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For those looking for fun outdoor activities in Skipton and the surrounding area we have many groups to choose from.

Birdwatching (5377/outdoor)

Meetings are weekly and alternate between indoor meetings at Bolton Abbey Village Hall where we have presentations for members and visiting speakers and some DVDs and trips by car sharing or coach to nearby birdwatching spots. Many are RSPB reserves so membership is useful. The groups is co-ordinated by Jacqui but many long serving members help with leading small groups on trips/ giving presentations/ sorting I.T and making coffee. New members welcome!

Walk to Lunch (38707/walking)

We offer morning walks of up to 5 miles followed by a pub/café lunch. Please note that a regular commitment to walks is required and pre-booking for walks/lunches is essential. Members must be fit to walk at a good pace and manage hills and stiles. Meeting points and pub menus are circulated by email a week before each walk. You’ll need boots waterproofs and (sometimes) a sense of adventure !! Joint leaders Jenny Robinson and Brigida Martino

Motorcycle Group (40624/outdoor)

We are a group of motorcyclists who enjoy a ride out and a chat. All are welcome. We combine scheduled rides from March to early October , which are usually on Monday or Friday a couple of times a month with ad hoc rides at any time of year when the weather looks good and the urge to roam takes hold. We usually start at Morrisons in Skipton at 10:00am. We run the group via WhatsApp. Contact Harry Taylor if you want to be included in the WhatsApp group.

Days out with a bus pass (54125/outdoor)

WhatsApp group who arrange regular days out

Wharfedale Walking (54146/walking)

A friendly way to walk, for reasonably good walkers, at an easy pace up and down the dales. Walks are on Saturdays, weather permitting and mainly in Wharfedale. We meet at the start of the walk at 10.00.We like to stop from time to time to take in the scenery and anything else of interest during the walk. You should have appropriate clothing boots drink and a picnic lunch. Typically, walks will be between 5 and 8 miles. (Sorry but no dogs). A few days before each Saturday walk a detailed description of the walk is sent by e-mail, and you reply if you can come. New walkers are welcome to join at any time. Occasional walks during the Summer

Walking Group (54147/walking)

Looking for a Walking Club in and around Skipton?. We offer walk in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Yorkshire Moors throughout the year based from Skipton. We offer a sequence of short (5-7 miles), medium (8-9 miles) and long (10+ miles) with various degrees of difficulty. We plan to meet in Coach Street Car Park, to arrange shared transport. The times will vary and are stated in the Walks Programme. Suitable clothing, footwear, drinks and packed lunches are essential. Join us to meet new friends, walk in the glorious setting of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors together with walks in the Lake District National Park. All walks are at the members’ own risk. Sorry no dogs. Walk Programmes are distributed by email. If you do not have email, please phone Phillip Sugden to get a hard copy of the programme.

Exploring the Countryside (54167/walking)

This is a series of summer walks in the Skipton area. Each month we have an informally guided walk in the Craven countryside or village in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk may take about two hours, and may involve a cafe or picnic. Each walk will be organised by a member of the group who will circulate beforehand by email some background information about the place and its history. We will lead the first trip, to Linton, then rely on other volunteers. No dogs, please. We try to use public transport where possible.

Shorty Walks (54182/walking)

Walks of 2 - 5 miles for those who prefer gentler exercise in a social context. Walks are offered and led by group members. Our programme includes walks in the Dales town trails canals and anything else any member wishes to offer! The information about each walk is emailed monthly with a reminder a few days before each walk. This includes date, time meeting place transport options walk length stiles and a general description of the terrain. All walks are at members’ own risk.

Ad Hoc Walking (54183/walking)

Based in Skipton the Ad Hoc Walking group has no programme; walks are proposed by group members at short notice taking advantage of good weather. Any group member can propose a walk anytime, anywhere, any length. The proposer can set the maximum group size. Groups are usually small (historical maximum: 18, average: 6). On joining the group, you will be sent the latest guidelines.

Croquet (54185/sport)

The group provides friendly, social competition playing 'Golf Croquet' from the beginning of May to the end of September (weather permitting!). There is no need for previous experience. The rules of Golf Croquet are very straightforward and it is easy to pick up, so there is no problem in starting to play quickly. Instruction and guidance on how to play croquet will be given with the kind assistance of members of Pendle and Craven Golf Club. It is equally suitable for men and women. All equipment will be provided. Flat soled footwear is essential. Weekly fee for playing will be confirmed by Group Leader.

Crown Green Bowls (Group 1) (54186/sport)

Instruction and guidance on how to play Crown Green Bowls.

Crown Green Bowls (Group 2) (54187/sport)

Instruction and guidance on how to play Crown Green Bowls.

Gardening Group (54196/outdoor)

This is a group for members who enjoy gardening. Spending time in the garden amongst the flowers and wildlife can be a joy. You do not have to have a garden to join the group. Why not share your garden with others? This a social group of members who get together and enjoy chatting about plants and also get ideas for their own gardens. We share plants and seeds and have a whatsapp group to communicate with each other , as well as email. We visit each others gardens and enjoy the hospitality provided by our hosts for a couple of hours. More often than not enjoying tea and cake while we chat about the garden. We also run small group trips to RHS gardens and other formal gardens. You do not need to be a ‘Monty Don’ . We are all learning gardening by trial and error! It’s a really great way to meet people and make new friends Key word- Do you enjoy your Garden, Make new friends with similar love of gardening, Share your gardening ideas and knowledge, Spend a lovely summer morning or afternoon in a member’s garden, enjoying the hospitality of the owner Enjoy small group visits to RHS gardens and more formal gardens

Geology Walks (54198/walking)

These morning walks take us through the fascinating geology of Craven.. We go to a local feature, such as a hill, river, quarry or mine. On our walk we look at fossils, rocks and minerals, and see the geology around Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales. Each walk is informally guided by me, and I email out a description a few days beforehand, and you reply if you can come. Beginners and experts are all welcome, we are a friendly group and learn from each other. We meet at 10 am Monday fortnightly at the car parking at the start of the walk (sorry,no dogs). The walks vary from 1 to 4 miles and may involve some scrambling.

Racketball (54201/sport)

Sandylands - Monday 8.50 - 10:50 every week except public holidays. Played on a squash court with similar rules but with a larger ball and racket. Clothing as for squash/tennis with non-marking shoes. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Court fees £2 per session payable in cash or by bank transfer arranged with the Group Leader.