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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.

Harrogate Group - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.     

      Our next walks

Saturday 13th August   Coach Ramble to Upper Swaledale  -  see below for booking details


Sat 20 August 2016 09:45 - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 15:15 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 09:45: North Street CP Gargrave (BD23 3RN, SD932543)

Contact: Pat Wilson, 01765602608


Thursday 25 August 2016 10:00 - 7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate (Finishes 14:00 approx.)

9.35 number 36 bus from Harrogate


Starts at 10:00: Wike Road End, Harewood (LS17 9NG, SE325431)

Contact: Peter Wells, 01423 886186


Sat 27 August 2016 10:00 - 12 miles/19.3 km - Moderate (Finishes 16:30 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 10:00: Cold Kirby village. (YO7 2HL, SE533845)

Contact: Marlene Davies, 01423 324680


Click here for list of all Walks

Some of our recent group walks

Coach Ramble to the Peak District 2016

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.

Heather, heather, and more heather - near Tom Corner on a walk from Kirby Malzeard

Lunchtime in the Washburn Valley

Malham, Arnside walk in the sunshine

After the rain, at Fountains Abbey

Walking beside Ullswater                                            So keep t'ut futpath - near Addingham

...towards Bolton Abbey

Nidderdale - the first walk of 2015                                Industrial Heritage at Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale.


Rita leading a group onto Pateley Moor in December sunshine, with Pateley Bridge in the background.

Walk near Ripon, led by Christine. We met horses!

Twenty one walkers enjoying York in the November sunshine. Alongside the river Ouse, on the city walls and in nearby open fields.

On top of Pendle Hill.                               And  down again.

Castle Bolton on September's coach ramble

Wensleydale and Swaledale

Gritstone Trail, heading north towards Lyme Park on our recent coach ramble in the Peak District.

Walking the Pendle Way from Barrowford, near Nelson, Lancashire
From Bishop Auckland along the Weardale Way to Durham, and rowing on the river Wear.

Enjoying  Bluebells in woods on the Knaresborough Round near Goldsborough     And enjoying tea and cakes afterwards at the Lavander Rooms in Knaresborough
with entertainment from Betty Luptons Ladle Laikers and the Flag and Bone Gang

Opposite Yorke's Folly on walk from Pateley Bridge.                        Descending from Nought Moor on return towards Pateley Bridge.

                                                     Rocking Hall and Thruscross Reservoir.                                                                        


              December 2013 in Roundhay Park, Leeds.                                      Braim Wood overlooking Waterloo Lake.                                


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.


Did you know?          

You can now put more items in your recycling box .

 You can now put brown cardboard, tetrapak drink cartons, and some plastic pots and tubs in the kerbside recycling.


·        cardboard boxes need plastic wrapping or bubble wrap removed.

·        cardboard should be cut up the so it fits in the blue recycling bag.

·        yogurt pots, plastic tubs, margarine tubs and tetrapak cartons should be wash and squashed.

·        PLEASE NOTE      

         black plastic food trays and plastic plant pots cannot be recycled .



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.

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). 

Are you interested in being on our committee If you feel you might be interested please get in touch.    Richard Hersey  
01423 562004  email richard.hersey@ntlworld.com

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Nidderdale Greenway

Wow! We did it! This new route from Bilton to Ripley is now confirmed as a bridleway and is open for use with a surfaced path all the way.


Sir Thomas Ingleby of Ripley Castle cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony, 25th May 2013.

People are asking 'why tarmac?'. This bridleway has been created due to a campaign by Sustrans, and as primarily a cyclists organisation they want a smooth surface to ride on. Tarmac is the most economical long-term solution, with little maintenance needed for many years.

Open for use and being well used on Easter Sunday, 31st March 2013.

There is a threat of many more wind turbines to the west of Harrogate.  To find out more go to      http://www.savethedales.co.uk/index.html


Reporting path problems.   It is important to report all problems to the Highway Authority - in North Yorkshire that is the County Council.  They 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 a copy to us is useful -  to the Ramblers  Harrogate Group  by emailing andrew.will@hotmail.co.uk      



Ramblers stall at the opening eventof the Nidderdale Greenway.

Suitable for all users! Today we saw walkers, cyclists, babies in prams, toddlers in bike trailers, kids on scooters, horses, wheelchairs, and  a teenager on rollerboots!!! It was fairly busy and all the different users were happy to be together.

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.

Freedom to Roam Guides

There are four Freedom to Roam Guides covering the access areas in The North of England. The series editor, Andrew Bibby, was responsible for writing two of the guides, one covering Wharfedale and Nidderdale the other concerned with Wensleydale and Swaledale.


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 operate group walking holidays in the UK and around the world. With qualified leaders you can leave the organising to them and just enjoy meeting like minded people and fantastic 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! When you receive  your invoice for your holiday, please look on the  back to check it is allocated to the Harrogate Group.

For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website at www.thewalkingpartnership.org.uk


Building a bridge near Hampsthwaite.

In the past our volunteers met weekly to build bridges,
stiles, and all jobs to repair footpaths.  We met most
weeks within a few miles of Harrogate and enjoyed a
day in the countryside.  Our first bridge is now sixteen years old but still giving good service.
More recently we have waymarked the Harrogate
Ringway, and the knaresborough Round.

