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This weeks Sunday walk is in:

This week we`re off to Rievaulx Abbey.

Rievaulx Abbey

Next weeks Sunday walk is in:

This week we`re off to Ripley.

Ripley


Alice McEllin

Week 2: Rievaulx Abbey

16th January 2017

 

 

Hello Outdoor Soccers!

We've got another great walk lined up for you this week! We're off to the location of Outdoor Soc's first ever walk: Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley!

Just a reminder that muddy boats need to come off when you get on the coach. Please bring a bag to put them in (or two to put over them!). You are very welcome to bring a pair of shoes to change into, which can be left on the coach during the day.

In This Email:
  * This week's destination!
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In this week's notices...
  * Please note it could be very muddy!
  * Please wear walking boots!
 
This week we're off to Rievaulx Abbey!

Rievaulx Abbey is a former Cistercian Abbey in the North York Moors National Park near Helmsley that was a victim of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. Rievaulx was renowned for its sheep-farming and export of wool, but the abbey was also an active patron of culture. The Cleveland Way National Trail starts at Helmsley, and follows a horseshoe loop around the North York Moors National Park for and Yorkshire coast for 110 miles (180 km) to Filey. The Howardian Hills lie to the South.

Nearby Helmsley's old Einglish name was Elmeslac and means ‘Helm’s forest clearing’ indicating the nature of the landscape at that time. Helmsley also boasts a ruined Norman Castle.
 
 
 
 

IMPORTANT INFO:
 

As always, we will be running 2 different length walks. The medium walk is around 8-10 km with a pub lunch. The long walk is around 15 km and you will need a pack lunch (or go hungry!). 

Please bring water and snacks to keep you going and medium walkers will need to bring money for the pub. Wear appropriate clothing for all weather - walking boots are preferable, or sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting muddy - we try to avoid bogs, but don't always succeed! Dress warmly and always bring a waterproof-even if it looks sunny in the morning.

Tickets for this week are available from the YUSU website. Medium Walk tickets will be taken down from the website on Wednesday evening.
 

http://www.yusu.org/events


Tickets are £7 + a 50p booking fee, and an extra £2 on the day for non-members.

We meet at 8.45 on the Sunday morning, and aim to back at 6pm at the latest. We meet by the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre.

For more information please visit our website: http://www.outdoorsoc.co.uk/  or contact us at outdoorsoc@yusu.org.

That's all from me, I hope the thought of another day's walking will spur you through the week! If anyone has any photos which they would like to be put on our website, please do email them to us!

Outdoor Soc Love,

Alice
Secretary
 

Alice McEllin

Week 9: Haworth

21st November 2016

 

 

Hello Outdoor Soccers!

The last walk of the term is almost upon us! We're heading off to our traditional last walk of the winter term: Haworth, and as the last walk before Christmas (despite still being November!) there is a festive theme!

Tickets are available from: http://www.yusu.org/groups/outdoor-society-outdoor-soc/events/outdoor-society-s-week-9-walk-haworth

Also, please note that Walk Leader applications have now closed.

In This Email:
  * This week's destination!
  * Social?
  * Important Info
 

In this week's notices...
 * Medium walkers will only do a morning walk and will not have a booked pub lunch
 * It could be muddy and wet!
 
This week we're off to Haworth!

Normally the last walk of the Winter term, Haworth lies in Bronte country. This walk is run slightly differently to the usual format as Haworth is a pretty x-massy village which holds a Christmas market and various nativity themed events throughout December. The long walkers will go off as normal and the medium groups only do a walk in the morning, have lunch (Please note there will be NO booked pub lunch, but there are plenty of places to eat) and spend the afternoon either shopping, looking round the village or at the Bronte sisters' museum. 

On the day that we are there they will be Scroggling the Holly, a traditional festive event which lets Christmas into Haworth! The Holly Queen and the Ivy Princess will also be crowned. They are presented with the magic key to open the church gates which lets the festive joy & spirit flood into the village. The parade makes its way up the cobbled street to the church steps, the Ivy princess and attendants hand out sprigs of decorative holly. 
 
 
 
 

IMPORTANT INFO:
 

As always, we will be running 2 different length walks. The medium walk is around 8-10 km with a pub lunch. The long walk is around 15 km and you will need a pack lunch (or go hungry!). 

Please bring water and snacks to keep you going and medium walkers will need to bring money for the pub. Wear appropriate clothing for all weather - walking boots are preferable, or sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting muddy - we try to avoid bogs, but don't always succeed! Dress warmly and always bring a waterproof-even if it looks sunny in the morning.

