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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 2016

SATURDAY 25 JUNE

LAUNCH OF WELCOME WAY STAGE 1

Launch of the new Welcome Way by Kate Ashbrook at Otley Parish Church, Kirkgate, Otley, LS21 3HW.  Start time: 9am. Bus back from Ben Rhydding.

Field paths, moors, great views across Wharfedale.

9 miles            5 hrs.              Moderate           Linear

A GREAT WALK BY WATER (TO LEEDS)

Meet Candy and Mike at the White Cross pub, Otley Road, Guiseley, LS20 8LY. Depart 10am. £5 for bacon bagel & hot drink at Marina View. Booking essential before 20 June: call Mike 07759 210034.Walk ends in Leeds city centre. 

Enjoy walking along riversides and canalside.

15 miles          7 hrs.                Moderate         Linear

PANNAL  TO OTLEY

Meet Jeff Davies at the bus stop by Stratstone Car Showrooms, Princess Royal Way, Pannal, Harrogate, HG3 1LG. Walk departs 10.15am. X52 departs Otley bus station 09.45 for Pannal startpoint. Sorry no dogs allowed. Note: food/drink cannot be bought en-route.

Pastures, river banks and lanes. A lovely walk.

15 miles          7 hrs.            Moderate               Linear

WHARFE, WILDLIFE & WHEELS 

Meet David Shaftoe, Open Country, by the café at Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Walk departs 1pm. Option for tea at Stephen Smith’s Garden Centre. If you’d like a wheelchair pusher or a sighted guide, please let us know in advance. Booking essential: Open Country 01423 507227.

Easy going, accessible, nature ramble, gentle pace.

3 miles            3 hrs.               Easy              Circular

WALKING AND WINE AT THE HALL,

Meet Ruth at the sundial in Wharfemeadows park, Otley.  Depart 5.15pm.  Drinks at Farnley Hall and a superb evening walk. £5 payable on booking which opens April 29: Festival Office, Chevin Trek 01943 851166 or www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk 

Conviviality & superb evening walk with great views. 

8 miles       5 hrs. (total)       Moderate          Circular

SUNDAY 26 JUNE

WELCOME WAY STAGE 2

Meet John Sparshatt (Walkers are Welcome Otley) at Otley bus station. Bus departs 8.40am. Walk departs 9am at Ben Rhydding rail station. Walk ends in Baildon. Train/bus back to Otley.

Fields, moors, history, splendid views.

12 miles       6.5 hrs.   Moderate/Hard        Linear         

 CAKES AND ALE V

Meet Hank at Chevin Cycles car park opposite the Junction pub, Bondgate, Otley. Depart 10am.

Stunning views, cakes at lunch, ale at the end and choice of routes AFTER the cakes!

16/11 miles    8/5 hrs.   Hard/Moderate   Circular

CASTLEY VIADUCT - SO NEAR YET SO FAR

Meet Roger Voller at the corner of Leeds Rd/ Kings Rd, Bramhope, LS16 9ED. Depart 10am. 

Fields, footpaths, woodland, and more!

6.75 miles         4.5hrs           Moderate      Linear

WHARFEMEADOWS CIRCULAR

Meet Sheila Towning at Wharfemeadows Park entrance, Bridge St., Otley. Depart 11.30am.

Parks, riverside, nature reserve at a gentle pace.

2.25 miles          1.5 hrs.            Easy       Circular

NORDKALOTTLEDEN –ADVENTURES IN LAPLAND

Share Jur Keessen’s epic adventures in Swedish, Norwegian & Finnish Lapland. 8pm at the Old People’s Community Centre, Crossgate, Otley, LS21 1AA (opposite The Old Cock pub). £1 on the door.

Stunning photos and tales of adventure, rivers, reindeer, and snow. Expect the unexpected!

MONDAY  27 JUNE

WELCOME WAY STAGE 3.

