY – WESTON MOOR CIRCULAR
Meet Jeff Davies at the entrance to Wharfemeadows Park, Bridge St., Otley. Depart 10.45am.
Historic settlements, moors, hills, superb views. 
10 miles          5.75 hrs.         Moderate        Circular

AFTERNOON TEA STROLL
Meet Andy FitzGerald at the Yew Tree Inn car park, Newall Carr Road, Otley, LS21 2AU. Depart 1pm.
Gentle stroll, tea stop at Cockpit Tea Rooms.
4 miles              3 hrs.               Easy             Circular

THURSDAY 2 JULY
BOLTON ABBEY TO BURNSALL VIA SIMON’S SEAT.
Meet Tim Huntley at 10.00am at Ilkley bus station. Bus departs 10.10am. Bring beer/tea/cake money. Sorry, no dogs due to access restrictions.  Return bus: 17.50 from Burnsall. Checkwebsite www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk for any changes to bus times.
Riverside, gills, hills, moors, superb scenery.
11 miles    6.5 hrs. walking    Mod/Hard   Linear

OTLEY, FARNLEY, DOB PARK ROUND
Meet Ethel Hickton, Otley Walkers, at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462). Depart 9.30am.
Hills, castle, ruins – superb walking.
13 miles      6.5 hrs.          Moderate         Circular

HORSFORTH TO OTLEY
Meet Stuart Tennant outside the Old Ball pub, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5SB.    Depart 10.55am. Finish at Otley busstation. Steep descent of the Chevin at end.
Field paths, Tarn, Otley Chevin, views all round
7 miles            3.5 hrs.        Moderate        Linear.

MENSTON BOUNDARY WALK & FUN PUB QUIZ.
Meet Candy and Mike at The Menston Arms, 26 Main St, Menston, LS29 6EY. Depart 4 pm.  Quiz starts 9 pm. Booking essential before 19th June:  Call Mike 07759 210034
Great walk. Thinking caps on for the quiz! 
9.5 miles    4.5 hrs. walking    Moderate  Circular

DESPICABLE LIARS EVENING MEANDER
Meet Jeanette Martin, Otley Word Feast, at Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 7.30pm.
Suspended belief and sense of humour needed!
1.5 miles             2 hrs.            Easy         Circular

FRIDAY 3 JULY
WHARFEDALE TO AIREDALE STAGE 2:
ILKLEY TO SKIPTON
Meet Sue Long at 9.30am at Otley bus station for bus to Ilkley. Return by bus.
Ilkley Moor, fields, canalside, great views.
12.5 miles      6.5 hrs. walking      Moderate     Linear

BAILDON MOOR CIRCULAR 
Meet Mike Lawson, Friends of Baildon Moor, at Eavescar park on Baildon Moor (SE153403). Depart 10.30am. Easy pace, some uphill.
History, archaeology, mining, social history
6 miles              4 hrs.           Moderate            Circular

THE TRAIL OF HUNGRY CATERPILLARS
Meet Vickie Orton, Wordweaver Stories, at Grove
Hill Park, on the grass behind Grove Hill social club, Bradford Rd.,
Otley.  Depart 10.30am.  
Vickie will lead under 5's and their adults on a gentle walk to find hungry caterpillars.
0.5 miles            1 hr.              Easy             Circular

BURLEY MOOR CIRCULAR
Meet Jon Foster at Burley-in-Wharfedale railway station. Depart 11am.
Hills and moors – great views.
4.75 miles         3 hrs.             Moderate         Circular

THE AFTER-WORK STRESS BUSTER
Meet Kev Judd at the sundial in Wharfemeadows park, Otley. Depart 6pm.
Walk away those post-work blues! 
5 miles            2.5 hrs.          Moderate          Circular

OTLEY IN BLOOM
Meet David Bellerby, Otley in Bloom, at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 7pm.
Explore the highlights of Otley in Bloom.
4 miles          2 hrs.               Easy             Circular

OTLEY PLAQUE  WALK
Meet Jeff Davies at Otley bus station. Depart 7pm.
Finish in an Otley Plaque pub for socialising.
Plaques, facts and more! 
2 miles           2 hrs.               Easy            Circular

SATURDAY  4 JULY
YORKSHIRE HERITAGE WAY STAGE 1:
SALTAIRE - BURLEY in  WHARFEDALE

Meet Peter Young, Burley Bridge Association, at Victoria Rd., Saltaire, BD18 3LD opposite New Mill (Grid Ref SE139 381). Depart 9.45am. Return from Burley by bus. Sorry no dogs.
Interesting tracks, good scenery, moorland views
9 miles            5 hrs.           Moderate         Linear

CAKES AND ALE IV
Meet Hank at the entrance to Otley Show Ground, Bridge End, Otley (SE 201459) Depart 10am. Finish at the Junction, Otley.
Stunning views, cakes at lunch, ale at the end and choice of routes AFTER the cakes!
16 (10) miles     8 (5) hrs.   Mod/Hard    Circular

TO  TARN AND BACK 
Meet Ryk and Bev Downes at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9.30am.
Steep climb at start, great views.
7  miles            4 hrs.         Moderate        Circular  

GUISELEY – SALTAIRE BREWERY
Meet Candy and Mike at White Cross Car park Otley Road, Guiseley, LS20 8LY. Depart 10am.  Walk includes visit to Saltaire Brewery Tap and Shop. Booking essential before 19th  June: call Mike 07759 210034
Great walking, great beers to sample!
8.5 miles     6.5 hrs.(total)    Moderate    Circular

YANKEE DOODLE DAWDLE
Meet Stuart Fildes at Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 6pm. End at The Black Horse pub, for a Star Spangled Social including buffet £6. Option for social without walking. Booking essential: 01943 465270. Booking closes 2 July.
Scenery, socialising and strolling.
5 miles         2.5 hrs         Moderate          Circular

STAR SPANGLED SOCIAL
Join us at the Black Horse pub, Otley for a Star Spangled Social including buffet. Tickets £6. Starts at 8.30pm. Booking essential: 01943 465270. Booking closes 2 July.

SUNDAY 5 JULY
YET ANOTHER WALK WITH NO NAME!  
Meet Stuart Fildes, Walkers are Welcome (Otley), at
Manchester Square, Otley LS21 1BS. Depart 9am.
Meadows, riverbanks, woodland, great views.
13 miles        6.5 hrs.          Moderate          Circular

THE LEATHLEY & WASHBURN CIRCULAR
Meet Roger Voller at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 10.30 am.
Lovely walk – river banks, fields, paths, old villages.
8.5 miles         5 hrs.           Moderate          Circular

SUNDAY 5 JULY
TROLL STROLL
A self-led walk for families. Collect a map (£1) from Vickie Orton at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ from 11 - 11.30am. Follow clues to discover the Troll’s name. Certificate for all correct entries
Unlock  secrets of Otley’s historic market town
2 miles          2 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 magnificent raffle prizes.

 

 

 

 






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