The Irregulars Group - Long Distance Walkers Association



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Affiliated to

PNFS3Peak & Northern Footpaths Society



The Irregulars is a walking group, mainly made up of folks from Yorkshire, Lancashire & Derbyshire and all counties in between.


Unlike other LDWA Local Groups, The Irregulars is classed as non-geographical, which means our members are not allocated to us based on their post code.  Instead, a love of diverse and interesting walking has attracted many LDWA members to join us.  

What we are about:

  • We generally arrange social walks every Wednesday and Saturday. There are also shorter walks on some Thursdays, and sometimes walks on other dates. Any LDWA member or guest walker is welcome. Full details are published on this website under Future Events.

  • Walks generally start at 8:00am. However this time may vary so check the walk details. The walks are usually between 15-20 miles long and on mixed terrain. A brief coffee stop is taken around 10:00am, so bring a flask. Around about 1:00pm a lunch stop is taken. This is normally in a pub, conveniently planned into the walk to enable folk to enjoy some relaxed social time and get a sandwich, soup or chips, if they wish. Drinkers of beer and tea are equally welcome.  Feel free to bring a pack-up if that is what you prefer or if no lunch stop is planned: but please do not eat your own food inside the pub.

  • Dogs are welcome, under strict control (check walk details for non-doggy days): see the Dogs on Social Walks page for guidance.

  • Walking holidays both domestic & abroad are organised by members for members, under the auspices of the group. Participants are required to be a subscribing member of the Group.  

  • Other walking events are also organised in the UK & Overseas.  These are run privately by members and all are welcome.

  • Achievement badges & T-shirts are frequently awarded to subscribing members.

  • The group operates a blog, containing photos of awards and walks, statistics and other miscellany. The blog address is , and it accepts subscriptions so you can be kept up-to-date. Most posts are password-protected: the pw can be obtained from any member who can hold a smartphone the right way up, or from Mark at .

  • We also have a Facebook page, 'The Irregulars LDWA', open to members. This attracts scenic photos from walks, and also links to the blog posts.
  • The Group organises up to four challenge walks a year, one of which is a 50 mile qualifier for the LDWA 100. Details are on this website and in Strider. 

  • In 2019 we affiliated to the Peak & Northern Footpath Society (est. 1894), who monitor, protect and improve the footpath network in the North-Midlands & North West of England. More details can be found on their web site -

  • Good company and good conversation can be found on all of our walks.  Do walking organisations get any better?  Come on one of our walks and see!