Never call Birders Twitchers unless you are referring to those folk who rush around the country in the hope of spotting some rarity that has lost probably lost its internal compass, flown in by mistake and wishes it was in a much more familiar place.   Some, but not all, of these Twitchers give Birders a […]

I was returning from an afternoon exploring the paths on the fringe of Midgley Moor and paused awhile to wait for the shadows cast by clouds to move past the houses at the top of the opposite hillside. The path goes down to the Catherine House Lane/Wood Lane bridleway. It is supposed to go straight […]

At the end of 2015, Wakefield & District Group discussed how best to promote the profile of the Ramblers in their area, and looked to the “Wakefield Way” book written by Douglas Cossar in liaison with Trevor Hiles, the Group’s footpath officer at that time. The book was published in 2004 and described a 75 […]

The January 2017 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 to […]

The Ramblers’ “vision” includes a “true right to roam”.   The document “Our vision and strategic framework 2015-2025”, approved at General Council 2015,  states that “This expanded access will connect people, path networks and communities so that everyone can benefit from walking”.   On the face of it, this “true right to roam”, based on the Scottish […]

The Big Pathwatch Report, “The State of Our Paths”, published by the Ramblers this summer, revealed that 56% of public rights of way in England and Wales were “well-kept”. A further 35% were found to be “adequate but in need of improvement” and 9% were “poorly kept” Over 3000 surveyors (quaintly called “citizen surveyors “ […]

A new route has been put forward for the High Speed Railway (HS2) as it passes through West Yorkshire. In the Wakefield area it will go to the east of the route in the original proposals. The route in the earlier proposals entered Wakefield near Notton and took a route just to the east of […]

The October 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 to […]

“Walk Around the Clock”, inspired by the much-loved Oakwood Clock, is a fascinating urban walk around Oakwood, a suburb of Leeds close to Roundhay Park.   The walk which takes about an hour starts and finishes in the shadow of the clock, but can be joined at any point along the route….

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