Meet Stuart Fildes at Otley bus station. Bus departs 9.15am.  Or meet walk leader Eddie Nash at Ian Clough Hall car park, Hallcliffe, Baildon, BD17 6ND. Walk departs at 10.15am. Finish Otley. 

Fields, moors, views over Airedale and Wharfedale.

8 miles           4.5 hrs.           Moderate          Linear

ADDINGHAM TO ILKLEY VIA NESFIELD

Meet Ray Moss at Otley bus station for 9.40am X84 to Addingham. Walk departs 10.20am at The Fleece, Addingham.  Lunch opportunities at the end of walk.

Hills, fields, farm tracks, woodland, great views.

6 miles       3 hrs. walking         Moderate         Linear

CRACKPOT WALK

Meet Fran Coldrick at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 10am for Carlsmoor start point.

Mosaics, moors, and more!

7.5 miles      5 hrs. walking      Moderate      Circular

BURLEY WEIR CIRCULAR

Meet Sheila Towning outside the Malt Shovel pub, Main St., Burley in Wharfedale. Depart 11am.

Lanes, woods, mill, river, weir.

1.8 miles          1.5 hrs.             Easy               Circular

MAP TREASURES AT THE LIBRARY

Meet Jur Keessen at Otley bus station for 12.20 X84 to Leeds. Walk the art trail around the university campus to view their amazing collection of old maps. 

Fascinating and unique old maps with expert input.

1 mile                 3 hrs.               Easy              Circular

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

THE OTLEY PRINT ROUND

Meet in Otley town centre. Walk departs 7pm and includes visit to a large Otley printworks. Email Mark Brockbank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for full details and to book. Finish in an Otley hostelry.
Otley’s proud print history, plaques and locations.

2 miles              2 hrs.               Easy                Linear

TUESDAY 28 JUNE

ADDINGHAM TO SKIPTON VIA LOW BRADLEY

Meet Jenny Procter at Otley bus station for 09.40 X84 to Addingham start point. Finish at Skipton bus station for bus back to Otley.

Super Dales views, field paths, country lanes, canal

 9 miles     7.5 hrs total        Moderate        Linear 

BEES AND TEAS

Meet Jur Keessen at Wharfemeadows car park off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462).  Depart 9.30am. Option to buy lunch at tearooms.  

Hills, river, fields, tearoom at Braythorne Bees.

11 miles          6.5 hrs.        Moderate       Circular

WILD FOOD WALK

Meet Craig Worrall, Edible Leeds, at 9.45am at   Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS for car sharing. £5 fee for tasty wild treats. Booking essential from 29 April: 07899 752447 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Food for free - knowing where to look!

3 miles      3.5 hrs (walking)      Easy       Circular

ILKLEY “LOLLIPOP” WALK

Meet Ian James at Ilkley bus station. Depart 10.30am. 

Moorland, hills, beacon, ridge – stunning views.

12.25 miles    5.5 hrs.   Mod/Strenuous   Circular

OTLEY LISTENING WALK

Meet Tim Waters at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 2.30pm. Booking essential from 29 April: Festival Office, Chevin Trek, Gay Lane, Otley: 01943 851166.

Listen to the sounds all around us.

1 mile                 1 hr.              Easy         Circular

WAYZGOOSE WEAVE

Meet the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Side and friends at Otley’s maypole, Manchester Square, Otley LS21 1BS. Depart 7.30pm.

Dance, walk, wander & make merry via a few of Otley’s fine ale houses. End in a local pub!

2-3 miles      2 hrs. (plus)         Easy         Circular

WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE

EARLY BIRDS ON THE CHEVIN

Meet Jur Keessen, Otley Walkers, at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ.   Depart 5am. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Early morning sun rise on the Chevin ridge.

6 miles           3 hrs.            Moderate              Circular

NW LEEDS GREEN GATEWAY TRAIL 1:

OTLEY TO HORSFORTH.

Meet Ryk and Stuart at Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9am. 33A bus back to Otley at walk’s end.

Interesting paths on this new trail.

