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 ūüôā

Three easy steps:

  • Read a book around a theme
  • Walk and talk about your book
  • Enjoy a chat in a caf√© afterwards

We offer some suggestions for books which come largely from the library catalogue, 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 7 March – the theme is Hair and/or Hare.¬†¬†This walk is also promoted under the banner of the York International Women’s Week https://www.facebook.com/YorkInternationalWomensWeek/

This month’s suggestions:

Mary’s hair
by Colfer, Eoin.
Abstract¬†Mary loathes her big, curly, bushy hair and so she chops it all off – and she looks fantastic! Well, at least she thinks so. But her mammy is not convinced and forbids her from ever cutting her own hair again. But she didn’t say anything about anyone else.

The Hairy Bikers’ British classics by King, Si,¬†
Abstract¬†In this collection of the finest classic recipes, Si King and Dave Myers, AKA the Hairy Bikers, celebrate the riches and delights of great home cooking. Always triple-tested, always full of flavour, Si and Dave bring together everything we love about great food. From savoury classics such as the perfect prawn cocktail, homely homity pie, rich Lancashire hotpot and herb-stuffed shoulder of lamb, to sweet crowd-pleasing puds like jam roly poly and deep-filled lemon meringue pie, there’s are recipe favourites on every page.
Sixty Shades of Grey Hair  by Condliffe, Kate

The wind in my hair : my fight for freedom in modern Iran  by Alinejad, Masih, 
Abstract¬†This memoir is the extraordinary story of how one woman, Masih Alinejad, an awe-inspiring journalist and activist from a small village in Iran, overcame enormous adversity to fight for what she truly believed and founded a major movement for women around the world with the simple removal of her hijab. It all started with a single photo, a bold statement on Masih’s Facebook page: a woman standing proudly, her face bare, her beautiful, curly hair blowing in the wind. Her crime: simply removing her veil, or hijab, which is compulsory for women in Iran.
March hares and monkeys’ uncles¬†by Oliver, Harry.
Abstract¬†From names of streets and public houses to the names of countries, seas and oceans, this book answers the questions you’ve always had about the language we speak.
The hare and the tortoise by Davidson, Susanna
Abstract¬†Hare is the fastest animal around and he knows it. In fact, he can’t stop boasting about it. So tortoise challenges him to a race to try and prove him wrong. There’s just one problem. Tortoise is very, very slow. How will he ever win the race?
Angels in my hair by Byrne, Lorna.
Abstract¬†‘Angels In My Hair’ is the autobiography of a modern-day mystic. The sick & troubled, & also theologians of different faiths, visit Lorna Byrne for healing, consolation & insight. In this book, Lorna tells her life story.
The way of the hare by Taylor, Marianne
Abstract The work includes accounts of first-hand encounters with wild hares, and research evidence from those who have worked with them and studied them. It is illustrated with line drawings and a section of colour photographs taken by the author.
Don’t tell Mum : hair-raising messages home from gap-year travellers by Hoggart, Simon,¬†
Abstract This work collects the funniest, most alarming, most gruesome emails sent home to friends and family during student gap years.
The scam by Evanovich, Janet
Abstract¬†Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, they’re secretly working together to bring down super-criminals. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace, who is running a money-laundering operation through his casino. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators and global terrorists. Nick and Kate are going deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars – and their lives – in an attempt to topple his empire. The scam will take them from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Hawaii and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup: a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?
Watership Down by Adams, Richard,


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.