Northallerton Ramblers

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Newsletters from our CEO

Vanessa Griffiths, our new Chief Exec, is writing a quarterly Newsletter which she is sending to Group Chairs and Secretaries. She wants all members of the Group to see her Newsletters. See the latest Newsletter - April 2017 which has some interesting stuff in it. Click on the links below to read ...

April 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter.

December 2016 Newsletter.


Alternative Sites and Green Space Consultation

This Important Consultation lasts from April 21st to 2nd June 2017.
John Marshall, our Footpaths Officer, has been notified by Hambleton District Council that they are consulting on a new Local Plan to accommodate new homes and jobs that are needed within Hambleton up to 2035. In response to a consultation in 2016, a potential 83 alternative development sites were suggested. In addition a further 148 potential greenspaces have also been identified.
John asks that members look at the local plan on the Hambleton District Council website (link below) and let him know of any Public Rights of Way within or near the proposed areas.
He advised that he is to visit Hambleton Council Offices soon to check proposed sites against the definitive map, but that interested members living close to such a site may have valuable local knowledge to help him.
John Marshall's phone number: 01642 701960
Copy of the letter from HDC to John Marshall
HDC Local Plan:

Phishing Alert

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You may have seen the information on our web site about this consultation which ends next Sunday 19th March.
To look at the consultation itself , including a map of prioritised paths go to the NYCC website
John Marshall Footpath Officer Hambleton and myself as Footpath Officer Richmondshire have prepared the response on behalf of the Group. We will send it to NYCC alongside the on line survey response. It is quite a complicated somewhat technical response response which includes advice from Ramblers HQ.
You will see we have significant concerns about the impact of the proposals and would urge you to respond as individuals. You can use material from our response but, in simple terms we think the key points to make in the few parts of the survey where text can be entered are:
- Most countryside paths in Hambleton and Richmondshire have being given the lowest priority jeopardising all walks beyond the few urban areas.
- The same path has been given different priorities with virtually all walks between villages having a large part classified as "low priority".
- Giving a path low priority does not remove NYCC's statutory duty to keep that path useable.
- The system is complex meaning too much time will be spent "prioritising" and too little "doing the work". The addition of a community value factor will add to those complexities.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or John to discuss this or to comment on the Group response.
George Bateman
Sent: 11/03/2017 20:27:57

Broadcaster, writer and journalist Stuart Maconie has been named as our new president!

The keen walker and advocate of walkers’ rights is well known for his weekday BBC6 Music show Radcliffe and Maconie, his books, including The Pie At Night: In Search of the North at Play and Never Mind the Quantocks and for having climbed all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District.

Big Pathwatch - 14 November 2016

The Big Pathwatch reveals 59,000 problems on our path network.
14 November 2016
Pathwatch campaign
The Ramblers has today, 14 November 2016, released the results of the Big Pathwatch, the nation’s biggest ever footpath survey.

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The Summer Extravaganza Event 18th July 2017

We need to plan for the number of members wishing to come to the above event at our house in Long Street, Thirsk so that we know the number of people to cater for.
Please can you let me know if you are intending to come to our Summer Extravaganza event by emailing me at geoffrey.fieldhouse@btinternet,com 
I will also require £6.00 to go towards the cost of catering off each person who wishes to attend. Regarding anything else we require help with, ie chairs etc, we will let everyone know closer to the date. Regarding the £6.00, if you could give this to me when you next see me out walking with the group that would be most helpful.
Thank you to those of you who have already informed me that you are coming.
Kind regards, Geoff

Changes to Walks

Click here for Walks Program


For details, refer to the Walk Program.

Friday, April 28, 2017