Photos are in Gallery 2019


    Have a look at our FaceBook page - The link is just above.


    The event happened! Nearly 250 people took part on what turned out to be a lovely day, little wind, no rain and some sunshine. Everyone completed their chosen course and two people actually walked 15 miles when they had signed up for only 8! Well done them!


    In the autumn this website will be cleared down and setup for 2020.

  • Nidderdale Charity Walk

    Sunday 19th May 2019

    For the first time, we have partnered with the Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity to organise this event. Profits from the entry fees will go to HHandCC and Rotary charities. They will promote the events amongst their supporters. For more information about the excellent work HHandCC do, please visit their website at www.hdft.nhs.uk/hhcc.


    2019 will be the 26th anniversary of the highly successful and popular Nidderdale charity walk organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate. It marks the return to Pateley Bridge as our starting point with the walks taking participants into upper Nidderdale.

    The whole purpose of the Walks is to raise money for charities and, as in previous years, all sponsorship monies raised by walkers are for the benefit of their own nominated charities. To date, walkers have raised over £800,000, which is an amazing achievement. The entry fees paid by entrants will be used by HHandCC and in aid of local charities supported by the Rotary Club of Harrogate.

    In 2019, there will be five walks - of approximately four, eight, fifteen, twenty two and twenty six miles. The walk routes all start from Pateley Bridge. The eight mile walk heads south west to Coldstones Cut whilst the others head up Nidderdale towards, and for some beyond, Lofthouse.

    Registration to take part in the event can be made on line with payment via debit / credit card or via PayPal.

    We wish to thank our patrons for their support and, of course, would welcome further patrons for this excellent and established event. (If you are interested in being a patron, please contact us using the contact form below.)

    In 2019 there will also be a 26 mile run. The number of runners will be limited to 90. Further information and a registration form can be found at www.runnidderdale.com.

  • Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity

    Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity funds specialist equipment, training and services, going above and beyond the provision of the NHS to help improve treatment and facilities for all departments and services at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. We are delighted to partner with The Rotary Club of Harrogate for the 2019 Nidderdale Walk.


    We raise funds and help make a difference across all areas of the Trust. Recently we funded a refurbishment of our Children’s Outpatients Department costing £75,000. With the support of local businesses, individuals, other charities and fundraising groups we were able to transform the ambience of the department with a new woodlands theme, new toys and lighting making it a much better place for children coming in for appointments. In addition to this, the refurbishment has enabled us to increase the capacity which will enable us to increase the number of patients that can be seen from 9,000 to 15,000 a year.


    In addition to this, we have just officially launched our new Nuclear Medicine Gamma Scanner within the radiology department. The Symbia Intevo Bold Spect/CT is one of only 21 in the World and just the 3rd in the UK. This top of the range ‘Gamma Scanner’ is a diagnostic tool used to examine how well an organ, or part of the body, is working. The new scanner is already improving the comfort and experiences of patients. It delivers a faster and higher quality of diagnostic imaging and is used to diagnose a wide range of conditions including cancer and rheumatology.

  • The Retcam3

    We are currently working with the ophthalmology department to raise over £85,000 for a new Retcam3 imaging system. This state of the art camera takes high resolution images of the back of children’s eyes and enables consultants detect a range of eye problems including retinopathy of prematurity, and helps to prevent blindness in premature babies. The camera can also be used for babies and children for diagnosing other eye conditions such as retinoblastoma, a rare type of cancer, and can also be used to detect shaken baby syndrome and can be used as evidence of such.

    Belmont Grosvenor School

    Thanks to the amazing support of the pupils and PTA of Belmont Grosvenor School in Birstwith, we are in the process of refurbishing the play and activity room within our Woodlands Children’s Ward. This will make it a brighter and more interactive environment for children of all ages. In addition to this we are in the process of designing a full refurbishment of the outside activity area on the ward too. This will provide an attractive outside space which can be used by children and young people, whatever their age, and will incorporate space for both play and relaxation.

    If you would like to raise funds for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, please do get in touch with us for a fundraising pack by email hhcc@hdft.nhs.uk or call us on 01423 555641.

  • The Walks for 2019

    There are 5 Walks - choose which is best for you. All walks will be signposted.

    4 Mile Walk


    This walk is ideal for family walkers (but not for pushchairs). The route takes walkers along the Nidderdale vallley to the hamlet of Wath.

    From Pateley Bridge the route follows the path of the 15 / 22 / 26 mile walks along the Nidderdale Way. In two miles the hamlet of Wath is reached. Shortly after leaving Wath, take a path to the right (east) which leads up the hillside and back round to the Nidderdale way near the hotel at Wath. Follow the Nidderdale Way back into Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Walk.

    8 Mile Walk

    Ramsgill/Bouthwaite not Coldstones Cut

    Due to a local motor event, this walk now follows the route of the 15 mile walk as far as Ramsgill/Bouthwaite.

