Skipton Festival of Walks 2017
As regular readers of our blog will know, here at the Rendezvous we’re incredibly keen on getting about in the beautiful countryside which surrounds Skipton. With this in mind, we’re delighted to give you details of Skipton’s Festival of Walks which is set to take place on Sunday 21st May 2017.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Skipton, a series of six very different walks, each designed to appeal to different ages and abilities, will take place in and around Skipton. The idea behind the event is that different charities and groups recruit walkers who then gather sponsors to raise funds for the charity or group of their choice. All the walks are for fun and by taking part, charities and groups have the opportunity to help fund work in their local community.
The Festival of Walks programme is as follows:
- Ghosts and Legends: this is a one hour tour of Skipton and will be led by a local historian and raconteur.
- Skipton Millennium Walk: this fully guided walk will take between 1 and 1.5 hours, following the brass plaques in Skipton and a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of the town.
- Explore Old Skipton: guided by members of Skipton Civic Society, this walk is designed to offer walkers a chance to discover more on the ‘Gateway to the Dales.’ Walking time will be between 1 – 1.5 hours.
- Skipton Woods & Timeline Trail: this 1.5 hour walk will appeal to all ages. Guides from the Woodland Trust will be on hand to explain about Skipton’s ancient woodland, whilst leading the geo-caching/timeline trail for the more adventurous walkers.
- The Top Ten: this demanding 10 mile walk is intended for serious, experienced walkers and will be guided by experienced local ramblers over open countryside.
- Flasby with Sharphaw: this walk will take between 2 – 3 hours and will be guided by experienced walkers from U3A.
Walks 1 to 4 will start outside Skipton Town Hall, whilst walks 5 and 6 will commence from Skipton Auction Mart. Free car parking will be available for walkers at the Auction mart and discounted parking facilities for walkers in the town will be available at Skipton Building Society on The Bailey.
Walks 2 and 3 are suitable for the less active; however a responsible carer must accompany entrants. Unfortunately wheelchair and mobility entries for all walks are not feasible. Entrants may choose their preferred start time for all the walks (subject to availability) with the exception of walk 5. First aiders will be available throughout the day and will be based at Skipton Auction Mart. Unfortunately dogs are not permitted on walks 5 and 6 – dogs on all other walks must be on a lead.
Walkers can use each route to raise sponsorship for their own charity or group. However, if you would prefer to fund raise with the help of family, friends and colleagues, this can be done via Virgin Money Giving – all funds donated in this way will be shared equally between the Pioneer Project, SELFA and Medical Detection Dogs. Details of the Virgin Money Giving account can be found here.
For further information on Skipton Festival of Walks and online entry forms, please visit visit the Rotary Club of Skipton’s website at: http://www.skiptonrotary.org/FoWs.htm
Hotel accommodation in Skipton
If your group or charity is planning on travelling to Skipton to take part in this year’s Festival of Walks, here at the Rendezvous Hotel we are proud to offer award-winning group hotel accommodation. We work with groups of all sizes by booking group accommodation with us; you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that your booking is backed up by our group charter and tour charter.
The Rendezvous is located on the outskirts of Skipton, next to the picturesque Skipton Canal. Skipton town centre is within walking distance, whilst the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be easily accessed by public transport or car.
To find out more, or to make a reservation, why not get in touch with our reservations team today?