North Yorkshire Fell Club

North Yorkshire Fell Club

In 1976 a small number of idealists in Ripon, keen on walking in the upland countryside, decided to form a hill walking group called the North Yorkshire Fell Club, and yes, one of the founder members is still a regular walker and walk leader.

Initially the club was highly informal, but as time went on, officers were appointed, and a six monthly programme appeared. Then followed a further expansion, a choice of two walks every other Sunday, and a quarterly newsletter - The Signpost. Nowadays the club holds one walk every Sunday throughout the year, led by a volunteer club member.

We venture out in all weathers on walks classified as undulating, hilly or mountainous. Walks vary in length, but are from 10 to 20 miles and beyond! An average Dales or Moors walk is likely to be between 12 and 16 miles. The annual membership fee is currently 13, and transport costs are on a shared basis. Our popular social activities include a Christmas party, a summer barbecue, and slide shows and lectures (which are sometimes at outdoor activity shops). We enjoy the benefit of discounts at many of these shops, which sometimes have open nights where members can see the latest in outdoor gear and equipment.

As this is our 30th anniversary, we are holding a party for former and current members on December 1, when Chris Brown will be our speaker – and on Sunday, December 3, we are repeating the very first club walk on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Does this sound like your sort of thing? We are also holding an open day walk on Sunday, September 17, and everyone who would like to walk between 10 and 16 miles with a possible further extension will be very welcome.

If you would like to know more about us, or join us any Sunday, initially as a guest walker, please telephone our secretary on 01423 869448. You will be warmly welcomed