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Ramblers Harrogate Group enjoying a walk in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire

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RamblerS is Britain's biggest organisation working for walkers. A registered charity with 139,000 members across the UK, we've been looking after Britain's footpaths and defending its beautiful countryside for more than 65 years. The Association is a democratic, voluntary organisation, registered as a charity (no. 1093577) and as a company limited by guarantee (registered in England and Wales, no. 4458492).

The Harrogate Group organise a walk each Saturday of around ten miles - but we do a lot to protect paths as well.

We comment on planning applications so paths can still be used easily after developments.

And we study diversion applications - always giving the walker's viewpoint and suggesting better ways to solve footpath problems.

Harrogate Group - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.    


At the end of April we unveiled this bench, installed in 2016

to remember four of our group's hard working members no longer with us.

    

This is on the Bridleway to the North East of North Rigton, towards Horn Bank Farm.

  

      Our next walks

 



SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER
09:05 am      Karen Murdoch    07757766440 or 01423 540850           7 miles
No 36 bus     Meet at Harewood Village Hall for a circular walk around the Harewood estate.  Grid ref  SE321452

Group AGM- 2pm Saturday 11 November 2017

Lower Hall of Wesley Centre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PP

Guest speaker: Andrew Willoughby –“The walk from cradle to Mayor”

Sat 18 November - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

LOWER NIDDERDALE WAY

Starts at 09:30: Ripley village cross (HG3 3AY, SE283604)

From Ripley village cross a circular walk along part of the Nidderedale Way to Hampsthwaite, Birstwith and Burnt Yates

The 9.10am no 36 bus from Harrogate can be taken to the start of this walk.

Contact: Ann Moller, 01423 547 982

                                                                                                                                                    

Sat 25 November - 7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

WHARFE VALLEY

Starts at 10:00:  St Roberts Church - Pannal (HG3 1RS, SE305516)

A circular walk from Pannal via Kirby Overblow through fields with views over the Wharfe Valley

The leader will be on the 9.35am 36 bus from Harrogate bus station to Pannal and then walking down to the church for the start of the walk or cars roadside parking by the church

Contact: Sandra Millen, 01423 886 317

                                                                                                                                                    

Sat 2 December - 7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

DICKENSIAN FESTIVAL

Starts at 09:45: Linton Falls car park (BD23 6BQ, SE001631)

Starting from Linton Falls we will head for Thorpe and Burnsall returning via the Dales Way to enjoy a mince pie at the Dickensian Christmas Festival in Grassington

Contact: Pat and John Wilson, 01765 602 608

                                                                                                               



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Some of our recent group walks
 
   
Coach Ramble to the Peak District


  
A nine mile walk from Blubberhouses car park
led by Ann Moller in September. It was a circular walk through woodlands and over heather moors, via Round Hill.
A good sunny day enjoyed by 17 enthusiastic walkers.
 





Lunchtime in the Washburn Valley


Malham, Arnside walk in the sunshine


After the rain, at Fountains Abbey

  


...towards Bolton Abbey

 
   

  

Rita leading a group onto Pateley Moor in December sunshine, with Pateley Bridge in the background.

 
 

Wensleydale and Swaledale
 


Gritstone Trail, heading north towards Lyme Park on our recent coach ramble in the Peak District.


Opposite Yorke's Folly on walk from Pateley Bridge.                        Descending from Nought Moor on return towards Pateley Bridge.



              
                                               
                               

 

112 and 101   Did you know?

To contact the police when it is not an emergency dial  101.

For emergency services from a mobile phone dial  112.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZv_8dABfU

 

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Harrogate Group of Ramblers

The Harrogate Group of Ramblers is an active local group of the national walking charity - Ramblers.  You are welcome to join us on our walks and Coach Rambles, hopefully you will become a member of Ramblers and support the organisation. Booking is required for Coach Rambles, which we arrange on six Saturdays throughout the year. Ticket price is 15 for a full day out, with a choice of walks - various distances from 5 to 13 miles, visiting places like the Peak District or Whitby.

On all other Saturdays we have a more local walk of around ten miles. We often meet at Trinity Road in Harrogate and drive to a start point for the walk. These walks might be at Masham or Pateley Bridge, or nearer home - maybe Wetherby or Beckwithshaw.

Our group also monitors planning applications near footpaths, responds to consultation on path extinguishments and diversions, and has an interest in other countryside matters. Over the years we have devised The Harrogate Ringway, The Knaresborough Round and the Link to the Dales Way path.

