Orston Walkers

(Page updated 15 April 2019)

We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic walkers who meet up about twice a month. Most walks are on Tuesday mornings, covering about 6 – 8 miles. We also arrange occasional longer walks for those who like a challenge.

We meet at 0930 in Orston Village Hall car park for all walks unless otherwise indicated. We then arrange car sharing on an adhoc basis where we need to drive to the start of a walk.

New walkers are very welcome whether you come along for one walk or join us on a regular basis. Please contact Pauline on 01949 851379 or email paulinefaz@live.com if you would like to be included on our email circulation list or would like any further information

Next Walks:

Here are the proposed walk dates for the next walks – Please keep an eye on your email for information about possible cancellation if the weather is particularly bad. All morning walks, meeting Orston Village Hall car park at 0930, unless otherwise indicated. Please let Pauline know if going direct to the walk start point.
If a walk has to be cancelled, Pauline will normally circulate an email by 8am on the day of the walk.

Pauline is trying to complete the walk schedule for the next few months. She have filled some slots (thanks) but please let her know if you can lead a walk for the group on any of the vacant dates;

Tuesday 23rd April: Janet and John have very kindly offered to lead this walk. It is a modified version of their walk that had to be cancelled last month due to bad weather.

The walk begins at Maplebeck and is 5.5 miles long. The terrain is undulating with gentle ascents and descents and no stiles. It is on farm tracks and footpaths, and some road walking on roads that are very quiet with little traffic. There are lovely views along the whole route and we walk through Winkburn. At the end of the walk we pass the Maplebeck viewpoint from where you can see Lincoln Cathedral, finally dropping down down into Maplebeck and The Beehive pub.

The Beehive is reputedly the smallest pub in Nottinghamshire, and before an extension was added at the back, the smallest in England! The pub is usually closed weekday lunchtimes, but the landlady is opening especially for us. She serves only drinks but has invited us to eat our picnic lunches in the bar or the garden. We have also planned a coffee break half way through the walk. Parking is at The Beehive car park NG23 6AB.

The walk is shorter than the original that was cancelled because of bad weather in March. We think it is a nicer walk because we have cut out what was perhaps a slightly tedious section and also a short stretch on a busy main road. We are also doing it the other way round that cuts out a fairly steep initial walk out of Maplebeck. Please remember your picnic.

Please contact Pauline if you need any further information.

Pauline is still looking for a walk leader for 7th May – please let her know if you can help

For all of the above, meet 0930 Orston Village Hall Car Park for usual car sharing. If going direct to the start of the walk, please let Pauline know so that we can look out for you (email or 07811 001197)

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to lead walks. If you can take on one of the future dates please let Pauline know even if you haven’t yet got a walk in mind.

If you want to check out if a proposed walk would be OK or need more information about what is involved, please don’t hesitate to contact Pauline (email or 01949 851379)

Special events

Further Adventures in the Yorkshire Dales – May 2018
A record 19 walkers enjoyed some wonderful weather in beautiful Arkengarthdale. A few photos for the album are included below:

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Adventures in The Yorkshire Dales – May 2017

Another very successful trip to Arkengarthdale, the northern most Dale. As usual we stayed at the CB Inn. Excellent accommodation, good food and great beers. Eleven of us made the trip and the weather was unbelievable. In fact it was rather too hot on the walk from Richmond on the final day (28 degrees!). John Johnson met us on arrival at the CB Inn having completed approx. half The Coast To Coast walk the previous week. He left us on the last day with Gordon to complete the easterly part of the Walk heading to Robin Hood’s Bay. Well done to both.


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Three nights at Littletown Farm in The Lakes – May 2016

Twelve walkers on this our fourth venture north. The weather was kind, the accommodation and food great and a welcoming pint or two of Wainwrights best bitter to finish the day.


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Xmas Walk – 20th December 2016
Another good lunch at the Earl of Chesterfield after a 6 mile circular walk from Shelford to Radcliffe. An excellent turnout with 25 walkers and partners enjoying the Christmas fayre. A big thank you to Pauline for organising this event and for all her work keeping the Walkers active right through the year.

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Photos courtesy of Santapics

Tuesday 20th October – Celebrating a ‘significant’ birthday

This walk was a bit of a departure from our usual pattern as we stopped mid-way at the Manor Tea Rooms in Bleasby to help Jean, one of our founder members, celebrate a ‘significant’ birthday.

Walking Group visits Arkengarthdale for third year in a row (May 2015)

Our stay in the Yorkshire Dales was extended to 3 nights this year. It worked well for our party of 12. Although the medium range forecast was grim the weather was quite kind to us and we ended each day with dry boots.

Where will we venture next year??? Watch this space.

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Walking Group tackles the Yorkshire Dales for second year (May 2014)

Following a successful walking break in the Dales in May 2013 it was decided we make this an annual event. As no one could, dared or wanted to suggest another destination we again used The Charles Bathurst Inn in Arkengarthdale as a base as they had made us so welcome previously. We were not disappointed.
Eleven walkers made the trip and we had planned walks for each of the three days. The weather was very kind to us. It looks as though The CB Inn will have to brace itself for another visit from Orston next year.

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Photos shown above can be downloaded here

Arkengarthdale – the ‘Hidden Dale’ (May 2013)

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Ten of the walking group members spent 3 days in the ‘hidden dale’, Arkengarthdale, based at the Charles Bathurst Inn near Reeth. The weather was kind to us and we managed 3 walks including a biggy of about 13 miles. A full set of photos from the tour are available here

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