2019 SUPPORTED CHARITIES

Acknowledgment letters from the two charities nominated by members  - Breast Cancer Haven and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Thank you for your donations from the raffles and collections. 

  

 

MAJOR BUS ROUTE AND TIMETABLE CHANGES IN LEEDS CITY CENTRE 

Wef 1 Sep 2019 over 50 bus services travelling through Leeds city centre will be affected by the long term work in the Headrow to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.  This involves initially closure of the Headrow east bound. Several buses will no longer stop at the Central Bus Station and others will have timetable changes. The work is expected to last between 12 to 18 months.

Delays will inevitably occur and until the new timetables are published we will not know how this will affect our future walks.

Please use the First Bus website to find out if your bus times/route will be altered.

 

MONTHLY WANDERS BY COACH

 

The demand for our Monthly Wanders by coach, especially the coastal visits, frequently exceeds capacity.

We are limited by the number of seats on the coach, and as has been previously explained, it is not viable to hire an additional 16 seater mini bus as the cost is based on the drivers time and distance not the size of the coach.

We must, therefore, restrict a seat on the coach to Members only and regret that we cannot accommodate friends and relatives of Walking Group members.

If there are any last minute cancellations, however, it may be possible to include others so it is always worth checking with Janice on availabilty.

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 GREEN BAG PHOTOS

Now that the holiday season is upon us please let us have any photos taken with our "Green Bag".  These can be published on this web site and on our facebook page.

 

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FEATURE FROM PAGE 3 OF YORKSHIRE EVENING POST 9 MAY 2019 ABOUT LEEDS UNITED SUPPORTER EXTRAORDINAIRE  (and West Leeds Walking Group member) - NIKKI 

 

For those of you who are unaware of Nikki's lifetime devotion to Leeds United.  Nikki is an inspiration to others suffering sight loss or disability by her determination to carry on regardless. And Nikki tells us she thrilled to be a "page 3 "girl !

 

 

NIKKI YEP FEATURE

 

 

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NOTICE FOR ALL WALKERS

 

Our printed programme is prepared three months in advance with Walk Leaders submitting their walks to the Secretary prior to this.  There is limited space on the programme to provide a detailed walk description and bus and train times change frequently.  Also further recces nearer the date of the walk may result in alterations to the route if paths etc are closed.

Please use the link from our Facebook site Friends of West Leeds Walking Group to direct you to this website West Leeds Walking Group Est 2004 to check walk details.  Any changes will be updated regularly.

Also please take into account the length of the walk, stiles, and terrain etc and make a personal decision on whether to attend.

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 AGM FRIDAY 26TH APRIL 2019

 VENUE : DENISON HALL SOCIAL CLUB - PINFOLD LANE/ARMLEY TOWN STREET (Opposite carpet shop)

TIME: 12PM

EVERYONE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND.

 

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 39 BUS SERVICE CEASED

The hourly Monday to Saturday service from White Rose - Wortley- Armley- Kirstall- Meanwood- Moortown- Gledhow  run by Square Peg has ceased running.

This will be a blow to those walkers who use this service to attend walks and meetings amongst other activites.

Metro are unwilling to fund a replacement service and their view is that passengers should travel into town and catch another bus at the Leeds Bus Station Interchange, which is time consuming and highly inconvenient.  

The 38 Sunday only service run by First Buses on this route is still running.  

You may wish to contact your local ward councillors to lobby to have the Monday to Saturday service reinstated by First Buses who ran the service originally.

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MAVIS

We are sad to announce that Mavis, who for many years was a regular walker with our Group has died. Mavis was the Aunt of Ann and Geoff and the sister of Betty.  We send our condolences to them at this dificult time. 

 

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 DENNIS

We are very sorry to hear from Dennis, our genial Walk Leader, that he has taken a tumble in his garden recently and consequently is unable to lead or join our walks at the moment.

We all wish him a speedy recovery back to full fitness.

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YORKSHIRE EVENING POST NORTHERN RAIL OFFER

Wef Monday 13 January the Yorkshire Evening Post are printing tokens which provide travel on Northern Rail trains for unlimited travel on one day for £10.  Three tokens are required but up to 4 tickets can be bought for 3 tokens.  The  tokens will be printed until the 2 February and travel is available from 14 January to 24 March so can be used on the 13 February Wander to Morecambe.