The Harrogate Group was formed in 1969 and is part of the West Riding Area.  We cover Nidderdale from Great Whernside to Green Hammerton, extending northward to Burton Leonard and south to North Rigton. This area includes 62 parishes and 550 miles of footpaths and bridleways. Our area includes much of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 






BROKEN STILE?   LOCKED GATE?  CROPS?

Reporting path problems.   Our Group Footpath Officers check out many problems and report these to the Highway Authority, North Yorkshire County Council. It is important to report all problems to them. If you come across problems let us know - and/or report problems to the County Council.

We need to know -

A grid reference if possible.  A description of where the problem is.  What the problem is, and how serious it is.  A photograph really helps, and a scan of the map to show the location is also good.

 Problems should be reported to N.Y.C.C. by emailing     paths@northyorks.gov.uk  

and reported to us,  the Ramblers  Harrogate Group  by emailing andrew.will@hotmail.co.uk      


 

The Harrogate Ringway footpath.

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The Harrogate Ringway has all been re-waymarked and checked for problems by volunteers from Ramblers Harrogate Group together with Ranger Mike Gurney from North Yorkshire County Council. Here we have Andrew Willoughby, Peter Wells and Mike Gurney. On completion of checking the 20 mile route we have re-written the directions and produced a new leaflet.
                                       




Are you interested in being on our committee

If  you might be interested please get in touch. 
 

Richard Hersey  
01423 562004  email richard.hersey@ntlworld.com


If you book a holiday don’t forget to tell them you belong to Harrogate Group of Ramblers.


The Walking Partnership                                                                                                                                                                                 

Harrogate Group has joined The Walking Partnership. This is supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays and gives financial contributions to walking groups. Over many years Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has given millions of pounds to assist walking charities and conservation projects. Now our group can benefit directly. 

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays have group walking holidays in the UK and around the world. With qualified leaders you can leave the organising to them and just enjoy walking. Go to www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or phone 01707 33113 for more details or to order a brochure. Remember when you book to quote "Harrogate Group of RA" and we will receive a contribution of up to 30. This extra funding could really make a difference to us! 

For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website at www.thewalkingpartnership.org.uk

   

Building a bridge near Hampsthwaite.

Over the yearst our volunteers have built bridges,
stiles, and completed a variety of jobs to repair footpaths. 

 Our first bridge is now nineteen years old but still giving good service.
More recently we have waymarked the Harrogate
Ringway, and the Knaresborough Round.

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A few years ago at Becklands Lane, Roecliffe, Reed Boardall  extended their frozen food storage facility with more huge buildings and diverted the footpath onto this excellent new route. We were consulted at all stages of planning and footpath diversion.

We need an up to date photo to show how the tree planting and landscaped areas look today!
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This photo above shows where a path at Roecliffe was completely obstructed - there was no way through this hedge and various items blocked the route.
We contacted the authorities and the footpath is now open and can be used again.
 

THREE BOOKS OF WALKS PUBLISHED BY WEST RIDING AREA OF RAMBLERS

STEPPING OUT FROM LEEDS AND BRADFORD   by Keith Wadd

TWENTY GOOD WALKS AROUND 11 MILES IN LENGTH

All walks have a detailed description, map and a colour photograph.

Price 7.50 from retail outlets

 "Country Walks Around Harrogate" volumes 1 and 2, by Douglas Cossar.
These have details of twenty walks each, to the east and west of Harrogate with distances from 3 to 9 miles.
Priced from 4.99 the books are available from local book shops and Tourist Information centres.

                                                                  

COACH RAMBLES            

Every year the Harrogate Group organise a number of Coach Rambles from May to October

To book any of the walks please use the booking form or ring Sandra Millen on 01423 886317      click here to download booking form

all tickets are 15 each

 COACH RAMBLES   2017  there are no more planned for this year.

                  

13 MAY 2017
Lancashire Coastal Way                                                              13 or 7 miles

10 June
Cleveland Way – Runswick Bay to Saltburn                             11.5 or 8.5 miles 

8 July
Part of Newlands Round ending in Keswick                            11 or 9.5 miles

12 August
Dales High Way and A Pennine Journey                                    10 or 7 miles

9 September
Limestone Way - Youlgreave to Matlock                                      10.5 or 8 miles      



Harrogate Group, WALKS 2017 

Newcomers are welcome to sample a few walks with us before they formally join the Ramblers. 
We generally have a break, so please bring food and drink
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Check with the leader in advance if you want to bring a dog, which must be kept on a lead at all times.

