• Nidderdale Charity Walk

    Sunday 7th May 2017

    The 2017 walk will be the 24th annual charity walk organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate and the third hosted by Ripley Castle after a very successful 2016 event.

    There are four walks - a five, ten and twenty mile walk and an assisted walk - they all (mainly) follow the route of the established Nidderdale Way and, as previously, all sponsorship monies raised by entrants are for their own charities. To date, well over £800,000 has been raised this way.

    Registering to take part in the event can be via this website. Booking in starts at 7am on the day of the event, with all routes to be completed by 6pm.

  • Ripley Castle

    For the third year running Ripley Castle will be the focal point for the start and finish of the Nidderdale Walks in 2017

    Once again, our thanks are due to Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby and the staff at Ripley Castle for their help and support in organising the walks.

    In the video Sir Thomas talks about the Walks and particularly his participation in the 20 mile walk.

    Ripley Castle and Gardens is situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out. The house and grounds are set in a beautiful location that provides a magnificent backdrop to the Nidderdale Walks.

  • The Walks

    There are 4 Walks - choose which is best for you

    5 Mile Walk

    Hampsthwaite, Clint and Holly Bank Woods

    This walk is ideal for family walkers (but not for pushchairs). The route takes in the lower stretches of the river Nidd and the village of Hampsthwaite.

    From Ripley the route follows the path of the 10 / 20 mile walks to Holly Bank Woods and then continues up the minor roadway to Clint Bank. From this point there are superb views across Nidderdale. It proceeds down the grassy hillside through the gate to walk into the village by the old stone river bridge and past the church. Ignoring the right turn way-markers, for the 10/20 mile walkers, the 5 mile walk continues up Church Lane to the school on the left, close to the village green.

    Turning left down the path at the side of the school, beside a tiny stream, the walk returns to Ripley, passing under the A61 by an underpass and then crossing the same road by the pegasus crossing and back into Ripley village.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Walk.

    10 Mile Walk

    Birstwith, Shawmills and Holly Bank Woods

    This is a challenging walk taking in beautiful villages and magnificent countryside

    The beginning of the walk follows the Nidderdale Way through Hollybank Wood - noted for its spectacular display of bluebells - then to Clint, Hampsthwaite and follows the banks of the River Nidd to the ancient Packhorse Bridge beyond the village of Birstwith.

    At this half way point the path crosses fields to our checkpoint. Cross the Pateley Bridge road and upwards to Shaw Mills then return via Bedlam following the side of the walled park back to Ripley.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Walk.

    20 Mile Walk

    Glasshouses and Brimham Rocks

    If you want a long distance, challenging route then this is the route for you.

    From Ripley the walk takes the same path as the 10 mile walk via Hampsthwaite to the Packhorse Bridge at Birstwith. From here you follow the Nidderdale Way through the village of Summerbridge onto Glasshouses. The halfway check point in the village school allows you to rest awhile before returning to follow the path that leads to the edge of the National Trust gem - Brimham Rocks. Here the Nidderdale area of outstanding natural beauty can be seen from the high vantage points. You then pick up Nidderdale Way and the route takes you to Shaw Mills and then onwards to finish at Ripley.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Walk.

    Assisted Walk

    Ripley Castle Grounds

    The assisted walk is designed for those who have a disability and for their carers and supporters as the route is wheel chair friendly. A reserved parking space for special vehicles will be available next to the Castle entrance.

    The walk will start at the Castle entrance and pass along the castle terrace then forward to the wooded area. There are tremendous views across the lake on the way to many features of the garden - the icehouse, the temple, the hot house and, of course, the magnificent walled garden and kitchen garden.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Walk.

  • Essential Information

    If you intend to take part in one of the Walks it is essential that you download the following documents:

    • Walk Terms & Conditions Leaflet - Please read  so that you fully understand the terms & conditions in relation to the Walks.
    • Walk Information Leaflet - Provides essential information for walkers.
    • Sponsorship Form - To use to record and sign up your sponsors.
    • The Registration / Contact Form - Please complete and sign this form and bring it with you on the day of the Walk.

  • Walk Maps

    If you would like a copy of the Walk Maps (A4) please click on the download button below.

