Ultimate Guide to Walking Groups: Rambling Beyond
It's safe to say that our region offers some of the best walking, hiking and rambling landscape in Britain and there is no shortage of outings for all ages, levels and abilities. The Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorks Moors to mention just three provide a near infinite array of options - so much so that it can be difficult to focus your start and end points. However, with the knowledge and expertise of several of Yorkshire's many rambling groups to hand, we've laid out some choice routes to pick from.
Alan Crisp - Sheffield Walking Group
We’re lucky to have the Peak District on our doorstep and have so many great options when it comes to choosing where to walk. Some areas with great views are Millstone Edge, Stanage Edge and the Great Ridge between Mam Tor and Lose Hill. Many of these places have decent public transport links too which is great for those who don't have a car.
Julian Mitchell - Footprints Walking Group
We are so lucky in this area having some wonderful walking countryside very close at hand. However people should not go out into the higher countryside on their own unless they can read a map and navigate – which is why it is better to go with a group if you are new to walking! Having said that – there are some very nice lower level walks through the woods and around the reservoirs available from the car park at Langsett Barn.
There is also some nice walking around Low and High Bradfield, again around the local reservoirs. A little bit further away is the Derwent Valley (car park at Fairholms) where there is a visitors centre that has maps of walks available in the area. This is a lovely area as there are walks available up onto the surrounding fells and edges – but again – make sure you can navigate if the visibility becomes poor! The Longshaw estate near Grindleford also has some walks along lovely gritstone edges which make for fantastic views on a clear day.
Peter Rowsell - Doncaster Ramblers
This will depend on the level of experience or fitness. For new comers canal towpaths, local bridleways, or nation cycle routes are ideal. For the more experienced the choice is endless. The Ramblers website offers many suggested walks.
Richard Cyster - The Harrogate Rambling Club
Living in Harrogate, we're spoilt for choice! We are in striking distance of three of the UK's National Parks - Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and North York Moors - all encompassing beautiful walking country. But enjoyable walking can also be found closer to home. For instance, last Sunday I led a 10 mile walk from the centre of Leeds to Harewood, using mostly 'ginnels', parkland and woodland, including a close encounter with the set of Emmerdale. It was a beautiful walk through the lesser known areas of a large City. We all enjoyed it.
With that in mind, it's now over to you to lace up your boots and join family, friends or club members and make the most of our majestic surroundings. After all, not many things in life this good are free for everyone to use, and carry so many benefits in doing so. Let us know if you have any preferred routes of your own, or have made some discoveries while out on the hillsides, and above all - keep walking, whatever the weather!