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER
09:00 am      Karen Lawson    01132 688208         9 miles
Meet at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and drive to the public car park behind the Fox and Hounds pub for a circular walk from Bramhope taking in Caley Crags and Staircase Lane. Grid ref  SE247432


SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER
09:05 am      Karen Murdoch    07757766440 or 01423 540850           7 miles
No 36 bus     Meet at Harewood Village Hall for a circular walk around the Harewood estate.  Grid ref  SE321452

Saturday 11 November 2017     Group AGM- 2pm 

Lower Hall of Wesley Centre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PP

Guest speaker: Andrew Willoughby –“The walk from cradle to Mayor”


                                                                                                                         

Sat 18 November - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

LOWER NIDDERDALE WAY

Starts at 09:30: Ripley village cross (HG3 3AY, SE283604)

From Ripley village cross a circular walk along part of the Nidderedale Way to Hampsthwaite, Birstwith and Burnt Yates

The 9.10am no 36 bus from Harrogate can be taken to the start of this walk.

Contact: Ann Moller, 01423 547 982

                                                                                                                                                    

Sat 25 November - 7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

WHARFE VALLEY

Starts at 10:00:  St Roberts Church - Pannal (HG3 1RS, SE305516)

A circular walk from Pannal via Kirby Overblow through fields with views over the Wharfe Valley

The leader will be on the 9.35am 36 bus from Harrogate bus station to Pannal and then walking down to the church for the start of the walk or cars roadside parking by the church

Contact: Sandra Millen, 01423 886 317

                                                                                                                                                    

Sat 2 December - 7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

DICKENSIAN FESTIVAL

Starts at 09:45: Linton Falls car park (BD23 6BQ, SE001631)

Starting from Linton Falls we will head for Thorpe and Burnsall returning via the Dales Way to enjoy a mince pie at the Dickensian Christmas Festival in Grassington

Contact: Pat and John Wilson, 01765 602 608

                                                                                                                                                    

Sat 9 December - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

NIDDERDALE WAY FROM PATELEY

Starts at 09:30: Nidd Walk long stay car park (HG3 5NA, SE158654)

Bewerley and the Nidderdale Way

Contact: Catherine  Siklos, 01423 540 696

                                                                                                                                                    

Sat 16 December  - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

HARROGATE TO SOUTH STAINLEY

Starts at 09:00: Meet at Trinity Church 9am or Harrogate bus station 9.15am (HG2 9AU, SE302544)

Stage one walking from Harrogate to Ripon. Walk via the Greenway, Bilton, Nidd Gorge and Brearton to South Stainley return by 36 bus

Contact: Keith Wadd, 01423 872 268

                                                                                                                                                    

Sat 23 December - 8 miles/12.9 km - Leisurely (Finishes 13:00 approx.)

SOUTH STAINLEY TO RIPON

Starts at 09:30: The Red Lion pub at South Stainley (HG3 3ND, SE303633)

Stage 2 walking from Harrogate to Ripon, following on from last week starting from the Red Lion Inn at South Stainley to Ripon

The 9.10am no 36 bus to Ripon from Harrogate bus station can be taken to the start of the walk and then bus return

Contact: Elizabeth  Snow, 01423 560 742

 
                                                                                                                                                  

Sat 30 December - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

PLOMPTON, RIBSTON AND GOLDBOROUGH

Starts at 09:30: Knaresborough Market Place (HG5 0ET, SE350570)

A circular walk taken from the book Country Walks around Harrogate Vol 1 by Douglas Cossar and visits Plompton, Ribston and Goldsborough

A suggested place to park in Knaresborough is York Place long stay car park

Contact: Heather and Len, 01423 880 774 or 07748051861                                                              

 

Sat 6 January - 8.5 miles/13.7 km - Moderate

BOLTON ABBEY

Starts at 09:30: Meet at of Yorkshire Pianos on A59 (BD23 6HZ, SE083530)

An opportunity to enjoy the Bolton Abbey Estate in winter via Storiths and Noska Head

Contact: Peter & Delia Wells, 01423 886186                                                                               

 

Sat 13 January - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate

THREE VILLAGE ZIGZAG

Starts at 09:45: Meet the leader at Ripon bus station (HG4 1AG, SE313713)

Zigzag round Ripon taking in the villages of Sharow, Copt Hewick and Hutton Conyers enjoying far reaching views all around.

