Our History

A notable walk took place in June when members saw the Olympic Torch transit through Grosmont Station and then drove to Danby Centre to walk from there into Fryupdale

Our History


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.

Our History

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee took place the same month as the Olympic Torch and we enjoyed a walk in the National Park with a Jubilee lunch at Givendale Head Farm organised by Margaret Stockdale. 


​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. 

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Ryedale Walking Group near Stape - Xmas December 2006.

RWG Members prepare to climb Helvellyn via the Hole in the Wall and Swirral Edge


2007 Walk Programme


2012 saw more changes on Committee including Margaret Stockdale taking over from Colin Humphrey as Chairman and Anne Barlow taking over from Jan Dobson as Secretary. Phil Catterall replaced Nigel Wildsmith as Walk Programme Coordinator.


Some of the RWG ladies on a midweek walk in Rosedale led by Phil

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. 


​2010 was the year a group of members completed The Lyke Wake Walk - all 40 miles of it in less than one day. The walking year started though with snow at Great Barugh and we were lucky to leave the village in our cars at the end of the walk in blizzard conditions.

RWG at Goathland August 2007 on a Challenge Walk

Our autumn walking break saw us stay at The Patterdale Hotel Ullswater for five nights. We had a fabulous week of fellwalking - it was dry and sunny all week and we bagged lots of Wainwrights! Phil, Judy and Sam shared the walk leading between them. Twenty five members went on the holiday - a
record number which has never been surpassed!

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This was the year the group completed the Ripon Rowel - a 50 mile long distance walk over five legs around Ripon. This walk was written up by Phil and can be found on the Walking Britain Website . The two founder members of the group and their wives were finding it hard to lead so many walks so other members of the group were invited to help. Steve P, Brenda B, Sam B, John S, Pauline W and Doug J all became Walk Leaders!    

There was a walking weekend in Nottinghamshire in February, the Easter weekend was spent at Matlock Bath in Derbyshire. We completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks with three weekend breaks when we hired a minibus - in April on Whernside, July on Ingleborough and in October we climbed Sharp Haw on a Saturday and Pen-y-Ghent on a Sunday, led by Alf.  A write up of our Three Peaks Summer Challenge can be found here. Our Christmas Dinner that year was held at The Buck Inn at Wrelton. 


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.           

Affiliated to the Ramblers


​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.     

Special events and holidays in 2009 were The Lyke Wake Walk, which was completed in four sections and was ably led by Martin R. The Easter holiday in 2009 took the group to Moffat - this was fully booked and organised by Nigel. Steve P led us on The Wass Wanderer Walk in May and Phil took us on The Crackpot Trail (Nidderdale) in July.

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 on an evening walk at Hutton le Hole in 2012

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 .

In the Howardian Hills in October 2011

In August as part of the programme, the opportunity was offered to take part in A Wainwright's 1938 Pennine Journey - seven members took part and four of us completed this 247 mile long adventurous walk in September 2013 - over two years later!