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otleywalkingfestival@mail.com

Otley Walking Festival Office 07564 625129

Otley Walking Festival
June 23th to July 1st 2018

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OTLEY WALKING FESTIVAL 2017

 

SATURDAY 24 JUNE

MOOR AND MORE – ADDINGHAM TO OTLEY

Meet Jeff Davies at 9am at Otley bus station for 762 bus to Addingham. Walk departs 9.45am. at the junction of Main St. and Church St., Addingham.

Beacon, moors, pastures, ridges, views.

15 miles              7 hrs.          Moderate/Hard           Linear

ILKLEY – A DIFFERENT WAY  

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 9 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

SWINSTY RESERVOIR CIRCULAR

Meet David Shaftoe, Open Country, at Swinsty Moor car park (Grid Ref: SE186538). Walk departs 1pm. Option for tea at Fewston Farm Shop, Upper Cobby Syke Farm (HG3 1SR). 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 at a gentle pace.

3 miles                  2 hrs.                 Easy               Circular

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIC SOUND WALK

Meet Tim Waters at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St., Otley, LS21 3AN. Depart 2.30pm.

We will be exploring the natural and man-made sounds that make up the unique soundscape of Otley. Get to experience the town in a new way. There is a break half way at Wharfemeadows Park for a cuppa and ice cream!

A fascinating experience – active listening and walking through Otley’s core. 

2.5 miles              2.5 hrs.                 Easy                Circular

WALKING TO WINE AT THE HALL 

Meet Ruth and Sue at the sundial in Wharfemeadows park, Otley.  Depart 3.30 pm. A lovely walk to drinks on the terrace at Farnley Hall.  £5 payable on booking.   Booking opens 9 May: Festival Office 07564 625129 or www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk  

Field and meadow paths - some uphill at start rewarded by scenic views and drinks on the Terrace. 

4.5 miles             4 hrs.              Moderate              Circular

OTLEY PLAQUES WALK

Meet Mark Brockbank inside the Bridge St entrance to Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Depart 7.30 pm.  Walk ends in Otley town centre with an optional hostelry visit.

Discover Otley’s history recorded by plaques and other markers.

2 miles                    2 hrs.                    Easy             Linear

 

SUNDAY 25 JUNE 

AROUND ROMBALDS

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

Circumnavigate Rombalds Moor plateau – historical sites, continuous changing views of 3 different Dales.

20 miles       9 hrs.         Hard          Circular

ILKLEY TO OTLEY

Meet Roger Voller at Otley bus station. X84 to Ilkley bus station departs 9.50am. Walk departs Ilkley bus station 10.20am.

Riverside, woods, moors, field paths, great views across the valley.

9 miles       5.5 hrs.      Moderate     Linear

CAKES AND ALE VI

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      5.5 hrs.     Moderate/Hard     Circular

ALONG THE WHARFE AT ADDINGHAM

Meet Carol Downing, Leeds Combined Arts/Leeds YHA, at the information panel in Addingham where North St becomes Bark Lane LS29 0QY. Depart 11.30am.

Towards the end of the walk there is the option to walk the small Labyrinth outside St. Peter’s Church, where we will be also stopping for optional refreshments including homemade cakes and cream teas.

Riverside paths, field paths, lovely River Wharfe

5.5 miles      2.5 hrs.     Easy       Circular

OTLEY GREEN WALK

Meet Rob Godfrey at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ.  Depart 12 noon. Visit “green” houses and gardens with sustainable features. Tea and cakes en route. Not suitable for dogs. Booking opens 9 May: 07553 953208.

 “Green” houses and sustainability; gentle pace.

4 miles          3 hrs.        Easy       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  26 JUNE

ROCKINGHALL CIRCULAR

Meet Michael Hare, Otley Walkers, at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9am.Goes out along the river, round Thruscross Reservoir, over moorland to Rockingstone Hall. Then back over the moor to the river and back. 

Moors, riverside, farmland, superb views.

12 miles             7.5 hrs. total           Moderate         Circular

OTLEY TO YEADON - AND BACK

Meet Sue Long at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9.30am.

Woodlands, fields, Yeadon Tarn, history, fabulous views – steep climb to start!

12 miles                6 hrs.                Moderate             Circular

FORGING AHEAD – OTLEY TO KIRKSTALL FORGE

Meet Ryk Downes and Stuart Fildes at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9.45am. Includes a tour of 17th century Kirkstall Forge. Return to Otley by bus.

Field paths, woodland, meadowlands, unique opportunity.

10 miles            6hrs.             Moderate               Linear

BOLTON ABBEY TO APPLETREEWICK VIA SIMON’S SEAT AND TROLLERS’ GILL.

Meet Tim Huntley at Ilkley bus station for 74A bus to Bolton Abbey. Bus departs 10:35. Bring beer/tea/cake money.  Return bus departs 17:22 from Appletreewick.  Please check website for any changes to bus times.  Sorry, no dogs due to access restrictions.

