Welcome to The Aycliffe Fell Walking Club Website
Aycliffe Fell Walking Club is based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham (near Darlington in the North East of England) and is open to everyone interested in fell walking or rambling. It caters for walkers of all abilities and ages. It became Aycliffe Fell Walking Club in 2011.
Each outing has a variety of walks of different lengths and difficulty ratings and transport is by comfortable coach that picks up in Darlington, Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland.
The pickup times and routes are always published in each notification post, which can be accessed from this website.
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.
Please see the link below for the walk sheet and the maps for the outing from Co Durham into Northumberland including the Derwent Valley to Hexham via Blanchland.
The Aycliffe Fell Walking Club had its Christmas Walk on Saturday from Pateley Bridge to Hampsthwaite in the Yorkshire Dales and which, of course, meant a party meal and drinks and a Quiz in a delightful Dales Pub called the Joiners Arms.
I started my 13 miles trek in Pateley Bridge where I took a coffee and bacon bap in the River Terrace Cafe before heading upwards onto the moorland and into a snowstorm with very strong winds. Whilst most took in Brimham Rocks and/or walked the valley, I walked alone all day and saw very few people until the party at the pub. I did see lots of birds and a few hundred sheep and had the pleasure of walking down into the valley across sodden livestock fields where I felt I had suckers on my boots that made slurping noises at each step as I pulled each one in turn out of the mud. The remainder of the walk was along the river Nidd and wasn’t too bad except for the rain. The Timothy Taylor Landlord beer at the end was excellent. Here are my photos (unless stated).
(Above photo Eddy Adam)
(Above photo Lorraine Richardson)
Party time in the Joiners Arms in Hampsthwaite
Bacon bun and coffee in the Riverside Terrace Tea Rooms at Pateley Bridge.
High Street Pateley Bridge.
A mixture of snow and hail didn’t upset the the quaint village of Bewerly.
Barry at Yorke’s Folly.
Near Guise Cliff.
Low Hood Gap.
Nidderdale Way Curlew-sign.
(Above Photo by Jes Smith)
(Above Photo by Jes Smith)
Pack Horse Bridge over the River Nidd.
The minutes of the AFWC AGM held on the 6 November 2019 can be seen in the following link:
These will be signed upon approval at the 2020 AGM.
Please see the 2020 Walk Programme in the following link:
On Saturday 14 December 2019, AFWC will be walking in the Yorkshire Dales in the area of Pateley Bridge to Hampsthwaite and the Nidderdale Way. Please see the link below for the walksheet and map.
Please see the links below for the walk sheet and the route maps for the Bingley to Skipton (Leeds Liverpool Canal) walk on the 9 November 2019.
The 2019 AFWC AGM will be held on Wednesday 6 November in the INEOS Pavilion at 7:30pm.
Please see this link for the agenda:
On Saturday 10 October 2019 the AFWC will be walking in the Lake District from Newby Bridge to Ambleside. For the Walksheet and the walk map please see the following link.
Please use the following link to see the minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting held on the 4th June 2019.
For details of the walk on Saturday 14 September 2019 to the Yorkshire Coast – Scarborough to Whitby please see the following link:
A good day out despite the weather warnings. We started off at Elterwater in heavy rain & headed to the Britannia for coffee. The hanging baskets were lovely with three roses outside the door (Kate, Nina Jenny).
We were not sure if the river crossing would be possible.
But it was & Nina was obviously enjoying it!
We made our way to Cathedral Cavern. This was the entrance tunnel.
Photo by Nina Bell
It is spectacular as these photos show. I spent some time exploring and went along the long tunnel where a torch was a necessity.
The pillar holds up the roof.
(Photo Jim Bonsall)
No matter how hard she tried Kate couldn’t get the pound coin out of the money tree.
Colwith Force was spectacular.
A beer in the Talbot at Skelwith Bridge was good before finishing with a walk over the hills to Ambleside. This beer is brewed in Wasdale and is named after the chief chef’s dog “Bogi”.
Please use the following link to see the walksheet and route maps:
For this walk there is a supplement which includes the walksheet, elevations, an alternative route avoiding roads and detailed information about Cathedral Cavern and pub menus:
The Walk Sheet and Maps for the walk on Saturday 13 July 2019 can be seen in the link below:
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.
The walk sheet and suggested routes for the Lake District Dale Head to Keswick via Cat Bells walk on the 8 June 2019 can be seen in the following link:
Please see the link below for the walk sheet and maps for the Northumberland walk taking St. Cuthbert’s Way from Jedburgh to Melrose on the 11 May 2019.
The April 2019 walk will be in the region of Bingley, Saltaire and Ilkley. The Walk Sheet and maps can be seen in the link below: