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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.

Harrogate Group - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.     

      Our next walks
 

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2016

          Keith Wadd  01423 872268       10 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate. Town and Country.  Linear walk.  Some of our best local footpaths for our enjoyment.  Start at Trinity Methodist Church and walk to 2nd meeting point at Harrogate Bus Station GR SE 304553.  Then via Bilton and Ripley to South Stainley, return by frequent bus service.

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2016

          Catherine Siklos  01423 540696          9 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Bewerley and the Nidderdale Way.  A chance to see the river and its dale in winter.  Meet Nidd Walk CP, Pateley Bridge  GR SE157655

 

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2016

          Richard Hersey  01423 562004            9.5 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Pre-Christmas burn.  A scenic walk down to Swinsty and back up via Havarah Park.  Meet at Stainburn Forest car park GR SE235522

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 2016

Christmas Eve walk  from Ripley.

Jeff. Davies       01423 563159      9 miles  Hampsthwaite,Birstwith,Burnt Yates, Shaw Mills and Bedlam. 

Bus from Harrogate Bus Station. No.36. 09.10  Cars to Ripley Castle Car Park

Start 09.30 Ripley Cross..

SATURDAY 31 Dec 2016

          Ann Moller  01423 520774         10 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Ilkley, Ebor Way and Hawksworth Moor.  Enjoy great views from the east side of Ilkley Moor.  Meet at Ilkley New Bridge GR SE116480



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Some of our recent group walks

 
   
Coach Ramble to the Peak District 2016



 
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.
 


Heather, heather, and more heather - near Tom Corner on a walk from Kirby Malzeard


Lunchtime in the Washburn Valley


Malham, Arnside walk in the sunshine


After the rain, at Fountains Abbey

 
Walking beside Ullswater                                            So keep t'ut futpath - near Addingham


...towards Bolton Abbey


   
   
Nidderdale - the first walk of 2015                                Industrial Heritage at Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale.

  

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

 
Walk near Ripon, led by Christine. We met horses!

 
Twenty one walkers enjoying York in the November sunshine. Alongside the river Ouse, on the city walls and in nearby open fields.

   
       
On top of Pendle Hill.                               And  down again.

Castle Bolton on September's coach ramble

Wensleydale and Swaledale
 


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


Walking the Pendle Way from Barrowford, near Nelson, Lancashire
 
From Bishop Auckland along the Weardale Way to Durham, and rowing on the river Wear.



     
Enjoying  Bluebells in woods on the Knaresborough Round near Goldsborough     And enjoying tea and cakes afterwards at the Lavander Rooms in Knaresborough
with entertainment from Betty Luptons Ladle Laikers and the Flag and Bone Gang




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



            
                                                     Rocking Hall and Thruscross Reservoir.                                                                        

            


              December 2013 in Roundhay Park, Leeds.                                      Braim Wood overlooking Waterloo Lake.                                

 

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.

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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.

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). 

Are you interested in being on our committee If you feel you might be interested please get in touch.    Richard Hersey  
01423 562004  email richard.hersey@ntlworld.com



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BROKEN STILE?   LOCKED GATE?  CROPS?

Reporting path problems.   It is important to report all problems to the Highway Authority - in North Yorkshire that is the County Council.  They 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 a copy to us is useful -  to 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.
                                       

Freedom to Roam Guides

There are four Freedom to Roam Guides covering the access areas in The North of England. The series editor, Andrew Bibby, was responsible for writing two of the guides, one covering Wharfedale and Nidderdale the other concerned with Wensleydale and Swaledale.

     



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 operate group walking holidays in the UK and around the world. With qualified leaders you can leave the organising to them and just enjoy meeting like minded people and fantastic 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! When you receive  your invoice for your holiday, please look on the  back to check it is allocated to the Harrogate Group.

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

   

Building a bridge near Hampsthwaite.

In the past our volunteers met weekly to build bridges,
stiles, and all jobs to repair footpaths.  We met most
weeks within a few miles of Harrogate and enjoyed a
day in the countryside.  Our first bridge is now sixteen years old but still giving good service.
More recently we have waymarked the Harrogate
Ringway, and the knaresborough Round.

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This is the new route of the footpath at Becklands Lane, Roecliffe. Reed Boardall have extended their frozen food storage facility with more huge buildings and have diverted the footpath onto this excellent new route. The Diversion Order was confirmed and there has been no expense spared with the construction of the footpath. Distance is the same and there is a stone chipping surface of ample width. A lot of tree-planting is taking place and the whole project is quite impressive.
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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.
This footpath is now open and can be used.  Thank-you North Yorkshire!

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 for booking form

all tickets are 15 each

 COACH RAMBLES 

                  

Here are the dates for next years Coach Rambles

Saturday 13 May 2017
Saturday 10 June 2017 
Saturday 8 July 2017 
Saturday 12 August 2017
Saturday 9 September 2017

details will be here as soon as possible

 

    We now use Atkinson's coaches     http://www.coachhireripon.co.uk/



        Harrogate Group,  WALKS 2016

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.

Check with the leader in advance if you want to bring a dog, which must be kept on a lead at all times.

To reduce the number of cars, on many walks people gather at 9am at Trinity Road / Park Drive, Harrogate  HG2 9AU,  and share cars to drive to the start.   
  

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2016

          Keith Wadd  01423 872268       10 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate. Town and Country.  Linear walk.  Some of our best local footpaths for our enjoyment.  Start at Trinity Methodist Church and walk to 2nd meeting point at Harrogate Bus Station GR SE 304553.  Then via Bilton and Ripley to South Stainley, return by frequent bus service.

