Get walking!

The Really Active Club meets in Methley
The Really Active Club meets in Methley
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ADVENTURE-loving residents can take a walk on the wild side during an event to boost membership of an activities’ club.

Wakefield’s The Really Active Club (TRAC) is holding a two-part walk to entice townsfolk to join its group – which organises events and trips to attractions across the country – at Methley’s Rivers Meet on Sunday May 9.

Townsfolk can meet at the Leeds Road cafe at 10am for a four-and-a-half mile walk, returning to the cafe for lunch and a slideshow of photographs, before a second four-and-a-half mile walk across a different route at 12.30pm.

Damien Scott, of the club, which has members in Pontefract and Castleford, said: “Anyone’s welcome to come along to either of the walks – or both – to find out more about the group.

“It’s a club for people who believe there’s more to life than watching telly but don’t want to dedicate their spare time to a single activity.

“The focus of the group is walking – walks range from the really gentle poddle to more strenuous long distance walks. But we don’t just walk. We’ve been potholing, had holidays in Scotland and Ireland, gone to the theatre, been go karting, had cheese nights and quiz nights, gone on weekends to youth hostels, tried skiing and windsurfing.”

The group organises a programme of activities and in the coming months has arranged a trip to Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall, a barn dance in Rothwell and a walk in Ackworth.

Damien added: “We have members of all ages – including single people and couples. We’re a very friendly group of people and are looking forward to welcoming new members.

“All of the events and activities are organised by members – so for example, if someone wants to go to the cinema to see a particular film, we’ll add that to the programme. We share car journeys and contribute to the drivers’ mileage to keep the cost of activities down.

“People can come to every event or pick and choose the ones they come to.

“As I said, the focus of the group is walking – and as we have members who know different areas, we get to explore hidden gems. There’s also the safety of travelling in a group.

“We have a great time and hope anyone interested in joining us will come along to find out more.”

Annual membership for the group, which is accredited by the Youth Hostel Association, costs £5. Visit www.yhatrac.org.uk or email getintouch@yhatrac.org.uk for more information.