Walk Reports - 2015

Totals for year:
Walks - 31
Miles - 643
Walkers - 494
Walk Leaders - 11


Otley. Sunday January 4th 2015. Distance - 18 miles. 15 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Around North and West Leeds using part of the Leeds Country Way.


Spofforth. Saturday January 10th 2015. Distance - 17 miles. 16 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.

Joint walk with Nidderdale and North Yorkshire to celebrate the re-opening of Woodhall Bridge.


Swinsty. Saturday January 17th 2015. Distance - 20 miles. 12 walkers. Leader - Andy Ward.

Mainly the John O'Gaunt route.


Grassington. Saturday January 24th 2015. Distance - 19 miles. 25 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Yet another excellent walk led by Bob Clarke. Good turn out of 25 with lots of new (and old) faces. A day of fine views due to sun, blue skies and a covering of snow.
Lunch in the Mossdale shooting lodge was an extra bonus!

Photos by Bob Clarke & Tom Wood.


Harrogate. Sunday February 15th 2015. Distance - 18 miles. 15 walkers. Leader - John Sparshatt.

To include the Washburn Valley, Beaver Dyke reservoir, Norwood Edge and Stainburn Moor.


Arncliffe. Saturday February 28th 2015. Distance - 24 miles. 13 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Another challenging Bob Clarke walk for the group on board braving the elements of low cloud, rain, and a chilly wind on the summits of Fountains Fell and Pen y Ghent.
We returned via the wet and muddy fields of Littondale for a welcome pint in the Falcon Arms.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


Guiseley White Cross. Saturday March 7th 2015. Distance - 20 miles. 18 walkers. Leader - Andy Ward.

A few new faces joined us for Andy's jaunt around our famous Yorkshire Moor. After an overcast grey and windy morning we were blessed with wall to wall warm spring sunshine for the second half of the walk.
One notable absentee, committee member Ian Slinger who is recovering from a brain tumour operation, we wish him well.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


Kettlewell. Saturday March 20th 2015. Distance - 20 miles. 23 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

A popular venue and the opportunity to do a tough Wharfedale circuit attracted a large group of 23 walkers (including back from injury Brummy Dave Crompton).
Fine weather with good visibility throughout the day enabled us to keep a good pace going over the tough climbs of Old Cote Moor, Buckden Pike and Great Whernside.
Total ascent for the day 4828 feet.

Photos by Julia Greenwood.


Grassington. Saturday April 4th 2015. Distance - 24 miles. 17 walkers. Leader - Les Abba.

17 of us gathered in Grassington for a lovely Easter Saturday walk, and we weren't disappointed. Sadly Karen was unable to lead the walk, as she was looking after her mum, who we all wish a speedy recovery. Thankfully Les stepped in and did an excellent job. It was also great to see Ian Slinger back out with us.
We walked from Grassington over to Conistone, where we had a mid morning snack and then ascended steeply, forever upwards to Capplestone Gate followed by a lovely traverse into Kettlewell for a spot of lunch, in the sunshine. Surprisingly enough we then climbed again up to Cam Head before dropping down into Starbotton.
The obvious route from here was along the Dales Way back to Kettlewell along the river, but guess what, we climbed up again passing the old youth hostel at Moor End. The views on this section however certainly made the climb worthwhile, with a beautiful descent back into Kettlewell.
Finally we climbed up to Conistone Pie and descended through and along Grass Wood into Grassington. It was a grand day out in the Spring sunshine, with an extra bonus of 3 miles more than the advertised distance.

Photos by Julia Greenwood.

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Ingleton. Monday April 6th 2015. Distance - 19 miles. 15 walkers. Leader - Andy Ward.

The group travelled to Ingleton for the second of its Easter walks, a re run of Andy's Ingleborough and Whernside traverse.
Thick mist was soon burnt off as we gained height on our ascent of Whernside with fantastic views from the summit of the surrounding fells and the mist still hugging the valleys below.
Lunch at the Ribblehead viaduct was followed by a tough climb up Park Fell and super ridge walk to the summit of Ingleborough and more fantastic views.
We returned via Crina Bottom Farm happy and content after a truly memorable walk.

Photos by Ralph Warman.

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Hebden Bridge. Saturday April 18th 2015. Distance - 22 miles. 27 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Another big group with a few new faces set off from the Railway station on a chilly cloudy morning.
Once up Stoodley Pike and down the other side to the valley below the skies cleared and sun shone for the rest of the day. Another cracking walk and day was had by all !

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


Long Preston. Saturday May 2nd 2015. Distance - 21 miles. 7 walkers. Leader - Andy Ward.

Rye Loaf and Sugar Loaf Hill. Mainly the route of an old challenge walk.


Nidderdale Way I. Saturday May 9th 2015. Distance - 25 miles. 8 walkers. Leaders - Tricia Hesford / Andy Ward.

To Scar House. Joint walk with Nidderdale.


Nidderdale Way II. Saturday May 16th 2015. Distance - 25 miles. 8 walkers. Leaders - Tricia Hesford / Andy Ward.

To Ripley. Joint walk with Nidderdale.

Photos by Tom Wood.


Bolton Bridge. Saturday May 30th 2015. Distance - 24 miles. 15 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

A dry sunny and clear day enabled us to witness and enjoy the Wharfedale countryside at its best.

Photos by Ralph Warman, Julia Greenwood & Tom Wood.


