The rambling group at St Edmund’s exists to bring people together in fellowship who have a common interest in the countryside and who enjoy gentle exercise.  A great way to see new places and make new friends.

The rambling group meets every month (apart from December) for a shortish (6-8 miles) ramble which invariably includes a pub lunch.  The rambles take place on the Saturdays which contain a ‘teen’ in their date, ie 15th, 18th, etc.  For the Saturday rambles we meet in the church car park at 9.30am.

A shorter mid-week ramble takes place on Tuesday mornings.  There are two rambles each month of around 3 or 4 miles located in and around Leeds.  For the mid-week walks we meet in the church car park at 9.15am.

There is an annual weekend away in a B&B with two days of walks.  Locations have included Malham, Kilnsey, Leyburn and Pickering.

All are welcome and you need not be a member of St Edmund’s to join us.  Well-behaved dogs are also welcome (but check first with the pub landlord if we plan a pub lunch).  We offer lifts so you do not need to be a car driver.

Rambling in April 2019


March was not a good month for church rambling. Two of our walks had to be cancelled because of the weather. You haven’t missed them however because both appear on this month’s programme.

Saturday 13 April
We travel to Cullingworth, near Bingley. At just over 5 miles this is slightly shorter than most of the Saturday walks. The compensations are babbling brooks, waterfalls, old mills and the 17-arch Hewenden Viaduct which we walk along the top of. The pub’s not at all bad either.

We meet in the church car park for a 9.30am departure. Further information from Brian.

Mid-Week Walks

Tuesday 9 April
3¼ miles.  Otley and Gallows Hill. We did this walk in November 2017 when our route was blocked by building work. We can now do the full walk around the Gallows Hill Nature Reserve and along the Wharfe before joining the Six Dales Trail. Then more riverside walking and a café.

Tuesday 23 April
3 miles.  The two dales walk.  From Surprise View on Otley Chevin with its views over Wharfedale we walk south into Airedale.

We meet in the church car park at 9.15am.


A Walker’s Prayer

“Go with God”

To “go with God’ is a wonderful phrase.
The traveler should use it all his days.
No need to worry about bridges and stiles
God accompanies you throughout the miles.
This phrase is like a walking stick
Uphill, downhill, through thin and thick.
Across the fields and through the wood
Forget the bad, enjoy the good.
Though the night is dark you need not fear
In the strongest winds know God is near.
Know you are safe in the Father’s hands
As you journey through uncharted lands
At each new turning worry not
You will reach your goal if you go with God.

(adapted from an anonymous German poem)

Published in St John’s Church’s Osmotherley (near Ulverston) welcome leaflet.

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