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
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
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