Welcome to the website of the West Riding Area of the Ramblers’ Association. The West Riding Area takes its name from the days when Yorkshire was divided into three “ridings” a West Riding, North Riding and East Riding. The region that we look after on behalf of our members and the walking community is centred on Leeds and Bradford, and extends from Ingleton to Pontefract, and from Holmfirth to Wensleydale.
An award-winning initiative is asking us to look around our wardrobes, attics and garages for any unwanted outdoor clothes and equipment so that it can be donated to organisations encouraging the next generation to get outdoors.
Many young people say that the lack of clothing and equipment is the reason they do not take up outdoor physical activities - after all it's hard to enjoy your early experiences in the outdoors when you're cold, wet and uncomfortable! Sarah Howcroft, founder of Gift Your Gear explains, "lots of outdoor clothing and equipment we no longer use still has a lot of life left in it. Most outdoor gear will last much longer than we want or need it to, its full potential is never realised”.
Any outdoor gear you can donate will make a real difference to the community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it - enabling others to benefit from life-changing experiences in the great outdoors regardless of their circumstances.Read full story here
What a success the Bradford Group evening walks have been! Throughout the summer, on alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays evenings,walkers have set out on a wide variety of local paths for an enjoyable 4-5 mile ramble. In the words of walks co-ordinator, Muriel O’Flaherty: “Bradford gets knocked continually, but for varied walks on your doorstep it’sMore >
The January 2014 edition of the West Riding Rambler has just been published and you can read it online in PDF format by clicking here. Inside the January edition you will find walking, outdoors and campaign news from our Yorkshire area, including news about our Bradford Group’s evening walks (which have been running since 1976!),More >
During 2014 we will be running a series of courses on map-reading for beginners. It is important with the ever increasing use of GPS and mobile devices that, should the worst happen, you can also pull out a map and compass to navigate your way safely. It is also enormous fun! Each course consists ofMore >