February 2017 News
February 19 walk
Our 5 mile walk next Sunday is open to all. Just turn up at Burley station at 10am. We also welcome dogs for the first time. This means this walk has the advantage of being stile free!
From the station we will head steadily up to Stead across the fields. After crossing Moor Road there is a short steep ascent before returning across Burley moor.
The paths are mostly in good condition but given recent weather come prepared for some mud en route.
We will end the walk at the Hermit around 12.15. Hot or cold drinks will be available before returning to the station by 1pm. There will also be sandwiches and more substantial meals for those wanting to stay on for lunch. Booking not required. Dogs are welcome in the pub.
If you are bringing a dog, please remember our WAW insurance requires that dog owners have their own public liability insurance and that dogs need to be kept on a short lead throughout the walk.
Any questions about the walk contact David on 07551 959494.
Public liability Insurance for dog owners
For public liability cover check if it is included in your pet insurance.
If you don’t have pet insurance you could consider supporting the Dog’s Trust –membership includes public liability cover (£25 per year or £12.50 for over 60s).
Future Sunday walks
The next walk will be on March 19. The April walk will be on April 23 which is the 4th rather than 3rd Sunday to avoid Easter weekend.
Bradford Council Countryside Services start improvement work on the Welcome Way path at Horncliffe Well this coming Wednesday 15 February. Work over 1 or 2 days includes installing 3 bridges and some boardwalk on the muddiest sections of the route. They would welcome some volunteer support for the project. Some members of the Walkers are Welcome steering committee will be there. Although short notice, if you would like to help contact me on 07551 959494. It may involve getting a bit wet!
We now have landowner permission to do some footpath improvement work in Stead. The aim is to bring a much neglected path onto the Moor back into use. A working party is planned in the spring but no date set yet.
It will be a chance for volunteers to help with tasks such as clearing bracken and brambles, repairing stiles and channelling out a stream.
‘Houses and Henges’ - Neolithic and Bronze age monuments
To find out more about the archaeology of Burley and Ilkley Moor the Olicana Historical Society has a lecture this coming Thursday 16 February at Church House, Church Street, Ilkley starting at 7.30: Recent research into the prehistory of Wharfedale and beyond presented by Dr Alex Gibsonon.
There will be an evening with the Wharfedale Poets on Friday 3 March at the Red Lion starting at 7.30. The event is free with donations invited to the Burley Bridge campaign. This group of local poets (including Burley resident Colin Speakman, walking book author and originator of the Dales Way) will be reading from their third anthology , ‘Sun, Shadows and Sin’ to be published soon.
Saltaire World Heritage weekend 22 / 23 April.
Baildon Walkers are Welcome will organise a walk during the weekend lead by Eddie Nash. It will start at the Bracken Hall Centre at 11.00 am on Saturday April 22. The walk is 3.6 miles/5.8km, of moderate difficulty. No booking required.
Information about local history will be given along the way with a showing of a 1911 West Yorkshire Archives film at the end.
2017 Burley Summer Festival: Saturday 19 to Monday 28 August
The programme is yet to be finalised but to include up to 9 walks such as walking and talking with a local farmer, a visit to Ben Rhydding Nature Reserve, and a poetry walk with Colin Speakman. Also longer walks following routes to be in our next walking leaflet.