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Walks Organiser: Alison Rutter   01904 703430   walks@yant.org.uk

Walks Archives

Photos and descriptions of previous years' walks

2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

Next Half-Day Circular Walk

Thursday 27th December, 2018

A walk around York.

Next Full-Day Walk

Details of the 2019 Walks will be available soon.

Suggestions for walks and offers to lead are always welcome. If you can help, please contact Alison Rutter on 01904 703430 (walks@yant.org.uk).

Please park with consideration where roadside/village parking is involved.

NB. Walkers participate at their own risk and must be capable of completing the distance in open countryside over uneven ground, with some ascents and descents, in a variety of weather conditions. Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn and a packed lunch and drinks carried.

If you would like a lift for any walk or can offer one to others, please contact Colin Sherwood (trips@yant.org.uk).

Social Evening and Quiz Night

Friday 15th March, 2019

Our annual social evening will be held at the New Earswick and District Bowls Club, Huntington Road, York, starting at 7 30pm. A cash bar will open at 7pm.

There will be the usual quiz, with Roger King and Alison Rutter asking the questions. Participants will be placed in teams of four. Those booking together will be placed in the same team; otherwise please enter your preferences on the booking form and we shall do our best to accommodate them.

The Bowls Club will again provide a buffet supper with a variety of savoury items plus scones with jam and cream, cakes and tea and coffee. There will also be an optional raffle. The evening usually ends around 10pm.

Tickets cost £12.50, to include supper.

To reserve a place/places please complete a booking form and return it by 8 March. If you wish your application to be acknowledged by email there is no need to enclose an SAE, but please enter your email details on the form.

All are welcome – walkers, non-walkers and friends – and we look forward to seeing you there.

Booking Form

2019 walks – leaders needed.

Many thanks are due to those who plan and lead the walks, which we all enjoy. Some of these folk have led more than one walk per year for a while. It would be good if more people could come forward with suggestions for venues and offers to plan and lead walks. Help with recces would be available.

We shall soon be putting together next year’s programme; if you can help please let any sub-committee member know.

Half-Day Circular Walks

Walkers use their own transport for these walks

and usually have lunch together after the walk at a local hostelry.

An administration charge of £1.00 will be collected on each walk.

Thursday, 27th December, 2018.

Eileen Wishart will lead a walk around York.

Approx. 3.2 miles.

Our last walk this year is on Thursday 27 December, 2018 (NB not 28th as shown in the September Newsletter).

An easy walk around York, including some of the Snickelways and some parts which may not be familiar. The route is mainly on paths and city pavements. Some steps, which will need care in icy weather. Dogs on leads are allowed. Toilet facilities are available in Exhibition Square and the Central Library (York Explore) and there are plenty of places for refreshments after the walk.

Meet outside the Central Library (York Explore) for a 10 30am start.

Leader: Eileen Wishart

Monday 14 January, 2019.

Knavesmire /Acomb windmill.

Approximately 5 miles.

A walk to Acomb windmill via the Knavesmire, Brick Pond, Hob Moor and West Bank Park (comfort stop available), returning via Holgate Road and Micklegate Stray.

Mostly off-road, sound footpaths and cycle routes where possible. Muddy and uneven ground is possible over Hob Moor. No stiles. Flat walking with one steep but short incline to the windmill; some steps to access the railway bridge.

Lunch is available at either the Fox and Roman on Tadcaster Road or the Cross Keys pub.

Meet at the Cherry Lane car park (end of Cherry Lane off Tadcaster Road by the Holiday Inn YO24 1QF) for a 10 15am start.

Extra parking available on Cherry Lane and buses 4 or 12 stop near the Holiday Inn (check details with driver).

Leader: Jenny Nicholson

Tuesday 12 February, 2019.


Approximately 4 miles.

A gentle exploratory stroll around Heworth. The walk takes in the new Derwenthorpe estate built by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust in four areas or quarters. We then proceed towards town via Hull Road park and St Nicholas Fields before using the path on the old railway line to loop back towards Heworth and the starting point. Easy walking on good paths and some roads.

Light refreshments can be obtained at the Explore cafe and the Walnut Tree in Heworth village has the usual pub food.

Meet at the Explore library in the Burnholme Centre, Mossdale Avenue (off Bad Bargain Lane) YO31 0GW at 10am.

There is a large car park and toilets and the number 11 bus stops across the road. The bus leaves the railway station at 0925 and the Stonebow at 0935 to arrive at the library at 0945.

Leader: Anne Harvey

Friday 22 March, 2019

Stamford Bridge/Kexby.

Walking time about 3 hours.

The outward part of the walk to Kexby via Low Catton has fences between walkers and any animals. The return part following the River Derwent along the Minster Way may have animals grazing, with no fences. Anyone wishing to do a shorter walk could return the way they have come at any point on the walk.

The walk is on well-maintained meadow paths with four small barriers to surmount and no hills. At Kexby there is a 10-minute walk beside a busy road, on a safe footpath. Stamford Bridge has several pubs, a ‘Deli’, two cafes, a fish and chip shop and a bakery selling take-away food and drinks. The Balloon Tree farm shop and cafe is on the A166 (from York) shortly before reaching Stamford Bridge: this was ‘cafe of the year’ in 2018.

Meet in the (free) car park, map ref. 71.2x55.7 OS Landranger map York and Selby 105 for a 10am start.

Coming from York drive over the bridge and immediately turn right: the car park is beside the wooden Viking ship filled with flowers and an information board. Picnic tables are both there and just beyond the shops. Public toilets are opposite the shops. The River Derwent is a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich in flora and fauna.

Leader: Ruth Davies

Planned walks for the rest of 2019

April. Possibly in the Cropton area, led by Philip Mander.

May. Leader Sally Mayo.

June. Leader Sue Pearson.

August. Dorothy Pope will lead a 7-mile circular walk. Details will be in the next and future Newsletters.

Full-Day Walks with coach transport and afternoon tea.

Walks are being planned for the following dates:

Saturday, 13 April, South Cave area, Leader Dorothy Pope.

Saturday, 25 May, Upper Swaledale, Leaders Alison and Nigel Rutter.

Saturday, 20 July, Tony Brook will lead a coastal walk.

June and September to be decided.