About the Group

The Monday walking group of the Huddersfield U3A at present walks weekly throughout the year.  We usually walk between 10 and 12 miles.  Our walks programme lists the leader for each walk, it’s up to the leader to decide where his/her walk starts and goes.  Most walks start within 45 minutes drive of Huddersfield, although some are further afield.  Occasionally walks will be longer than 12 miles; this fact is advertised well in advance.

The Group currently welcomes new members.  If you would like to join us or just learn more about the group, please telephone Chris Dale on 01484 667355/07831724929 or email  c.dale@kirkside.co.uk

To join the group it’s necessary to be a member of Huddersfield U3A, who can be contacted at:

Huddersfield and District U3A,
Radcliffe House,
Queen’s Square,
Leeds Road,
Huddersfield
HD2 1XN  Tel: 01484 308482

The U3A Monday Walking Group was started back in 1991 by Cliff Barstow and Andrew Chadwick. Having walked together with another group, they felt that there might be support among U3A members for longer full day walks in and around Kirklees. The first enrolment session produced just two recruits but, undeterred, Cliff and Andrew pressed ahead and planned the initial series of walks on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. Three people, led by Cliff, took part in the first walk, which followed the route of the Colne Valley Circular.

Over the years the Group has grown steadily and there are now well over twenty active members though typical numbers on any one walk are in the mid teens.  Since the Group has grown we now walk every Monday of each month. From soon after the start it was, and still is, the policy to share walk leadership among group members, though members new to the group are not expected to lead straight away unless they already have experience of leading. If anyone wants company in checking out a route before their walk there will always be somebody willing to oblige.

The normal distance for the walks is 10 to 12 miles. The terrain varies considerably from quite flat to very hilly and we walk in all weathers so good footwear and clothing are essential and we carry food and drink with us. A lot of our walks, which are usually circular, are within West Yorkshire (Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield) but, in the summer especially, we go further afield, for example to North and South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire.

Wherever possible we car share to get to the start of our walks.  As far as fuel costs are concerned, passengers have not usually contributed – we aim to take it in turns to drive, although this is informal.  (If there is a car park charge, passenger(s) usually cover this.)

At Christmas we have a pub lunch sandwiched between two shorter walks (around six miles in the morning and four in the afternoon) and in June we usually plan an evening pub meal after a midsummer walk a little further away, sometimes with an overnight hotel stop. For a number of years now, some of our members have spent three or four days walking in Scotland, Wales or the Lake District. On these trips passengers do contribute to fuel costs.

We publish two walks programmes a year, March to August and September to February. The published programme only includes the leader and his/her phone number.  Those planning to walk contact the leader a day or two in advance to find out details of the walk, meeting point, time etc.  However, the option exists to publish advance details of the walk on this web site and most leaders take up this option.