2014 was a very successful year for Ryedale Walking Group, helped by a stable committee working well together as a team under the chairmanship of Colin Humphrey.
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.
Ryedale Walking Group Members in Cesky Raj - Czech Republic - September
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.
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 at Malton & Norton Golf Club - Xmas Dinner Walk December 2014
RWG at Goathland August 2007 on a Challenge Walk
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RWG Members walking in Rosedale - March 2016
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 Members prepare to climb Helvellyn via the Hole in the Wall and Swirral Edge
Our Group in January 2008 near Welburn
Ryedale Walking Group near Stape - Xmas December 2006
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.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.....
Our group on the North York Moors near Danby Beacon on 31st August 2013
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.
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