(Last updated 27 November 2020)

Changes since 6 November update appear in RED

Walks will resume after the current lockdown ends on 2 December, subject to the restrictions announced by the government on 26 November and endorsed by Ramblers.

The latest tier allocations have placed the whole of West Yorkshire in Tier 3 (very high risk category) and North Yorkshire in Tier 2 (high risk). These categories are due to be reviewed every fortnight from 16 December but we are not expecting further relaxations until well into 2021.

People are advised they should not enter or leave Tier 3 areas, so until there is any change we need to avoid our walks starting from or crossing into North Yorkshire. This has led to some cancellations or changes for December.

Other conditions which apply to our walks (pre booking, track and trace details, no car sharing etc), are unchanged.


  • Whilst the government recently announced that social gatherings are restricted to a maximum of six people from 14 September, the Ramblers’ advice to walking groups confirms that organised walks are classed as “organised outdoor physical activity events” and as such are exempt from the latest restrictions. The legal maximum for these events remains at 30 people. Please see for more information. Social distancing practice is still required as before.
  • We want to give as many members as possible the chance to enjoy our walks safely, so are no longer imposing a set upper limit for all walks. Some walk leaders may feel they wish to adhere to the previous limit of six while others might be happy to take a party of ten or more, depending on the nature of the walk, so pre-booking will continue and all leaders will have the discretion to close bookings when they feel numbers have reached the maximum safe level for their walk.
  • As stated above, anyone wishing to attend a walk MUST contact the leader in advance to book a place and leave contact details. There is no start date so places can be booked before the monthly update is issued but you will need to confirm with the leader that the walk has not been altered or cancelled.
  • Leaders are required to record details of all members attending as they might need to be traced if any walker subsequently develops Covid-19 symptoms. After the walk, the leader must report names of those who attended and their contact details to the Syllabus Secretary who will retain them for this purpose for a minimum of three weeks.
  • Social distancing must be observed during the walk where possible, especially at gates, stiles, road crossing points and lunch/drink stops.
  • Face coverings must be worn on all buses and trains. Members should where possible check the bus & train times shortly before the walk as there have been frequent changes and times in the syllabus may not be up to date.
  • Car sharing is not permitted, either for car rambles or just to reach the start of any other walk. Car Rambles will show only the starting point and time of the walk.


No further coach trips are planned until next May and up to date arrangements will be advertised nearer the time.


We normally restart in October but the hall at St Columba’s is not yet available due to Covid restrictions. Slide Shows will be resumed as soon as circumstances permit.


We will continue to update the website towards the end of each month with the latest details of the following month’s events, and when there are any other major changes to the Covid-19 rules.

We also intend to notify the changes by email to all members who have supplied their details, so if you are happy for us to email you and we don’t yet have your contact details please let John Platts know and we will include you in the circulation. Not all members have access to the internet and it will not be possible to contact everyone individually each time, so if you know a member near you who cannot receive emails it will help if you can please make them aware of changes as they are announced.


A syllabus for January to June 2021 is being printed and will be circulated to all members during December along with the newsletter and AGM notice.




Forthcoming events for your Diary

12 January, 9th February, 13th April 2021
(Second Tuesday in alternate months)


Saturday Walks:
These are normally around 7 to 8 miles, unless a greater distance is stated, and are taken at a steady pace. On some Saturdays a separate 'D' walk is also arranged.

'D' Walks:
On alternate Saturdays, and on most Sunday Coach Trips, a 'D' walk will also be offered. These will be round about 5 miles, with very little ascent, and are taken at a leisurely pace.

Sunday 'A' Walks:
Usually strenuous full day walks around 13 to 17 miles. (Note: 'A' walks may be subject to change depending on the availability of transport).

Sunday 'B' Walks:
Less strenuous, no more than 15 miles but typically around 10 to 13 miles.

Sunday 'C' Walks:
Gentle walks, not more than 8 miles.

Coach Outings:
Coach Outings leave from King Street, opposite Metropole Hotel. A coach outing may combine 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D' walks, and may also be joined by members who simply wish to enjoy a day out in the town or area being visited.
Coaches will return from the destination at the times shown.
Members may reserve places by sending the full payment to Jim & Joan Armstrong (Tel: 0113 255 3591), no later than the Monday before departure, and stating where they wish to board the coach (see Pick Up Points below). Other members will be carried on a "first come, first served" basis and may board en route if the coach is not full, but seats cannot be saved for those who have not paid in advance.
Bookings will not be accepted more than one month in advance.

Car Rambles:
Due to current restrictions resulting from Covid-19, all car rambles in this syllabus are shown as meeting at the starting point of the walk. Times shown are the intended time to start walking. Please contact the leader beforehand to confirm your intention to attend and to check travel arrangements.

