Take a Hike
Inclusive Hikes 2019-2020
The Take a Hike walks are a series of inclusive hikes with students from the Choices 4 All project at the University of Bradford Union and with disabled people from the community.
This is a form of volunteering as disabled hikers will be buddied with students who will support them on the hikes. Students will guide hikers with visual impairments and other disabilities on these fun and challenging walks from Yorkshire to the Lake District.
The walks are led by Mountain Leader Iain Taylor who has over 30 years of leading hikes to disabled and non-disabled people.
The hikes increase in distance and difficultly building up to an end of year challenge to Ben Nevis in June 2020, raising .money for the Student Union’s Rag Charities. Last year the group climbed Snowon.
All hikes take place on a Saturday, and start between 8.30 am and 9.00 am from the University of Bradford Students Union, BD7 1SA.
Some of the hikes will involve catching trains so please bring money for your ticket on these hikes and hikes with coaches are limited to 29 people in total so students may need to register for these if in high demand.
If you are coming on these hikes, you need to be committed and come on as many of the hikes as possible as you will be supporting an individual with a disability so need to learn how to walk together.
Times and dates
September 21: Salmon in Settle. You may be surprised to hear that salmon, the fish not the author, swim to settle to spawn. This year, we’re on the hunt for them with our introductory walk following the River Ribble. 4 – 6 miles. Meet at UBU at 8.30 am to take the train.
October 5: Malham Murder Mystery. Many people have died mysteriously in Malham over the last 160 years. Rumour has it that this beauty spot is a favoured hunting ground of the serial killer ghost, Killing Steve, who was murdered in Malham in 1859 by none other than a young Jack the Ripper. This is a stunning walk in the Yorkshire dales. 5 – 8 miles. Meet at UBU at 9.00 am for the bus.
October 19: Buckden Pike. In 1988, Colin Donnelly won the Buckden Pike Fell Race in 30.45 minutes. We will take four to five hours to complete our walk in Wharfdale, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 5 – 8 miles. Meet at UBU at 9.00 am for the bus.
November 9: Seasider Ten Miler. This flat route will take us from Fleetwood, along the coast road to Blackpool Pleasure Beach where we can go on the roller coasters to rest our tired feet. Interesting fact. George Clooney once ate fish and chips in Blackpool. 10 miles. Meet at UBU at 9.00 am for the bus.
December 7: Todmorden. In the 2019 elections to Todmorden Town Council, 0.7% voted for the National Front. With a population of 14,481, this equates to 108 people. We’ll be avoiding these nationalists when we go exploring the hills around this beautiful town. 5 – 8 miles. Meet at UBU at 8.30 am to take the train.
January 25: Bolton Abbey. We have King Henry VIII to thank for destroying Bolton Abbey and kicking out the greedy monks who lived there. If it wasn’t for Henry, we wouldn’t be able to walk along the stepping stones over the River Wharf or eat an ice cream on the grass. Why not come? You’ve finished your exams and have nothing better to do. 6 – 8 miles. Meet at UBU at 8.30 to take the train.
February 15: Whernside. If you spent Valentine’s night alone again, then this is the walk for you. Starting at Ribblehead station, this circular walk takes us along the viaduct that may or may not feature in the Harry Potter films. Who knows, maybe you’ll find love on the mountain. 8 miles. Meet at UBU at 8.30 am to take the train.
March 7: Great Shunnter Fell. Don’t let the title fool you. Great Shunter didn’t fall over, a Fell is another name for an area of barren moorland and we’ll be exploring it. This stunning walk will be in Wensleydale, famous for its cheese and not much else. We start ramping up the hills and distances now as the nights are lighter and Ben Nevis is closer. 8 – 10 miles. Meet at UBU at 8.30 for the bus.
April 4: The Dodds. No this isn’t the name of a 70’s kids TV show about life in Ken Dodds house; it’s a well-known walk in the Lake District area. This challenging walk takes in three Dodds and a Head. They’re a bit weird up North so watch out but the clocks have changed so it’s lighter later. 8 – 10 miles. Meet at UBU at 8.30 am for the bus.
April 25: Skiddaw. This 3054 ft mountain is the sixth highest in England and overlooks the town of Keswick, home of the Pencil Museum exhibiting the World’s Largest Pencil. After our most difficult and longest walk yet, we can go and see this magnificent pencil. However, entry to the museum is £4.95 but you can see the pencil for free by looking in the back window. 10-12 miles. Meet at UBU at 8.30 am for the bus.
May 31 to June 2: Ben Nevis. Our end of year trip to Wee Bonnie Scotland with camping, midges and the UK’s biggest mountain; details to follow...
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