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The year in review with Ryedale Walking Group

We post a lot information about walks with the Ryedale Walking Group, so we thought you might like to know a bit more about them.  Here’s their Chairman’s report on last year’s activities:

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!

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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.

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 is to be held at Malton & Norton Golf Club in December.

New members are always welcome, look out for details of forthcoming walks. Ed

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