Walking Book Group

Join our walking book group in 2019!

A first for York, our monthly walks are a great opportunity to share and talk about interesting books you have read, meet friendly local people and discover easy walks, and the best cafes in York.

Three easy steps:

  • Read a book around a theme
  • Walk and talk about your book and hear about what others have read
  • Enjoy a chat in a café afterwards

We offer some suggestions for books which come largely from the library catalogue and our leader’s knowledge and love of books, but there is no requirement to read any of these, feel free to bring memories of your own reading on the theme.

We meet 11am, first Thursday of the month. Our meeting place is outside York Explore on Museum Street. https://goo.gl/maps/SZPa7WU7v6K2

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday 7 November- theme is the Middle East

Some suggestions for reading around this theme drawn from York Explore Catalogue:

The kill artist by Silva, Daniel

From Souk to Souk: Travels Through the Middle East by Robin Ratchford

And the mountains echoed by Hosseini Khaled

Sea prayer by Hosseini, Khaled The kite runner by Hosseini, Khaled.

A thousand splendid suns by Hosseini, Khaled.

The man who created the Middle East: a story of Empire, conflict and the Sykes-Picot agreement by Sykes, Christopher Simon

Vicious circle by Smith, Wilbur

A Misadventure in the Middle East: travels as tramp, artist and spy by Hemming, Henry

Lawrence of Arabia’s war: the Arabs, the British and the remaking of the Middle East in WWI by Faulkner, Neil

Rick Stein’s Middle East by Stein, Rick

Nine parts of desire: the hidden world of Islamic women by Brooks, Geraldine.

The Road to Kandahar by John Wilcox


These easy walks aim to be suitable for most ages and abilities. They are on pavements or good footpaths, mostly on the flat. They last around an hour with breaks if necessary. Please wear walking and mud-friendly shoes and bring waterproofs or sunscreen and water, depending on the forecast. We may adjourn to a cafe during or afterwards, depending on what the group wants to do.

Volunteer leaders!

We are looking for volunteers to help us run the walks, so do get in touch if you are interested – see volunteer role description here.

If you’d like to find out more, talk to us at yorkbikebelles@gmail.com or call 01904 274790.

“Beautiful way to spend an hour. Gave me a warm glow that lasted the rest of the day”. Katrina.