The Oswaldkirk Village Walking Group began towards the end of 2006 with a good attendance and has gone from strength to strength over the ensuing years. The walks take place on one Sunday of each month and always start at 11am, unless otherwise notified, in order to give those who attend church time to join in.
There is a progamme drawn up by the co-ordinator (currently Shirley Halliwell) at the beginning of every year whereby walkers volunteer to lead a walk, which they recce in advance, and also arrange a suitable venue for Sunday lunch afterwards, these details are then entered onto the website each month. The co-ordinator will advise walkers once the details have been put on the web.
There are currently upwards of 40 members in the group although, obviously, not everybody is able to attend each time. There are on average between 15 – 25 people on each walk.
In addition to the monthly Sunday walks there have, over the years, become off shoots:-
Since April 2009 Gerard Simpson has lead a group of about 18 people who walk on the third Friday of each month doing long distance routes in a manageable section at a time. To date we have completed the Tabular Hills Walk (48 miles), Esk Valley Walk (35 miles), Minster Way (50 miles), Cleveland Way, (110 miles), Lake Pickering Circuit (155 miles), Whitby Way (71 miles), The Inn Way on the North York Moors (89 miles), and the first leg of The Coastliner Way (York to Whitby 76 miles). The next leg from Malton to Scarborough is currently in progress.
Pat Thompson also organises shorter local walks on Thursday each week which has proved very popular.