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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

Tuesday 17th July, 2018

Allerthorpe.

Distance 5 miles.

Next Full-Day Walk

Saturday 7th July, 2018

CWP 2018/4 - Roseberry Topping/Captain Cook’s monument/Great Ayton.

Standard fairly strenuous.

Distance 5 ½ - 6 miles.

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) or Eileen Wishart (Secretary) on 01904 633705 (eileen.wishart@btinternet.com).

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

Another very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all, on the 16 March, at the New Earswick Bowls Club. Roger and Alison teased our brains with a variety of questions and the Bowls Club fortified us with a tasty and varied buffet.

We’ve made a provisional booking with the Bowls Club for Friday, 15 March 2019. Further details will be in future Newsletters.


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.

Tuesday 17th July, 2018 - Allerthorpe.

Leader: Sue Pearson.

Distance 5 miles.

A walk through a delightful wood and heath area of Allerthorpe Common, part of which is now a nature reserve.

We hope the woodland will be dry in July but, as usual, there is always the risk of mud and uneven paths.

The walk takes us through Allerthorpe village, where there might be time to visit the delightful church of St Botolph. If not, there is the chance to return to the village after the walk to have lunch at the Plough Inn, or there are several places for lunch in Pocklington.

From York, on the A1079, take the turn on your right to Sutton-on-Derwent.

Take the first left turn on that road and follow it until you reach the Forestry Commission car park on the right. There are several gateways into the Common but keep going until you reach the proper car park.

Meet there for a 10am start.


Tuesday 14th August, 2018 - Birstwith.

Leader: Dorothy Pope.

Distance 6 miles.

A pleasant walk along the banks of the river Nidd and across fields, following part of the Nidderdale Way. Includes some steps and stiles and moderately undulating.

Meet at the car park in Birstwith, grid ref. 2407 5953 for a 10 30am start. Please bring a drink and packed lunch (to be carried on the walk).

To get to Birstwith take the B6165 from Ripley to Pateley Bridge: turn left at the crossroads at Burnt Yates, approximately 2¼ miles from Ripley and follow the signs to Birstwith.


Thursday 6th September, 2018 - Ripley and Cayton Gill.

Leader: Ruth Davies.

Distance 5 miles (9 km).

A circular walk through part of the Ripley Castle estate which then follows the Nidderdale Way up to Low Kettle Spring, before branching off to Bedlam and returning across fields to the Park Wall.

Meet for a 10am departure in the large free car park in Ripley Village, off the A61 Harrogate/Ripon Road. Grid ref. 284604: Maps: Explorer 26, Pathfinder 653 (SE26/36), Landranger 99.

2½ hour walk on tracks and paths with some stiles. Refreshments are available in Ripley.



Full-Day Walks with coach transport and afternoon tea.


It is worthwhile contacting Celia Rutt (01904 627384) after the closing dates for the July and September walks, and before the walk dates, to see if places are available.



Saturday 7th July - CWP 2018/4.

Roseberry Topping/Captain Cook’s monument/Great Ayton.

Leaders: Alison and Nigel Rutter (07523 944065).

Standard fairly strenuous. Distance 5 ½ - 6 miles.

The walk starts near Great Ayton, where Captain Cook was educated. Starting at Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire’s own Matterhorn, there will be a choice of either taking the steep path to the summit for magnificent views North or walking around the perimeter of the hill to avoid the climb. The path will then follow the Cleveland Way along the top of the escarpment to Captain Cook’s monument, with views along the Cleveland Hills and towards the Pennines in the West. Finally we shall descend the steep path to Great Ayton station, where the coach will be waiting to take us to tea, provided by Great Ayton WI – salad with pies, sausage rolls etc. followed by cakes and lashings of tea.

Please indicate any dietary requirements, eg a vegetarian option, on the booking form.


This is quite a short walk so we can take our time on the fairly steep ascents and descents. The views from the tops of these hills will make the effort worthwhile! Stout boots and walking poles are advisable.


Ingleby’s coach leaves the Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, at 9am and Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride at 9.15am.


Cost per head is £ 22, which includes coach travel, tea and all gratuities.

Please send the relevant booking slip, with payment, by Saturday, 30 June, to Celia Rutt (address on booking form).

Booking Form

As in the past few years we have not arranged a full day walk with coach transport for August.

Instead, there will be a medium length walk using own transport.


Details are given under Half-Day Circular Walks above.


Saturday 15th September - CWP 2018/5.

Fewston/Swinsty reservoirs.

Leaders: Alison and Nigel Rutter (07523 944065).

Standard easy. Distance 7 ½ miles.

A walk through the woodland around Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs on an excellent track. There is interesting bird life and the path is in constant close proximity to the water all the way round.

There will be a ham salad tea, followed by cakes, at Brearton WI.

Please indicate any dietary requirements, eg a vegetarian option, on the booking form.


Ingleby’s coach leaves the Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, at 9am and Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride at 9 15 am.


Cost per head £22, which includes coach travel, tea and all gratuities.

Please send the relevant booking slip, with payment, by Saturday, 8 September, to Celia Rutt (address on booking form).

Booking Form