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North York Moors walking weekend

Boots & Beer Walking Weekender - North York Moors

13th - 15th April 2018 

Osmotherley, North York Moors


Osmotherley is beautiful village, steeped in history. Stone cottages look out across an old market place where John Wesley, founder of Methodism, once gave a sermon to the people of the village; Osmotherley's Methodist Chapel is one of the oldest in the country. Nearby is Mount Grace Priory, founded in 1398 as a Carthusian Charterhouse. The monks followed the Rule of St Benedict and were the most strict and austere of all of the medieval monastic orders. Dissolved by Henry VIII, the ruins are a fascinating place to explore. To the east of Osmotherley, the wonderful heather moorlands of the Cleveland Hills rise up to form an escarpment with wonderful views across the Vales of Mowbray and Cleveland.

The Golden Lion is an exceptional country inn, and one of Mark Reid's favourite pubs with an excellent selection of local ales and superb food.

Mark Reid has written two books about the North York Moors, including The Inn Way... to the North York Moors, and has taken numerous guided walks from Levisham over several years, and so knows the village and the surrounding countryside like the back of his hand.

Walking Weekender based from: Golden Lion, Osmotherley
golden lion osmotherley

Evening entertainment

Friday evening (9pm) - Meet at the Golden Lion at Osmotherley for our 'icebreaker' pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.

Arriving early on Friday? Your guides (Mark & Richard) will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening - you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.

Saturday evening (7:45pm) - Meal at Golden Lion at Osmotherley (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.

Weekend Walks

There will be a choice of adventurous or leisurely guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Richard Tarran MVO (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening 'icebreaker', where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.

Saturday (9:30am) - choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the dales and hills. Routes will include Black Hambleton, Whorlton Moor, Lord Stones Cafe, the Cleveland Hills, Mount Grace Priory and Cod Beck Reservoir. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day's adventures.

Sunday (10am)
- choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and hills routes across the surrounding valleys, hills and moors, including the Oak Dale, Thimbley Woods, Square Corner and Ingleby Arncliffe. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells... until the next Walking Weekender!

Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a 'full day' from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a 'half day' from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer 'longer' or 'shorter' routes after lunch.

Osmotherley facilities & accommodation

How to get to Osmotherley
Osmotherley lies just off the A19 near its junction with the A684.

Facilities
Osmotherley boasts three pubs, B&Bs, Youth Hostel and excellent campsite. There is also a village shop, Fish & chip shop and cafe.

Accommodation
Osmotherley offers a range of accommodation, including...
Golden Lion, Osmotherley
Queen Catherine, Osmotherley
Three Tuns, Osmotherley
Vane House B&B
Braemar B&B
Moon House B&B
Cote Ghyll Mill YHA 
Cote Ghyll campsite

Price

ONLY £70 per person for the Walking Weekender

What's included
  • Friday night 'icebreaker' evening at the pub
  • Choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday*
  • Walks guided by qualified and knowledgeable Mountain Leaders
  • Saturday evening Pub Quiz Night
  • Use of our Berghaus gear if required
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme (click here for more info)
  • Goodie Bag
  • FREE Black Sheep Brewery T-shirt

Please provide your own travel, food and accommodation for the weekend, as well as your own walking boots. Over 18s only - Walking Weekenders are designed for adults. Discount vouchers issued at the weekend.

Experience & fitness:
  • No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical day's walk across the North York Moors!
  • We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
  • We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
  • So far, we have taken over 8,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
  • Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
  • Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Booking Form

The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day's walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).