Guided Day Walks and Workshops

Covid 19 Update: Our guided day walks will restart on 2 April and will be limited to 5 participants until 21 June when restrictions are due to be lifted.

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.

April

Curbar, Calver and the River Derwent Peak District Guided Walk   

Grade: Leisurely

Monday 19 April 10.30am – 2.30pm

A leisurely 6 mile walk taking in the quaint Peak District villages below Baslow and Curbar Edge, followed by a return journey along the river. A beautiful stretch of woodland is particularly stunning in Autumn.

Derwent Edge and Lost Lad, Peak District

Grade: Moderate

Tuesday 27 April: 9.30am – 3pm

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 the reservoir below.

May

Northumberland's Tyne Valley: Wylam, Clara Vale & Hagg Bank    Grade: Leisurely

Thursday 13 May 10am - 2pm

This 4.5 mile walk will explore riverside paths, woodland, farmland and quiet country lanes. We also visit Clara Vale, a small nature reserve on the site of a former mine which is now a haven for wildlife.

Northumberland's Tyne Valley: Ovingham/Whittle Dene/Ovington      Grade: Leisurely

Friday 14 May 10am - 2pm

This 4.5 mile walk will explore quaint villages, riverside paths, woodland, farmland and quiet country lanes.

Bird and Plant ID Walk

Grassington and the River Wharfe  North Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Friday 14 May 9.30am – 3.30pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of  gorgeous Grassington and surrounding area. Learn how to identify birds by their song and by spotting them on the route.  Learn thenames of the flowers and plants that we see along the way.

Bird and Plant ID Nature Walk

Saltaire and Shipley Glen Nature Walk West Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 15 May 9.30am – 3.30pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of  fascinating Saltaire and surrounding area.

Northumberland's Tyne Valley: Stocksfield and Eltringham      Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 15  May 10am - 2pm

This 4 mile walk starts off along a  country lane then over farmland and a lovely woodland area to Eltringham. Here we'll cross the railway line and head back along the River Tyne.

Northumberland's Tyne Valley: Corbridge       Grade: Leisurely

Sunday 16 May 10am - 2pm

This leisurely 4 mile walk takes in a mixture of riverside, woodland, fields and a quiet country lane before we meander back along Devil's Water and the River Tyne. A visit to the bustling village of Crobridge is a highlight

Bird and Plant ID Nature Walk

Haworth Moor  West Yorkshire 

Grade: Moderate

Sunday 16 May 9.30am – 3.30pm

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

Castleton and Hope Peak District Guided Walk

Grade: Leisurely

Tuesday 18 May 10.30am - 2pm

A lovely circular walk taking in 2 classic Peak District villages of the Hope VAlley.  Join us for this guided walk taken at a leisurely pace.

Chatsworth Park, Edensor, Calton Lees Guided Walk Peak District 

Grade: Moderate

Wednesday 19 May 10.30am – 3.30pm

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.

Gentleman Jack - Shibden Hall Visit and Anne Lister's Halifax Guided Tour

Grade: Leisurely

Wednesday 19 May 11am - 4pm

Join local expert Rachel Whitbread for this fascinating insight into the life and times of Halifax's Anne Lister - diarist, landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and lesbian. Visit to Shibden Hall, Anne's ancestral home, included.

Peak District Moors: Eyam and Offerton Guided Walk

Grade: Moderate

Thursday 20 May 9.30am – 3pm

An 8.5 mile walk from Hathersage to explore the high moorland to the south. Extensive views across the Hope Valley and beyond.

Peak District Millstones and Rocky Outcrops 

Grade: Low Moderate

Friday 21 May: 9.30am – 3pm

A varied 6.5 mile guided walk taking in some of the iconic features of this part of the Peak District including remnants of its historic past. There are dramatic quarries and edges, abandoned millstones plus an Iron Age hill fort. In addition there is a beautiful silver birch woodland, expanses of moorland and a lovely stretch of river.

Quantock Hills: Nether Stowey, Great Wood and the Dead Woman's Ditch 

Grade: Moderate

Saturday 22 May 10.30am – 4pm

An 8 mile guided walk from the beautiful village of Nether Stowey, known as the gateway to the Quantock Hills AONB.  Coleridge lived here as a young poet and it is where he wrote some of his best known work.