The price of the YEP is 85p

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 MONTHLY WANDER TO MORECAMBE 13th  FEBRUARY 2019 - RAIL FARE £14 - £10 with offer 

The new timetable for trains to Morecambe has now been published.  There are changes in the times from previous years.  The train departures are now as follows:

Dept Leeds 10.18am

Arrive Bare Lane 12.20pm - for those joining the walk to Morecambe

Arrive Morecambe 12.24p

From  Morecambe

Dept 15.03 -  Arrive Leeds17.03

Dept 17.31 - Arrrive Leeds 19.35

Dept 20.10 - Arrive Leeds 22.22

Through trains with no changes shown

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We have now set up a Facebook site primarily to enable our members to view all the photos taken on our walks.  The site can be found on Facebook under Friends of West Leeds Walking Group. "Friends" is the operative word here as this is our only official Facebook site and should not be confused with sites of a smilar name. 

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2019 IS THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF WEST LEEDS WALKING GROUP. TO COMMEMORATE THIS THE COMMITTEE IS PLANNING A NOSTALGIC SHORT WALK FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS.  MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW. WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Pudsey 2p Challenge - £36.68 raised by West Leeds Walking Group Est. 2004 - £9,209.35 raised in total.

 

 

 

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HOPE PASTURES

As part of the mystery walk on 29th October 2018 we visited Hope Pastures in Weetwood Lane, the equine rescue, rehabilitation and re- homing centre.  We had a pre-arranged tour of the Rescue Centre with Sharon the Volunteer Co-ordinator who gave us a very interesting insight into the role of Hope Pastures.

We then met the horses, donkeys and ponies and heard their stories, often very sad, about how they had been rescued and arrived at Hope Pastures.

Wherever possible the animals are re homed and there are over 200 now with families but still supported by Hope Pastures.

There are 30 permanent animals who are resident at Hope Pastures, which will be their forever home. The cost of feed and veterinary fees alone is enormous and this small charity relies on donations and the sterling work of volunteers.

For every £1 donated 95p goes to the animals.  Two of our walkers have already adopted a horse -Henry and a donkey Coco.

For more information please visit their website www.hopepastures.org. 

We have some leaflets, which give a brief resume of the inmates if anyone is interested.

Our grateful thanks to Sharon and the team for a very enjoyable experience.

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2019 WANDERS BY COACH

Early warning - please note that from 2019 the Armley pick up point will be the layby outside Armley Leisure Centre in Carr Crofts.

This will enable the driver to park up safely and avoid disrupting the traffic in Town Street.

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MONTHLY WANDER WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER

Please note the change to the Second Walk at Ogden Water due to the erosion of the footpath.  This walk is more difficult with hilly moorland and steep uneven steps to a stile.  There is an easy foothpath walk around the lake and Visitor Centre for those less able to climb.

Thanks to Janice and Bill who have been out three times to recce this Wander as a result of the changing landscape.

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2018 CHARITIES SUPPORTED BY WLWG Est 2004

 West Leeds Walking Group is delighted to continue its tradition of supporting two charities chosen by its members throught a voluntary collection on one of our coach trips, from the raffles held during the same week and group funds.

The charities nominated this year were Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds Careers and were very pleased to be able to donate £200 to both charities.

Thank you to all our walkers for their support.

Both charities have acknowledged and thanked us for the donations in the letters below.

   

GIPTON SPA BATH HOUSE

 

As mentioned during the recent Glehow Valley Woods walk this Grade2 listed historic building is cared for by the Friends of Glehow Valley Woods.   This will be open to the public under the supervision of FGVW members on Sunday 9th September 2018 between 1.30 - 4.30pm.  There will be refreshments and a FGVW stall promoting the group and sellling merchandise.

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BRITISH RED CROSS FIRST AID COURSE 

We are extremely grateful to Dennis Brooksbank of the British Red Cross for the most instructive and practical  First Aid Course he provided recently for all Walk Leaders and several group members.

The insight provided will be most beneficial to us as a walking group and also in our everyday lives.

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WEATHER WARNING

Please remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and a drink when walking in this exceptionally hot weather.

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DAVID 

We wish David a speedy recovery from his surgery and look forward to seeing him on our walks very soon.

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 FIRST AID COURSE

There will be a First Aid course run by a member of The British Red Cross on Friday 27 July at 1.15pm at Denison Hall Social Club Town Street Armley.

Any walkers wishing to attend please book a place with Bill Stevens.

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DENNIS 

We were sorry to hear that Dennis one of our esteemed walk leaders will be out of action for a while whilst he undergoes and recovers from urgent surgery to an injury.  He has struggled manfully for several weeks and we all wish him a very speedy recovery.

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TOM MAYNARD

We were very sorry to lose our friend Tom last month and many of the West Leeds Walking Group attended his funeral.  Tom was of course the widower of Diane our much respected Secretary for many years.

Tracey and Sharon, their daughters, have given us a generous donation to our funds in their memory for which we are most grateful.

These monies will be used for travel costs on our May Monthly Wander to Goathland and Whitby.

 

 Tom Maynard letterTom M card

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WEATHER WATCH

Following  the everlasting poor weather conditions underfoot, our Spring programme walks may be muddier than normal.  We changed two walks due to snow and substituted easier ones in a similar area.

As always we recommend stout walking boots and a walking pole/stick may also help.

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UPDATE RE MONTHLY WANDER 10TH APRIL - YSP/BRETTON COUNTRY PARK

After the recent heavy rain it is likely that the walk in Bretton Country Park will be very muddy in parts and as there are some steep paths it may be slippy.   We may encounter a field of cows unless they have been moved to another pasture!

The paths in the actual Sculpture Park should be ok for walkers wishing to stay in that area.

Please do not wander too far after coffee at Wakefield Bus Station as the no 96 bus we have to catch is a single decker and it is not a frequent service.

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WEATHER UPDATE FOR WALK 19TH MARCH -  GLEDHOW VALLEY WOODS

With the heavy snow on Saturday, and through the night, it will not be safe to do this walk and the adjacent footpath has very little pedestrian traffic and will be untreated. Also two thirds of the walk is not on a bus route so it is not easy to drop out en route.

Plan B is to meet at the same bus stop in town catch the no 12 bus and walk from Oakwood to Roundhay Park for a coffee and lunch stop.   

Snow is not forecast for Monday and it will not be quite as cold but could be icy.  

We ask you to make a pesonal decision on whether to walk.

 

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WEATHER UPDATE FOR MONDAY WALK 5TH MARCH - ROOMS LANE TO WHITE ROSE

The walk is going ahead but we would ask you to make a personal decision on whether you come in view of the recent severe weather conditions.  This walk is on untreated roads and paths, which should be taken into consideration, as it seems unlikely that there will be a rapid thaw.

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BUS TIMETABLE CHANGES WEF 17 2 2018

Please be aware that there are many changes to the Metro Bus timetable from the above date. As our printed walks programme is prepared three months ahead some of the bus times may alter.  Please check so that you do not miss the bus!

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 WELL DONE RICHARD! 

 

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 YORKSHIRE EVENING POST/NORTHERN RAIL CHEAP FARES OFFER

From 15 January to 29 January the YEP will be printing tokens to clip from the paper and save. Three tokens are needed to enable up to four people to travel in the Northern Rail region for £10 per person.  These tokens could be used for both the Morecambe and Hollingsworth Lake Wanders as the tokens are valid for travel between 15 January and 25 March. 

If you purchase the YEP you might like to cut out the tokens.  Even if you are not going on the Wanders they could be passed on to other walkers.

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JANUARY UPDATE 10.1.2018

Please note that this Wander to Slaithwaite goes ahead but the time of the train from Leeds to Huddersfield will be 10.36am.   Trains to and from Leeds to Huddersfield are by the Trans Pennine service which is not affected by strike action.  There will be a bus service provided by Northern Rail from Huddersfield to Slaithwaite/Mardsen as a replacement for the train. 

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JANUARY 2018 WANDER - POSSIBLE CHANGE DUE TO RAIL STRIKE

Due to strike action by Northern Rail we may have to change this Wander on 10th January, which is by train to Slaithwaite/Marsden.  The Walk Leaders are monitoring the situation and will keep you informed if is necessary to substitute an alternative.

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 FEBRUARY 2018  WANDER - CHANGE OF DATE

Please note that it has been necessary to move the date of the February Wander to Morecambe from 14th February to 21st February.

This is a "one off" change due to the special cheap fare offer not now being available the previous week.

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BRIAN RHODES

It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Brian one of most loyal and long standing members.  Brian participated fully in our walking programme for many years and served on the committee.

He was a keen line dancer, loved musical theatre and was very active in the Scout Movement as a Scout Master.

Brian was socialising with some of our Walk Leaders very recently and he wll be greatly missed.

The funeral is at Rawdon Crematorium on Thursday 28th December 2017 at 11.40am. Donations may be given to Bramley Elderly Action.

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 NIDD GORGE UNDER THREAT 

We were introduced to the Nidderdale Greenway between Ripley and Harrogate by our walk leader Dennis shortly after it was finally opened in 2013 after many years of consultation.