14  miles    7 hrs walking    Moderate/Hard      Linear

OTLEY ELLARCAR PIKE ROUND

Meet Ethel Hickton, Otley Walkers, at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Depart 10am.

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

13 miles          6 hrs.             Moderate           Circular

FARNLEY HALL 

Meet Sue and Ruth at Wharfemeadows Park sundial Otley. Depart 9.30 am. Walk + Farnley Hall guided tour. £11 entrance fee. Booking opens 29 April: Festival Office, Chevin Trek, Gay Lane, Otley 01943 851166 or www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk

River, fields, scenery, Hall – unique experiences.

8 miles       7 hrs. (total)         Moderate          Circular

WASHBURN WILDLIFE WALK

Meet Mike and Joyce Clerk at Swinsty Moor. Walk departs 10am. Limited numbers - booking essentialfrom 29 April:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Packed lunch essential. Binoculars desirable.

Woodland, meadows, pastures, beckside. Look out for plants and wild creatures en route.

5 miles           5.5 hrs.           Moderate            Circular

BACK FOR THE BIKE RACE – HYDE PARK TO OTLEY

Meet Hank at Otley bus station for 11.20am X84 to Leeds start point. Walk departs 12 noon at the Marsden Monument, Woodhouse Moor, Leeds. Bring food/water. Also beer/food money if staying for our fantastic Otley cycle races. Fast-paced walk.

Ginnels, parks, heritage, footballers’ mansions, woods, the most stunning views of Wharfedale.

13 miles     5.5 hrs walking      Mod/Hard         Linear

31ST OTLEY CYCLE RACES - FROM 6PM

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

THURSDAY 30 JUNE

NW LEEDS GREEN GATEWAY TRAIL 2:

HORSFORTH TO GOLDEN ACRE PARK

Meet Ryk & Stuart at Otley bus station for 8.41am 33A bus to start. 

Countryside and views.

15  miles     7 hrs walking    Mod/Hard      Linear

AIREDALE TO WHARFEDALE: SKIPTON TO ILKLEY

Meet Sue Long at 9.30am at Otley bus station for X84 bus to Skipton.  Return by bus to Otley.

Canal side path at start, steep climb to Addingham moor rewarded by fantastic views.

13 miles    6.5 hrs. walking     Moderate     Linear

EMBSAY ACCESS WALK

Meet Jeff Davies at 9.30am at Otley bus station for X84 to Draughton. Walk departs Draughton 10.20. Finish in Skipton. Return by bus to Otley.  Suitable for experienced walkers only. No dogs due to access land restrictions.

Railway, meadows, moor, crag, wood, canal, castle.

9.5 miles     5.5 hrs      Moderate/Hard       Linear

GOLDEN ACRE TO OTLEY

Meet Dave Robson at 9.30am at Otley bus station for X84 bus to start. Walk departs Golden Acre car park at 10am.

Fields, railway history, and woodland.

8 miles          4 hrs.           Moderate           Linear

OTLEY TIMBLE CIRCULAR

Meet Kevin Judd at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Depart 9.30am.

Field paths, woodland, ancient tracks.

10 miles        5 hrs.         Moderate           Circular

HIGHROYDS & HAWKSWORTH MOOR

Meet Gwen Oates outside Menston Library, 119 Main St., Menston, LS29 6LG. Depart 1pm. Walk and tearoom visit. Booking essential 07826 50650

Lanes, moors, views, tearoom visit.

5 miles          3 hrs.           Moderate        Circular

FOLLOW IN THE JUDGES’ FOOTSTEPS

Meet David Bellerby, Otley in Bloom, at the Buttercross,Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 7pm.

Explore the highlights of Otley in Bloom.

4 miles         2 hrs.               Easy             Circular

DESPICABLE LIARS 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

FRIDAY 1 JULY

MOOR AND GLEN 

Meet Meg Morton at Otley bus station. Bus departs 07.59 to Menston Railway Station for start of walk. 

Moors, glens, villages - at a fast pace!

