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 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 5 September- theme is Islands

Some suggestions for reading around this theme:


1.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Treasure Island ‚Äď Robert Louis Stevenson

2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Mysterious Island ‚Äst¬†¬†Jules Verne

3.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shutter Island ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†Dennis Lehane

4.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Island of Dr Moreau¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†H G Wells

5.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Concrete Island¬†¬†–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†J G Ballard

6.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Beach ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Alex Garland

7.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The People in the Trees ‚Äď Hanya¬†Yanagihara

8.       The Odyssey  РHomer

9.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Lord of the Flies ‚Äď William Golding

10.¬†¬†¬†Greenvoe ‚Äď George Mackay Brown

11.¬†¬†¬†Mister Pip ‚Äď Lloyd Jones

12.¬†¬†¬†The Island ‚Äď Victoria Hislop

13.¬†¬†¬†The Tempest ‚Äď William Shakespeare

14.¬†¬†¬†Anne of Green Gables ‚Äď L M Montgomery

15.¬†¬†¬†The Guernsey Literary & Potato¬†¬†Peel¬†¬†Pie Society ‚ÄďAnnie¬†¬†Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

16.¬†¬†¬†And Then There Were Non ‚Äď Agatha Christie

17.¬†¬†¬†The Count of Monte Christo ‚ÄďAlexandra Dumas

18.¬†¬†¬†Captain Corelli‚Äôs Mandolin ‚Äď Louis De Berni√®res

19.¬†¬†¬†Small Island ‚Äď Andrea Levy

20.¬† ¬†Shetland Series ‚Äď Ann Cleeves


1.       The Galapagos  РHenry Nicholls

2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†My Family and Other Animals ‚Äď Gerald Durrell

3.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Island Home: A Landscape Memoir ‚Äď Tim Winton

4.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Napoleon‚Äôs Last Island ‚Äď Thomas Keneally

5.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Notes From a Small Island ‚Äď Bill Bryson


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.