This is the new route of the footpath at Becklands Lane, Roecliffe. Reed Boardall have extended their frozen food storage facility with more huge buildings and have diverted the footpath onto this excellent new route. The Diversion Order was confirmed and there has been no expense spared with the construction of the footpath. Distance is the same and there is a stone chipping surface of ample width. A lot of tree-planting is taking place and the whole project is quite impressive.

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.
This footpath is now open and can be used.  Thank-you North Yorkshire!




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 for booking form

all tickets are £15 each



Saturday 14 May
Our season starts with a visit to the Dark Peak Area of The Peak District National Park. We have two walks of 9 or 12 miles in the Bradfield area. This is an area full of interest with reservoirs, moorland and ancient woodlands. Both walks end in Low Bradfield.

Saturday 11 June
The east coast of Yorkshire is renowned for its fine cliffs and large bird colonies. Here is the only mainland breeding colony of gannets in England and has 10% of the kittiwake population.  There should also be plenty of puffins on view at our time of visit. Our walk is from Bempton to Bridlington taking in Flamborough Head and The North Landing with glorious views all the way.

Saturday 9 July
In the summer of 1930 a young Alfred Wainwright left the train at Windermere, ascended Orrest Head and walked north following the roman road called High Street to Ullswater. It was his first holiday away from home as well as his first visit to the Lakes, and the experience was life changing. Our walks today take in sections of his route to end in Ambleside. The high level walk takes in a part of The Kentmere Round and is 13 miles long. The easier route is some 7 miles long. Whichever one you choose you will have fabulous scenery from beginning to end.

Saturday 13 August
Our walk today starts at the highest pub in England, at Tan Hill and heads south into upper Swaledale with its many attractions both natural and man made. We have two walks, either 7 or 11 miles both passing through Keld, where the Coast to Coast and Pennine Way routes cross and end in the attractive village of Muker.

Saturday 10 September
The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a long distance path from the banks of The Humber to Filey Brigg. Our walk today is south from North Newbald to Welton passing through serene, dry valleys and wooded groves in wonderful limestone country. 10 or 12 miles. 

    We now use Atkinson's coaches     http://www.coachhireripon.co.uk/

        Harrogate Group,  WALKS 2016

Newcomers are welcome to sample a few walks with us before they formally join the Ramblers.

We generally have a break, so please bring food and drink.

Check with the leader in advance if you want to bring a dog, which must be kept on a lead at all times.

To reduce the number of cars, on many walks people gather at 9am at Trinity Road / Park Drive, Harrogate  HG2 9AU,  and share cars to drive to the start.         .


Saturday 13th August   Coach Ramble to Upper Swaledale  -  see above

Sat 20 August 2016 09:45 - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 15:15 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 09:45: North Street CP Gargrave (BD23 3RN, SD932543)

Contact: Pat Wilson, 01765602608

Thu 25 August 2016 10:00 - 7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate (Finishes 14:00 approx.)

9.35 number 36 bus from Harrogate


Starts at 10:00: Wike Road End, Harewood (LS17 9NG, SE325431)

Contact: Peter Wells, 01423 886186

Sat 27 August 2016 10:00 - 12 miles/19.3 km - Moderate (Finishes 16:30 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 10:00: Cold Kirby village. (YO7 2HL, SE533845)

Contact: Marlene Davies, 01423 324680

Sat 3 September 2016 09:30 - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 14:00 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 09:30: Yorkshire Water car Park at Blubberhouses. (LS21 2NY, SE169553)

Contact: Keith Wadd, 01423 872268

Saturday 10th September    Coach Ramble to East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds Way  -  see above

Sat 17 September 2016 10:15 - 7.5 miles/12.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 15:30 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 10:15: Meet outside Tourist Information in Ingleton. (LA6 3BQ, SD695730)
No stiles and a moderate gradient at an easy pace.

Contact: David Scurrah,  07423 019752

Sat 1 October 2016 10:15 - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 15:45 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 10:15: How Stean Gorge café CP (HG3 5SX, SE090737)

Contact: Linda Mason, 01765 605890

Sat 8 October 2016 09:30 - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 14:00 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 09:30: Village Green in Dacre Banks (HG3 4EL, SE196619)

Contact: Rita Williamson, 01423 780577

Sat 15 October 2016 09:45 - 10 miles/16.1 km - Moderate (Finishes 15:15 approx.)

Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 09:45: Burnsall village CP (BD23 6BS, SE031610)

Contact: Richard Hersey, 01423562004

Sat 22 October 2016 10:15 - 11 miles/17.7 km - Moderate (Finishes 16:15 approx.)
Starts at 10:15: Thornton Rust Village (DL8 3AN, SD974888)

A hill walk in wonderful Wensleydale.

Circular walk
Contact: Max and Chris, 07484 700184

Sat 5 November 2016 09:30 - 8 miles/12.9 km - Moderate (Finishes 14:00 approx.)Meet for car sharing at Trinity Road, Harrogate, 9am.


Starts at 09:30: Nidd Walk CP Pateley Bridge (HG3 5AR, SE157655)

Contact: John Taylor, 01423506742




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 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

Click here for old reports of some walks.


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    
Bernard Ellis  phone  01423 528770

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 include nearest 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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