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.
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 of two sessions on separate days. There is a four hour indoor theory course for learning map reading and compass use, followed by an hour session out of doors to put the theory you have just learned to the test. On the following day there is a separate practical course over fields and moorland, applying compass, distance and directional skills. The indoor course is at Addingham Methodist Church on Chapel Street, Addingham, and the separate practical course is on the moors at Yarnbury.Read full story here
Janet Street-Porter came to Burley-in-Wharfedale in an event organised by the Burley Bridge Association (of which she is president) to draw attention to the need for a bridge across the River Wharfe at the village, and more specifically to raise the final £500 required for the planning application. In a rousing and humorous speech JanetMore >
Two local authorities in Yorkshire have been listed as “Councils of Concern” in the Ramblers Paths in Crisis report. Neighbouring Kirklees and Calderdale Councils have been highlighted because of the very high number of path problems per mile, with Kirklees (which covers Huddersfield, Dewsbury and surrounding areas) having cut rights of way funding this year by aMore >
Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield Local Authorities are consulting on a proposal to establish a combined authority for West Yorkshire. The combined authority would cover a population of 2.2 million, creating one of the largest functional economic areas in the UK outside of London. A recent review argues that West Yorkshire’s potential for economic growth isn’t beingMore >