3rd February 2019

Coach Trip to Otley 

Walk Details (to date)

After a rendezvous at Skipton for a comfort stop we continue on towards Otley . It is important for safety reasons that  independentwalkers leave details of your names and routes, and a mobile telephone number if possible,  with the courier on your coach.  

We hope you are enjoying your coach rambles organised by members of North East Lancashire Ramblers. These days give you a friendly environment to enjoy our wonderful countryside without the hassle of navigating yourself. Or the chance to explore new – or well loved places – on your own. We have not always had the right to explore our countryside  freely and on foot, it would not be possible without the work and achievements of the Ramblers Association since it’s foundation in 1935.  Yet there is still work to be done. The Ramblers work with local and national governments and  highway authorities to protect our rights of way and ensure a freedom we now take for granted. It is easy to join, ask for a membership form today or look on the Ramblers website. Your membership means the work, objectives and campaigns can continue for future generations.

A Walk    Leader  Anthony Fleetwood    11 miles   Moderate

We  start todays walk from the Fewston Reservoir car park on the Six Dales Trail heading for Swinsty  Moor Plantation. Next it’s on to the village of Timble on the Harrogate Link. From here we go up to Askwith Moor . This is our highest point. It’s all downhill from here by way of Weston Moor, Higher Carr Farm and the village of Clifton. Then back on the Six Dales Trail to Otley.

B Walk   Leader  Frank Mason   9 miles   Moderate

Alight at Fewston reservoir car park on the A59 near Blubberhouses.  Follow the footpath along Fewston reservoir on the south bank. Continue to Swinsty reservoir then take a path down the embankment past Bride Cross Farm to Folly Hall. On to Mill House Farm, DobparkBridge, Middle Farm and Bride Cross House. Continue on a track walking over Farnley Moor to Crag Farm and Haddock Stones Plantation. Then field paths to Newall Carr Road and lane to Clifton and then more field paths to Newall. Follow the road down in to Otley.  Good views of the Washburn Valley.    

C Walk         Leader Graham Wrigglesworth   7.5 miles                     Moderate/Easy

Leave Otley by the Pool road out of town we turn down East Busk Lane to Brick House Farm. Following a wooded path to join the old railway line from Otley to Arthington. We walk a short distance of the line to a path leading to Pool Bank through fields and tracks. Then going through Pool to cross the Wharfe to take a path through fields to Leathley Hall.(a view of Pannal Viaduct is worth a look). A track leads to Leathleywhere we can admire the old alm houses before dropping down to the Wharfe for a pleasant walk by the river back to Otley. As we near Otley we enter Wharf Meadow Park and continue along the river before crossing the Wharfe for a short walk back into the town. 

D Walk Leader Michael Counter 5.5 mile  Moderate/Easy

We alight from the coach at the Chevin Forest Park Quarry Car Park on the top of Chevin and follow the Dales Way link path along to Surprise View. Our route first travels along the Geology Trail and then onto the Heritage Sculpture Trail.  After Quarry Farm the path drops down to Pool Bank and then across field paths to join the disused rail track and onto Otley.

The route starts at the top of the ridge with great views and works its way down onto field paths.  The forest tracks are in good condition while the field paths are extremely muddy.   


For those walkers that require a flat walk from Otley, after leaving  the coach park make your way down to the Old Bridge across the River Wharfe. Turn right and follow good paths through Wharfe Meadows Park and along the river banking.  Return by retracing your steps.

Pick up time for return journey.   Returning Home:  5.00pm from the coach park.


Pick Up Times

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington :

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:45     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:50     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:10     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:20     Padiham : Town Hall

08:22     Padiham : Whitegates

08:25     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:30     Burnley : Bus Station

08:35     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:40     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:45     Nelson : Bus Station

08:50     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:55     Colne : Crown Hotel

09:00     Colne : Library

09:05     Colne : Alkincoates

09:10     Barrowford : Heritage Centre





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