Guided tour of Ben Rhydding Nature Reserve

Roundhouse Grange Park, Burley in Wharfedale

Venue: Meet at the Roundhouse, Grange Park Description: Ben Rhydding Nature Reserve is one of only three Local Nature Reserves in Bradford District. Steve Parkes, who coordinates the volunteer group that manages the reserve, will provide an informative tour which will include woodland, wetland, meadow and river bank. The walk to the reserve will pass […]

Visit to West Moor House Farm, Langbar Moor

Ilkley bus station Bus Station, Ilkley

Venue: Meet at Ilkley bus station Description: This 5.25 mile circular walk will visit the upland farm run by Rob and Penny Paisley for a guided tour. The farm specialises in rearing pedigree beef Shorthorn cattle, purebred Swaledale sheep and has two flocks of rare breed Greyface Dartmoor and Welsh Badger Face sheep. The outward […]

Burley’s shops and businesses (2)

Roundhouse Grange Park, Burley in Wharfedale

Venue: Meet at the Roundhouse, Grange Park Description: There are a number of indications of the significant scale of Burley’s retail and commercial sector in days gone by – if only you know where to look for them! With 9 butchers, 4 fish and chip shops, banks and a mini-department store, Burley had plenty of […]

Archaeology on Burley Moor

Burley Woodhead - Moor Lane Dales Way, Burley in Wharfedale

Venue: Burley Woodhead Village Green, top of Moor Lane Description: This 4 mile walk will visit some of the higher level archaeological sites on Burley Moor. Dr Keith Boughey a local historian and expert on the Bronze Age who has researched and written extensively on the subject, will lead the walk and provide detailed information […]

Burley’s Railways – Reminiscences from Burley Signal Box

Burley in Whafedale, Railway Station Railway Station, Burley in Wharfedale

Venue: Burley Railway Station car park Description: This will be a walk back along memory lane to the pre-Beeching days of steam trains in Burley. Bill Smith, who worked as Signaller at Burley Signal Box for 20 years, will share his memories of the Wharfedale Line as described in his recent publication ‘Railways in Wharfedale’. […]

The bees walk

Venue: Burley Railway Station car park Description: This 4.5 mile circular walk is being held jointly with the Wharfedale Beekeepers Association (WBA) as part of their centenary celebrations. It will provide an introduction to the world of beekeeping, from the perspective of someone relatively new to the skills involved as well as someone more experienced. […]

Night Walk

Ilkley Moor car park Ilkley Moor car park, Ilkley

Venue: Meet at the Cow and Calf car park, Ilkley Description: A 5 mile high-level circular walk onto Ilkley and Burley Moor visiting the Twelve Apostles stone circle and with superb nighttime views! The route following rough moor paths may be altered given poor weather or bad ground conditions. Essentials are adequate footwear, warm clothing, […]

Beating Burley’s Bounds

Roundhouse Grange Park, Burley in Wharfedale

Venue: Meet at the Roundhouse, Grange Park Description: Beating the Bounds was a processional walk traditionally conducted over the centuries by communities on Rogation Sunday in spring to help identify and preserve parish boundaries, and to bless the fields. While the practice continues in some parts of the country, it has only occasionally been undertaken […]

A walk around Stead and Burley Woodhead

Roundhouse Grange Park, Burley in Wharfedale

Venue:  Meet at the Roundhouse, Grange Park Description: This 4 mile walk will follow footpaths, quiet lanes and farm tracks that have traditionally linked Burley with Stead and Burley Woodhead.  Gradients will be generally gentle, with one short steeper section to take us on to the lower edge of Burley Moor.  There will be good […]

Bleach Mill Circular Walk

Roundhouse Grange Park, Burley in Wharfedale

Venue:  Meet at the Roundhouse, Grange Park Description:   This will be a gentle 3 mile mostly level afternoon stroll to Bleach Mill House using field paths to celebrate the end of the walking programme contribution to the Festival.  The walk uses ginnels through the village and will use field paths, including walking alongside the attractive […]