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…

Please note that ‘Ripon Canal Plus’ walk was erroneously listed in the Walks Programme as taking place on Wednesday 4th December.
This walk will in fact take place on Saturday 7th December – our thanks to Peter for spotting the error.
You can see the latest Area walks diary here.

Earlier this year there were fears that the plans for an England Coastal Path, a 3,000-mile route round the whole of England, would succumb to Government funding cuts when Environment Minister Richard Benyon described the project as a “sledgehammer to miss a nut”. However, following the…

The Ramblers’ Head of Campaigns, Nicky Philpott came to West Riding Area on 8th July to see for herself some of the problems threatening our local countryside. In her busy programme organised by Mike Willison, Chair of the Area’s Countryside Committee, Nicky first went to Anglers Country Park…

Fifteen miles of new path St Aidan’s Nature Reserve was (at last!) opened to the public on 25th May 2013. The nature reserve covers 400 hectares (988.4 acres) on the south eastern outskirts of Leeds near Great Preston and Swillington, and was formerly a huge opencast coal site. Local residents…

The eleventh edition (2013) of Colin Speakman’s “Dales Way” has just been published by Skyware Ltd of Shipley. It has been brought completely up to date, with some minor changes in comparison to the previous 2011 edition. All of the photographs are now in colour, and in every way the book is…

David Gibson describes the progress being made by the recently formed Canal and River Trust. David is the Ramblers’ representative on the Trust Council of the new body, and is a lifelong canals enthusiast. West Riding Area is blessed with several canals within its boundaries, their towpaths…

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