Walk Reports - 2019

Totals for year:
Walks - 38
Miles - 841
Walkers - 512
Walk leaders -14

 

Ilkley. Saturday 12th January 2019. Distance - 21 miles. 30 walkers. Leader - Tom Wood.

Photos by Ralph Warman.


 

Cowling. Saturday 19th January 2019. Distance - 18 miles. 17 walkers. Leader - Graham Lightowler.

Photos by Ralph Warman.


 

Marsden. Saturday 9th February 2019. Distance - 17 miles. 8 walkers. Leader - Abi MacDonald.

We were not sure what to expect today as we travelled to Marsden with Storm Erik still in full flight, and closed roads, fallen trees and debris everywhere to be seen.
Debutant West Yorkshire walk's leader Abi MacDonald and seven others braved the severe weather elements, and conquered her circuit in a creditable 6 hours 30.
Well done Abi, a super walk and a great day out, finished off with a couple of pints in the Riverhead Brewery Tap.
Here's to many more.

Photos by Tom Wood & Julia Warman.


 

Lofthouse. Saturday 2nd March 2019. Distance - 20 miles. 14 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

Photos by Julia Warman & Tom Wood.


 

Addingham. Saturday 9th March 2019. Distance - 18 miles. 19 walkers. Leader - Kevin Hudson.

Photos by Tom Wood.


 

Marsden. Saturday 23rd March 2019. Distance - 19 miles. 17 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.

We headed down the Colne valley to Slaithwaite (Slawit!) and back before heading to the Tunnel End and then over the moors. Returned to Marsden via Standedge Edge.
A couple of beers were enjoyed in the Riverhead Bar afterwards.

Photos by Tim Rollett.


 

Gargrave. Saturday 30th March 2019. Distance - 23 miles. 15 walkers. Leader - Ralph Warman.

Exchange Weekend with South Wales Group.

Photos by Julia Warman.


 

Horton. Saturday 30th March 2019. Distance - 24 miles. 16 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.

Exchange Weekend with South Wales Group.

Photos by Tom Wood.


 

Embsay. Sunday 31st March 2019. Distance - 10 miles. 18 walkers. Leader - Madeleine Watson.

Exchange Weekend with South Wales Group.


 

Arncliffe. Saturday 27th April 2019. Distance - 19 miles. 7 walkers. Leader - Ralph Warman.

A very wet and windy day. We got soaked coming off Horse Head Pass and it didn't look as though it was going to improve so we made a decision to cut short.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


 

Downham. Saturday 4th May 2019. Distance - 31 miles. 24 walkers. Leader - Peter Smith.

Photos by Ralph Warman.


 

Grassington. Saturday 18th May 2019. Distance - 21 miles. 14 walkers. Leader - Ralph Warman.

Photos by Tom Wood.


 

Hadrian's Hundred. Saturday 25th - Monday 27th May 2019. Distance - 100 miles.

Photos by Tom Wood.


 

Brun Clough. Saturday 8th June 2019. Distance - 21 miles. 7 walkers. Leader - Abi MacDonald.

Photos by Ralph Warman.

Only the magnificent seven braved this one today, with a forecast of only 11/12 degrees and a light breeze and rain showers all day, not good for early June.
It was a case of a flashback from the Hadrian's Hundred for some of us, the forecast was slightly wrong, it did in fact rain for most of the day and was pretty cold and miserable on the tops. So what a welcome invitation from Anne Webb (South Pennine Group) who lives on today's route and invited us all in for fresh baked scones and coffee.
Many thanks to Anne for your kind hospitality and to Abi for a great walk, which we will have to do again in better weather.


 

Malvern Midsummer Marathon. Friday 14th - Sunday 16th June 2019. Distance - 26 miles.


 

Bradford. Saturday 22nd June 2019. Distance - 34 miles. 11 walkers. Leader - Kevin Hudson.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tom Wood.


 

Buckden. Saturday 29th June 2019. Distance - 28 miles. 10 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

Photos by Ralph Warman.


 

Hebden Bridge. Saturday 20th July 2019. Distance - 28 miles. 9 walkers. Leader - Tom Wood.

Photos by Karen Pickersgill & Tom Wood.


 

Brighouse. Saturday 27th July 2019. Distance - 24 miles. 12 walkers. Leader - Karen Pickersgill.

Twelve walkers, and Stripe the dog, joined us on this 24 mile walk which incorporated parts of the Brighouse Boundary Way, the Calderdale Way and the Kirklees Way.
Passing through the lovely villages of Norwood Green, Shelf, Southowram, Fixby, Bradley, Hartshead and Clifton – the highlight of the walk was the Shibden Valley where we visited Shibden Hall (which featured in the recent BBC dramatization of the life of Anne Lister – Gentleman Jack).
True to the forecast, we had very heavy rain from late morning onwards which resulted in having to navigate flooded roads and fords!
A great day out despite the weather.

Photos by Karen Pickersgill, Tom Wood & Ian Pierce.


 

Ilkey. Saturday 3rd August 2019. Distance - 22 miles. 21 walkers. Leaders - Jacqueline Cooper & Roger Mahony.

A few new members and visitors from Lancashire, South Pennines, Nidderdale and Beds, Bucks and Northants groups swelled the numbers for today's walk.
Fears that the route may have had to be altered on the day due to the heavy downpours during the week for our river stepping stone crossing at Burley was not necessary because the river level had gone down quite considerably, and the steps were proud and good to cross.
On our way then and up to Beamsley Beacon via Askwith, Ellarcarr Pike, and Round Hill, then down to the cricket ground at Addingham for lunch.
The afternoon section was a climb up to Windgate Nick and the Skyline walk back to Burley via Long Ridge End, Buck Stones, Whetstone Gate and the Twelve Apostles Stone circle.
Many thanks to Jacqs and Roger for a smashing walk.

