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Otley Walking Festival 2013 programmes are now available at Chevin Trek Outdoor Shop, Otley Courthouse, libraries, Tourist Information Centres, and local businesses. Online programme available DIRECTLY BELOW HERE - SCROLL DOWN
PLEASE NOTE: Some walks require you to book in advance where numbers are limited. Details are given with the walk information.
SATURDAY 22 JUNE
SHIPLEY TO OTLEY
Meet Woof Barker at 9.15am at Otley bus station for 653 bus to Shipley. Bring tea/coffee money.
Hills, fields, traditional hamlets, great views.
9.5 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Linear
A NOSTALGIC WALK - OTLEY TO ILKLEY
Meet Sue Long at The Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 9.30am. Return by X84 bus.
Some steep climbs rewarded by extensive views.
9.5 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Linear
WILD FOOD WALK
Meet Craig Worrall, Edible Leeds, at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 10am. Booking essential: 07899752447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Food for free - knowing where to look!
3 miles 2.5 hrs. Easy Circular
PATELEY BRIDGE CIRCULAR
Meet David Shaftoe, Open Country, at Pateley Bridge Showground car park, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5HW. Booking essential: contact Open Country on 01423 507227.
Varied scenery, wildlife, industrial history.
3.5 miles 3 hrs Easy Circular
RAMBLE ROUND SHIPLEY GLEN
Meet Janet Matthews at 653 bus stop in Shipley Market Square, Shipley BD18 3QB. Depart 1.30pm. Finish at Saltaire Railway Station.
Canal, glen, moors, fields, views, history.
7 miles 4 hrs. Moderate Linear
A self-led Family Walk for children and their adults. Collect your map (£1) from Book House, Bay Horse Passage, Otley or Chevin Trek, Gay Lane, Otley (both open most days). Start any day of the Festival.
Unlock the secrets of Otley’s historic market town to collect your reward.
2 miles 2 hrs. Easy Circular
WALKING WITH WINE AT THE HALL
Meet Ruth at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 5.15pm. Walk plus wine at Farnley Hall. £5 payable on booking. Booking opens May 1st: the Festival Office (Chevin Trek) 01943 851166.
A lovely evening walk, wine and conviviality.
6 miles 4.5 hrs. (total) Moderate Circular
SUNDAY 23 JUNE
LIMESTONE AND LEAD MINES
Meet Tim Huntley at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS for transport to Grassington start. Depart 8.30am. £5 each. Booking essential: the Festival Office (Chevin Trek) 01943 851166. Bring beer/tea/cake money. Sorry, no dogs.
Dibs, gills, hills and history.
11 miles 5.5 hrs. walking Moderate Circular
OTLEY HILLS AND DALES
Meet Heather Hodkinson at the sundial in Wharfemeadows park, Otley. Depart 9.30am.
Wharfe & Washburn waterscapes, woods, fields.
10 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Circular
WHALE OF A WALK ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Candy and Mike at the Wetherby Whaler, White Cross, Guiseley, LS20 8LZ. Depart 10 am. Ends 2pm with a meal (£8) at the Wetherby Whaler. Booking essential: 07759 210034.
Fields, tracks over the Chevin, fish‘n’chips to end.
5 miles 4 hrs (walking) Moderate Circular
THE CELTS IN WHARFEDALE
Meet Rob Godfrey at the Cattle Market St car park, Otley LS21 1RW for car sharing. Depart 10.30am. Booking essential: 01943 468664. Camera recommended!
Share Rob’s tales about the Celts in Wharfedale, see ancient rock carving and Iron Age sites.
6 miles 4 hrs. Moderate Circular
Meet Carol Downing, Leeds Combined Arts, outside the Post Office in Follifoot, HG3 1DU. Depart 11.30am. Booking essential by 15 June for optional post-walk pub meal: 0113 2690356.
Historical, gentle-paced walk, pub stop en-route.
5.5 miles 4 hrs. Easy Circular
FOLLOW THE STRINGS Meet Terry, Jen and the Otley Ukulele Orchestra at the Woolpack Art and Music Centre, Bondgate, Otley. Depart 7.30pm.for a magical musical tour of Otley’s pubs.
Good song and good cheer.
1.5 miles 2 hrs. Easy Linear
MONDAY 24 JUNE
SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 1: MIDDLEHAM - BOUTHWAITE
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 8.30am. £7. Preference given to those doing all 3 stages. Booking essential: the Festival Office at Chevin Trek: 01943 851166.
Moors, valleys, scenery, adventure.
15 miles 8 hrs. Moderate/Hard Linear
Meet Sue Long at 9.30am at Otley bus station for X84.
Steep hill at start, moors, riverside, great views.
10 miles 5.5 hrs walking. Moderate Circular
OTLEY CIRCULAR VIA BURLEY
Meet Woof Barker at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 9.30am. Bring tea/cake money.