Dales Traverse. Saturday June 6th 2015. Distance - 28 miles. 17 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Set off from Kettlewell to walk an ex-challenge walk based in Upper Wharfedale. It was a really great walk and Ian Slinger joined us on Mastilles Lane for a short stretch. We had 17 people in total - the wind was GALE FORCE - particularly going up Buckden Pike and on top of Birks Fell.

Photos by Ian Dyer & Tom Wood.


Ilkley. Saturday June 13th 2015. Distance - 21 miles. 13 walkers. Leader - Ralph Warman.

After early morning rain the skies cleared and we enjoyed a good days walking visiting Middleton, Denton, Askwith and Dob Park, returning to Ilkley via Ellarcarr Pike and Denton Moor.

Photos by Julia Greenwood & Tom Wood.


Grassington. Saturday June 27th 2015. Distance - 20 miles. 14 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

A very pleasant day began on the Dales Way to Kettlewell, having a taster of the Conistone Pie on the way. A quick break was taken before the fitness levels were checked with a climb up onto Great Whernside. We were rewarded with great views before heading over to Mossdale where we had lunch. Capplestone Gate, Yarnbury and Hebden were all visited before we headed back to Grassington and relaxed at the Foresters.

Photos by Tom Wood.


Broadbottom. Saturday July 4th 2015. Distance - 21 miles. 13 walkers. Leader - Philip Clarke.

Etherow Excess - Coombes Edge, Lantern Pike, Mellor Moor, Marple Bridge and Werneth Low.

Photos by Philip Clarke & Tom Wood.


Kettlewell. Saturday July 18th 2015. Distance - 21 miles. 13 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Set off up and over Knipe Scar to drop down to Arncliffe. Up the Monks Road then visited Darnbrook before heading off to Malham Tarn for lunch. Hawkswick Cote was next up before returning to Kettlewell for a well earned drink.

Photos by Julia Greenwood, Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


Arncliffe. Saturday July 25th 2015. Distance - 24 miles. 14 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

A new walk leader for the group, Jane Parry, attracted a nice gathering and the odd new face for her 24 mile circuit from Arncliffe.
The round saw us traverse Halton Gill, Pen-y-Ghent, Fountains Fell, and Malham Tarn and return via the Monks trod.
Well Done Jane for a great day out!

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


Burnsall. Saturday August 15th 2015. Distance - 24 miles. 10 walkers. Leader - Karen Pickersgill.

A trip through Wharfedale.

Photos by Philip Clarke.

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Gargrave. Saturday August 22nd 2015. Distance - 23 miles. 9 walkers.

One Foot in the Gargrave marshal's walk.

Photos by Julia Greenwood.


Embsay. Saturday August 29th 2015. Distance - 20 miles. 18 walkers. Leader - Ian Dyer.

Burnsall & Thorpe.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Philip Clarke.


One Foot In The Gargrave. Saturday September 12th 2015. Distance - 23 miles. 113 walkers.

Wet and windy.


Hebden Bridge. Saturday September 26th 2015. Distance - 19 miles. 21 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Another good turnout for the ever popular Bob. Visited Heptonstall, Widdop reservoir, Great Edge and Hebden Dale.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


Swinsty. Saturday October 10th 2015. Distance - 22 miles. 12 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.

Another good walk ably led by Tim, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Washburn Valley. A fine day with some interesting views on the way, including an array of fungi. And the entertainment levels were set on high all day thanks to the Ladies, ably led by Hazel.
One person who was very much missed today was Julia Greenwood, who is recuperating for a short while. Get well soon Julia.

Photos by Hazel Storozuk, Tim Rollett & Ian Dyer.


Grassington. Saturday October 24th 2015. Distance - 19 miles. 13 walkers. Leader - Ian Dyer.

Stand in leader Ian Dyer did us proud with a fine walk around Wharfedale. After mid morning rain the afternoon gave way to lovely autumnal sunshine for the group, visiting Capplestone Gate, Conistone Dib, Malham Moor and returning via Skirethorns.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


St Ives. Saturday November 14th 2015. Distance - 19 miles. 19 walkers. Leader - Karen Pickersgill.

An enjoyable walk with a healthy number turning up despite the poor weather forecast. Lunch was taken in Haworth, where we were serenaded by a ragtime band. Visited Oxenhope, Harden then back through the St. Ives estate where we ended up having a warm drink at the cafe.

Photos by Tom Wood.


Ilkley. Saturday November 28th 2015. Distance - 19 miles. 22 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Another good turnout, with several new walkers joining us, braved the elements to visit Middleton, Langbar Moor, Hazlewood Moor, Bolton Abbey Estate, Hawpike Farm and Addingham Moorside. The rain and wind gradually worsened in the afternoon and it was a very wet group that ended up in Ilkley. Thanks to Bob for keeping our spirits up!

Photos by Tom Wood.


Skipton Xmas Walk. Saturday December 12th 2015. Distance - 12 miles. 25 walkers. Leader - Bob Clarke.

Photos by Tom Wood.


Bramhope. Thursday December 31st 2015. Distance - 15 miles. 27 walkers. Leader - Ralph Warman.

Fantastic weather greeted a bumper group of walkers at Bramhope for the last 15 of 15.
Conditions under foot were not too bad considering the recent bad wet weather as we made our way through the Chevin Forest to the Surprise view, then down the steps to Otley and a climb out to Clifton, dropping down to the Washburn Valley via Dob Bridge we made our way to Pool Bridge for the Sting in the tail Staircase Lane.
A great way to finish the year and we topped it off with a beer in the Fox and Hounds.

Photos by Julia Greenwood & Ralph Warman.

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