Welcome to Ryedale Walking Group
Affiliated to the Ramblers
Our group celebrated its 10th anniversary in September and we continue to walk at least once each weekend and occasionally during the week. Membership has held up well and at the October AGM we had over 100 members of which a significant number are also Ramblers members. The subscription remains at £7 per year. Shorter walks of less than eight miles are most popular, with some leaders also offering whole day walks of up to twelve miles in length with occasional car sharing walks further afield in the Yorkshire Dales, Pennines and Lake District. Weather as ever always plays a part, with many deciding on the day whether or not to come out and put one foot in front of the other!
Ten members enjoyed a self led walking holiday in Cesky Raj, Czech Republic in September, and in October thirteen of us spent a long weekend based in Bakewell, including some of us climbing Kinder Scout. The more strenuous single day walks were High Cup Nick, Blencathra and High Street in the Lake District. The harder walks are not so popular but there are around ten members who relish them. In May several of us took part in the Lake District walking week in Patterdale organised by Pocklington Ramblers. We had a great time and found all walkers on the holiday to be very welcoming. Our summer barbeque and walk was again based at the excellent Sun Inn in Pickering. We started walking the Yorkshire Castles Way in 2015 in York and finished the distance at Scarborough Castle in July 2016.
The first break was in April at Elan Valley Lodge in Wales. 17 members enjoyed a variety of walks in typically Welsh weather! The second break was timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the completion of Alfred Wainwright's Pennine Journey. Members walked a section of the journey between Middleton-in-Teesdale and High Force and beyond, along with a number of other walks.
2015 was a very good year for the club. Once again we had over 100 members pay a subscription and we had a stable committee. In October Dianne Hardwick and Pat Davis stood down and NIgel Pearce, Fred Goodwin and Karen Wesson joined the extended committee. Walks of between six and eight miles were most popular, but in September a group of eight members climbed Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in our country. We had two walking holidays - Mallorca in April and Chollerford on Hadrian's Wall in October. Between the 2014 and 2015 AGM we had 61 led walks with 1019 walkers overall. This means we had an average of 16 members on every walk. This does not include walks organised as part of a holiday. Our group started to walk the Yorkshire Castles Way - visiting all eight ruined and preserved castles between Clifford's Tower in York and Scarborough Castle. We continue through to Scarborough in 2016.
At an EGM in October members voted to elect the Walks Coordinator themselves at the AGM rather than by the committee. Also in October we initiated a photo group on Flickr which portrays our activities year by year, and in December an improved website was launched. The Christmas Dinner and walk was again based at Kirkbymoorside, but for the first time the dinner was held at Kirkbymoorside Golf Club. The Walking Diners continued with seven venues in the area being visited.
The series of successful Walking Diners evening events continued with members eating out at seven different venues. One diners’ event was combined with a Treasure Hunt. At the AGM Phil Catterall and Colin Humphrey were thanked for their long service to the committee and were presented with awards after standing down from committee work. Dianne Hardwick re-joined the committee to become Chairwoman. Ian Firth joined the committee as Website Administrator. Other members, Judy Catterall, Geoff Bogg, Eric Wesson, Robin Rawson, Karen Wesson and Anne Barlow continued in the same roles as before.At the year end the group had 106 members.
In 2017 Ryedale Walking Group (Ramblers Affiliated) continued with an exceptional walking programme of 62 walks coordinated once again, by Eric Wesson. Our Chairman for the year was Steve Harness. Two walking holidays were also organised, - in Borrowdale, Lake District led by Dianne Hardwick, and in Snowdonia in May led by Nick Langmead - where members based themselves at Llandudno.
RWG members at Malton & Norton Golf Club - Xmas Dinner Walk December 2014
Our annual barbecue was again held at the Sun Inn in Pickering, and our Christmas meal was once again held at Kirkbymoorside Golf Club. Walking Diners events continued to take place approximately every six weeks on an evening. .
A number of our members are now acting as Local Footpath Monitors in parishes within Ryedale. This is in association with the Ryedale section of East Yorkshire and Derwent Ramblers.
Smardale Gill & Viaduct
In September we supported the Howardian Hills AONB alongside the Ramblers and helped by leading three walks in one week in the AONB during the annual "Outstanding Week", which is now an annual event. Soon after this a group of members enjoyed a short walking holiday in Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Our group is very sociable with many of the regulars knowing each other well. Our walking diners dinners are held every 4 to 6 weeks in local pubs and restaurants in an evening. Between ten and twenty members enjoy the dinners. Our Xmas Dinner and ten year celebration birthday event was held at Malton & Norton Golf Club in December. The entertainment was provided by our own members, who played banjo, guitar, African Drums, sang and read amusing poetry. In October at the AGM, three members stood down from the committee and three new members were elected so all positions were filled.
RWG Members walking in Rosedale - March 2016
At the AGM in October 2012 RWG Colin Humphrey and Jan Dobson returned to be elected as Chairman and Secretary with Phil Catterall continuing as Walks Coordinator with his wife Judy staying on but becoming Treasurer. They were joined on the committee by Steve Harness, Helen Stack, Dianne Hardwick, Nick Langmead who took up the various positions. Committee meetings in 2013 were held in members homes, a departure from previously, when we met in a Pickering pub.
During the year we walked most weekends and on occasional midweek walks during the summer as well as the usual midweek evening walks. Several new leaders offered walks and this made 2013 our busiest yet in terms of numbers of walks organised. By the end of the year we had 89 members, which is far greater than ever before.
Ryedale Walking Group Members in Cesky Raj - Czech Republic - September
Yorkshire Castles Way - Stage 4 at Slingsby to Helmsley Castle - July 2015
Our Walking Diners social events continued approximately every six weeks when we visited the pubs and restaurants in our area. These are much enjoyed and are organised by Dianne Hardwick. £134 was raised from our BBQ and a raffle to help support Scarborough and Ryedale MRT and YAA. During the year our club started using social media site Twitter - our occasional tweets can be found by searching @ryedalewalking on Twitter. We have also continued to display photographs of our activities on the Flickr website - link below
Lunchtime on Whernside 19 May 2013 on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk
There was no Easter Walking Holiday in 2013. This was arranged in July instead and was based in Llangollen. Prior to that in May a Dales Weekend holiday was organised based at Skipton. During this Dales Weekend ten members of the group completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk in less than 10.5 hours. There was just one Challenge walk organised - this was in The Howardian Hills. The Sun Inn again hosted our summer Barbeque in July, and one of our members, a certain farmer, invited us back after a walk in the Wolds for a slap up feast of sausages! Four out of the seven members who started walking Wainwright's Pennine Journey in 2011 finally finished it at Settle in September after walking 265 miles! The other three members hope to continue to fill in the sections they missed in 2014.....
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