ILKLEY – A DIFFERENT WAY AGAIN 

Meet Candy and Mike at White Cross Car Park, Guiseley, LS20 8LY.  Depart 9.45 am. Walk ends at Ilkley rail station, followed by £10 pasta meal in the potting sheds at The Black Hat Pub, Ilkley.  Booking essential from 1 May:  call Mike on 07759 210034

Steady stroll over paths and farmland with scenic views.

8 miles              5 hrs.                Moderate.            Linear 

FOUR PUBS WALK

Meet Andy FitzGerald, in association with Otley Pub Club, outside the Junction pub, Bondgate, Otley, LS21 1AD. Depart 10am.

Superb walk visiting four pubs. Only one steep climb!

10 miles             6.5 hrs.              Moderate          Circular

 

HIKE TO HAWKSWORTH

Meet Denise Bennett at Menston railway station. Depart 10.30am.

Field tracks, woodland, moorland, scenic views.

10 miles               6 hrs.               Moderate         Circular

 

GOLDEN ACRE CIRCULAR

Meet David Shaftoe, Open Country, at Golden Acre car park, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 8BQ. Depart 11.30am. If you’d like a wheelchair pusher or a sighted guide, please let us know in advance. Booking for the walk is essential: Open Country 01423 507227.

Easy going, accessible, nature ramble, gentle pace.

3 miles                2.5 hrs.                 Easy               Circular

 

OTLEY WELCOMES …. HISTORY WALK

Meet Maggie Power, of Otley Welcomes, at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AF. Depart 5.30pm.  Visit the places associated with people who have come to Otley and been welcomed here.

Easy going, interesting, historic town walk.

3 miles                 2.5 hrs.                  Easy                 Circular

 

SUNDAY 24 JUNE

AROUND ROMBALDS

Meet Nigel Cawthorne at Menston Railway Station. Walk departs 9am. Booking opens 1 May – call or text Nigel: 07532 114375.

Circumnavigate Rombald’s Moor plateau – historical sites, continuous changing views of 3 different Dales.

20 miles      9 hrs.       Hard          Circular

 

BOOTS AND BEER

Meet Simon Archer at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ.  Depart 9 am. to Ilkley for Wharfedale Brewery tour, pie and chips included. £11.00 each. Booking open 1st May:  www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk   Booking closes 20th June.

Boots, beer, brewery, breath-taking scenery en route.

9 miles                   7 hrs. (total)              Moderate                 Linear

 

CAKES AND ALE VII

Meet Hank at the top of Station Rd., Otley. Depart 10am. Bring tea/cakes/ale money.

One steep climb at the start then enjoy stunning views, a lunchtime tea and cakes stop, and some ale at the end

12 miles            5hrs      Moderate/Hard              Circular

 

POETRY IN MOTION - OTLEY CIRCULAR.

Meet Carol Downing, Leeds Combined Arts/Leeds YHA, at Otley Bus Station.  Depart 11.30am.  Bring a favourite poem or just listen to poetry in the outdoors.

Field paths, woods, poetry in motion.

5 miles       2.5 hrs.   Easy/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

 

 

MONDAY  25 JUNE

EARLY BIRDS IN THE WETLANDS

Meet Jur Keessen at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley LS21 3AQ. Depart 5am.

Visit the Otley Wetlands - champagne breakfast on site. Sorry, no dogs allowed on the reserve.

Quiet stroll, birds and flowers                                                                     3 miles                3hrs.                Moderate        Circular

 

WELCOME WAY STAGE 1                                                                         

Meet John Sparshatt and Randal Metzger at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9am.

Hills, moors, valleys, great scenery at a strong pace!

17 miles             8 hrs.                 Hard               Circular

 

 

ADDINGHAM, BEAMSLEY BEACON CIRCULAR

Meet Dave Robson at Otley Bus station. X84 departs 9.40am. Walk departs Addingham footbridge 10.20am. Return by bus.  

Field paths, moors and fabulous views from the Beacon.

7 miles               5 hrs.             Moderate            Circular

 

FORGING AHEAD – OTLEY TO KIRKSTALL FORGE

Meet Ryk Downes and Stuart Fildes at Otley Bus Station. 33A depart 9.56am. Includes a tour of 17th century Kirkstall Forge.

Field paths, woodland, meadowlands, unique opportunity.

9.5 miles            6hrs.             Moderate               Linear

MAP TREASURES AT THE LIBRARY

Meet Jur Keessen at Otley bus station for 12.10 X85 to Leeds or meet Yvonne Barnard at 1pm. outside Leeds University Parkinson Building. Follow the art trail around the campus. View the amazing collection of old maps at the university library.

