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.
A long, wretched winter delivered terrible floods in many parts of West Riding Area. For the first time in living memory water cascaded over Malham Cove. December’s rainfall at Bainbridge in Wensleydale was a phenomenal 14 inches plus, and most of the Pennines would have had similar huge amounts. November and January were also extremely wet months. Flooded homes and businesses have brought misery and long-term disruption to the lives of many people.Read full story here
A new public inquiry held on 9th February which, it was hoped, would confirm the right of way status of a disputed path at Tadcaster has been adjourned after legal arguments submitted by the objector’s counsel. The disputed path goes from the eastern end of the Tadcaster Viaduct Walk to Wighill Lane, coming out oppositeMore >
Well at last the days are drawing out well, and we’ve even had some sunshine, hopefully signs of great outdoor activities to come. We will soon be able to wander about the countryside without worrying about bumping in to folks with guns, people more concerned with killing than the welfare of innocent folks enjoying theMore >
The word “luddite” is now in popular use referring to someone who rejects any advances in modern technology. But who were the Luddites? You can find out now by walking the Luddite Trail following the footsteps of some 150 men, many carrying weapons of varying kinds, who on the night of 11th April 1812 marchedMore >