The 9.10am number 36 bus can be taken from Harrogate bus station to Ripon

Contact: Linda Mason, 01765 605 890 or 07894 829 960                                                                 

 

Sat 20 January - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

SHAW MILLS AND BEDLAM

Starts at 09:30: Ripley village cross (HG3 3AY, SE283604)

A picturesque  walk along part of the Nidderdale way taking in Shaw Mills and Bedlam

The 9.10am no 36 bus can be taken from Harrogate bus station to the start of this walk

Contact: Ann Moller, 01423 547 982                                                                                               

 

Sat 27 January - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate

FIGURE OF EIGHT ROUND THORNER

Starts at 09:45: Park outside the Mexborough Arms (LS14 3JW, SE377403)

Leaving Thorner pass through Kennel Lane, Stubbings Moor, Hetchell Wood, Pompocali, Saw Wood and Barwick in Elmet

As this is a figure of eight walk we will pass the start again after approx 6 miles making an option for a shorter walk which would finish about lunch time.

Contact: Karen Lawson, 01132 688 208                                                                                          

 

Sat 3 February - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

WASHBURN VALLEY AND THRUSCROSS RESERVOIR

Starts at 09:30: Blubberhouses car park (LS21 2NY, SE168553)

From Blubberhouses car park walk up the Washburn valley and round Thruscross reservoir before returning to the car park.

Contact: Viv White, 01423 781 546 or 07486 050 739                                                                      

 

Sat 10 February - 8 miles/12.9 km - Moderate

WHARFEMEADOWS - OTLEY

Starts at 09:30: Roadside parking near Wharfemeadows Park (LS21 2BD, SE204461)

Enjoy a circular walk around Clifton, Farnley and the River Wharfe

Contact: Peter and Delia Wells, 01423 886 186                                                                               

  

Sat 17 February - 9.5 miles/15.3 km - Moderate

SWINSTY AND FEWSTON

Starts at 09:15: This is the car park to the east side of the reservoir  (HG3 1SU, SE198537)

From the car park we will head south to Dob Park Bridge and Dob Park House then onto Timble, Blubberhouses and back along the edge of Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs

Contact: Richard Hersey, 01423 562 004 or 07388845898                                                               

 

Sat 24 February - 9.5 miles/15.3 km - Moderate

PANNAL CIRCUIT

Starts at 09:30: Meet at Strastone car showrooms (HG3 1JJ, SE308513)

A circuit from Pannal via Folifoot

The leader will be on the 9.15 no 36 bus from Harrogate bus station alighting at Pannal

Contact: Jeff  Davies, 01423 563 159                                                                                             

 

Sat 3 March - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate

EASINGWOLD CIRCULAR

Starts at 10:00: Park on roadside by the church on Church Hill (YO61 3JT, SE525700)

A circular walk between Easingwold and Huby over a variety of mainly level country tracks, fields, Folly Wood and Millfields.

Contact: Linda Mason, 01765 605 890 or 07894 829 960                                                                 

 

Sat 10 March - 11 miles/17.7 km - Moderate

RIPON AND SUTTON GRANGE

Starts at 09:45: Ripon bus station (HG4 1AG, SE313713)

A Ripon circular via Sutton Grange

The leader will be on the 9.10am no 36 bus from Harrogate bus station

Contact: Jeff  Davies, 01423 563 159                                                                                             

 

Sat 17 March - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate

RIPLEY

Starts at 09:30: Meet at Ripley village car park (HG3 3AZ, SE284603)

Always a favourite, a circular from Ripley visiting Burnt Yates, the Birstwith packhorse bridge and Hampsthwaite

The 9.10am number 36 bus can be taken from Harrogate bus station or cars to Ripley carpark.

Contact: John Taylor, 01423 506 742                                                                                             

 

Sat 24 March - 10.5 miles/16.9 km - Moderate

WHITE WELLS MILLENNIUM WAY

Starts at 09:45: Ilkley New Bridge - roadside parking (LS29 8DF, SE116480)

Enjoy the views as we walk part of the Bradford Millennium Way - White Wells, Swastiksa Stone, Rombalds Moor, Timble Stones and the Dales Highway

Contact: Karen Lawson, 01132 688 208                                                                                          

 

Sat 31 March - 9.5 miles/15.3 km - Moderate

GRASSINGTON AND SKIRETHORNS

Starts at 09:45: Start from Grassington visitor centre - car park 4.50  (BD23 5LQ, SE002637)

From Grassington head to Linton, Skirethorns, Height Laithe, Malham Moor and return via Coniston

Contact: Richard Hersey, 01423 562 004 or 07388845898

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Sat 7 April - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate

PATELEY AND WHITEHOUSES

Starts at 09:30: Nidd Walk long stay car park (HG3 5NA, SE158654)

Pateley Bridge circular via Pateley Moor, Whitehouses, River Nidd and Bewerley

Contact: Rita Williamson, 01423 780 577                                                                                        

 

Sat 14 April - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate

PART OF THE AISLABIE WALK

Starts at 09:30: Car park at Fountains Abbey Visitor centre (HG4 3DZ, SE271686)

Following part of the Aislabie walk from Fountains Abbey visitor centre through Winksley, Azerley and Low Lindrick

Contact: Sue Roberts, 01904 411 320 or 07855 093 401                                                                  

 

Sat 21 April  - 10.5 miles/16.9 km - Moderate

SNECK YATE

Starts at 10:00: YO62 5BF, SE509876

A circular walk from Sneck Yate taking in Hawnby, Coomb Hill and Arden Hall

Contact: Christine Greensit, 01765 609 121 or 07805 894 573                                                         

 

Sat 28 April - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate

ROECLIFFE AND THE RIVER URE

Starts at 09:45: Roecliffe church (YO51 9NB, SE376659)

Leaving Roecliffe village a circular walk along the River Ure passing through the villages of Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard.

Contact: Marlene Davies, 01423 324 680                                                                                        

 




Ramblers Harrogate Group  SHOP

LEAFLETS -  also available from Tourist Information Centres
To guide you on the following three promoted walks. 

Harrogate Dalesway Link leaflet 1.
16 miles from Harrogate to Ilkley in order to join the Ilkley to Bowness Dalesway.
free to download and print  -  click here
it takes a few minutes to download.

New    Harrogate Ringway leaflet 50 pence.
21 mile circular trail around this spa town, starting from Pannal via Knaresborough in easy stages with public transport connections.

New    Knaresborough Round  leaflet 50 pence.
20 mile circular walk around this ancient town, in 2 stages with bus connections.   

BADGES 
Cloth badge for Harrogate Dalesway Link   2  plus 50 pence postage

Cloth badge for harrogate Ringway   2  plus 50 pence postage

 Cloth badge for Knaresborough Round   2  plus 50 pence postage

For all of these purchases please email   Andrew Willoughby  or phone 01423 866987







CONTACT

To contact the Harrogate Group Chairman,    
Richard Hersey, email richard.hersey@ntlworld.com



To contact the webmaster and joint footpath secretary,    email
Andrew Willoughby
or phone   01423 866987    mobile 07885 543453    andrew.will@hotmail.co.uk

To contact the joint footpath secretary for Nidderdale    
Peter Wells  email peter_wells12@tiscali.co.uk  phone  01423 886186

To contact the Harrogate Group secretary,  Elizabeth Snow   phone 01423 560742

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Finding the start of your walk

Start and meeting points may include postcode and an Ordnance Survey grid reference accurate to 100m. Use postcodes with care: in rural areas the nearest postcode may be some distance from the actual start point. See OS maps for an explanation of how to use grid references.

Grades

      Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections.

     Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

     Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.

     Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

     Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.

     Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.

 

Notes

     Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance.

     Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.

     If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first - it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

     Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.

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Links

http://knaresboroughwalkers.org.uk/

Waterproof maps !

  http://www.hackfall.org.uk/

Ramblers Association West Riding Area www.ramblersyorkshire.org/

Ramblers Association National Webpage www.ramblers.org.uk

Ramblers Holidays www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/

Right to Roam mapping www.openaccess.gov.uk/S4/html/LWWCM/Section4/GeneralContent/MappingAccessLand.html

Aislabie Walk  http://www.aislabiewalk.org.uk/


The Wainwright Society www.wainwright.org.uk

Knaresborough Nidd Gorge volunteers Knaresborough-Nidd-Gorge-Conservation-Group

Bilton Conservation Group www.biltonconservationgroup.co.uk/

Yorkshire Dales Public Transport www.dalesbus.org

Dalesbus Ramblers www.dalesbusramblers.org.uk

Knaresborough festival feva www.feva.info

Friends of Bebra Gardens   http://friendsofbebragardens.moonfruit.com/

Knaresborough In Bloom www.knaresboroughinbloom.co.uk


A Walking Website www.walking-uk.com/

Upper Teesdale www.upperteesdale.co.uk

Waterproof maps www.aqua3.com/

The Harrogate Advertiser www.harrogatetoday.co.uk



A big thank-you to Chris Vaughan of Derby and South Derbyshire Group for hosting this site.

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