No doubt, after the usual excesses of the festive season, we're all feeling like we could do with some exercise. So, how about a pleasant walk with other club members?
Cameron is arranging a walk of about 3 hours (roughly 6-7 miles) from St Ives at Harden which is between Cullingworth and Bingley, 4 miles from the sailing club. Start will be at 10am on Sunday 11 January. Nothing too difficult, just a gentle walk to help burn off a mince pie or two. We will walk as a group, no-one gets left behind!
There are two entrances to St Ives, we will meet at the new free car park which is situated by the Bingley end of St Ives, just off the B6429. It is easy to find. If you approach from Bingley, head across Ireland Bridge towards Harden and the entrance is signposted about 0.5miles on the right, at the top of the S bends. Approaching from Cullingworth, head through Harden towards Bingley, past Woodbank Nurseries and the entrance is on your left about 0.75 out of the village. If you need more detailed directions, just let Cameron know and he will send something better.
The intended route will start at the car park and head through the woods towards Altar Lane with a brief stop at Druid's Altar to take in the view of the valley below. Then we will continue along Altar Lane to cross Keighley Road and take a track towards Harden Moor. From there, we will head across to Catstones Moor and down towards Cullingworth via Dolphin Lane where we join a path that takes us to Hallas Bridge and Harden Beck (which is fed by Doe Park and Hewenden). Following the beck down through the woods we will pass Goit Stock Waterfall which can be pretty impressive following wet weather. From there the route takes us into Harden from where we will re-enter St Ives and back to the car park.
Click here http://www.friendsofstives.org.uk/index.php
for some interesting information about St Ives.
Please confirm if you think you intend to come. If you change your mind on the day, it's not a problem, just don't turn up - all Cameron needs is a rough idea how many might be coming.
Non-members are welcome so, if you've got visitors that weekend, drag them along too!
It goes without saying that you will need suitable clothing for cold and/or wet weather and although you can get way with "stout shoes" on a walk like this, walking boots are a better option as some of it can be muddy and slippery. We will stop for lunch somewhere about half way round the route, so bring a packed lunch and drinks. Exactly where depends really on what the weather's like on the day as we may need a sheltered place.
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