The 17th Otley Walking Festival
Saturday 24th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017
ONCE AGAIN SPONSORED BY CHEVIN TREK OUTDOOR SHOP, OTLEY
As always, there are walks for all ages and abilities - short town-based walks, themed walks, waterside walks, strenuous moorland hikes plus a full evening programme of events. You can be sure of a warm welcome from Walk Leaders and the chance to meet other friendly folk. Otley Walking Festival is run entirely by volunteers, so please don't forget to make a donation towards running costs - and buy a RAFFLE TICKET on your walk for some fantastic prizes from top outdoor brands.
Otley Walking Festival 2017 programmes will be available from Easter 2017 at Chevin Trek Outdoor Shop, Otley Courthouse, Local Libraries, Tourist Information Centres, and local businesses. Online programme available too.
PLEASE NOTE: Some walks require you to book in advance where numbers are limited.
Details are given with the walk information.
Below are details of the 2016 Otley Walking Festival to give you some idea of what the Festival is like.
SATURDAY 25 JUNE
LAUNCH OF WELCOME WAY STAGE 1
Launch of the new Welcome Way by Kate Ashbrook at Otley Parish Church, Kirkgate, Otley. 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. Depart 10am. 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. 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. 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. Conviviality & superb evening walk with great views.
8 miles 5 hrs. Moderate Circular
SUNDAY 26 JUNE
WELCOME WAY STAGE 2
Meet John Sparshatt 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. Depart 10am. Fields, footpaths, woodland and more.
6.75 miles 4.5hrs Moderate Linear
Meet Sheila Towning at Wharfemeadows Park entrance, Bridge St., Otley. 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. 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. 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
Meet Fran Coldrick at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley 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. 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
Meet Jason Knowles at the Buttercross, Market Place, Otley. 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. 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. 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. Tasty wild treats. 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. Depart 2.30pm Listen to the sounds all around us.
1 mile 1 hr. Easy Circular
Meet the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Side and friends at Otley’s maypole, Manchester Square, Otley. 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. 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. 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
Meet Sue and Ruth at Wharfemeadows Park sundial Otley. Depart 9.30 am. Walk + Farnley Hall guided tour. 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. 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
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. Fast-paced walk. Ginnels, parks, heritage, footballers’ mansions, woods, the most stunning views of Wharfedale.
13 miles 5.5 hrs walking Mod/Hard Linear
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. Depart 1pm. Walk and tearoom visit. 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. 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. 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, at Wharfemeadows car park, off Farnley Lane, Otley. 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. 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. 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. Depart 7.30pm. Magical musical pub tour - good songs, good cheer.
1.5 miles 2.5 hrs Easy Linear
SATURDAY 2 JULY
Meet Nigel Cawthorne at Menston Railway Station. Walk departs 9am. 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 at Boroughgate, Otley. Coach departs 9am. 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 at 45 Boroughgate, Otley for minibus transport. Depart 9.30am. 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. 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. 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.
SUNDAY 3 JULY
YET ANOTHER WALK WITH NO NAME
Meet Stuart Fildes at Manchester Square, Otley. 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. 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. 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
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.