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.
The 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 member Jack Richardson in 1983. Many of you will remember the considerable work that Jack as footpath secretary of Ripon Group has done in surveying and claiming paths in the West Riding Area. Up to 1983 the path in question was freely and regularly walked by both individuals and groups. There was no signage saying the path was not a right of way.
I met recently with Jack who took me out to view the ends of the one kilometre length path. It is a track hedged on both sides, and offers a good route linking the bridleway from near Hell Wath Cottage to Plumpton Hall. Jack had collected a substantial body of evidence for the claim. The evidence includes user evidence of over 20 witness statements and also documentary evidence detailing published walks using the route. Jack had also exchanged correspondence with the landowner; his request for the path to be re-opened was refused by the landowner.Read full story here
Part of the charm of this book is that it is so authentic Jerry. As you read it, you can so easily imagine Jerry Pearlman actually there giving a lecture to a rapt audience, or as West Riding Area president addressing the AGM at Ilkley as he does every year with a few well chosenMore >
In these times of austerity, a major problem is protecting paths and keeping them in decent condition for walkers and the general public. The feared scenario is that more and more paths will become overgrown with vegetation and crops, and countryside walking will become restricted to the well-used honeypot routes. That there is a seriousMore >
The October 2015 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 >