Guided Heritage Walks for   2020/2021

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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 office@loftustc.co.uk For more general information about walking in the Loftus area, please visit www.walkingloftusandthenorthyorkshirecoast.com or email info@walkingloftusandthenorthyorkshirecoast.com

2020

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

A PILGRIMAGE FROM HARTLEPOOL TO WHITBY

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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.

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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.

2021

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3S's Walk, Thursday 13th May

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

Come on a free guided walk, through Rosecroft wood over the railway viaduct to Kilton Lane, Carlinhow and down to Skinningrove Jetty where we will stop for a lunch break ( please bring light refreshments if required}, returning to Loftus via The Cleveland Street Trail to North Terrace and North Road.

Arriva bus services 5 and x4 run through Loftus Market Place and there is a free public car park at South View, signed from the market place.

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 in Handale Abbey walled garden, returning to Loftus via Liverton Village and Rosecrft wood, 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.

 Tuesday 15th June  2021  – Geology walk

 
There is a free guided  walk  starting from Errington Woods  public car park at NZ 618203  on Tuesday 15th. June at 10:30 am  
Mr. Alan Simkins , Geologist , will lead the walk where we shall examine some of the rock forma1ons  which have had their origins traced back in 1me to the Jurassic Period of Earths history
Walkers are requested to wear sturdy boots, bring light refreshments  and have waterproof clothing if needed.

 Tuesday 13th July 2021  – Geology walk

There is a free guided  walk  starting from the slipway adjoining Ship Inn , Saltburn on Tuesday 13th. July at 11:00 am  
Mr. Alan Simkins , Geologist , will lead the walk where we shall examine the strata along the section of coastline towards Skinningrove and also look for erratics which , if found , could help us identtify their point of origin.
Walkers are requested to wear wellington boots and a walking stick is recommended Please bring light refreshments  and have waterproof clothing if needed.
No booking needed ; for more information phone 01287 641000 or e-mail office@lotustc.co.uk  or alternatavely  info@walkinglotusandthenorthyorkshirecoast.com
 

Loftus ACCORD Walking Group-Guided Walk Tuesday 24th August 2021
Visit to early Neolithic site near Street House
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There is a free guided  walk  startng from Loftus Town  Hall on Tuesday  24th. August at 11:00 am  
We shall join Dr.Stephen Sherlock and his team who are engaged in archaeological studies at the site of the earliest commercial salt processing facility in Western Europe.
Dr.Sherlock will provide us with an update on recent investigations at this site and we will also have the opportunity to  see a demonstration of flint knapping  and gain an understanding of this very ancient craft from  specialist flint knapper, John Lord.
Information obtained  at this site together with current investigations  are  now considered to be of significant national interest as it  represents a transitional step  from  people engaged in hunting and gathering to a settled  productive community.
Walkers are requested to wear sturdy shoes or boots. Please bring light refreshments  and have waterproof clothing if needed.

 

Lo6us Market Place  is served by Arriva X4 and 5 buses.


No booking needed ; for more information phone 01287 641000 or e-mail office@loftustc.co.uk  or alternatively  info@walkingloftusandthenorthyorkshirecoast.com
 

Loftus ACCORD Walking Group – Thursday 26th August – 4.5 mile Guided Walk
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There is a free guided walk from Loftus Town Hall to Hummersea Alum Quarries on Thursday 26th August starting at 10:30 am

 

With Geologist , Alan Simkins we shall visit the moonscape like terrain which provides the visible evidence of the Alum industry which spanned the period from 1650 to 1863.

From deep within the Alum and Cement shales were extracted the fossilised remains of a Pterosaur, Rhomaleosaurus Zetlandicus , donated to York Museum in 1852 and Plesiosaurus.

Bring your magnifying lens to examine specimen fragments of fossilised reptiles which inhabited planet earth up until their extinction during the Cretaceous period some 66 million years ago.

 

We shall walk along established paths into the quarry 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 info@walkingloftusandthenorthyorkshirecoast.com

Saturday 11th September loftus Town Hall - depart 1pm

 

 

Free guided Walk to early Neolithic site near Street Houses. Dr.Sherlock will meet us on arrival and inform the group of the current understanding of the beginnings of salt processing in Western Europe

 

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

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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 Tuesday  12th 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. 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. We shall also have the opportunity to look for and observe Bryophytes and Lichen distributions in the area. Bring your magnifying lens to examine specimen pores and patterns. We shall walk along a rural road  into the woodland 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 please  phone 01287 641000 or e-mail  
info@walkingloftusandthenorthyorkshirecoast.com

Fungi Exploration Walk   12th October 2021