Guided Day Walks and Workshops

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

The 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 North Yorkshire. 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.

June

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

Sunday 20 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 and Rocky Outcrops 

Grade: Low Moderate

Monday 21 June: 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.

Magpie Mine and Monsal Head Guided Walk Peak District 

Grade: Moderate

Wednesday 23 June 10am – 3.30pm

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

Peak District: Classic Kinder Scout The Slow Way

Grade: Moderate

Friday 25 June 9.30am – 4.30pm

Join this slower paced walk on a classic 8 mile Kinder Scout route taking in Jacob's Ladder and Kinder Low..

 

Bat, Bird and Plant ID Evening Nature Walk

Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge  West Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 26th June 6pm - 11pm

Join natural history expert Madeline for a gentle, evening stroll followed by an opportunity to observe pipistrelle bats after sunset.

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 Walk

Grassington and the River Wharfe  North Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Monday 28 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.

Curbar, Calver and the River Derwent Peak District Guided Walk   

Grade: Leisurely

Tuesday 29 June 10am – 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.

July

Peak District: Kinder Scout Madwoman's Stones    

Grade: Moderate

Tuesday 6 July 9.30am – 3pm

An off the beaten track exploration of Kinder Scout, the Peak District's highest point. Heading east, we will see few people especially as we head into the interior of the plateau.

Peak District Millstones, Rocky Outcrops and the Longshaw Estate

Grade: Moderate

Thursday 8 July 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.

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

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 17 July 11am - 4.30pm

Join our knowledgeable local guide Rachel Whitbread for this fascinating insight into the life and times of Halifax's Anne Lister - diarist, landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and lesbian. Rachel is the daughter of Helena Whitbread, decoder of the diary and Halifax resident. Visit to Shibden Hall, Anne's ancestral home, included.

August

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

Grade: Leisurely

Wednesday 11 August 11am - 4.30pm

Join our knowledgeable local guide Rachel Whitbread for this fascinating insight into the life and times of Halifax's Anne Lister - diarist, landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and lesbian. Rachel is the daughter of Helena Whitbread, decoder of the diary and Halifax resident. Visit to Shibden Hall, Anne's ancestral home, included.

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

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 14 August 11am - 4.30pm

Join our knowledgeable local guide Rachel Whitbread for this fascinating insight into the life and times of Halifax's Anne Lister - diarist, landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and lesbian. Rachel is the daughter of Helena Whitbread, decoder of the diary and Halifax resident. Visit to Shibden Hall, Anne's ancestral home, included.

Chatsworth Park and Edensor Guided Walk Peak District  Leisurely

Tuesday 17 August 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.

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

Wednesday 18 August: 9.30am – 4.30pm

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.

Bat, Bird and Plant ID Evening Nature Walk

Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge  West Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Saturday 21st August 5pm - 10pm

Join natural history expert Madeline for a gentle, evening stroll followed by an opportunity to observe pipistrelle bats after sunset.

Bird and Plant ID Walk

Grassington and the River Wharfe  North Yorkshire 

Grade: Leisurely

Sunday 22nd 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

Monday 23 Augsut 9.30am – 3.30pm

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

August

Peak District: Ringinglow, Ox Stones and Stanedge Pole

Guided Walk   Grade: Moderate

Wednesday 8 September 9.30am – 3pm

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

Dates TBC

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

Grade: Moderate

Date TBC: 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.

Derwent Edge and Lost Lad, Peak District

Grade: Moderate

Date TBC: 10am – 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.

Chatsworth Park, Edensor, Calton Lees Guided Walk Peak District 

Grade: Moderate

DAte TBC 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.

Peak District Moors: Eyam and Offerton Guided Walk

Grade: Moderate

Date TBC 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.

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.