Halifax Rambling & Social Club

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Update Holiday Message from our new President

Dear all

It has come to our attention that quite a few of our members appear to be unaware of the collapse of the holding company incorporating Shearings and National Holidays a few months back.

Initially due to Corona, the effect for the club had been the cancellation by National Holidays of the March weekend with an offer from National to transfer the full amount of monies paid onto the October weekend. The weeks holiday in June also got cancelled due to Corona, members only having paid the deposit for that one. Our organisers had made all the participants aware of changes.

Then later, the news came that the holding company with all its trading subsidiaries had gone into administration.The companies are ABTA bonded and 2 claims on behalf of the club have been submitted to the Administrators by our organisers. We await to hear but have been made aware that it could be a lengthy process.

There has been a recent announcement that Ledger Holidays have taken on the Shearing name/ holidays and the latest news is that, per attached link, National Holidays appear to have found a new home as well. Of course none of the new owners will take on any previous liabilities as regards monies or future bookings. For the club that means, whatever the Corona situation there will not be an October 2020 weekend nor a March 2021 weekend as published in the current syllabus.

As you know it's difficult getting news around everyone at the moment without incurring additional postage costs. Could I please ask you to check with any club members you may come across that they are aware of the situation.

Any questions, please give me a call. Many thanks.





UPDATE – 8 July 2020


The Halifax Rambling and Social Club cannot promote any activities which do not comply with government advice.

As always, club members are responsible for their own safety particularly if they are considered clinically vulnerable (this includes everyone aged 70 or over) or extremely  vulnerable (previously described as shielding). A nominated carer will assume this role if the member is incapable of accepting this responsibility.

At present, no more than 6 people can meet together outdoors.

If the club organised walks, there would therefore be no more than the leader plus 5.

It is impossible to organise any booking system that would be fair and open to all our members.

The club therefore recommends that members either walk alone or organise their own ad hoc walks in groups of no more than 6. These will be at member’s own risk, not covered by the club’s insurance and unlikely to require emergency services.

Public transport is recommended only to be used for essential travel. Therefore, as far as possible, these walks should be in areas local to the walkers (or accessible by  members travelling individually by car). Drivers should not offer lifts to those outside their own household.

Walkers should try to keep 2 metre distancing between them  and if that is impossible at any point  on the walk then mitigations should be encouraged e.g. face coverings.

Consider the extent to which you should help others  e.g. stiles.

Respect the wider community e.g.

  1. Try to avoid gardens and farmyards
  2. Do not use  closed footpaths even if you don’t agree with the closure.
  3. Try to minimise contact with stiles and gates.

As indoor activities are restricted to even smaller groups, all indoor activities are still cancelled.



The 2020/21 syllabus is now available. To avoid unnecessary contact, until activities resume, these are only available by post, from the Club Treasurer, (£5.70 including postage) (£11.00 for 2 members living at the same address). Cheques payable to Halifax Rambling & Social Club.

Thank you to those who have renewed their membership.

Walk and Social club activities

All Club activities are still cancelled in accordance with government advice re coronavirus.

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 updates will be provided on this website and from Club officers and committee members.


Any queries - please ring our President, 

Ilona Akroyd on 01422 366649

Below are two sites which give updated information.

Click on links below  --  To stay on club site after you have finished select TAB at top of screen.


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 250 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.

Contact phone numbers.

Thursday Walks - 01422 833022  &  01274 815223

Saturday Walks - 01484 719814

Sunday Walks - 01484  387881

Contact information - 01422 205418

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.