Yorkshire Weekend Hiking New Year Break England UK
Our Yorkshire Weekend Hiking New Year Break was a great lead up and start to 2011. The event was promoted as both a hiking weekend and a social event.
Our accommodation was the Ramada Jarvis Hotel on the Bingley Road between Bingley to the west and Shipley to the east. The rooms were of a high standard and all meals were included in the package.
There were a range of activities throughout the weekend which were designed to be flexible.
We could do all of the activities or sample some of the other great tourist attractions in the area, or even just chill out. There was plenty for non hikers to do if they wanted to mix and match hiking with social and tourist stuff. Haworth was nearby and was a Mecca for Bronte fans.
Apart from being a lovely village, there is the Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Bronte family vault in the church. Keighley is a lovely market town and is not far to the north-west. It is also the start of the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway.
Saltaire is a picturesque village close by and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its preservation as a model Victorian Village.
Yorkshire Weekend Hiking Video
This video slideshow shows a summary of Yorkshire Weekend Hiking, New Year Break England, UK.
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Yorkshire Weekend Hiking Details
Transportation By Car – We drove to the start location of each day hiking trip.
Hiking Days – After leisurely breakfasts, we started hiking late morning, especially on New Year’s Day after the Gala Dinner and disco. We spent the evenings at the hotel; relaxing in the bar; having our evening meal; chatting with fellow hikers or taking part in a quiz:
Our weekend schedule was as follows:
Day 1 -Thursday – Arrival Day – Ilkley Moor Day Hiking – We drove straight to the first day hiking trip on IIlkley Moor from Birmingham. The hike started about 12.30 after lunch, which we ate on the way up in the car.
Ilkley Moor was a 5 mile, clockwise circular route and had fantastic views, both of the moor itself and of the surrounding area. During the hike we saw the famous “Cow and Calf Rocks” and the historic “12 Apostles Stone Circle”. The grade of this day hiking was easy to moderate as there were some gradients. The moor was quite high, hence the great views, but we started the hiking from high up anyway.
We started the day hiking from the “Cow and Calf Pub”, across the road from the moor and the “Cow and Calf Rocks” where we parked our cars. When we arrived there was a thick mist and we were wondering if we would be able to see anything. We were also thinking we may get lost on the moor. However, just as we began the day hiking, the mist miraculously lifted and provided some really spooky views of mist in the valley.
After the hike and a drink in the Cow & Calf Pub near Ilkley Moor we went to our hotel and sorted out our gear before the evening activities. We met in the Park Suite bar for drinks at 7pm before having a 3 course dinner in the hotel restaurant. After dinner we retired to our own private function room, where our organiser went through the plans and options for the weekend.
Afterwards there was some evening entertainment in the restaurant which was converted into a function room. There was an elderly singer and keyboard player duo. Our group also had a private quiz for those who wanted to participate. After a long day we decided to relax in the bar with a drink before getting a good night rest for the next day’s hiking.
Day 2 – Friday – New Year’s Eve – Howarth Day Hiking – This was a 7 mile hike via Top Withens and was an anti-clockwise route. First, the day hiking took us from Haworth through Penistone Hill Country Park. Next we went onto Haworth Moor, where Emily Bronte got her inspiration for Wuthering Heights. We visited the Bronte Waterfall before climbing to Top Withens, the supposed setting for Wuthering Heights, complete with its ruins. Here we ate our packed lunch provided by the hotel. Next, we retraced our steps downhill and then did an anti-clockwise semi-circular route following a gulley over the moor to a farmhouse. Lastly, we followed a straight track back to Penistone Hill Country Park.
This was an easy to moderate hike as there were a couple of steep gradients to tackle. However, the inclines were more than worth if for the stunning views of the open moor land. At the time we did this hike, which was New Year’s Eve, there was the Annual Fell Running Event to Top Withens, so there were lots of Fell Runners going back and forth.
After the hike and a snack in a Howarth cafe we returned to our hotel to prepare for our evening party for which the dress code was formal. Again we met in the Park Suite bar for drinks before having a private 4 course Gala Dinner in the breakfast restaurant, followed by our own private disco. As we approached midnight, our disco was closed down and we joined the general disco where a piper played as the New Year began. Afterwards we retired to the bar for a celebratory drink before going to bed.
Day 3 – Saturday – New Year’s Day 2011 – Shipley Glen Saltaire Day Hiking – Shipley Glen and Saltaire circular day hiking was over 7 miles. After leaving our hotel, we had a short walk along the local river and canal before going north through Shipley Glen on the western side and then south on the eastern side of the Glen. Then we went through Saltaire, where we had a pre-organised hot buffet lunch. After lunch some took part in an organised treasure hunt around Saltaire. However, we returned to our hotel along the canal and a few roads.
This was an easy to moderate hike as there was a long gentle incline to cope with. The hike was varied and quite interesting. We hiked along roads, a back alley, along a river and a canal. We also went through woods along a ridge, up hill and down hill but nothing too strenuous. We also hiked over heathland and through a Victorian park.
In the evening we again met in the bar for drinks before having a private 3 course dinner in the main restaurant. Our group then had a private quiz for those who wanted to participate with a box of chocolates as the prize. Amazingly, our team won! A great start to the New Year! We then decided to relax in the bar with a drink before retiring to bed.
Day 4 Sunday – Home Time – There was another 5.5 miles day hiking trip organised for the Sunday which was at Hebden Bridge. Many from the group did the hike but we took a leisurely drive home back to Birmingham. However, I was told that it was a moderate hike which went through Wadsworth Moor with stunning views and along a very picturesque riverside path, along Hebden Water, through the beautiful valley of Hebden Dale. A good reason to return to the area another time.
This Yorkshire Weekend Hiking New Year Break was taken at the end of December 2010 with my partner Anne. It was a SPICE West Midlands break but there were SPICE members from various parts of the UK. Steve Dell of Fizz Leisure organized the weekend on behalf of SPICE.
Ramada Bradford/Leeds Hotel
Ramada Bradford/Leeds Hotel in on the Bradford Road, Bingley, in the heart of West Yorkshire. It is a grand Gothic style mansion house with some modern extensions and surrounded by landscaped gardens close to the river Aire. Our room was spacious with a large bathroom and plenty of storage units and there was a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi connection to the internet. For the warmer months, there are landscaped gardens where you can relax and dine al fresco dining or just enjoy a cold beer.
Originally named Bankfield Gothic Mansion, it was constructed in 1848 as the residence of Wm. Murgatroyd Esq., the Mayor of Bradford in 1854. It then became the property of Henry Mason, Esq., and was enlarged in 1871. During the last century there have been changes. It is now used as a hotel and has had further extensions and modernisations.
Yorkshire New Year Break Hikes
If you wish to see more detailed videos about this Weekend Hiking in Yorkshire, watch the day hiking videos of each day by following the appropriate links below:
- Day 1 – Thu – Ilkley Moor Day Hiking
- Day 2 – Fri – New Year’s Eve – Haworth Day Hiking
- Day 3 – Sat – New Year’s Day – Shipley Glen, Saltaire Day Hiking