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    The Ramblers Harrogate Group

Ramblers Harrogate Group enjoying a walk in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire


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


09:00 am       Linda Mason    01765 605890           11 miles
Meet at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and drive to Masham - park at the recreation ground (honesty box) for a circular taking in Fearby and Ellingstring     Grid ref SE226809

09:00 am      Linda Mason    01765 605890            9.5 miles
Meet at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and drive to Cold Kirby village green for a circular walk via Old Byland and Scawton     Grid ref SE532845

09:30 am        Keith Wadd    01423 872268            7 miles
Shepherd's Dog pub, Otley Road Upper Crimple Valley-the unknown valley on Harrogate's doorstep.
Meet at the Shepherd's Dog pub, Otley Road –GR  SE290540 . Frequent buses or nearby street parking


Click here for list of all Walks


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.




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). 


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.

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.

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!

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.




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      

09:00 am       Linda Mason    01765 605890            11 miles
Meet at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and drive to Masham - park at the recreation ground (honesty box) for a circular taking in Fearby and Ellingstring     Grid ref SE226809

09:00 am      Linda Mason    01765 605890            9.5 miles
Meet at Trinity Road, Harrogate, and drive to Cold Kirby village green for a circular walk via Old Byland and Scawton     Grid ref SE532845

09:30 am        Keith Wadd    01423 872268            7 miles
Shepherd's Dog pub, Otley Road Upper Crimple Valley-the unknown valley on Harrogate's doorstep.
Meet at the Shepherd's Dog pub, Otley Road –GR  SE290540 . Frequent buses or nearby street parking

09:00 am      John Taylor    01423 506742               9 miles
Meet at Trinity Road, Harrogate.  A good opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside around Harrogate - Stone Rings, Pannal Pond, Crimple Valley, Shaw Green and Pannal Ash     Grid ref SE302544

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

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”



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.   

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


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.


      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.



     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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Waterproof maps !


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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