Frequently asked questions about the group
Who runs the group?
The group is part of The Ramblers Association but is run entirely by our members, who volunteer their time to lead walks, organise social events and manage the group itself. A committee is elected every year at the AGM. For more on each of the committee officers and those currently in office see the committee page.
Who is the group aimed at?
The group is aimed at younger walkers (average age 20s-40s). We have a pretty even mix of male and female members and the average turnout for walks is 15-30 people.
Do I have to be a member to try out a walk?
We are part of the Ramblers you can attend three walks before we ask you to join. If this is your first walk just turn up at the start location and make yourself known to the walk leader, you don’t need to book on or contact the walks leader beforehand. Please note that if you want to lead a walk you must be a member of the Ramblers for insurance purposes.
Where do I start?
You can either come along to a walk or come to our monthly pub meet. If you’re unsure about anything at all on your first walk then do get in touch with the walk leader beforehand – their contact details will be on the walks diary. We’re a very friendly group and always have a handful of new members on most walks. Please note that you need to be a member to attend any social events other than our central monthly pub meet.
How do I become a member?
If you are a member of the Ramblers Association you already are! Just email our membership secretary to change your group affiliation to us.
If you’re not a member of the Ramblers click here to join. Remember to select the ‘West Riding’ for your Area and ‘Take a Hike group’, so that you can come on the wide range of social events we offer.
Where and when do you walk?
We usually have at least one walk a weekend (usually more) and a number of evening walks throughout the week, especially in the summer. We walk everywhere from The Yorkshire Dales, around Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield, Lancashire, the North York Moors, The Peak District and anywhere else we can get to. We also have a number of weekends away where we stay in hostels, B and B’s or campsites.
How fit do I need to be to come on a walk?
Our average walk length is 8 miles. At a standard walking speed this will take 3 or 4 hours to complete. If you think you can walk for this amount of time (with occasional breaks) then you should be fine on a walk. If you haven’t done hill walking before we recommend you try an Easy or Leisurely walk first before taking on an Moderate, Strenuous or Technical walk . Remember, you may be confident walking 8 miles on a flat pavement, but walking 8 miles up a major peak may be a different matter.
What do I need to bring on a walk?
See the advice on our walks advice page.
Do you allow dogs on your walks?
Dogs are allowed on walks at the discretion of the walks leader – please check with the walks leader beforehand as some walks are simply not suitable for dogs, and in some cases (such as walks crossing farm land) dogs are completely prohibited. On walks, dogs are entirely the responsibility of the owner so make sure you are familiar with the countryside code in regards to walking with dogs. Also ensure that you are equipped for hiking with a dog (many walks do not have watering points along the route for example).
If a dog does cause a problem, the owner will be asked to leave the dog at home for future walks.
What if I don’t drive?
We usually aim to start the walk near a public transport starting point. If this isn’t the case you can try posting a message on the message board to see if you can get a lift with someone else from your area.