Riverside, gills, hills, moors, superb scenery.

10 miles             6 hrs.            Moderate/Hard            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 27 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 offered.

Quiet stroll, birds, and flowers.

3 miles        3hrs.         Easy       Circular

OTLEY DOB PARK CIRCULAR

Meet Michael Hare, Otley Walkers, at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Depart 9.30am. Sorry, no dogs due to livestock. The walkgoes out of Otley to Clifton then to Dob Park and a circular return over farm land Back through Clifton and a different way back to Otley.

Farmland, ancient hunting park, historical buildings, good paths.

8 miles         5 hrs.       Moderate      Circular

TWO NEW STATIONS WALK

Meet Ray Moss at Otley bus station. 33A departs 9.50am. Walk from Kirkstall Forge station by the canal and through lovely woodland to Applerley Bridge station with an option to extend the walk by 2 miles to Guiseley. Bus back to Otley from either destination.

Canal, stations, woodland.

5 miles      2.5 hrs.      Moderate    Linear

OTLEY/NORWOOD EDGE CIRCULAR

Meet Ian James at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462). Depart 10am.

Riverside, meadows, reservoirs, edges.

12 miles    6 hrs.      Hard       Circular

MAP TREASURES AT THE LIBRARY

Meet Jur Keessen at Otley bus station for 12.20 X84 to Leeds or meet Yvonne Barnard at 1pm. outside Leeds University Parkinson Building. Walk the art trail around the university campus. View the amazing collection of old maps at the university’s Brotherton Library.

Fascinating unique old maps with expert input.

1 mile         3 hrs.         Easy        Circular

WAYZGOOSE WEAVE

Meet the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Side and friends at Manchester Square, Otley LS21 1BS. 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

MIDSUMMER HERB WALK

Meet Herbalist Bel Charlesworth, at East Chevin Quarry car park, East Chevin Rd., Otley. Departs 7pm.  Booking opens 9 May: 07775 920079 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Discover the folklore and medicinal properties of plants and trees on the Chevin.

1.5 hrs.   1.5 miles   Easy/Moderate   Circular

 

WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 1:  MIDDLEHAM - BOUTHWAITE.

Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 8.30am. £18 for minibus for all 3 stages. Booking opens 9 May at the Festival Office: 07564 625129 or at www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk 

Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.

15 miles          8 hrs.         Mod/Hard          Linear

FARNLEY HALL 

Meet Fitzy and Ruth at Wharfemeadows Park sundial, Otley. Depart 9.30 am. Walk + Farnley Hall guided tour. £11 entrance fee. Booking opens 9 May: Festival Office 07564 625129 or at www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk

River, fields, scenery, Hall – unique experiences.

8 miles              7 hrs. (total)       Moderate          Circular

EAST CARLTON CIRCULAR

Meet Jeff Davies at the entrance to Otley All Saints Church, Kirkgate, Otley, LS21 3HW. Depart 10am. Only one steep ascent.

Woodland, pastures, the Chevin, high level views.

9.5 miles          4.5 hrs.                Moderate           Circular

BACK FOR THE BIKE RACE

Meet Hank at Sainsbury’s entrance gate on Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB. Departs 2pm. Bring fish & chips and/or beer money if you’re staying for our fantastic Otley Cycle Races. Only one steep section at start.

An afternoon’s walk on the Chevin AND a guided tour of the Otley Cycle Races circuit before the action starts. 

6.5 miles             3 hrs.           Moderate/Hard       Circular

32nd OTLEY CYCLE RACES - FROM 6PM

Watch the 6th round of the Women's British Road Series and the opening round of the British Cycling Men's Elite Circuit Race Series. And more!   

 

THURSDAY 29 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 2: BOUTHWAITE -  BLUBBERHOUSES 

Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS for minibus. Depart 9am. Booking essential: details as for Stage 1.

More moors, valleys, scenery, adventure.

13 miles    6 hrs.    Moderate/Hard      Linear

THREE CHURCHES WALK

Meet Joyce and Mike Clerk at Otley Parish Church, Kirkgate, Otley, LS21 3HW. Depart 9am.  Walk ends at Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Visiting Otley Parish Church, Weston All Saints Church, and Farnley All Saints Church. Bring sandwiches/drink for lunch at Weston. Bring cash for donations at the Churches and for tea/coffee at Cockpit Farm Tearooms.

History, field paths, scenic views.

9.5 miles      7 hrs.   Moderate     Circular

CUP AND RINGS ON ILKLEY MOOR

Meet Jur Keessen at Otley bus station. X84 to Ilkley departs 09.40. Bus back from Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Bronze age cups & rings, cairns, stone circle on Ilkley Moor. 

8 miles    6 hrs. (total)  Moderate/Hard  Linear

BY WATER & STEAM

Meet Jenny Procter at North Parade car park, Otley, LS21 1BA for car sharing. Depart 10am to Oxenhope (free car park). Walk incorporates steam train to Oxenhope. Bring money for train fare and ice creams.

