Category: Admin

Aycliffe Fell Walkers Get Set

Aycliffe Fell Walking Club are set to resume club walking activities from mid-August.

The club has planned five monthly walks, from Mallerstang to Hawes in August, Isaac’s Tea Trail from Upper Weardale to Allendale in September, Tow Law to Stanhope in October, Masham to Middleham in November and Aysgarth to Leyburn in December.

The meetings are always on the second Saturday of each month and travel to each area via coach(es) which can drop walkers off along the route at convenient places so that nobody has to feel pressurised into walking beyond their capabilities. Suggested walks can be from 7-16 miles and offer low land, medium and tougher high peak options.

Coaches pick up from Darlington, Newton Aycliffe, Middridge, Shildon, Bishop Auckland and, depending on the end destination, Barnard Castle and Scotch Corner. The cost per walker remains at £10/ walkday.

There will be a requirement to wear face masks while on the coach but every effort has been made to limit the amount of time spent on the coach for the duration of this year. It is hoped that the club will be able to range further afield in 2022 as, indeed, it did before the lockdowns of 2020-21.

To book your seat on the coach, please call Sheila, as before, on 07853 795243. Any new members are also welcome to join us on any of the outings by calling on the same number in the weeks prior to each event.

New Theme for the Website

Hi there folks.

This is just a post to tell you about the new website theme. I had to change the theme as the old one is now unsupported. The font was a little small too and was difficult to read on mobile devices. The new theme is called ‘SimplyBlack’ and is high contrast to improve it’s readability.

I’ve used a spectacular photo from our archive as the new header image. It was taken by EddyAycliffe on the Coledale Valley Walk in 2010.

I think it looks great and represents the club quite well, but any comments would be gratefully received.

Dave (Admin)

Apologies for the website downtime

I’d like to apologise to users of the website for the downtime we have experienced this month. There was a problem with the website hosting and the backups failed to restore properly. As a result of this, the legacy posts from the website are being re-created from archives. This is a bit of a time consuming process, but eventually almost everything will be restored.

If you had signed up to contribute to the website in the past, you’ll need to register again, as there is no way I can recreate these accounts as an administrator with your original username/password details.

I’m restoring the most recent stuff and working backwards. There are also a lot of links to other websites that will need to be re-created, but i’m giving these a lower priority at the moment until the main bulk of the posts have been restored.

The photo gallery has now been removed (because of spam photos) and the old photos incorporated into the thread of posts. See the photos category at the right of the page.

If you notice anything missing, please drop us a line on the Contact Us page.


Dave O’Hara, Admin

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Accommodation Search

In the last few weeks, I’ve been negotiating a deal with in order to be able to offer their discounted accommodation search through the Aycliffe Fell Walking Club site. This will pay a small commission to offset the hosting costs of the Aycliffe Fell Walking Club website. If you intend staying anywhere in the North, the rest of the UK (or abroad for that matter), please consider using the search box on the right hand side of the site to book your accommodation.


Dave, Admin

Record number of visitors for January 2012

The new website continues to attract new visitors and members, and in January 2012 the website received a new record number of visits. 208 people came to our site during the month, viewing 488 pages. Thanks for the support, especially those people who have supplied pictures, and I hope to add more articles in 2012.

Request – if anyone can write a ‘story of their walk’ when they go on Aycliffe Fell Walking Club trips, we’d like to hear from you. If you are signed up as a member of the Aycliffe Fell Walking Club website (and 18 of you have so far), you can contribute your posts to the site. Once they’ve been checked out, we’ll publish them. We’d really like this to become reality, as the site truly then becomes ‘yours’ as members.