Guided Day Walks and Workshops

Covid 19 Update: All day events are now available as advertised and will be for a maximum of 5 people until further notice.

Our guided day walks and workshops explore the beautiful landscape here in the UK from the Quantock Hills to the Tyne Valley, the Peak District to Hebden Bridge. Many are on consecutive days, giving you the option to plan a multi-day visit.  You simply book your own accommodation and meet your guide at the start point of each day's walk or activity. Or perhaps you live locally but would enjoy being led by an experienced and friendly guide - and having the opportunity to meet others who love the outdoors.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with some amazingly knowledgeable women to offer a variety of themes - do feel free to suggest additional topics!

If you would like us to organise a bespoke walk or workshop then please contact us.

August

Eyam Guided Walk, Peak District: The Plague Village and The Quiet Dales

Grade: Moderate

Monday 10 August: 10am – 4pm

A varied guided walking from Eyam through the quieter dales to the south of the village. Eyam is well known for the part it played in the plague of 1665 when the people of the village self isolated in order to prevent the disease from spreading.

Kinder Scout West: Kinder Downfall Guided Walk

Tuesday 11 August: 10am – 4pm

Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, is a vast expanse of peat moorland bordered by evocative gritstone edges, weathered by the elements. On this walk we will venture away from the edges to explore the interior of Kinder.

Gentleman Jack - Shibden Hall and Anne Lister's Halifax: Guided Walk

Thursday 13 August: 11am - 4pm

The BBC TV series Gentleman Jack, starring Suranne Jones, has sparked a huge amount of interest in the life of landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and diarist Anne Lister and we are delighted to be offering this fascinating insight into her life, exploring Shibden Hall and a number of the places she frequented in Halifax.

London's Regents Canal: Guided Walk

Friday 14 August: 10am – 3pm

Experience a truly unique perspective of the city of London by following the historic canal from Limehouse in the east of the city to Little Venice in the west. This is London as you've never seen it before and offers a host of opportunities to enjoy city life as it has developed along this vital and vibrant waterway.

Quantock Hills: Nether Stowey and Dowsborough Fort Guided Walk

Grade: Moderate

Saturday 15 August 10.30am – 4pm

Join local guide Chrissie on this walk  from Nether Stowey. Long range views from the Iron Age hillfort towards Wales and beyond.

Quantock Hills: Nether Stowey, Great Wood, Dead Woman's Ditch Guided Walk

Grade: Moderate

Sunday 16 August 10.30am – 4pm

Join local guide Chrissie on this walk  from Nether Stowey through Great Wood to the earthork of Dead Woman's Ditch.

Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook, Peak District

Vulture Watch

Grade: Moderate

Monday 17 August: 10am – 4pm

ADDED INTEREST: This is the area where the bearded vulture has been spotted in flight. We have been fortunate enough to see it on previous outings. A walk from Derwent reservoir up onto Derwent Edge with its extensive views and fascinating range of gritsone tors. The walk descends via the viewpoint at Lost Lad to Abbey Brook, a partially forested, steep-sided valley reminiscent of the Scottish islands.

Quantock Hills: Holford, Bicknoller Post, Smith Combe Guided Walk

Grade: Leisurely to Moderate

Monday 17 August 10.30am – 3pm

Join local guide Chrissie on this walk  from the picturesque village of Holford for some beautiful views and scenery.

Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield: Guided Walk

Monday 17 August: 11am – 1.30pm

Did you know that Mary, Queen of Scots, was held prisoner in Sheffield for around 14 years? Come along and find out where she was held and visit the best-preserved building that Mary herself would have known.

Stanage Edge, Robin Hood's Cave and Higger Tor: Guided Walk

Tuesday 18 August: 10am – 3.00pm

Stanage Edge, one of the best known of the Peak District's iconic gritstone edge, is the focus for this 8.5 mile guided day walk. We will head up to the edge from the lovely village of Hathersage through a mixture of green fields and woodland.

Women at the Heart of London: Guided Walk

Date Saturday 22 August: 10am – 3pm

Join us on a fascinating guided walk through the heart of London as we delve into the stories of women who have influenced our lives, the City of London and its history.

Chatsworth Park and Edensor Guided Walk Peak District  Leisurley

Sunday 23 August 10am – 2pm

A leisurely 5.5 mile walk through Chatsworth Park with splendid views of the iconic Chatsworth House on the banks of the River Derwent.