Slide Shows:
Slide Shows are held in the Small Hall, St. Columba's Church, Otley Road, Headingley at 7.30pm


(Different stops may apply for Club Weekends)
Members not joining at King Street MUST let Jim & Joan Armstrong know intended pick up point when booking.
On the return journey, members wanting the Bus Station may also be set down either in York Street or near The Playhouse.

8.45 Sandbeds Lane (former Godson depot)
9.00 King Street
then Library P.H., Woodhouse Moor
Headingley, opposite Arndale Centre
Ring Road, bus stop on Leeds side
Lawnswood, parade of shops
Start of Otley By Pass, Leeds side of roundabout

8.45 Sandbeds Lane
9.00 King Street
then Oakwood, Wetherby bus stop
Top of Wellington Hill, bus stop beyond Ring Road

ROUTE 3 (via YORK ROAD / A64)
8.45 Sandbeds Lane
9.00 King Street
then Oakwood, Wetherby bus stop
Seacroft, Red Lion P.H., York Road

ROUTE 4 (via M1 SOUTH) and 5 (via M621)
8.30 Sandbeds Lane
8.45 Oakwood, opposite Wetherby bus stop
9.00 King Street
then (Route 4 only) M1, Junction 41 slip road

8.45 Sandbeds Lane
9.00 King Street
then Oakwood, Roundhay Park bus stop
Moortown Corner, Harrogate bus stop
St. John's Church, Harrogate bus stop


1) Applications will not be considered valid until the booking deposit is received by the treasurer (i.e. telephone calls will not reserve a place until payment has been made).

2) Applying prior to the opening date will not guarantee acceptance. All valid applications received before the end of the date advertised for the opening of bookings will be treated equally. If this exceeds the number of places available, a draw will be made and the unsuccessful names will be placed on the waiting list. Priority will be given to those hosting the weekend or who have agreed to lead walks, also to any members who lost out in a previous draw for places. Subsequent applications received will be added to the waiting list.

3) If at the end of the opening date some places remain unfilled, further applications will be accepted (in strict order of receipt of deposits) until all places are taken, and then a waiting list will apply.

4) If any members cancel, their places will be offered to those at the top of the waiting list wherever possible. Where a weekend is fully booked and a replacement can be found, the member cancelling may be refunded.


These are not meant to restrict walkers’ enjoyment of the day out, but rather as guidelines intended to aid the comfort and safety of all members


You should be adequately equipped, wearing suitable footwear, and carrying clothing appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions which can change during the day.
The leader reserves the right not to accept into the party anyone he or she considers not to be adequately equipped.

All walkers must carry their own food, drink and spare clothing. A torch, whistle and basic first aid kit are also recommended, and a mobile phone could be useful in an emergency.

Enjoy the views, but always take particular care when crossing rough ground or in slippery or muddy conditions. Members and walkers are reminded that they attend walks in this syllabus at their own risk and that they are responsible for their own personal safety.

Choose a group which walks at a comfortable pace for you. If you are finding the walk too fast or too slow, try joining one of the other parties next time. The description in the front of the syllabus of the various walk categories gives a general indication of what to expect, but can only be an approximate guide.

Don’t get ahead of the leaders. They can’t be expected to chase after members who push on ahead and who may get separated from the party.

If you decide to leave the party during the walk, always tell the leader first.

Observe the country code. Fasten all gates, take care not to damage walls or fences and leave no litter.

Dogs are not permitted on any C.H.A. ramble.

Carry mobile phones for emergency use only. Their use during the walk can spoil the enjoyment of other members of the party - please be considerate.

And finally….
We are always open to new venues for walks and new leaders to take the pressure off the “old stalwarts.” If you think you could lead a walk (perhaps jointly with a more experienced member at first), please complete this slip and return to the relevant section organiser found on the Contact Us page.


(These notes apply to all walks, but are especially relevant to coach outings when members have a choice of walks and a late return could delay the other parties).

Try to verify the route prior to the day of the walk. If using public transport, check the bus or train times beforehand as they may have altered after the syllabus was printed.

Ensure the pace and length of the walk are appropriate to the group (i.e. A, B or C) and there is time to complete it without being late back.

Be prepared to shorten the walk if the party is slower than expected.

Always check numbers before setting off and at intervals during the walk.

Don’t lose the back of the party!   In poor visibility appoint a back marker and keep in touch regularly.

Allow adequate rest stops, particularly for slower walkers after they have caught up the main party.

Ensure all members have got back safely at the end of the walk.

When leading a walk for a coach trip, please liaise with the other leaders beforehand if possible to ensure the drop off and pick up arrangements are compatible.