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Mike Church, Area Chairman

Mike Church, Area Chairman

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.

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The Luddite Trail

ludThe 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 marched across Hartshead Common to attack a woollen mill in Liversedge.

The trail comprises two parts each five miles in length, and has been devised by Ramblers’ members Chris and  Paul Horbury together with the Spen Valley Civic Society in an attempt to help everyone understand the reasons why the march took place and its outcome.   The trail passes through rural and urban areas in the Spen Valley, exploring old tracks and passing many locations of historic interest.   Two detailed guides have been produced which are freely available.

Part One of the trail starts at the uniquely named Three Nuns pub on the A62 near Mirfield.  The trail guide tells how it got its name and the association with a former nunnery nearby where Robin Hood was reputed to have died and whose grave is 700 yards north-west of the pub.   As the trail progresses it passes St Peter’s Church, Hartshead, where the Rev Patrick Bronte was vicar in 1812.   He subsequently became the father of the famous Bronte sisters after moving from the district.   The trail then turns towards the village of Roberttown, where The Star inn is located.   It was to The Star that two mortally wounded Luddites were taken following the abortive raid on the night of 11th April.    Then following field paths the trail returns to its start.Read full story here

Countryside disaster looms as ash tree disease takes grip

ashtrouble_tnA countryside disaster is imminent as ash dieback increases its grip on ash trees throughout Britain. Particularly at risk are limestone uplands such as The Yorkshire Dales where the ash is a dominant tree. First confirmed in 2012 in East Anglia and the Home Counties, ash dieback is steadily spreading to all parts of theMore >

January Edition of West Riding Rambler is online now

Rambler Square 144The January 2016 edition of the West Riding Rambler is now online – if you are a member of the Ramblers in the West Riding area of Yorkshire you will have already got your printed copy in the post; if you are not, you can read the latest edition online or download the PDF toMore >

Ramblers claim historic path at ripon

Claim_Path_tnThe Ramblers’ Association has submitted an application for a path at Ripon to be added to the Definitive Map. What was once a popular footpath from Hell Wath Lane to Plumpton Lane has not been walked for many years as it has been barred by the landowner. The path was first investigated by RA memberMore >
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