Footpath Report


The society has enjoyed the usual twelve monthly walks, monthly mid week walks, two evening walks followed by pie and pea suppers, three longer walks during the summer months and five coach trips throughout 2016. Thanks to Tony Steel who volunteered to organise and find walk leaders for the more challenging, longer walks on the last Saturday during the summer months. They will again be included in the summer programme for 2017. Thanks also to Lynn Doolan for her sterling work organising, leading and recruiting leaders for the Wednesday walks. Lynn stepped down from this position during the year and Kath Coupe has kindly volunteered to be the contact for information regarding the walks. There is no official programme for the walks as such, the ‘Wednesday Walkers’ organise the venues for the walks on an informal basis which seems to work well.

The two ‘pie and pea’ walks proved popular with walks around High Hoyland in June and Thurgoland in July. Thanks to Margaret Davies and Phil Beard for organising the two ‘social’ walks.

The venues visited on the coach trips were Harrogate and Knaresborough, Whitby, Clitheroe, Leyburn and Hawes and a Christmas shopping trip to Liverpool all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by walkers and non-walkers alike. Some of the coach trips were better supported than others but, taken overall, a slight profit was made on the outings. Hopefully the trips will prove to be viable during the coming year.

The spring weekend holiday 2016 visited Shap, staying at The Shap Wells Hotel. The venue was a little remote but enjoyed by everyone,
the local red squirrels were an added attraction. The Saturday walk took us to Borrowdale, walking into Keswick where the non walkers spent the day. The Sunday walk was a circular walk from Shap via Shap Abbey whilst the non walkers had some retail therapy in Kendal. Many thanks to Margaret Davies, Phil Beard, Brenda and Bill Phillips for the time and effort which they put in to sort out the walks programme and lead the walks for the weekend, appreciated by all on the holiday.

On behalf of all members, I would also like to thank all walk leaders (please keep volunteering) and those who helped to put together a
varied programme of walks and coach outings throughout the year. I would also like to thank Rachel and Tony Steel for printing the society’s newsletter which keeps everyone in touch with events.

Last but not least, thank you for your continued support throughout the past year and look forward to seeing you all during the coming

Marilyn Kinvig