Community to benefit from new walking book

A unique guidebook centred around Burley-in-Wharfedale has been launched by one of BADCOT’s most recent members, Colin Speakman of Gritstone Publishing Cooperative – who will be donating £1 for every copy sold to the Burley Community Trust.

The Poet’s Walk, priced at £5, combines walking with distinctive poetry and photography to capture the essential qualities of a 4½-mile walk from the centre of Burley-in-Wharfedale to the edge of Burley Moor.

Written by established countryside author and creator of the Dales Way, Colin, with his son Dorian, the 14-page booklet also pays homage to four historic poets and topographers either born or resident in Burley-in-Wharfedale at some stage. Colin believes they and the celebrated Hermit of Rombalds Moor may have walked the same route.

“The booklet is a light-hearted look in words and images to celebrate much that makes the village of Burley-in-Wharfedale special,” says Colin, “We hope locals and visitors will get even more pleasure from these beautiful places now we’ve put them to poetry.

“The Burley Community Trust does an excellent job at maintaining village life and we’re proud to contribute in the best way we know how.”

With his wife, Fleur, Burley-based Colin also recently published The Yorkshire Wolds: a journey of discovery. He was one of four writers to set up the Gritstone Publishing Cooperative last year to exercise more control over the way their work was published. Dorian Speakman, also based in Burley, is a writer, photographer and climate change impact specialist.

Poets’ Walk is available from the Old Bleach Mill, Burley-in-Wharfedale and other outlets or can be ordered postage free at

Note: The poetic guidebook does not contain a detailed route description but gives six grid references for six key viewpoints, to be used either with the OS Explorer 297 Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley Map, or with the Five Rambles from the Roundhouse booklet, published by Burley Walkers are Welcome.


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