Guided Heritage Walks for   2020/2021

News from Loftus ACCORD Walking Group

It's been a busy few months for Loftus ACCORD Walking Group, with several guided walks taking place as well as work on footpaths around the Loftus area. The group has also been distributing copies of the four walks leaflets it produced with funding from Awards for All. It's planned and led six guided walks so far this year, with a total of some 150 walkers taking part; the group also delivered walks for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Summer 2018 Walking Festival.

Footpath repair and enhancement work has been taking place in locations such as Swalwell Wood, Handale and along the path between Liverton and Waupley. This work has involved close collaboration with the borough council and the North York Moors National Park Authority. Marshall Best, Chair of the group says "Loftus Parish was awarded Walkers are Welcome status in 2015 and since then volunteers have worked hard to provide walks, keep paths in good condition and promote the district as a place for visitors and local residents to appreciate and enjoy. We also work with the borough council to put on weekly health walks that start outside Loftus Library at 1.15pm on Fridays.( Currently leaving from outside Loftus Town Hall due to Government restrictions ). New walkers are very welcome to join us on a choice of a short or longer walk."

There's free parking at South View off North Road TS13 4JL; Loftus is served by Arriva buses X4 and 5. No booking is needed for these walks; for more information phone 01287 641000 or email For more general information about walking in the Loftus area, please visit or email


Walk of Contentment

To celebrate Mental Awareness Day, Loftus ACCORD Walking Group will organise and lead a Walk of Contentment starting from Loftus Town Hall on Tuesday 21st January at 10.30am. There will be frequent stops to discuss information on historical points of interest along the way. The leisurely walk of approximately 2 hrs duration will finish at Loftus Town Hall where refreshments will be available.

Redcar & Cleveland Winter Walking Festival

31th January - February 3rd 2020

Errington Circular  4 miles

Friday 31st January  10am - 12.30

Meetingpoint: Errington Wood car park, New Marske, NZ 618 612

Highcliff Nab and Hutton Heritage  7 miles

Friday 31st January  10.30am - 3.30pm

Meeting point: Guisborough Forest & Walkway Visitor Centre, TS14 8HD,               NZ 584 152

Saltburn Circular  4 miles

Saturday 1st February  10am - 1pm

Meeting point:  Cat Nab car park, Saltburn, NZ 6679 2152

An Augustinian Way  11.5 miles

Saturday 1st February  10am - 4pm

Meeting point: Loftus Town Hall, TS13 4HG

Park to Park  6 miles

Sunday 2nd February  10am - 2pm

Meeting point: Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park, TS6 0NN

Handale Abbey Trail  6 miles

Sunday 2nd February  10.30am - 3pm

Meeting point: Loftus Town Hall, TS13 4HG

Guided Bird Walk  3 miles

Monday 3rd February  10am - 12 noon

Meeting point: Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park, TS6 0NN

Saxon Princess Trail  4 miles

Monday 3rd February  10.30am - 2pm

Meeting point: Loftus Town Hall, TS13 4HG

For more details and to book please view thier website at

Sunday 8th March

                 THE WAY OF SAINT HILD


To celebrate the launch of The Way of Saint Hild pilgrimage walk on March 8th 2020, which starts from St Hilda's Church on the Headland at Hartlepool and finishes at Whitby Abbey using The England Coast Path. Loftus ACCORD Walking Group will lead walks on various sections of the route on the day of the launch.

The section from Saltburn to Skinningrove, 4 miles       meet at the pier Saltburn  for a 10.30am start.

The section from Skinningrove to Staithes, 5.5 miles,       meet at the Beach Car Park Skinningrove for a 10.30am start.

The section from Staithes to Sandsend, 9 miles,       meet at the Cod and Lobster Public House on the sea front Staithes for a 9.30am start.

All walks are linear with Public Transport return. Please bring refreshments for the journey and wear suitable footwear.

Fungus Foray

Thursday October 15th 2020

We are delighted to advise that Mr.Alan Simkins , Fungi Recorder , N.E.England , has kindly arranged to lead us on a Fungi exploration  walk in the Warren Woodland on South Town Lane , Loftus on Thursday 15th October .
We shall meet outside Loftus Town Hall for 10:30 am start  and will walk up to the woodland area to join Alan at around 11 am.
Depending on numbers attending we shall walk in groups of 6 and follow current Government guidelines in respect to social distancing etc.
Loftus woodands have revealed rich and diverse species of Fungi of which many are indicators of climate change and we shall look forward to learning more from this Kingdom which surrounds us.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021 from all at Loftus ACCORD Walking Group   We will endeavour to put a program of walks together for 2021 even if we have to cancel a walk at the last minute due to Government restrictions.


Bluebell Walk, May 18th 2021

Please meet outside Loftus Town Hall, Loftus Market Place, TS13 4HG for a 10.30 start.

We shall head south to Loftus Wood to observe the display of Bluebells and other wild flowers, we will stop for a short break around the area of Liverton Village so please bring light refreshments if required and wear suitable clothing and foot wear for off road walking. Arriva bus services 5 and x4 run through Loftus Market Place and there is a public carpark at South view, signed from market place.