Fascinating unique old maps with expert input.

1 mile                 3 hrs.              Easy              Circular

BRAMHOPE TO OTLEY VIA CARLTON

Meet Anita Walker at Otley bus station at 1.45pm for bus to Bramhope.

Scenic afternoon walk at a gentle pace.

5 miles                  2.5 hrs.           Easy                Linear         

 

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

 

TUESDAY 26 JUNE

WELCOME WAY STAGE 2

Meet John and Randal at Menston railway station. Depart 9am.

Moorland, hills, glens and superb scenery at a strong pace.  

18 miles                  8 hrs.                 Hard                   Circular

 

STANZA STONES

Meet Michael Hare, Otley Walkers, at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Otley. Depart 9am. Sorry, no dogs due to livestock.

Moorland, woodland, the famous Stanza stones.  

13 miles              7.5 hrs.           Moderate           Circular

 

AN OARSOME WALK

Meet Steph Walden at Menston Railway Station (accessible by bus from Otley). Walk departs 9.30am. Return by train from Shipley. Drinks available at Rowing Club bar.  Sorry, no dogs due to livestock.  

Wooded valleys, moorland, canal, historic rowing club, historic Saltaire village

9 miles                6.5 hrs.         Moderate            Linear

 

NIDDERDALE GREENWAY: HARROGATE TO RIPLEY CASTLE

Meet Ray Moss at Otley bus station, Stand 5. X52 bus departs 9.50am. Walk starts 10.35 at Dragon Rd car park, Harrogate (SE306558). Walk ends Ripley Castle. Bus back to Otley. Gentle stroll along old railway line, great views.

5 miles              2 hrs.                  Easy                  Linear

 

THE CHIPPENDALE TRAIL                                                                          Meet Bob Brook outside Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St., Otley, LS21 3AN. Depart 11am. In conjunction with Otley's Chippendale 300 celebrations. Finish in the Old Grammar School [now a Stew & Oyster pub!].  For details other Chippendale 300 events in Otley see www.visitotley.co.uk  and for national events see www.chippendale300.co.uk                                                                            Visit locations associated with Chippendale's early life in 18th century Otley.

2 miles                 1.5 hrs                  Easy                       Circular

 

BIRDSONG WALK AT GALLOWS HILL

Meet Linda Jenkinson, of Start Birding, at Gallows Hill Nature Reserve car park, Otley, LS21 1HL. Depart 1.30pm. Booking opens 1 May: 07778 768719.

Quiet listening walk identifying birds by song.

2 miles              1.5 hrs.                 Easy                  Circular

 

NORDIC WALKING TASTER

Meet Jane Thomas, Nordic Walking UK, at Audley Clevedon, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley. Depart 7 pm.  Numbers limited. Booking opens 1 May: www.daleswaynordicwalking.co.uk/activities 

Try out Nordic walking and feel the benefits.

1 mile                 45 mins.              Easy                 Circular

 

WAYZGOOSE WEAVE

Meet the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Side and friends at Chevin Cycles, 10 Chevin Fold,  Otley LS21 1BR. Depart 7.30pm.

Dance, walk, wander & make merry via a few of Otley’s fine ale houses.

2-3 miles            2 – 3 hrs.             Easy                Circular

 

WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 1:  OTLEY – BLUBBERHOUSES

Meet Stuart Fildes at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9am. £18 for minibus for all 3 stages. Booking opens 1 May: 07564 625129 or online www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk 

Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.

10 miles             5.5 hrs.            Moderate/Hard           Linear

 

FARNLEY HALL 

Meet Ruth and Fitzy at Wharfemeadows Park sundial, Otley. Depart 9.30 am. Walk + Farnley Hall guided tour. £11 entrance fee. Booking opens 1 May: 07564 625129 or www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk 

River, fields, scenery, Hall – unique experiences.

8 miles              7 hrs. (total)        Moderate          Circular

 

EAST OF BRAMHOPE

Meet Tim Huntley at Old Lane car park, Bramhope (near the Fox & Hounds). (Grid Ref: SE 24770 43285). Also accessible by bus X84/X85.  Walk departs 10.10am.

Scenic countryside; great views over Wharfedale and the Washburn valley. 