Tickets for this week are available from the YUSU website. Medium Walk tickets will be taken down from the website on Wednesday evening.
 

http://www.yusu.org/events


Tickets are £7 + a 50p booking fee, and an extra £2 on the day for non-members.

We meet at 8.45 on the Sunday morning, and aim to back at 6pm at the latest. We meet by the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre.

For more information please visit our website: http://www.outdoorsoc.co.uk/  or contact us at outdoorsoc@yusu.org.

That's all from me, I hope the thought of another day's walking will spur you through the week! If anyone has any photos which they would like to be put on our website, please do email them to us!

Outdoor Soc Love,

Alice
Secretary
 

Alice McEllin

Week 8: Sleights

14th November 2016

 

 

Hello Outdoor Soccers!

Nearly the last walk of the term where does the time go?

A black belt was left on the coach after High Force. Please contact us if it is yours.

Last chance to register interest for walk leader training! Applications forms will be sent out this week to those who have registered interest via sending an email to us.

Tickets are available from the YUSU events page.

In This Email:
  * This week's destination!
  * Walk Leader Training
  * Important Info


 

In this week's notices...
 * Please make sure you have a waterproof and suitable footwear! It could be muddy.
 * Do you want to be a walk leader?
 * Lost propety after High Force still needs claiming.
 
This week we're off to Sleights

The name means 'flat land near water'. This must presumably refer to an old location for Sleights, as presently the majority of the village is located on hillsides on either side of the River Esk. There are many sights to see while touring around the Esk Valley, making the area not one to forget. From here country lanes lead to intriguing places such as Ugglebarnby, Littlebeck and Eskdaleside. The village was the birthplace of Flint Jack, one of Yorkshire's great characters. In the mid-19th century he created fake antiques which fooled even the real experts. 

Sleights once had a small chapel inhabited by a monk. Legend has it that a boar was hidden by the monk during a hunt and the enraged hunters beat him to death. The Abbot of Whitby suggested a penance, that on Ascension Day each year the men or their descendants must gather sticks to the value of a penny and plant the sticks in the harbor before nine o'clock in the morning. If the woven hedge did not survive three tides, the men or their survivors had to forfeit their lands to the Abbey. The "Penny Hedge" as it became known, withstood the tides for 800 years but in 1981 a high tide covered the sticks in eight feet of water. The descendants were freed from their forfeit, but the annual ceremony continues.

 
 
Walk Leader Training:

Outdoor Soc wouldn't be possible without our trained and dedicated team of walk leaders. We are currently  recruiting new Walk Leaders for the society so if you’re interested in becoming a leader, read on! Walk Leader Training is for members of the society who want to play a bigger part. After completing the training, you will be able to take charge of leading and coordinating walks (not as scary as it sounds, I promise!). If you are a regular or have previous experience with map reading, though it is not essential, we’d love to have you!

What can you gain from becoming a walk leader?
 * A National Silver Navigation Award
 * Valuable leadership experience for your CV
 * Automatically on the committee
 *FREE* Walks

The weekend training course is 4th – 5th February 2017 near Settle and will largely be paid for by the society (we anticipate it costing about £15). If you want more information you can contact our Training Officer, Matt, at our email address: outdoorsoc@yusu.org.

An application form will be sent out this week to those who express an interest, so email us now if you are!
 
 

IMPORTANT INFO:
 

As always, we will be running 2 different length walks. The medium walk is around 8-10 km with a pub lunch. The long walk is around 15 km and you will need a pack lunch (or go hungry!). 

Please bring water and snacks to keep you going and medium walkers will need to bring money for the pub. Wear appropriate clothing for all weather - walking boots are preferable, or sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting muddy - we try to avoid bogs, but don't always succeed! Dress warmly and always bring a waterproof-even if it looks sunny in the morning.

Tickets for this week are available from the YUSU website. Medium Walk tickets will be taken down from the website on Wednesday evening.
 

http://www.yusu.org/events


Tickets are £7 + a 50p booking fee, and an extra £2 on the day for non-members.

We meet at 8.45 on the Sunday morning, and aim to back at 6pm at the latest. We meet by the benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre.

For more information please visit our website: http://www.outdoorsoc.co.uk/  or contact us at outdoorsoc@yusu.org.

That's all from me, I hope the thought of another day's walking will spur you through the week! If anyone has any photos which they would like to be put on our website, please do email them to us!

Outdoor Soc Love,

Alice
Secretary
 

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