Ryedale Walking Group was formed with just four founder members and a few others who joined us on a short two mile walk from Sinnington on the evening of 21st September 2006. From then until the end of the year Nigel Wildsmith and Phil Catterall led eight walks between them. On December 10th a Christmas Dinner was held at the Mucky Duck, Newton on Rawcliffe.
We had a fresh start in 2011 with a new committee... the winter programme was disrupted somewhat after resignations on the committee in late 2010 but things settled down again in the spring.
Several members led walks at the Pickering Walkers are Welcome Walking Festival in April.
The challenge walk in August was the 15 mile long Blue Man Walk from Reasty Bank to Allerston. The Christmas Dinner and walk was based at the George & Dragon, Kirkbymoorside, with a walk from Gillamoor into Sleightholmedale.
In 2009 our walking year started with everyone turning up for the New Years Day Walk in Dalby Forest wearing a silly hat.... We finished the year again with our Pre Christmas Walk and Dinner at The Buck Inn at Wrelton.
In April we became a fully constituted club with a committee elected at a Special General Meeting attended by 24 members. The group affiliated to the Ramblers and took out Civil Liability Insurance.
RWG at Goathland August 2007 on a Challenge Walk
Ryedale Walking Group near Stape - Xmas December 2006.
Welcome to Ryedale Walking Group
Affiliated to the Ramblers
RWG Members prepare to climb Helvellyn via the Hole in the Wall and Swirral Edge
Phil and Nigel continue to lead three walks a month between them throughout the year. Nigel organised an Easter Walking holiday at Melrose in Scotland. Phil led the group on The Tabular Hills Walk from Scarborough to Helmsley over six days. The Challenge walk was held on August Bank Holiday Monday when we walked from Goathland to Pickering led by Nigel. In October Phil organised a walking holiday at Thorns Hall HF Holidays at Sedbergh. The Christmas Dinner was held at the Milburn Arms in Rosedale - the hotel closed two weeks later. By the end of 2007 the group had 70 members.
The blizzard at Great Barugh on the New Years Day Walk of 2010
We had walking holidays in Morecambe and Thwaite (Yorkshire Dales) but a holiday planned at Portinscale (Lake District) in September did not go ahead due to lack of interest. We organised "An evening with Alfred Wainwright" at Pickering Memorial Hall in May and raised a significant sum for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. In December with the group having no elected Chairman several committee members stood down. A new committee was elected in early 2011 under the Chairmanship of Colin Humphrey - with Jan Dobson as Secretary. From from that point on the group went from strength to strength.
The group walked the 66 mile long The Whitby Way between April and October (led by Nigel) and also had two challenge walks as part of the 2012 programme. The Easter Walking holiday was based at Hexham, also led by Nigel. Another holiday was organised by Phil in May when members stayed at HF Holidays at Monk Coniston climbing Wainwright Fells in the South Lakes. In September Chas Bailey organised a weekend holiday based in Holmfirth.
2012 was the year when Pat Davis suggested the "Walking Diners". This proved to be a success with some members eating out at the best places in the area every few months. There is more information on this on the Walking Diners Webpage .
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