 

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2016

          Catherine Siklos  01423 540696          9 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Bewerley and the Nidderdale Way.  A chance to see the river and its dale in winter.  Meet Nidd Walk CP, Pateley Bridge  GR SE157655

 

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2016

          Richard Hersey  01423 562004            9.5 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Pre-Christmas burn.  A scenic walk down to Swinsty and back up via Havarah Park.  Meet at Stainburn Forest car park GR SE235522

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 2016

Christmas Eve walk  from Ripley.

Jeff. Davies       01423 563159      9 miles  Hampsthwaite,Birstwith,Burnt Yates, Shaw Mills and Bedlam. 

Bus from Harrogate Bus Station. No.36. 09.10  Cars to Ripley Castle Car Park

Start 09.30 Ripley Cross.

SATURDAY 31 Dec 2016

          Ann Moller  01423 520774         10 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Ilkley, Ebor Way and Hawksworth Moor.  Enjoy great views from the east side of Ilkley Moor.  Meet at Ilkley New Bridge GR SE116480

 

SATURDAY 7 JANUARY 2017

          Peter Wells  01423 886186       9 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Thornthwaite and Heyshaw.  Visit some of the hidden gems of Nidderdale.  Meet at the top of the car park of The Wellington Inn, Darley SE 195595

 

SATURDAY 14 JANUARY 2017

9:10 am        Linda Mason  01765 605890     10 miles

36 bus from Harrogate      A Fountains circular.  An easy walk in the wonderful surroundings of the world heritage site.  Meet at Ripon bus station   GR SE313713.  Walk starts at 9:45 am

 

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017

          Ann Moller  01423 520774         8 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Timble, Dob Park and Six Dales Trail.  A meadow and woodlands walk west of Harrogate.  Meet at Swinsty Moor CP  GR SE186537

 

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2017

09:00 am      Peter Wells  01423 886186       10 miles

Leader on the 9:05 no 36 bus from Harrogate.  Meet at front of Pannal Church.  GR SE306517.    Pannal, North Rigton and Kirkby Overblow.  A walk to visit some of the fine villages south of Harrogate

 

SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2017

    David Scurrah   07423 019752           10 miles.
 
Leader on 9am Bradford 747 bus alighting at Castley Lane End.SE 244458
 Car users park at Pool Bridge.
Circular walk to Stainburn and Lindley, 

 

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2017

          Rita Williamson  01423 780577            9 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Pateley and its moor.  A moor and vale walk in Nidderdale.  Meet Nidd Walk CP, Pateley Bridge GR SE157655

 

SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2017

          Richard Hersey  01423 562004    9.5 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Rural Ripley.  A scenic walk from a castle!  Meet at Ripley Village CP GR SE284603

 

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017

9:10 am        John Taylor  01423 506742       10 miles

36 bus from Harrogate      The Sanctuary Way.  A chance to visit the fascinating landmarks and setting of this historic trail.  Walk starts at 10:00 am.  Meet at west door of Ripon Cathedral.  GR SE314711. 

 

SATURDAY 4 March 2017

          Linda Mason  01765 605890     11.5 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          The lovely hamlets of Lower Wensleydale.  Visit Mickley, Azerley, Sutton Grange and North Stainley by the best means – On foot!  Meet at West Tanfield Village CP.  GR SE 269788

 

SATURDAY 11 MARCH 2017

          Robert Hill  01423 508938         10.5 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Brimham and its Hall.  Walk the wonderful country surrounding one of Yorkshire’s iconic sites.  Meet at Dacre Banks, Royal Oak CP.  GR SE197619

 

SATURDAY 18 March 2017

      Jeff. Davies       01423 563159   9.5 miles

Bus from Harrogate Bus Station. No.24. at 09.30 to Meet at the top of the car park of The Wellington Inn, Darley SE 195595   
Start 10.15. Walk tile Hartwith Circular

SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017

9:10 am        Christine Greensit  01765 609121        10.5 miles

No 36 bus from Harrogate,          Ripon and its South West Approaches.  A circular walk taking in the Ripon Canal, Bishop Monkton, Wormald Green and Hell Wath.  Walk starts at 9:45 am.  Meet at Ripon Bus Station.  GR SE313713

 

SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017

     David Scurrah   07423 019752          11 miles

 Leader on 9.05am No. 36 bus to Leeds from Harrogate.
Car drivers to Mansion lane Roundhay
Meet at the Mansion House SE 328383 Walk starts at 10 am
Circular walk from Roundhay Park Leeds

 

SATURDAY 8 April 2017

          Pat Wilson  01765 602608         10 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Barden Fell.  A fell top walk taking in two reservoirs.  Meet at Embsay Village CP.  GR SE001536

 

SATURDAY 15 April 2017

No Harrogate Group led walk today, see www.ramblers.org.uk for other options.

 

SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2017

          Sue Roberts  01904 411320      10 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Coxwold and its Vale.  A trip around romantic villages of High Kilburn, Husthwaite and Coxwold.  Meet at Coxwold Village Hall CP GR SE537772

 

SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017

          Peter McGinnes  01423 867583 10.5 miles

Meet at 9am at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and car share to drive to the start.          Malham Tarn and Attermire Scar.  A fabulous walk in limestone country.  Meet at road side near Malham Tarn  GR SD 895657

 

 




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 include nearest 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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