10 miles             5 hrs.                Moderate             Circular

 

MAPS AND COMPASS FOR NON-EXPERTS

Meet Dave Robson at Wharfemeadows car park, off  Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing.  Depart 10am. Booking by email opens 1 May: yorkrobson@mypostoffice.co.uk 

Bring a Compass and OS Explorer Map 297.

Get to grips with using a map and compass, lovely surrounding, expert help.

3 miles                  2 hrs.                 Easy               Circular

 

RESERVOIR DOGS

Meet Steph and Jenny at Swinsty Moor Car Park. Depart 6pm.  Dogs welcome but please be prepared to clean up after your dog.

Easy reservoir walk. Learn about water supply in Washburn Valley.  

3 miles                   2 hrs.                 Easy              Circular 

 

CHIPPENDALE TRAIL

Meet Bob Brook outside Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St., Otley, LS21 3AN. Depart 7pm. In conjunction with Otley’s Chippendale 300 celebrations.  Finish in the Black Bull – a pub from Chippendale’s time. For details other Chippendale 300 events in Otley see www.visitotley.co.uk and for national events see www.chippendale300.co.uk

Visit locations associated with Chippendale’s early life in 18th century Otley

2 miles      1.5 hrs.   Moderate          Circular

THURSDAY 28 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 2: BLUBBERHOUSES -  BOUTHWAITE

Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS for minibus. Depart 8.30am. Booking essential: details as for Stage 1.

More moors, valleys, scenery, adventure.

13 miles    6 hrs.    Moderate/Hard      Linear

 

TWO CHURCHES WALK

Meet Joyce and Mike Clerk at Otley Bus Station. X84 to Ilkley departs 8.44am.  Walk ends at Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ.  Bring packed lunch, bus fare, money for afternoon café stop.

Historic churches, field paths, great views.

10 miles       8 hrs.       Moderate       Circular

 

ADDINGHAM – SKIPTON VIA LOW BRADLEY

Meet Jenny Procter at Otley Bus Station. X84 bus departs 9.40am. Bus back from Skipton.

Fields, lanes, canal, scenic views.

9 miles      7.5 hrs. (total)    Moderate    Linear

 

WATER, WOODS AND WILDLIFE

Meet Geoff Lomas, Yorkshire Water, at Swinsty Moor car park, LS21 2NP (Grid reference SE186538).  Depart 2pm.

Easy trails and paths, woodland, some uneven ground, lovely reservoir scenes.

4 miles            3 hrs.          Easy        Circular

 

TREES OF OTLEY

Meet Tom Raper at Otley Parish Church. Depart 7.30pm.  Walk finishes in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley.

Fascinating walk round Otley identifying our common and rare trees. 

2 miles              1.5 hrs.        Easy        Linear

 

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF TACKLING ALL THE MUNROS

Mick Bradley presents stunning photographs and anecdotes of bagging all 284 Munros. Tickets £3 from Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St., Otley, LS21 3AN. 01943 467466

Enjoy the trials and triumphs of Munro bagging from the comfort of your own seat.

7.30pm. Otley Courthouse. Doors open 7pm.

 

MIDNIGHT MOON WALK                                                                             

Meet Simon Archer at Burley railway station car park, Station Approach, Burley, LS29 4BE. Walk departs 9pm. Good footwear, warm clothing, food and drink essential. Bring working torch/headtorch. Sorry, no dogs.  Registration essential from 1st May: www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk

Over the moors to Horncliffe Well, The 12 Apostles and more!

10 miles                5 hrs.                  Hard                   Circular

 

FRIDAY 29 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 3:  BOUTHWAITE -  MIDDLEHAM

Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 8.30am. Booking essential: details as for Stage 1.

Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.

16 miles             7 hrs.            Moderate/Hard          Linear

 

SNOWDEN AND THE TREE OF LIFE                                                       

Meet Jur Keessen at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Depart 9.30am. Return via Cockpit Tearooms.                                                          Open access moorland, mysterious Bronze Age Stone.            

8 miles                6 hrs.          Moderate/Hard        Circular

 

OTLEY, LEATHLEY, ASKWITH 

Meet Sue Long at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley.  Depart 10am. 

Valleys, hillsides, historic villages, scenic Wharfedale. 

10 miles              5 hrs.               Moderate             Circular

 

AFTERNOON TEA STROLL

Meet Andy FitzGerald at the Yew Tree Inn car park, Newall Carr Rd., Otley, LS21 2AU. Depart 2pm.

Gentle stroll, tea stop at Cockpit Tea Rooms.

