Next Walk -


Date - Thursday 30th June 2022

Start Time - 08.00

Distance - 22 miles

Contact - Kevin Hudson - 01274 610035

Welcome to the website of the West Yorkshire LDWA.

Our Group was founded in 1976 and is a friendly, active local walking group.
We have a fine selection of social walks throughout the year, most are in the Yorkshire Dales, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, though we occasionally stray further afield.

On most of our walks, unless it says otherwise in the programme, you should bring food and drink for lunch and snacks. If the leader has planned for the group to eat lunch in a pub this will be clearly stated in the programme.

You will find our walks programme on this website, and it's also published in the LDWA national magazine, "Strider".

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Start time - 08:30am

Entry fees - LDWA member £10.00, £15 on the day

Non LDWA member £15.00, £20 on the day

Entries are now open at SiEntries online here

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Start time walkers - 08:00
Start time runners - 08:30

Entry fees - LDWA member £15.00, non member £20.00

Entries are now open at SiEntries online here

The Resurrection of an Old Favourite
Celebrating LDWA 50th Anniversary

The Ulfkil Stride Challenge 2022

West Yorkshire LDWA devised the Ulfkil Stride in 1979 and was first organised by Peter Barker and Jack Rayner out of the back a van attracting 51 entrants on the first Saturday in June that year. This became a regular fixture and was only missed when the West Yorkshire Group organised the annual LDWA hundred.
A choice of routes was on offer - the main route of 33 miles and a shorter route of 24 miles, the longer circuit adding an extra climb over the summit of Fountains Fell to Malham Tarn and then the long slog over the Monks Trod to re-join the shorter route at Arncliffe. The Sting in the tale and talking point for both routes was always the last climb of the day the ascent of Old Cote Moor.
The small village hall became the venue in later years and a regular number of entrants exceeded 200 with 286 in 1992. Many elite runners attended each year but only once was the time below 5 hours for the 33 miles route when L. Stephenson recorded 4 hours 49 minutes. The last Ulfkil was in 2006 when only a small number of walkers and runners entered, bringing an end a classic event.

In 2021, West Yorkshire LDWA resurrected the event as an Anytime Challenge with very complimentary comments, “What a brilliant route“, A great and tough challenge”, “Really enjoyed the route”, “Fantastic views, great day out”, “Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves”, “Great to be out in the Dales again”, “Cracking day out”, “Thank you for the super certificate, we shall put it in pride of place when we get home”, “Yes, the route was certainly a great challenge”, “The route was really fabulous and the views amazing”, “Such a lovely route, I really enjoyed it, even the sting in the tail over Old Cote Moor Top!”.

This year’s event will be run over the 24-mile route on the 2nd July 2022, entries now open on SiEntries. Starting from Buckden in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the route encircles Upper Wharfedale visiting Cray, Yockenthwaite, Horse Head Pass, Halton Gill, Foxup, Pen-y-Gent, Litton and back to Buckden over Old Cote Moor Top and down Birks Fell.

The Ulfkil Stride gets its name from the Ulfkil Cross, which is thought to be one of the territorial markers of the area owned by Fountains Abbey which was built in 1132.
The medieval charters situate it on the Stainforth to Littondale road at Dale Head and there can be found the base of an old cross which takes the form of a large square stone with a socket in the top.  This cross was probably one of a number which were placed along the lines of monastic roads. They served the dual purpose of boundary markers and symbols of consecration and dedication to the church.

This tough old favourite has been resurrected in celebration of the good old days in the LDWA in its 50th Anniversary Year.

Why not come along and give it a try and see what you think.

Entries now open at SiEntries.

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