Stunning high moors scenery, reservoirs and steam trains.

10 miles   7 hrs. (total)   Moderate  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. A special year as Otley has been selected for the national Britain in Bloom competition.

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

4 miles        2 hrs.              Easy           Linear

 

FRIDAY 30 JUNE

SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 3:  BLUBBERHOUSES -  OTLEY

Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 9am. Booking essential: details as for Stage 1.

Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.

10 miles          5.5 hrs.           Moderate/Hard          Linear

DARK WOODS, OPEN SPACES.

Meet Jur Keessen at 09.30 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

OTLEY PARK AND NATURE RESERVE

Meet Gwen Oates, Alzheimers Society, at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley.  Depart 11am.  Booking opens 9 May and closes 23 June. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0113 2311727.

Parkland, nature reserve, and riverside at a gentle pace.

2.5 miles           2 hrs.                  Easy                   Circular

WALKULELE

Meet Tim, Kev, Jen and the famous Otley Ukulele Orchestra, at the Woolpack Music & Arts Studio, 14 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB. Depart 7.30pm.  Check Otley Walking Festival’s website for more details of the event.

"Come join the fabulous Otley Ukulele Orchestra for an evening of music and good cheer - and s little bit of walking. Music starts at the Woolpack Studios at 7:30pm before heading off on a circular walk taking in two local hostelries before returning to the Woolpack for the final performance of the evening. Good from "All Good Things" will be available outside the Woolpack for those in need of a tasty morsel".

Magical musical pub tour - good songs, good cheer.

1.5 miles          2.5 hrs               Easy                  Linear

 

SATURDAY  1 JULY

ELLARCAR PIKE - BEAMSLEY BEACON ROUND

Meet Ethel Hickton, Otley Walkers, at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.30am. 

Hills, moors, beacon, great views - at a strong pace!

11 miles          6 hrs. (total)      Moderate/Hard           Circular

THE ROAD TO MARSTON MOOR

Meet Bob Brook and Andy FitzGerald of Otley Pub Club at Otley bus station. Bus to Menston train station departs 10.05am. Walk departs Menston train station at 10.30am.  Only one steep climb! Lunchtime stop at the Royalty. Finish at Otley Parish church. Then try to emulate Cromwell’s troops drinking the Black Bull dry!

Walk where Cromwell’s troops camped. Learn of the build up to a pivotal battle in the Civil War. History on the move!

5 miles             4 hrs.                Moderate                Linear

THE CHEVIN REVEALED – WALK 1.

Meet Margery, Jane, and Friends of Chevin Forest Park, at 9.50am. at Otley bus station. X84 departs 10am. Hear about the Chevin’s fascinating history and take part in Chevin Forest’s Open Day events, exhibition and refreshments. 

History, good walking, great views.

3 miles                  4.5 hrs.           Easy/Moderate        Linear

THE CHEVIN REVEALED – WALK 2

Meet Ray Moss at Otley bus station for 33A bus departing at   9.50am. Walk departs 10.30 at the Sailing Centre car park, Yeadon Tarn, High St., Leeds, LS19 7TA. Includes the Friends of Chevin Forest’s Open Day as for Walk 1. Walk ends Otley town centre.

History, tarn, forest, good walking.

4.5 miles              4 hrs.                 Moderate                 Linear

STEPPING OUT OF LINE

Sound Company Men’s Choir bring their latest script-in-hand production to Otley Walking Festival. And it’s all about walking and song as part of protest – The Kinder Scout Mass Trespass, The Jarrow Crusade, and more! Performance starts 7.30pm at Otley Aged Person’s Centre, (opposite the Old Cock pub), Crossgate, Otley, LS21 1AA.  Doors open 7.15pm. Tickets £3 on the door. 

An evening of history, drama, and spoken word - protest, songs, and walking. Not to be missed!

 

SUNDAY 2 JULY

BACK AGAIN – THE WALK WITH NO NAME

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

Hills, field paths, scenic views.

12 miles           6 hrs.             Moderate       Circular

BIRDSONG WALK AT GALLOWS HILL

Meet Linda Jenkinson, of Start Birding, at Gallows Hill Nature Reserve car park, Otley, LS21 1HL. Depart 9am. Booking opens 9 May: 07778 768719.

Quiet listening walk identifying birds by song.

2 miles      1.5 hrs.       Easy           Circular

BRIDGE TO BRIDGE (DENTON TO OTLEY)

Meet Heather Hodkinson at 9.40am. at Otley bus station. X84 to Denton Bridge, Ilkley departs 9.50am. 

Fields, farms, woods, and hills –  superb views all the way.

8 miles              5 hrs.               Moderate          Linear

ESCAPE TO EMMERDALE AND ECCUP

Meet Denise Bennett at Walkergate car park, Otley, LS21 1HB for car sharing. Depart 9.30am.

Circumnavigate a soap set and reservoir via field tracks and woodland

10 miles       6 hrs. total       Moderate       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!