Monday 24th March 2014
In partnership with the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust are arranging a Spring Supporters Walk next year on 24th March 2014. A pretty 3 mile linear walk along the River Aire from Airton to Malham, taking in three historic buildings of worship. The first visit will be the extensively repaired and restored 17th century Quaker meeting house in Airton – probably the oldest in existence.
From Airton we will walk along the river (or across the fields if the riverside path is inaccessible due to seasonal flooding) to Kirkby Malham where we will make our second stop at the Parish church of St. Michael the Archangel – a Grade I Listed building dating back no later than the 9th century, and possibly as early as the 7th century.
Returning to the riverside footpath, we will walk to Malham where we will make our final stop at Malham Methodist Chapel which was erected in 1865 as a Wesleyan Chapel when the nearby Scosthrop chapel in Airton (now two cottages) proved too small for all the Malhamdale congregation. It is still in regular use today.
Walkers are very welcome to join us for lunch afterwards at The Buck Inn in Malham – one of the many lovely businesses across the region that support the work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.
There will also be the option to visit the magnificent Malham Cove afterwards, adding an extra mile or so to the route.
The YDMT are delighted to offer this unique guided walk in association with the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, and the custodians of the three historic buildings we will be visiting and learning a little about.
The walk includes some moderate climbs. Some of the paths are rocky and may be muddy or slippery. Please wear appropriate footwear to walk over this terrain and wear warm, waterproof clothing. We also suggest that you bring a drink and snack.
When: Monday 24 March
Meeting: Malham (exact location tbc). The YDMT will provide transport to Airton to begin the walk.
Distance: approx. 3 miles
Age: All ages
Dogs: Unfortunately dogs will not be allowed in the historic buildings, and may not be allowed in the pub for lunch.
Cost: There is no charge to join the walk, although a donation in the region of £15.00 per person would be very much appreciated. All donations will help to support local projects that make a big difference in the Dales – from helping to protect and restore important habitats and native woodlands, to supporting rural communities and improving opportunities for young people in the area, and much more besides.
Lunch: Option to join us for lunch at The Buck Inn after the walk. Choose from the menu on the day.
Booking: please call 015242 51002 or click on the following link to book; http://www.ydmt.org/get-involved-details-ydmt-spring-supporter-walk-14400.