This 4 mile walk is scenic in any season and one striking feature is the Viaduct with the river Nidd cutting through the steep tree covered slopes of the ravine below.

It was alarming to be told by a resident during our Wander on 8 November 2017 that the Greenway is under threat.  It is proposed to build a bypass, which would destroy this lovely area enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horseriders.

There is a petition on the website of Nidd Gorge Community Action so please feel free to visit this site and add your name to the petition of you don't want to see another natural walking area lost.

 Click on the link under Links on our main menu

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KATH AND DEREK

May we all wish our Walk Leaders Kath and Derek a very speedy recovery from their surgery. We look forward to walking with you both in the New Year.  In the meantime store your boots and get your feet up and rest!

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CHARITABLE DONATIONS

We are delighted to announce that as a result of the collection on the July Monthly Wander, raffle ticket sales and club funds our nominated charities Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance have both been presented with cheques for £200.

Thank you all for your genorosity towards such two deserving causes.

 

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SEPTEMBER WANDER BY COACH 13 SEP

Please note that the primary visit on this trip is to Wycoller a pretty village in Lancashire situated in the Wycoller Country Park, which many will not have heard of or visited.  We are also going to the Singing Ringing Tree as an extra at the request of walkers who wished to revisit this landmark.  The Wanders Committee spent eight hours reccing the area and we hope you will enjoy the visit. 

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JULY MONTHLY WANDER UPDATE

Another full coach with a waiting list for our visits to Wolds Way Lavender and sunny Scarborough - even one of our walk leaders did not manage to get on board.  

We hope you all enjoyed the lavender farm and its attractions. Many navigated the maze and were seen playing the traditional games that were provided at various points. The minature train ride was good fun and many thanks to the Management Officers for paying the admission fee and train ride from club funds.

Scarborough did not disappoint with a pleasant walk around Peasholme Park and along the Marine Drive from the North to South Bay where we dispersed to enjoy beverages and meals at various cafes and pubs.

Special thanks to Janice and Bill for organising the day's itinery

Please join us on next months wander to the city of Ripon by no 36 bus on 9 August.

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MONTHLY WANDER 12 JULY NEWS

Prior to our visit to Scarborough we will be calling at Wolds Way Lavender situated to the east of Malton.   This is a family run lavender farm with very good reviews.   It is a 12 acre site of which 5 acres are planted with 120 varieties of lavender and herbs.  There is an area especially suitable for anyone with walking issues, with raised beds and plenty of seating to absorb the views and perfume.

In addition to the wonderful lavender displays there is a light railway, which serves a lavender distillery, a living willow maze and a sculpture walk.

Light meals and drinks and the reknown lavender scones are available in the Lavender Tea Room.

There is also a Plant Shop and and Gift Shop selling a multitude of lavender products - bath and body, aromatherapy etc.

We hope you will enjoy our visit.

NB: We may have to be flexible with our timings during the day as we may encounter heavy Great Yorkshire Show traffic

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GREEN BAG ON TOUR

If you are going on holiday, or to a special event, whether it be Bridlington or Barcelona why not take the "Green Bag" with you and capture a photo of this in some scenic spot. 

If you ask the site administrators Bill, Mick or Christine for their email they will add your photo to the Photo Gallery on this website.

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"BLIND FAITH' - A LEEDS UNITED SUPPORTERS INSPIRATIONAL STORY.

A short film - 3 minutes - has been released by the Yorkshire Evening Post about our walking group member Nikki and her guide dog Rita.

The film was actually made in 2014 following a commission from Channel 4 but has now been released for public viewing via the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

Google -" Blind Faith Yorkshire Evening Post". Well worth a look

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MAY MONTHLY WANDER UPDATE

We hope you all enjoyed the Chatsworth coach trip.   What a glorious day.  We were so lucky to have such warm weather.

Many thanks to Mick for researching the lovely walk to Edensor and round the huge estate and to Bill for his river walk in Bakewell. And thanks to Angela for all the hard work in liaising with the coach company and Janice for managing the bookings.

It was unfortunate that so many members wanted to join the trip but we were limited by the size of the coach.  Enquiries about running a mini bus for those on the waiting list proved uneconomic as the cost is still based on the actual mileage and drivers time not the actual size of the coach.

Why not join us for our next Wednesday Wander on 14 June 2017 when we will be travelling by train to Ilkley.  Please see the Monthly Wanders page for full details and times.