Halifax Rambling & Social Club

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Year End Message From the President and Committee. 

Dear Members


I recently read:- This year will not be difficult to remember. Most of us have not lived through many years where supermarkets have had to ration toilet rolls.


It has been a difficult year for the club and its members. Who would have imagined that in terms of walking,  after nine months we still have not moved on from groups of six. The Virus did not leave us unscathed. Some members unfortunately contracted the Virus, leaving some of them with ongoing health issues. We were sad to learn of some deaths.


A large part of our walking fraternity enjoy the social interaction that comes with group walking. In Autumn, the Ramblers gave the go ahead for some controlled official walking activities. Our Thursday secretary John Radcliffe immediately put in place the necessary administrative arrangements to organise some safe test walks. A very big thank you is due to John for all his detailed work and to his volunteer leaders and co-leaders :- Jeanne Clatworthy, Mike Foster, Phillip Hellawell, Rod Shaw, Pauline Brook, Brian Clatworthy, Tricia Stuart, Ian Stuart, Pamela Whitaker-Barnes;  these are members who have already led walks before the latest lock down. Also, in anticipation a thank you to Harry Edney, Angela Dwyer, Sheila Wright, Ann Huckman and Peter Rushton for planning to organise & lead 2 walks from mid January onwards.  John would dearly like to hear from members with further offers for walks into the New Year. Please contact him in the usual way as soon as you can.


Behind the scenes your committee have been very active to keep the club business going. So much more torturous when it all has to be done via Zoom, phone calls or email. A thank you also goes to Mike Foster. His regular Risk Assessment Profiles – reflecting the affect Government Corona Rules and Regulations have on all aspects of club activities – thus keeping walk secretaries and committee members up-to-date enabling them to advise membership,  has been invaluable.


Sadly we have had to miss out on Gillian Highleys’ superb programme for club night entertainment as well as our annual Christmas lunch and dinner. Our walk secretaries and Pauline, Gillian and Kevin are currently busy with the massive tasks of compiling the syllabus for 2021/22. Thank you to all those members who have agreed to transfer this years walks onto the next syllabus.


Given the clubs demographics, the role out of the vaccination programme may enable most of us to  hopefully walk safely together again by late Spring.  However, one thing the Virus has repeatedly demonstrated over the last nine months,  it is totally unpredictable. So, it’s fingers crossed and no definite plans as yet!


The final thank you goes to our webmaster Kevin; via the club website he has managed to keep you informed of club activities throughout this year.


Wishing you all a safe Christmas 2020 and good health and very best wishes for 2021


Ilona and the Committee

******     Members  Notices    *****


5 JANUARY 2021

Dear Members


Social Activities

All club nights in the current syllabus are cancelled.

Walking Activities

All advertised walks in the current syllabus are still suspended.

We are now unable to continue with our occasional walks until March 2021 at the earliest.

When we are able to resume these, information will be provided on the website.

They will only resume when they can be undertaken safely in accordance with the relevant advice, including all socially distancing requirements. This includes use of public transport.



Any exercise you undertake is restricted to once a day and within your local area, defined as your village, town or part of city. Travel to exercise is restricted to the same area.

If you are clinically vulnerable (i.e. with a listed underlying health condition) or over 60 you are advised to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

The 2020/21 syllabus is still available.

 To avoid unnecesary contact, these are only available by post from the Club Treasurer. The cost is £5.70 including postage or £11.00 for two members living at the same address. Cheques to be payable to Halifax Rambling & Social Club. 

Our next syllabus

 It is the Committee's intention to repeat the walks in this year's syllabus for 2021/22 on the equivalent day. If you do not wish to lead your walk or would require an alternative date then please contact the relevant walk secretary. 

Contact phone numbers. 

Thursday Walks - 01422 330723 & 01274 815223 

Saturday Walks - 01484 719814 

Sunday Walks - 01484 387881 

Contact information - 01422 205418


We're a friendly and sociable group of people from all walks of life, who all have one thing in common - a love of walking.

We walk every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday all year round and hold a club night each month October to March.

We always welcome newcomers to come and try our walks and there is no reason to be put off if you are on you own. Walking in a group is a good way to meet other people.

The club is made up of around 200 members, and our base is Calderdale and surrounding area.

Join us for a Walk

You don't have to be a member to join a walk to see if it's for you.

You can try up to two walks before deciding to join the club

We have a full years syllabus Thursday, Saturday and Sunday all leader lead.

Membership per annum Adults  £5.00

Children under 16   £2.50

How fit do I need to be

We offer a range of walks from 4 to 14 miles.

A general level of fitness is required, however, all walks are graded to help you decide which would be OK for you. Start easy and work up the scale.


A suitable pair of walking boots/shoes, warm and waterproof clothing, a rucksack and a packed lunch/drink is all you need to get you started.


What characteristics do I need?

Just a sense of adventure and some humour and don't mind getting wet or muddy at times.

We walk in sun, wind, rain and snow and say there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes.


Will all walkers please be considerate to other members of the public, when waiting at bus stops or geting on/off the bus.

It's the club's good name that will be tarnished.

How do I call Mountain Rescue

1- Dial 999 or 112

2 - Ask for Police (there is no specific Mountain Rescue option)

3 -Be ready to give a CHALET report.

C -   Casualties  How many, ages, type of injuries etc.

H -   Hazards  For example, strong winds, potential rock fall.

A -   Access   The name of area or mountain, specific paths and landscape features.

L -   Location   How to find you - a grid reference or co-ordinates plus a description of area.

E -   Equipment  What do you have at the scene?  Torches, Shelter, First aid kit.

T -   Type  Give a description of the cause and if possible time of incident.