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With the Craven u3a the outdoor pursuits are varied. Ever fancied playing Bowls which is more difficult than you think or learning more about growing your own food. Craven u3a offers 5 walking groups to enjoy walking in the glorious countryside around Skipton and the Dales.

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!

Allotment (6804/outdoor)

The group meets together at 10.00 on Sunday morning to work on two allotments exclusive to u3a and a third communal plot on which we have a dedicated space. During the summer we work on the plots more frequently and have a watering rota.

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.

Culture Vulture Club (54124/outdoor)

WhatsApp group who agree trips to theatre, cinema live Arts etc in local towns

Days out with a bus pass (54125/outdoor)

WhatsApp group who arrange regular days out

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