Quantock Hills: Nether Stowey and Dowsborough Fort

Grade: Moderate

Sunday 23 May 10.30am – 4pm

This lovely 8 mile guided walk in the Quantock Hills will take us from Nether Stowey up through ancient wooded combes to Dowsborough Fort, an Iron Age fort with fabulous views over the Bristol Channel towards Wales.

Kinder Scout West: Kinder Downfall Guided Walk  Grade: Moderate to Challenging

Monday 24 May: 9.30am – 3.30pm

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.

Chatsworth Park and Edensor Guided Walk Peak District  Leisurely

Tuesday 25 May 10.30am – 2.30pm

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

Magpie Mine and Monsal Head Guided Walk Peak District 

Grade: Moderate

Friday 28 May 10am – 3.30pm

A 9 mile walk from idyllic Ashford in the Water exploring the iconic Magpie Mine and the viaduct at Monsal Head.

Gentleman Jack - Shibden Hall Visit and Anne Lister's Halifax Guided Tour

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 29 May 11am - 4pm

Join local expert Rachel Whitbread for this fascinating insight into the life and times of Halifax's Anne Lister - diarist, landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and lesbian. Visit to Shibden Hall, Anne's ancestral home, included.

Peak District Millstones, Rocky Outcrops and the Longshaw Estate

Grade: Moderate

Saturday 29 May 9.30am – 3pm

A varied 8.5 mile guided walk taking in some of the iconic features of this part of the Peak District including remnants of its historic past. There are dramatic quarries and edges, abandoned millstones plus an Iron Age hill fort. Add to that a beautiful silver birch woodland, stretches of moorland and the gentler scenery of a National Trust estate and you have the makings of a memorable day out.

Peak District: Ringinglow, Ox Stones and Stanedge Pole

Guided Walk   Grade: Moderate

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 9.30am – 3pm

An 8 mile guided walk on the lesser known paths around Stanage Edge. Expect great views and quiet tracks.

June

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

Grade: Moderate

Tuesday 1 June: 9.30am – 3.30pm

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.

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

Wednesday 2 June 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.

Peak District Millstones, Rocky Outcrops and the Longshaw Estate

Grade: Moderate

Friday 25 June: 10am – 3.30pm

A varied 8.5 mile guided walk taking in some of the iconic features of this part of the Peak District including remnants of its historic past. There are dramatic quarries and edges, abandoned millstones plus an Iron Age hill fort. Add to that a beautiful silver birch woodland, stretches of moorland and the gentler scenery of a National Trust estate and you have the makings of a memorable day out.

Bird and Plant ID Walk

Grassington and the River Wharfe  North Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 26 June 9.30am – 3.30pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of  gorgeous Grassington and surrounding area. Learn how to identify birds by their song and by spotting them on the route.  Learn thenames of the flowers and plants that we see along the way.

Bird and Plant ID Nature Walk

Saltaire and Shipley Glen Nature Walk West Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Sunday 27 June 9.30am – 3.30pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of  fascinating Saltaire and surrounding area.

Bird and Plant ID Nature Walk

Haworth Moor  West Yorkshire 

Grade: Moderate

Monday 28 June 9.30am – 3.30pm

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

August

Bird and Plant ID Walk

Grassington and the River Wharfe  North Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 21 August 9.30am – 3.30pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of  gorgeous Grassington and surrounding area. Learn how to identify birds by their song and by spotting them on the route.  Learn thenames of the flowers and plants that we see along the way.

Bird and Plant ID Nature Walk

Saltaire and Shipley Glen Nature Walk West Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Sunday 22 Augsut 9.30am – 3.30pm

Join natural history expert Madeline on this exploration of  fascinating Saltaire and surrounding area.

Bird and Plant ID Nature Walk

Haworth Moor  West Yorkshire 

Grade: Moderate

Monday 23 August 9.30am – 3.30pm

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

Dates TBC

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

Grade: Moderate

DATE TBC: 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.

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.