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.