Fields, hills, tracks, and great views.
9 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Circular
MEANWOOD VALLEY TRAIL TO GOLDEN ACRE.
Meet Ray Moss at Otley bus station for 9.40am X84 to Leeds. Walk departs 10.10am at H R Marsden statue, Woodhouse Moor, Leeds. Café visit at end.
An oasis of undisturbed countryside – common land, meadows, and woodland.
7 miles 4 hrs. walking Moderate Linear
BEES AND TEAS
Meet Jur Keessen at Otley Bus Station for X52 to start of walk. Bus departs 10am. Walking back to Otley.
Hill and fields. Visit Honey House tearoom at Braythorne Bees.
9 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Linear
SAUNTER WITH STROLLING MINSTREL
Meet Fran and Ruth at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 7.30pm.
Join Yorkshire minstrel, Eddie Lawler, on a stroll round Otley's famous Inns. Bring your own favourite verses, tales or songs to add to the Festival fun.
1 -2 miles 2-3 hrs Easy Linear
TUESDAY 25 JUNE
EARLY BIRDS ON THE CHEVIN
Meet Jur Keessen, Otley Walkers, at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 5am.
Early morning sun rise on the Chevin ridge.
6 miles 3 hrs. Moderate Circular
SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 2: BOUTHWAITE - BLUBBERHOUSES.
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley LS21 1BS for transport to start. Depart 8.30am. £6 each. Booking essential - details as for Stage 1.
Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.
13 miles 8 hrs. Mod/Hard Linear
ENVIRONS OF APPTREEWICK CIVIC PARISH
Meet Derek Garnham at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.30am. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Moorland, ancient hamlets, riverside, woodland.
9 miles 6.5 hrs (total) Moderate Circular
Meet Kevin Cooney, Otley Railway Footpaths Group, outside Goods Funeral Service, High Dykes, Bradford Rd., Otley. Depart 10am.
The old railway, open fields, several stiles.
4 miles 2.5hrs. Easy Circular
DACRE BANKS TO PATELEY BRIDGE
Meet Kevin Judd at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 10.30am.
Steep climb to start, moorland and great views.
9 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular
Meet the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Side and friends at the Otley Maypole, Manchester Square, Otley. Depart 7.30pm
Dance, wander & make merry via a few of Otley’s fine ale houses. End in a local pub!
2-3 miles 2+ hrs. Easy Circular
WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE
SIX DALES TRAIL STAGE 3: BLUBBERHOUSES – OTLEY
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley for minibus. Depart 9am. £5 each. Booking essential - details as for Stage 1.
Moors, valleys, water, scenery, adventure.
10 miles 6 hrs. Mod/Hard Linear
GRASS WOODS CIRCULAR
Meet Meg Morton at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley (Grid Ref: SE 205462) for car sharing. Depart 9.15am. Sorry, no dogs please.
Moorland, riverside, waterfalls, nature reserve – history and wildlife.
6 miles 5hrs. Easy Circular
LUNCH AT THE TWELVE APOSTLES
Meet Woof Barker at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 9.30am. Bus back from Ilkley. Bring tea/coffee money.
History, stories and views.
8 miles 6 hrs. Moderate |Linear
SHIPLEY GLEN BAILDON MOOR CIRCULAR
Meet Mike Lawson, Baildon Local History Society/Friends of Baildon Moor, at Old Glen House, Prod Lane, Baildon, Shipley, BD17 5BN. Depart 10am. Steep climb to start.
History and archaeology, a touch of Dad’s Army.
2 miles 2 hrs. Easy Circular
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
Meet Vickie Orton, Wordweaver Stories, at 10am at Grove Hill Park Tennis Court, Bradford Rd., Otley.
A Bear Hunt around the park for under 5s and their adults. Don’t forget your bear!
1 mile 1.5 hrs. Easy Circular
Meet Jason Knowles at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 6.30pm
Green footed stroll around our superb allotments.
4/5 miles 3 hrs. Easy Circular
THE CAPE WRATH TRAIL
Share Jur Keessen’s epic adventures on the Cape Wrath Trail - Scotland’s Wilderness Walk. Starts 7.30pm. at the Labour Rooms, Nelson St., Otley, LS21 1HB (opposite the library). £1 on the door.
Stunning photos and tales of adventure.
THURSDAY 27 JUNE
THREE CRAGS WALK
Meet John Sparshatt, Long Distance Walkers Association, at Otley bus station for bus to start. Bus departs 8am. Return by bus.
Crags, crags, and more crags en route to Ilkley.
16 miles 7.5 hrs. Hard Linear
YORKSHIRE’S LITTLE LAKE DISTRICT
Meet Terry Williams at Lindley Bridge (Grid Ref: SE 224483) for transport to start. Depart 9.30am. £5 each. Booking essential: contact the Festival Office (Chevin Trek) 01943 851166.