Eyam Peak District Guided Walk: The Plague Village and The Dark /White Peak

Grade: Moderate

Monday 24 August: 10am – 3pm

This guided walk from the plague village of Eyam covers a variety of terrain typical of both the Dark Peak and the White Peak.

Grassington, Grass Wood and the River Wharfe Nature Walk Yorkshire Dales 

Grade: Leisurely

Monday 24 August 10am – 4pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this 5.5 mile exploration of the natural habitats of this lovely area of the Yorkshire Dales

Peak District Villages and the River Derwent Guided Walk   

Grade: Leisurely

Monday 24 August 10am – 2pm

A leisurely 5 mile walk taking in the quaint Peak District villages below Baslow and Curbar Edge.

Saltaire and Shipley Glen Nature Walk West Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Tuesday 25 August 10am – 4pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this 5.5 mile exploration of the natural habitats of this fascinating area around Saltaire and the River Aire.

Haworth Moor Nature Walk West Yorkshire 

Grade: Moderate

Wednesday 26 August 10am – 4pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of the wild moorland habitat around Haworth.

Peak District Millstones and Rocky Outcrops: Guided Walk

Grade: Leisurely to Moderate

Thursday 27 August: 10am – 3.00pm

Join us for a varied guided walk from Fox House on Hathersage Road. We will be looking at the rugged gritstone  which shapes the landscape and bears testament to an industrial past.

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Photography Workshop: Landscape, Trees and Plants Froggatt Edge

Sunday 30 August 2020: 2pm - 7pm

Join photographer Fran Halsall for a photography workshop along Froggatt Edge, a dramatic sandstone escarpment with brich woodland, bilberries and heather.

Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook, Peak District

Vulture Watch

Grade: Moderate

Monday 31 August: 10am – 4pm

ADDED INTEREST: This is the area where the bearded vulture has been spotted in flight. We have been fortunate enough to see it on previous outings. A walk from Derwent reservoir up onto Derwent Edge with its extensive views and fascinating range of gritsone tors. The walk descends via the viewpoint at Lost Lad to Abbey Brook, a partially forested, steep-sided valley reminiscent of the Scottish islands.

September

Chatsworth Park, Edensor, Calton Lees Guided Walk Peak District 

Grade: Moderate

Tuesday 1 September 10am – 4pm

An 8.5 mile walk exploring Chatsworth Park and the surrounding area with splendid views of the iconic Chatsworth House on the banks of the River Derwent.

Tyne Valley Explorer: Corbridge

Grade: Leisurely

Friday 4 September 10am – 1pm

A  gentle 4 mile walk from the attractive village of Corbridge exploring the Tyne Valley.

Tyne Valley Explorer: Stocksfield and Eltringham

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 5 September 10am – 1pm

A  gentle 4 mile circular guided walk taking in a lovely stretch of the River Tyne.

Tyne Valley Explorer: Ovingham/Whittle Dene/Ovington

Grade: Leisurely

Sunday 6 September 10am – 1pm

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Tyne Valley Explorer: Wylam/Clara Vale/Hagg Bank

Grade: Leisurely

Monday 7 September 10am – 1.30pm

A gentle 4.5 mile guided walk incuding a section of the Tyne and a small nature reserve on the site of a former mine.

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Woodland Walk with Fran Halsall: Surprise View

Date  Sunday 20 September 2020: 2.30pm - 5pm

Do you want to gain confidence in identifying trees and woodland plants? Interested to know about woodland habitats and how people have shaped them throughout history? Join Fran Halsall of Sheffield Woodland Connections for a guided walk from Surprise View to Millstone Edge and Lawrence Field.

Hebden Bridge: Walk the Wild Side Midgley Moor and Milk Churn Joan

Grade: Moderate

Saturday 26 September : 10am – 4pm

Join local guide Jo for a day of wild walking from the market town of Hebden Bridge. Using lesser known routes Jo will guide the way  to Milk Churn Joan, an impressive standing stone with fantastic views.

Hebden Bridge: Walk the Wild Side Bell House Moor and Stoodley Pike

Grade: Moderate

Sunday 27 September : 10am – 4pm

Join local guide Jo for a day of wild walking from the market town of Hebden Bridge. Using lesser known routes Jo will guide the way to the high point of Stoodley Pike with fabulous views.