Photos by ?


 

Pannal. Sunday 11th August 2019. Distance - 21 miles. 11 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.

On the 11th August we joined forces with Nidderdale LDWA to walk a ring around Harrogate. 11 walkers benefited from ideal conditions as we made good time to do the 19 mile route. Lunch was enjoyed at Knaresborough riverside where a few walkers went to a café for a coffee.


 

Grassington. Saturday 17th August 2019. Distance - 31 miles. 12 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

Photos by Tom Wood.


 

Haworth. Sunday 25th August 2019. Distance - 26 miles. 9 walkers. Leader - Kevin Hudson.

A tough walk made even tougher by the blistering hot weather conditions. We were very grateful to the farmer at Walshaw Dean for filling up our empty water bottles, further refreshment was had at the Fleece Hotel on our return to Haworth.

Photos by ?


 

Otley. Tuesday 3rd September 2019. Distance - 12 miles. walkers. Leader - Madeleine Watson.

Evening walk.


 

Gargrave. Saturday 7th September 2019. Distance - 23 miles. 7 walkers. Leader - Ralph Warman.

One Foot in the Gargrave marshal's walk.

A disappointing show for this one today, only 5 Marshals on board but for the ones that turned out a good day was had, marching round in the warm autumnal sunshine.
Many thanks again to Stuart and Sandra for the checkpoint at Street Gate, catering for us on route their usual super treats and drinks.
And what a star Stuart is, getting to the checkpoint thinking he had a half full bottle of gas and then to find that it was in fact completely empty. So what did he do, he made a fire and boiled up water to supply us with hot tea and coffee.
Star, Star, Star, many thanks again S & S.

Photos by Julia & Ralph Warman.


 

Pateley Bridge. Saturday/Sunday 14/15th September 2019. Distance - 56 miles. 11 walkers. Leader - Lesley Peel.

The Nidderdale Way.
Saturday 14th September. 11 walkers. 29 miles.
Sunday 15 September. 11 walkers. 27 miles.
8 walkers successfully completed both days.

Photos by Julia & Ralph Warman & Karen Pickersgill.


 

Gargrave. Saturday 21st September 2019. Distance - 23 miles. 133 walkers.

One Foot in the Gargrave challenge walk.

Photos by Ralph Warman.



Brian Fisher has kindly shared some photos of this years event here

 

Bingley. Saturday 28th September 2019. Distance - 30 miles. 6 walkers. Leader - Ralph Warman.

Photos by Julia & Ralph Warman.


 

East Keswick. Tuesday 1st October 2019. Distance - 12 miles. walkers. Leader - Madeleine Watson.

Evening walk.


 

Burnsall. Saturday 5th October 2019. Distance - 24 miles. 10 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

A good dry Autumnal day for this one as we left Burnsall on Jane's 24 mile circuit via Thorpe, Linton and Threshfield Moor to Malham Cove.
The return journey was via Watlowes, Mastiles Lane, Wood Nook, Threshfield and the Dales Way riverside path from Grassington back to Burnsall.
Well done Jane for a very enjoyable day.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Karen Pickersgill.


 

Scarborough. Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11-13th October 2019.

Friday 11th October. Cropton. Five Churches. 17 miles. 5 walkers. Leaders - Iain Haigh & Sue Manley.
Saturday 12th October. The Scarborough Rock. 25 miles. 9 walkers. Leader - Lesley Peel.
Sunday 13th October. Cleveland Loop. 8 miles. 10 walkers. Leader - Lesley Peel.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Karen Pickersgill.


 

Marsden. Saturday 19th October 2019. Distance - 18 miles. 19 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett (standing in for the injured Tom Wood).

We had 19 walkers, including two new people join us. Conditions were pretty good but there were a few places where it was quite muddy. The rain held off and the early mist cleared to give us some good views in the afternoon.

Photos by Ralph Warman & Tim Rollett.


 

Leeds. Tuesday 5th November 2019. Distance - 12 miles. walkers. Leader - Madeleine Watson.

Evening walk.


 

Digley reservoir. Saturday 9th November 2019. Distance - 20 miles. 17 walkers. Leader - Abi MacDonald.

Photos by Karen Pickersgill.


 

Roundhay. Sunday 24th November 2019. Distance - 28 miles. walkers. Leader - Madeleine Watson.


 

Penistone. Saturday 30th November 2019. Distance - 18 miles. 21 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

Photos by Tom Wood.


 

Garforth. Tuesday 3rd December 2019. Distance - 12 miles. walkers. Leader - Madeleine Watson.

Evening walk.


 

Carleton, Skipton. Saturday 14th December 2019. Distance - 12 miles. 25 walkers. Leaders - Karen Pickersgill & Lesley Peel.

Photos by Tom Wood.


 

Roundhay. Sunday 22nd December 2019. Distance - 22 miles. walkers. Leader - Madeleine Watson.


 

Bramhope. Tuesday 31st December 2019. Distance - 12 miles. 31 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.

A bumper turnout of 31 on today's walk including LDWA members from Suffolk, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire and East Lancs.
Clear and sunny conditions made for good walking, although a few fields were still muddy after the wet weather of early December. A lunch stop at Golden Acre park was welcome as the café was open!

Photos by Tim Rollett & Ralph Warman.