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Patch outings

The following outings have been arranged for 2019. Both club members and the public (adults only, no children please) are welcome, but the number of places on each walk is limited. Please contact the appropriate walk leader to book your place or if you would like further information. Outings start promptly at the time shown, so please arrive in plenty of time. Bring your own binoculars (we are not able to supply these).


The outings may include walking over exposed and rough ground - ensure that you are suitably prepared.


Remember, if you wish to join any of these outings please inform the leader in advance so that he will know how many people to expect on the walk.


Tuesday 30th April: at 6pm Blackmoorfoot Evening Ramble


Leader: Mike Denton, Tel: 01484 646990

Meeting Point: By inflow along the South bank.

Notes: A leisurely look at the reservoir, Orange Wood and maybe Potato Lane


Saturday 4th May at 8.00 am: Digley Circular


Leader: Mike Wainman, Tel: 01484 469232


A circular walk from Digley reservoir, lasting some 3-4 hours over tracks, open moor and rough ground. Start 8.00 a.m. Meet in the car park just north of the Digley reservoir dam, grid ref SE110072. Participants should be shod and clothed accordingly and may wish to bring a snack and drink.


Tuesday 14th May at 6.00 pm : Cheesegate Nab Circular


Leader: Hugh Quarterman, Tel: 01484 685881

Meeting Point : At lay by at junction of Dick Edge Lane and  Hey Slack Lane GR182065  (the lay-by is the start of the footpath that runs down along the South side of CGN past the" Ring Ouzel field" and the old farmhouse, now being redeveloped)

Notes: In the event of poor visibility, heavy rain or strong winds this outing may be cancelled. If in doubt contact the leader on the day between 16.30 and 17.30.


Wednesday 22nd May at 8.15 Stirley Farm Circular


Leader: Roger Mitchell, Tel: 01484 934824


Car Parking: at Stirley Farm (YWT) (Grid Ref  145138), or at entrance gate of Stirley Farm off Hall Bower Lane.


This walk may include climbing over gates/stiles and walking through cow fields (otherwise footpaths). NB the walk will include some of Upper Park Wood (YWT). It will be about 4 hours long.


Sunday 9th June at 8.00 am: Langsett and the Little Don Valley


Leader Chris Abell, Tel: 01484 681449

Meet at Langsett Barn car park.

This will be a long walk (4+ hours) over potentially difficult terrain. Dress appropriately and bring a drink and snack.


Patch outings are intended to give members a taste of local sites as well as information on access and the wildlife and plants which may be found there during the year. They generally last for 2 – 3 hrs and cover a few miles. Participants should come suitably attired – conditions can often be boggy underfoot in a Huddersfield Spring.



All attendees are responsible for their own safety at all times.


In the event of poor visibility, strong winds or heavy rain outings may be cancelled. If in doubt contact the leader. If you would like further information about a particular outing, please contact the leader.


Note that these outings are at your own risk. Huddersfield Birdwatchers’ Club, the Trustees, or the leaders will not be liable for any accidents or injuries caused whilst on these outings. However HBWC wishes to ensure that all who attend these outings are aware of any potential risks and hazards involved.


The places visited on these outings are not particularly hazardous nor exceptionally strenuous. Walks are typically leisurely with frequent stops to look at/for birds. However some of these outings will take us over rough ground and exposed moorland conditions, so please ensure that you are properly equipped. The directions of the leader must be followed at all times.


The leader can refuse to take anyone on the visit who, in the leader’s opinion, is inappropriately equipped.


Take care at all times

Enjoy the outings

Patch Outing Programme  2019

Each year the club arranges a number of 'patch outings' or birdwatching walks, at which a members lead groups around local sites of particular interest, to pass on their knowledge of the area and encourage others to visit. These outings regularly achieve a good number of interesting bird sightings and reports are usually included in the annual Newsletters.