Guided Heritage Walks for 2018/2019
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. 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
Loftus ACCORD Walking Group is currently organising a series of meetings with other walking and community groups to co-ordinate a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way long distance trail in May 2019.
All the events will be posted on this website as soon the dates are fixed,
Archaeological Walk Saturday 29th December 2018
Dr. Steve Sherlock has kindly agreed to lead a walk to the archaeological site at Street House and inform us of his recent investigations at this nationally important site,
The walk will start at around 10.30am from the bus stop at Loftus Market Place. There is free parking at South View Car Park off North Road TS13 4JL.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Winter Walking Festival 2019
Please click on the link for the full program of walks.
Loftus Bluebell Walk, Saturday 4th May 2019
Come on a guided walk on Saturday 4th May to spot bluebells and other Spring flowers in bloom. Starting outside Loftus Town Hall at 10.30am, this walk takes you through local woods. Mr. Richardson, former owner of Handale Abbey, received a Society of Arts award in 1789 for planting 40 acres of mixed trees . Please be prepared for muddy conditions. You need a good level of fitness for this circular walk of about six miles that includes stiles, descents and climbs. There's a lunchtime stop at Liverton Village Hall where vegetable soup, roll , tea and healthy fruit desert can be purchased for £5. There's free parking at South View off North Road, Loftus TS13 4JL; the town is served by Arriva X4 and 5 buses. This walk is organised by Loftus ACCORD Walking Group. No booking is needed; for more information phone 01287 641000 or email
Cleveland Way 50th Anniversary Walks
16th to 24th May 2019
Please click on the PDF link for events organised by Loftus ACCORD Walking Group and Skelton History Group
Redcar & Cleveland Summer Walking Festival 2019
Please click on the PDF link for a full list of walks and booking form.
Geology Walk with Alan Simkins
Loftus ACCORD Walking Group – Thursday 4th July – Guided Walk
There is a free guided walk from Skinningrove to Hummersea Cliffs on Thursday 4th July starting from Skinningrove beach car park at 10:30 am
Geologist Mr.Alan Simkin will inform us on the rock strata along this section of the coast.
We shall also be able to view the remnants of the former Alum crystallisation house and kiln used for the manufacture of Roman Cement.
We shall walk along the shore to Hummersea point and return by the same route to the car park. Walkers are requested to wear wellington boots, bring light refreshments and have waterproof clothing if needed.
Skinningrove Lane end is served by Arriva X4 and 5 buses.
No booking needed ; for more information phone 01287 641000 or e-mail
Saturday 7th September 2019, Archaeological Walk
Loftus ACCORD Walking Group – Saturday 7th September – 4.0 mile circular to archaeological site near Street Houses
There is a free guided walk from Loftus Town Hall to Street House on Saturday 7th September starting at 10:30 am.
Dr. Steve Sherlock is examining an area near Street House and has agreed to discuss his current investigations. The recently discovered early Neolithic site nearby which has revealed valuable information in pottery manufacture and types of flint used for shaping has provided a continuity of human settlement through the Roman and Anglo Saxon periods to the present day.
The surrounding place names provide clues on how this landscape was shaped by man since earliest times. We shall walk on road to the working area .Walkers are requested to wear sturdy boots, bring light refreshments and have waterproof clothing if needed.
Loftus Market Place is served by Arriva X4 and 5 buses. No booking needed ; for more information phone 01287 641000 or e-mail
Loftus ACCORD Walking Group – Tuesday 1st October 2019
There is a free guided walk and Fungus Foray starting from Loftus Town Hall at 10:30 am to Warren Wood.
We shall join Alan Simkins , Fungi Recorder and member of the North-Eastern Fungus Study Group in exploring the diverse species of Fungi in the area of Warren Wood which is approximately 1 ½ miles from the Town Hall.
Walkers are requested to wear sturdy boots, bring light refreshments and have waterproof clothing if needed.
Loftus Market Place is served by Arriva X4 and 5 buses.
No booking needed ; for more information phone 01287 641000 or e-mail email@example.com