10 miles          5 hrs.          Moderate          Circular

NW LEEDS GREEN GATEWAY TRAIL 3:

GOLDEN ACRE PARK TO OTLEY

Meet Ryk and Stuart at Otley bus station. X84 departs 9.40am.  

Fields, woods, ridge and splendid views.

9 miles           4.5 hrs.            Moderate           Linear

STANZA STONES ON ILKLEY MOOR

Meet Michael Hare, Otley Walkers, atWharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9am for Cow and Calf start point.

Moors, poetry, Stanza stones, views and more.

12 miles       7 hrs. total        Moderate       Circular

LOST INDUSTRY OF UPPER WASHBURN

Meet Tim Huntley at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.30am. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Hills and riverside - with a bit of history!

9 miles         6 hrs total        Moderate        Circular

THE NORTH FACE (OF OTLEY CHEVIN)

Meet Jane Foale & Margery Goulden, Otley Walkers, at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 6.30pm.

Lesser known ascents, descents and traverses of the Chevin. Visit to the Royalty pub en-route.

4.5 miles        3.5 hrs.           Moderate       Circular

FOLLOW THE STRINGS

Meet Tim, Kev, Jen and the famous Otley Ukulele Orchestra,  at the Woolpack Music & Arts Studio, 14 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB. Depart 7.30pm.

Magical musical pub tour - good songs, good cheer.

1.5 miles          2.5 hrs               Easy                         Linear

SATURDAY  2 JULY

AROUND ROMBALDS

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

Circumnavigate Rombalds Moor plateau – historical site, continuous changing Dales views.

20 miles        9 hrs.              Hard             Circular

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEEDS PALS: MASHAM TO COLSTERDALE CAMP

Meet Hank outside Argos, 45 Boroughgate, Otley, LS21 1AG. Coach departs 9am. £11 payable on booking.  Booking opens 29 April: Festival Office, Chevin Trek, Otley, 01943 851166 or www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk

Footpaths, lanes, tales of the Leeds Pals & more.

11 miles    9 hrs. total.     Moderate/Hard   Linear

YORKSHIRE HERITAGE WAY STAGE 2: ASKWITH TO THRUSCROSS RESERVOIR

Meet Peter Young, Burley Bridge Association, outside Argos, 45 Boroughgate, Otley, LS21 1AG for minibus transport. Depart 9.30am. £5 payable on booking. Booking opens 29 April: 07949 645494. Sorry no dogs.

Interesting tracks, good scenery, moorland views

9 miles         6 hrs. total      Moderate         Linear

GALLOWS HILL CIRCULAR

Meet Sam Lawson, Friends of Gallows Hill, at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. Depart 9.30am.

Explore Gallows Hill Nature Area, plans for the future, return via our historic old back lanes.

2.5 miles          1.5 hrs.           Easy          Circular

RAILTRACK TO THE NORTH FACE!

Meet Heather Hodkinson at the roundabout on Leeds Rd., Otley, LS21 1BT. Depart 9.45am.

Old railway, field paths, woods, up and down the Chevin, superb views.

8 miles             5 hrs.           Moderate      Circular

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

Otley Film Society presents the 1930s classic harrowing and realistic account of warfare in WW1 to commemorate the Leeds Pals 100th anniversary. Film starts 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St., Otley, LS21 3AN. Tickets £4: Otley Courthouse 01943 467466

SUNDAY 3 JULY

YET ANOTHER 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

ALMSCLIFF CRAG & LITTLE ALMSCLIFF

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

Crags, hills and fabulous views.

10 miles       5.5 hrs. total       Moderate       Circular

BRAMHOPE, CHEVIN CIRCULAR

Meet Carol Downing, Leeds Combined Arts/Leeds YHA, at the Fox & Hounds, Bramhope, LS16 9BA. Depart 11.30am. Bring packed lunch or money to buy lunch at Cheerful Chilli café.

Field tracks, wooded paths, great views.

5 miles           3 hrs.          Easy/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. Be wowed by the magnificent raffle prizes.