Halifax Rambling & Social Club


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 getting on/off the bus.

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

******     Members  Notices    *****

As a result of the impact of Covid bus companies are making changes to their timetables so buses may be less frequent.

Where this impacts on walk details, it is possible some walks will be delayed beyond the advertised times. 

These changes should be notified on previous walks. 

Where a specific bus time is mentioned the walks page on this website should show the revised bus time and walk start time

Presidents Message

Dear Members, long standing and new

One of my final paragraphs in last years address referred to the hope that the role out of the vaccination programme would perhaps enable most of us to walk safely together by late Spring. After a grim start to the year we gradually saw an improvement in cases which eventually allowed us to restart group walking at the beginning of the new syllabus on 3rd June 2021.In the first two months we still had to observe restrictions in group numbers, have a pre booking system, cancel &/or replace some walks.

Towards the end of July restrictions were lifted and enabled us to hold our first face to face Committee meeting in 18 months. It also meant that the annual Long Walk followed by dinner at the Stubbing Wharf and the Pie & Pea supper walk in early August could go ahead. From September we resumed club nights which, after popular request, are now changed to club afternoons. Please note that the 4th January 2022 meeting is cancelled and we look forward to your continued support on the 1st February.


Planning has started for a club weekend in early October 2022. We are awaiting final confirmation from the travel company and details will be announced to all members in the annual newsletter and the new syllabus for 22/23.


The walk secretaries are busy putting together walks and activities for the new syllabus. We still need offers to lead walks to be able to have a full programme across all our walking days in 2022/23. Please make it your New Years resolution to offer at least one walk and contact the relevant secretary, their details are published in the front of your current syllabus.


 Over recent months we saw glimpses of normality returning to our lives. The turn out for walks started to resemble pre-covid times. We were able to gather for a successful Saturday Christmas walk and dinner at the Stubbing Wharf, thank you Pauline for organising. Christmas lunch at the Stump Cross had a very good turn out which helped conductor Anne to get a rousing response to her Christmas carol sheets. Christine and Jean, thank you for organising the meal and the raffle.


It has been another busy year for the Committee balancing Government Corona Rules and Regulations with the understandable desire of members to break free and socialise and walk without restrictions. Without the dedication and hard work of all the officers and members on the committee we would not be able to run a successful club and my thanks go to all of them for their support. I would say that we have achieved our main aim for the end of this year: – to rebuild the club and return to normal club activity.


We were sad to learn of the death of some of our members and also of the death of members close relatives during this last year. Our thoughts are with them.


I have delayed the Christmas/New Year message this year and you all can guess why – the last three weeks have seen a rapid change of Covid messages from the NHS and Government in light of steeply rising case numbers. The unpredictability and mutations of the virus (whatever its latest name is) are still with us and all we can recommend is to revert back to some parts of the previous drill when asked and where appropriate. Be alert to national announcements.


Thank you to webmaster Kevin, who as usual has managed to keep you informed of club news and events.


 Wishing you all a safe Christmas 2021 and a healthy and happy walking year for 2022


Ilona and the Committee


Sat 22nd Jan   Bat before Dark    --  WALK CANCELLED

Club Nights are moving to afternoons

Tuesday 1st Febuary 2022 at 2.00 pm  Odfellows Hall (downstairs)

Details to be confirmed.  Contact Gillian

Tuesday 1st March 2022 at 2.00 pm  Odfellows Hall (downstairs)

Talk by Rob Hamilton about Stott Family from Elland.

Halifax Bus Station redevelopment works 

The bus station will be partially closed from Sunday 5th September. A large number of services will be affected and starting points and alighting stops are changing. Please check if your routes, in particular for any planned walks are subject to changes.

 A printed leaflet is available at the bus station office, the Courier website or you can also refer online to:- https://www.wymetro.com/plan-a-journey/travel-news/bus-travel-alerts/halifaxbusstationwork.

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Have a look at past syllabus


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.