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 four coach trips throughout 2017. 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 2018. Thanks also to Kath Coupe who has kindly volunteered to be the contact for information for the Wednesday 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 but the two pubs initially chosen for the pie and pea suppers decided to close their doors, leaving Margaret with a headache trying to find new venues for the supper and therefore Phil a new route for the walks. In the nick of time, she and Phil managed to find new venues with walks around Upper Denby in June and Bolsterstone in July. Thanks to Margaret Davies and Phil Beard for their sterling work in organising these two ‘social’ walks.

The venues visited on the coach trips were Grassington and Skipton, Ilkley and Otley, Ripon and Fountains Abbey and a Christmas shopping trip to Birmingham, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by walkers and non-walkers alike. Unfortunately, the September coach trip had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers to make it viable. In 2018, there will be no coach trip in September as quite a few members are often away on holiday in that month but it will be replaced by one in May so hopefully there will be sufficient numbers for them all to run. The spring weekend holiday 2017 visited Bridlington, staying at The Monarch Hotel. We almost got entangled with the cyclists who were taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire which started on Bridlington promenade in close proximity to the hotel. This nearly proved problematic because the access to the hotel via the promenade was closed most of the day but common sense prevailed and after a slightly delayed arrival we were allowed to ‘book in and unpack’. The Saturday walks, led by Margaret and Phil, explored Bishop Burton and the market town of Beverley, the Sunday walks were inland also and visited West Ayton, alongside the Derwent River and through Rainford forest whilst the non walkers visited a cold and windy Scarborough. Many thanks to the walk leaders and all those who helped with the organisation of the weekend, I am sure 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 and helping to distribute 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 year.
Marilyn Kinvig