London's Parks - Highgate to St James' Park: Guided Walk

Sunday 27 September : 10am – 3pm

A guided walk through London from the heights of Highgate Village walking through the green spaces of Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Regents Park, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

October

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Photography Workshop: Landscape, Trees and Plants Padley Gorge

Sunday 18 October 2020: 12.30pm - 5.30pm

Join photographer Fran Halsall for a photography workshop in Padley Gorge SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), a wonderful example of upland oak-birch woodland that is famed for its ancient coppiced oaks.

Kinder Scout East: Madwoman’s Stones Guided Walk

Monday 19 October 10am – 4pm

From Edale, we will head up to the plateau which looms above via one of the many well-trodden paths. On reaching the top, we will head towards the eastern edges and head off piste to the assembly of gritstone rocks called Madwoman's Stones.

Kinder Scout West: Kinder Downfall Guided Walk

Tuesday 20 October: 10am – 4pm

Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, is a vast expanse of peat moorland bordered by evocative gritstone edges, weathered by the elements. On this walk we will venture away from the edges to explore the interior of Kinder.

Hebden Bridge: Walk the Wild Side Midgley Moor and Milk Churn Joan

Grade: Moderate

Saturday 24 October : 10am – 4pm

Join local guide Jo for a day of wild walking from the market town of Hebden Bridge. Using lesser known routes Jo will guide the way  to Milk Churn Joan, an impressive standing stone with fantastic views.

Hebden Bridge: Walk the Wild Side Bell House Moor and Stoodley Pike

Grade: Moderate

Sunday 25 October : 10am – 4pm

Join local guide Jo for a day of wild walking from the market town of Hebden Bridge. Using lesser known routes Jo will guide the way to the high point of Stoodley Pike with fabulous views.

Peak District Millstones and Rocky Outcrops: Guided Walk

Thursday 29 October: 10am – 3.00pm

Join us for a varied guided walk from Fox House on Hathersage Road. We will be looking at the rugged gritstone  which shapes the landscape and bears testament to an industrial past.

November

Nature and Art - A Journey through the Seasons: Autumn

Saturday 7 November: 10am - 4pm

Sunday 8 November: 10am - 4pm

Join us in the Peak District for a series of workshops with artist Colette Cameron to capture the sights, sounds, and smells of the seasons. There are 8 workshops in 2020 over 4 weekends each looking at a different season through the changes in the landscape around us.

 

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Woodland Walk with Fran Halsall: Padley Gorge

Date  Saturday 7 November 2020: 11am - 1.30pm

Do you want to gain confidence in identifying trees and woodland plants? Interested to know about woodland habitats and how people have shaped them throughout history? Join Fran Halsall of Sheffield Woodland Connections for a guided walk through Padley Gorge SSSI, considered to be the Peak District's best surviving example of upland oak-birch woodland, and learn what makes this place so special.

Peak District Millstones and Rocky Outcrops: Guided Walk

Monday 30 November: 10am – 3.00pm

Join us for a varied walk from Fox House on Hathersage Road. We will be looking at the rugged gritstone  which shapes the landscape and bears testament to an industrial past.

December

Peak District - Stanage Edge, Robin Hood's Cave and Higger Tor: Guided Walk

Tuesday 1 December 10am – 3.00pm

Stanage Edge, one of the best known of the Peak District's iconic gritstone edge, is the focus for this 8.5 mile day walk. We will head up to the edge from the lovely village of Hathersage through a mixture of green fields and woodland.

Dates TBC

Gentleman Jack - Anne Lister's Shibden Dale: Guided Walk

Date TBC: 11am - 4pm 

The BBC TV series Gentleman Jack, starring Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle, has sparked a huge amount of interest in the life of landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and diarist Anne Lister and we are delighted to be offering this rural guided walk from her ancestral home, Shibden Hall followed by a visit to the hall.

Charlotte Bronte in the Peak District

Date tbc

Join us as we explore the historic Peak District village of Hathersage and its fascinating links to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Bronte visited Hathersage in 1845 and it clearly made a lasting impression on her, providing inspiration for a variety of locations in her novel, Jane Eyre, first published in 1847.

Creative Writing and Nature Workshop

Date tbc

From William Wordsworth and Emily Bronte to Nan Shepherd and Mary Oliver, throughout history writers have been inspired by the natural world.

Join us for a wonderful day of reading, walking and writing as we immerse ourselves in the living world around us.

 

Copyright Fran Halsall.

Photography Workshop: Landscape, Trees and Plants Longshaw Estate

Date tbc

Join photographer Fran Halsall for a photography workshop from Surprise View, taking in the Millstone Edge escarpment and the morrland and woodland around Lawrence Field.