  • Entry Fees

    Secure payment can be made on-line by going to the Payment page below

    Entry Fees

    in cash5, 10 and 20 MILE WALKS:

    • Adult:                        £8.00
    • Child 6-15 years      £3.00
    • Child under 6           Free
    • Family: (2 Adults with 1 or more children or 1 Adult with 3 or more children): £16.00  (Must be members of the same family)


    • Individual: £3.00 (Carers free)

    If you do not wish to pay on-line - payment may be made on the day of the walk (in cash) but please complete and submit the registration form below so that we know who will be taking part.

    (Please note: Payment on the day will incur an additional £1 per person)

  • Walk Registration

    To register to take part in one of the Nidderdale Charity Walks please complete the form below and provide details of all the people in your party that will be taking part. When completed you will receive an email acknowledgement.


    Once you have completed registration go to the payment page to make secure payment via PayPal, Please note that you do not have to be registered with PayPal to use their service - you can use your debit / credit card through the Secure PayPal service.

  • Payment on Line

    Payment is made via PayPal - the secure on-line payment system

    Don't worry if you do not have a PayPal account you can still make secure payment via PayPal using your debit or credit card. Please ensure you have submitted your completed Registration Form

  • Contact Us

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by completing the enquiry form below.

    Rotary Club of Harrogate
    Ascot House Hotel, Kings Road,
    Harrogate. HG1 5HJ
    Brian Stuttard on 07808 094707
  • Sponsors

    We would like to express our grateful thanks to our sponsors for their support

    (Clicking on the photos will take you to the individual sponsor's website)

    Rotary Club of Harrogate

    c/o Ascot House Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate. HG1 5HJ

    The Rotary Club of Harrogate is one of the longest established in the United Kingdom with a record of over ninety years continuous service to the town of Harrogate and the wider community, during which it has sponsored four other Rotary Clubs. It is especially noted for its contribution to the environmental movement in Rotary International. Amongst its many current enterprises is the provision and management of twenty-seven units of accommodation for people of fifty-five and over with limited means (Harrogate Flower Fund Homes) and the organisation of the Nidderdale Charity Walk which has raised over £800,000 for local charities.

    Visiting Rotarians are welcome to attend club meetings, which are held on Monday evenings (5.30pm for 6.00pm) at Ascot House Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate. HG1 5HJ Telephone 01423 567344

    Ripley Castle

    Ripley Village, Harrogate

    Ripley Castle and Gardens is situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location and makes for a magnificent backdrop to the Nidderdale Walks.

    The Castle is owned by Ingilby family who are one of the ten oldest families in the country still in the same residence and celebrated 700 years of history in the castle in 2009.

    Consequently there are fascinating stories to be told about the Castle and its inhabitants and because it has belonged to the same family for 26 generations, Ripley’s colourful and sometimes gruesome history is well documented.

    Once you have visited this fascinating Castle there are then the delights of the magnificent gardens and grounds and the surrounding village.

    Boars Head, Ripley

    Ripley Village, Harrogate

    The Boar's Head is a beautiful old Coaching Inn. It is part of the Ripley Castle Estate and one of the Great Inns of Britain and is located in the unique and historic village of Ripley on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    Visitors to the Boar's Head can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in luxurious and historic surroundings. Bedrooms are individually decorated and the Dining Room and Bar Bistro serve excellent cuisine in lovely surroundings to both residents and non-residents.

    Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Snug and Bar Bistro.

    Ripley Village is based on a French model village and has unique architecture. The village boasts lots of interesting things to see including quality food shops, a local farm shop, Post Office, florists, where pre-ordered flowers can be purchased, and an Art Gallery.

    The Walking Englishman


    Mike Brockhurst, known as the Walking Englishman, has dedicated himself to providing a free walking resource website that exists to inspire you to go out walking in the countryside of Great Britain. His greatest wish is to get people out walking in the rich and varied countryside in our country and enjoy walking in the beautiful surroundings at our disposal. He has a passion for walking and want to share it.

    On the website he has provided all grades of walk for young to old, beginners to experienced, so everyone can have a go at finding a walk on the website to suit themselves. Go on, take a walk. And anyone who cannot find a walk for themselves can contact him and he will always help and try to find one suitable. His motto is : "Enjoy your walking."

    Mike has been a tremendous help in planning the Nidderdale Walks and developing the Walk Maps, which can be downloaded from this site.

    You can visit his website by double clicking on the photograph on the right.

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