Northallerton Ramblers

Working for Walkers

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions people ask about walking with our group. If you have any further queries please contact the Secretary, Walk Secretary, Chairman or any committee member.

Where do you walk?

Any public footpaths within a reasonable drive of Northallerton. We normally walk in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors countryside and sometimes offer urban walks of special interest.

When do you walk?

Our main walking programme is on Thursday of each week when one or two walks are offered. We assemble by 9.45 a.m. to be ready to walk at 10.00 a.m. During the summer months there is also a Tuesday evening programme of pub walks. Occasionally we have family walk days.

We also organise short breaks of 3 or 4 nights somewhere in the UK once or twice a year as well as a weeklong walking holiday once a year.  

Full details of our walking programme appear on this website.

How far will the walk be?

On Thursday there is usually one walk of between 8 and 12 miles and a second walk (if one is offered) of up to 7 miles. In the winter months the walks are generally shorter due to less daylight hours.
Tuesday evening pub walks are around five miles.

Will I be fit enough?

A good level of general fitness is sufficient. Returning walkers or members new to walking may find it better to chose easier walks to begin with and then progress as stamina builds.

How hard are the walks?

Our walks are graded Easy, Moderate and Strenuous. A description of each walk appears on the website. It is always possible to contact the walk leader with any specific queries about a particular walk.

What should I wear?

Sturdy walking boots and socks, a seasonal hooded jacket/fleece, trousers, (avoiding denim – not good if it gets wet). Bring waterproofs and some spare clothing including a hat and gloves, especially in winter.

What should I bring?

A day rucksack containing sufficient food and drink to take you through the day. On day walks we typically have a coffee/snack break mid morning – most people take a flask. At lunchtime we stop for a packed lunch. You will need to carry enough water taking into account the temperature and length of walk. Bring your own first aid kit and any medication you normally require. In summer it is a good idea to carry sun cream.

How do I join a walk?

Telephone the walk leader by the Wednesday evening prior to the Thursday or by Monday evening for the Tuesday evening walk to say you will be joining the walk. Telephone numbers are on the walk programme.

How do I get to the start?

Members usually travel to walks by car and we encourage members to car share where possible. Details of car share arrangements can be obtained from committee members or the walk leader. The starting point of the walk including the grid reference and postcode is included in the information on the walks programme.

Will I need a map?

Only if you wish. The walk leader will have a map as these are guided walks.

Can I bring children?

We encourage children to join our family walks. For other walks check with the leader first as the walks are planned with adults in mind and the terrain and pace may not be suitable for children. The adult that accompanies a child/children is responsible for their safety and behaviour.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Although many of our members are dog lovers and own dogs, it has been decided in the light of experience not to include dogs on our walks. (RADA dogs excepted).

Can I try a walk before joining Northallerton Ramblers?

Please do! You are welcome to join us for a couple of walk after which we hope you would join Ramblers. Details of our walk programme appear on our Northallerton Ramblers website 

How do I join Northallerton Ramblers?

Ramblers Association headquarters deal with all membership enquiries. You can join Ramblers online at or alternatively you can ask any member of Northallerton Ramblers committee for a membership form to complete and post to Ramblers HQ.You can specify which local Ramblers group you wish to join. If you do not make a specific request you will be assigned to a group nearest your postcode.

Are there extra benefits from Ramblers?

There are discounts on clothing and equipment from walking shops. Some supermarket clubcard points can be used to pay for membership of Ramblers. Members can join any Ramblers Group walks anywhere in the country and other groups who have a walk in this area. Details of all walks runs by Ramblers can be found on the Ramblers Website.

What Else do Ramblers do?

Ramblers is a campaigning charity for protecting our National network of footpaths. Each group has a Footpath Officer who deals with all footpath issues. In our group this covers most of the Hambleton area.

Join the Ramblers

As a Ramblers Member you can ralogo200x157
  • be part of Britain’s biggest walking charity
  • join a community of over 110,000 members
  • enjoy a wide range of membership benefits
  • choose from 38,000 led walks a year across England, Scotland and Wales
  • help us continue our charitable work to protect Britain’s footpaths and promote walking
Saturday, January 19, 2019