Trace the length of the Washburn valley - Thruscross, Fewston, Swinsty Lindley.
10.5 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Linear
CUP & RINGS ON ILKLEY MOOR
Meet Jur Keessen at Otley Bus Station for X84 to Ilkley. Bus departs 9.40am. Return by bus from Burley in Wharfedale.
Cup & ring marked stones, cairns, stone circle.
8 miles 5 hrs. Moderate/Hard Linear
Meet Stuart at Manchester Square, Otley, LS21 1BS. Depart 10 am. Walk and guided tour of Farnley Hall. Numbers limited. £10 fee payable on booking. Booking opens May 1st: contact Festival Office, Chevin Trek on 01943 851166
River, fields, scenery, Hall – a unique experience.
8 miles 7 hrs. (total) Moderate Circular
DESPICABLE LIARS EVENING MEANDER
Meet Sheila Collins, Otley Word Feast, at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 7.30pm.
Suspended disbelief and a sense of humour needed
1.5 miles 2 hrs. Easy Circular
FRIDAY 28 JUNE
ALMSCLIFFE CRAG CIRCULAR
Meet Andy FitzGerald at the sundial in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley. Depart 9.30am.
River and crag, tea stop at Braythorne Bees Café.
16 miles 9 hrs. Hard Circular
BRAMHOPE ECCUP CIRCULAR
Meet Fran Coldrick at Otley bus station for 9.40am X84 to Bramhope. Elevenses money essential.
Field paths, open views, reservoir.
10 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular
BAILDON BOUNDARY WALK
Meet Frank Baildon at the car park, at the junction of Glen Rd & Lucy Hall Drive, Baildon. Depart 9.45am Optional ride on Shipley Glen Tramway (£1 min donation). Visit Denso wild life park. Sorry, no dogs.
Baildon, boundaries, history and more!
8.75 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular
Meet Sheila Towning (Otley Short Walks for All) at the bus stop near St Mary's Church,Burley. Walk departs 10.50 am.
2 miles 1.5 hrs. Easy Circular
Park, views, weir, and river. (Track along the goit and some tree roots to negotiate)
THE AFTER-WORK STRESS BUSTER
Meet Kevin Judd at the sundial in Wharfemeadows park, Otley. Depart 6pm.
Walk away those post-work blues with a stroll to Clifton and Farnley (and back!)
5.5 miles 2.5 hrs. Moderate Circular
OTLEY IN BLOOM
Meet David Bellerby, Otley in Bloom at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 7pm.
In the judges’ footsteps - Otley in Bloom’s highlights
4 miles 2 hrs. Easy Circular
SATURDAY 29 JUNE
COUNTING WHARFEDALE’S BRIDGES
Meet Peter Young, Burley Bridge Association, at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 9.30am. Return by bus.
Paths and moorland north of the Wharfe to Ilkley.
10 miles 6 hrs. Moderate Linear.
SWINSTY FEWSTON CIRCULAR
Meet John Burland, The Wainwright Society, at Swinsty Reservoir car park (Grid Ref: 199537). Depart 10am.
Local history and a visit to Blubberhouses Church
7 miles 3 hrs. Easy Circular
CAKES AND ALE II
Meet Hank at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 10am. Cake + ale money essential.
Stunning views, only two steep climbs, cakes at lunch, ale at the end.
12 miles 7 hrs. Moderate/Hard Circular
Meet Ollie Drury at the canalside under the canal bridge on Victoria Rd., Saltaire. Depart 10.30am
Canals, rivers, moors, woods, spectacular views.
11 miles 6 hrs. Moderate/Hard Circular
SATURDAY’S SOCIABLE SAUNTER
Meet Stuart Fildes at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. Depart 6pm. Finish at the Fleece for BBQ. Option to enjoy the BBQ without walking. £5 for BBQ payable on booking. Booking essential by 26 June: 01943 465270.
5 miles 2.5hrs Moderate Circular
SUNDAY 30 JUNE
WILD FOOD WALK
Meet Craig Worrall, Edible Leeds, on the Chevin. Depart 10am. Booking essential by 15
June: 07899 752447 or email email@example.com
An exciting foray - food for free on the Chevin.
3 miles 2.5 hrs. Easy/Moderate Circular
WALK WITH NO NAME
Meet Stuart, Walkers are Welcome (Otley), at the Jubilee Clock, Market Place, Otley. Depart 10am.
Meadow paths with great views of Wharfedale.
11 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular
Meet Ruth at Manchester Square, Otley, for car sharing. Depart 9.45am. Bring favourite verses and tales for our spooky thirteenth Festival!
Spooky tales and poetic licence.
7.5 miles 4 hrs. Moderate Circular
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.
SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
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