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, places and the best cafes in York 🙂

Three easy steps:

  • Read a book around a theme
  • Walk and talk about your book
  • Enjoy a chat in a cafĂ© 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 from January 2019 is outside York Explore on Museum Street. https://goo.gl/maps/SZPa7WU7v6K2

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday 2 May- the theme is ‘May’

This month’s suggestions:

Authors with May in their names

Louisa May Alcott

Peter May – thrillers

Stephen May – Life, Death, Prizes

Maya Angelou

Biography /Non- Fiction

Theresa May: Power, Chaos, Change by Christopher Jackson

Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister by Nicholas Shakespeare

Bryan May: The Definitive Biography – Laura Jackson

She always knew how by Charlotte Chandler (- biography of Mae West)


May Week was in June – Clive James – 2nd instalment of his memoir

The Honey Bus – Meredith May  (this one is only just published so only in hardback)


May  by Naomi Kruger (May is a poignant exploration of memory, history and the burden of the past. It is a story that is just as much about the things that stay with us as the things we forget.)

Bryant & May (series of detective books by Christopher Fowler)

The Darling Buds of May  by H E Bates

Devil May Care: (James Bond) by Sebastian Faulks

Hello my name is May by Rosalind Stopps  – (published on the 18th April so hardback – marketed as being  similar to Ellizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey)

Frost in May by Antonia White (published by Virago – but first published in 1933 based on the author’s own experience of convent school life) .



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 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.