Join Ripon Ramblers for walks in scenic North Yorkshire
18/07/2016 Jarrow Ramblings Ripon to Ripley
22/06/2017 Nidderdale Way
Ripon Ramblers owes much to Jack Richardson, who in the early seventies with Colin Speakman, the West Riding secretary, set about footpath mapping of the Ripon area
This subsequently led Jack to put a notice in the local paper for like-minded people to come forward and form a walking group. Seventy people replied; the first walk was from Ripley to Ripon and a committee was formed with Jack in the role of Footpaths Secretary. This was his true interest, focussing on the identification and maintenance of footpaths and in this he was well supported by his wife Betty and daughter Pat. He walked footpaths all over Europe.
Jack produced local walk booklets, introduced and led staged long distance walks and even took a party from Ripon to Westminster to campaign for the Right to Roam.He played a major role in opposing sand and gravel quarrying and the extinction of footpaths in the area between Ripon and Fountains Abbey.
Having walked the Pennine Way well into retirement, he subsequently, at the age of 79, walked the Coast to Coast with his young grandson.Jack was an RAF Lancaster bomber pilot during WW2, before flying commercial Viscounts from Leeds-Bradford, and you could say that although “ he might have had his head in the clouds, he had his feet firmly on the ground” as he walked his way round the Dales and beyond, leading Ripon’s Ramblers.
Our very own Wainwright!(Jack died on the 21st February 2016, aged 92)
For all Walks
It is recommended that stout shoes or boots are worn. Walkers should carry protective clothing, and food and drink appropriate to the duration of the walk. Members are advised to carry a suitable first-aid kit. For those who require a lift to the start of the walk, it is suggested that a contribution of 10 pence per mile be made to the driver, and all passengers in the car should share parking fees. Where appropriate, an “estimated contribution” is shown, but please check the mileage with the driver on the day. Visitors are always welcome. If you are coming on the bus from Harrogate to join a walk, please ring the Leader to arrange for him or her to wait until the bus arrives. Please check the start time of a walk you intend to join. The start time will always be adhered to, but on the day, weather or other circumstances may cause the leader to change the location or length of a walk.
Please, all walkers should bring fresh footwear in a spare bag so that dirty boots can be changed before getting back into a car for the return journey.
Would you like to lead a walk?
We always manage to fill our walks programme, but are always looking for extra leaders, so should you wish to have a go, there is some good advice on the back cover of the West Riding Area Walks Programme, under the heading Guidance for Walk leaders.
- The first bullet point does not mention the safety aspect of walking alone, so we recommend that you recce with an experienced leader.
- Although bullet five looks a bit severe, I cannot remember ever having to turn away a prospective walker. The first paragraph of our own published Walks Programme indicates how our party should be equipped.
- Bullet seven – ‘carry equipment as appropriate to the terrain’ - is at the discretion of the leader. A First Aid kit should always be available.
Please use the contact form if you would likehelp with your recce.
Your Walks Committee look forward to some extra volunteers for our next programme.
The Guidance for Walk Leaders Document is available in the Document Library on this website.