4 miles                  3 hrs.                  Easy                 Circular

 

IN THE JUDGES’ FOOTSTEPS

Meet David Bellerby, Otley in Bloom, at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 7pm.  Walk ends at Otley Bridge. Silver Gilt 2017 national award town!

Walk the route for Otley’s Britain in Bloom competition.  

4 miles                  2 hrs.                    Easy                 Linear

 

OTLEY FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS …. MOUNTAIN

Based on Robert McFarlane’s book Mountains of the Mind. Visually stunning journey to the world’s most beautiful and extreme places. Tickets £4 from Otley Courthouse 01943 467466.

7.45pm. Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St., Otley, LS21 3AN.  Doors open 7pm. 

SATURDAY 30 JUNE

DARK WOODS, OPEN SPACES.

Meet Jur Keessen at Otley bus station. X84 to Addingham departs 09.40. Bus back to Otley. 

Fields, woods, moorland, open views.

12 miles.           7 hrs.          Moderate/Hard           Circular

 

THE CHEVIN REVEALED – WALK 1

Meet Ray Moss at Otley bus station. 33A bus departs 9.56am. Walk departs 10.15 at Menston Cemetery (SE178433).  Includes the Friends of Chevin Forest’s Open Day as for Walk 1. Walk ends Otley town centre.

History, farmland, forest, excellent views. 

3.7 miles           3 hrs.                 Moderate               Linear

 

MOORLAND DALES WALK

Meet Paul Bishop at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 10am for Kettlewell start.    Stunning Dales walk over the tops and back!                                             6 miles          4 hrs (total)            Moderate              Circular

 

A WALK IN THE GREEN BELT

Meet Heather Hodkinson at Otley bus station. X85 bus departs 10.03am. Walk departs Golden Acre car park, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 8BQ at 10.30am.

Country park, Woodland, reservoir, and more!

11 miles           6 hrs (total)          Moderate           Circular

 

THE CHEVIN REVEALED – WALK 2.

Meet Margery and Friends of Otley Chevin at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ.  Depart 10.30am. Leisurely but uphill stroll. Ends with a visit to the Chevin’s Open Day events and history exhibition with café facilities.

Stories, history, great views.

3 miles     4 hrs     Easy/Moderate      Circular

 

DALES DOG WALK – BURNSALL CIRCULAR

Meet Mick Bradley at Burnsall Bridge adjacent to the Red Lion Hotel. Depart 1.30pm. Booking essential: email greatwestern5a@gmail.com or call 01943 467871.

Dales walk for dog owners and their dogs.

5.5 miles         3 hrs.        Easy        Circular

 

WALKULELE 

Party on!  Meet Tim, Kev, Jen and the famous Otley Ukulele Orchestra, at the Woolpack Music & Arts Studio, 14 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB for a music filled evening celebrating Otley Walking Festival. Fun starts at 7:30pm. Food available from “All Good Things”.

0.1 miles          2 hrs (approx.)        Very Easy   

 

SUNDAY 1 JULY

NORDIC WALKING TASTER

Meet Jane Thomas, Nordic Walking UK, at Otley Chevin Upper Shawfield car park, East Chevin Rd., Otley, LS21 3DD. Depart 8.30am. Booking opens 1 May: www.dalesnordicwalking.co.uk/activities 

Try out Nordic walking and feel the benefits.

1 mile                45 mins.               Easy                Circular

 

BACK AGAIN – THE WALK WITH NO NAME

Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 9am.

Hills, field paths, scenic views.

11 miles              6 hrs.              Moderate          Circular

 

ALMOST AN URBAN ADVENTURE

Meet Roger Voller at Otley bus station. Bus departs 9.37am. Walk starts 10am at Golden Acre Park entrance.  Bus back from Leeds.

Meanwood Valley Trail to Leeds – countryside, woods, history.

7 miles              4hrs.                 Moderate          Linear

 

NORDIC WALK

Meet Jane Thomas, Nordic Walking UK, at Otley Chevin Upper Shawfield car park, East Chevin Rd., Otley, LS21 3DD. Depart 9.45am. Booking opens 1 May: www.dalesnordicwalking.co.uk/activities 

A sociable moderately paced Nordic walk. 

3 miles                1 hr.               Moderate            Circular

 

BIRDSONG WALK AT GALLOWS HILL

Meet Linda Jenkinson, of Start Birding, at Gallows Hill Nature Reserve car park, Otley, LS21 1HL. Depart 10am. Booking opens 1 May: 07778 768719.

Quiet listening walk identifying birds by song.

2 miles              1.5 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. Raffle prizes to be won – still all to play for!







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