    15 Mile Walk

    Ramsgill and Lofthouse

    If you want a medium distance route then this is the route for you.

    From Pateley Bridge, the walk takes the same path as the 4 mile walk via Wath and Gouthwaite reservoir to the village of Bouthwaite. Turn left to Ramsgill. Cross the river and follow the Nidderdale Way to Lofthouse where there will be a checkpoint. It is expected that there will be drinks and biscuits here. Return on the east side of the river to Bouthwaite and continue much the way you came to finish at Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Walk.

    22 and 26 Mile Walks

    Scar House Reservoir

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

    From Pateley Bridge, the walk takes the same path as the 15 mile walk via Wath, Bouthwaite, Ramsgill and Lofthouse where there will be a checkpoint. It is expected that there will be drinks and biscuits here. Turn north in Lofthouse and walk on the right side of the River Nidd up past Thwaite House and Summerstone Lodge. Continue to the Scar House reservoir dam where the 22 mile walkers cross the dam whilst the 26 milers walk around the reservoir. Return over In Moor to Middlesmoor and re-enter Lofthouse. After calling at the checkpoint, continue on the east side of the river to Bouthwaite and return much the way you came to finish at Pateley Bridge.

    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 - Please read so that you fully understand the terms & conditions in relation to the Walks.
    • Walk Information - Provides essential information for walkers.
    • 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 and a more detailed description of the routes,

    please click on the appropriate button.

    These maps will open under a new tab.

  • The 8 mile route is now the first part of the 15 mile route, as far as Ramsgill/Bouthwaite.

  • Entry Fees

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

    Entry Fees

    8, 15, 22 and 26 MILE WALKS:

    • Adult:                        £10.00
    • Child 6-15 years      £4.00
    • Child under 6           Free
    • Family: (2 Adults with 1 or more children or 1 Adult with 3 or more children): £20.00  (Must be members of the same family)

    4 MILE WALK:

    • Adult:                        £6.00
    • 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): £12.00  (Must be members of the same family)

    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 in the 'Walk Documents 2019' above so that we know who will be taking part.

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

  • 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 on 07808 094707
  • Patrons

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

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


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    Our roots in the local property market go back decades. We have bought, sold and rented property of every kind, in every economic climate and so we have an informed view of what is realistic and achievable: in other words, how to get the maximum return.

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    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 wants to share it.

    On the website he has provided all grades of walks from 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.

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

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    Lloyd Motor Group is an award-winning organisation which began in 1976 and now has eight franchises across 21 dealerships representing: BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI and Volvo, plus BMW Motorrad and Honda Motorcycles.

    Listed in the top dealer groups by Automotive Management, Lloyd Motor Group provides a prestige buying experience from modern, state-of-the-art retail centres located throughout the North of England and the South of Scotland.

    As part of the Lloyd Motor Group, our Lloyd Land Rover Ripon Retail Centre is the perfect place in which to choose your new or used Land Rover. With friendly and professional team led by Head of Business David McIntyre, we are here to help you select and enjoy your vehicle, offering expert advice and support throughout your ownership.

    You can visit his website by clicking on the image on the left.

    Rudding Park Hotel and Spa


    Rudding Park Hotel and Spa have very kindly offered a 'Spa for Two' experience for one lucky entrant in either the Nidderdale Walk 2019 or the Run Nidderdale 2019. To qualify for this draw you must enter online before the event and take part. On-the-day entrants will not qualify. All qualifying entrants will be automatically entered into this draw. The winner will be notified on the day.

    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

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  • Raising Sponsorship

    Tips for Raising Sponsorship


    The whole rationale for the Nidderdale Walks is to provide a vehicle to enable enthusiastic walkers to raise sponsorship monies for their favourite charities. Whist we appreciate that fundraising is a challenge in itself, it can be fun and very rewarding if you plan it right. Before you start, think about...

    • How much can you raise?
    • Set yourself a realistic fundraising target.
    • Your supporters will be impressed by your determination and more likely to reward your efforts.
    • Who will sponsor you?
    • Think about all the people you know and split them into groups. For example: Family – immediate and wider, their friends.
    • Friends – from school, university, clubs, other organisations, online social networks.
    • Work – current and former colleagues, customers, suppliers.
    • Community – pub, church, local shops.

    Then think about how likely all these people are to sponsor you, and how much they might donate – you’ll soon see if your sponsorship target is achievable.

    Why don’t you...use your friends as promoters to fundraise on your behalf?


    Fundraising Online

    Online fundraising is fast, easy, and safe. It lets you promote your challenge, contact all your supporters in one go, and raise funds securely. There are a number of online fundraising sites but perhaps the best known is www.justgiving.com



    Promoting your challenge is key to maximising your fundraising efforts. You need to decide who you want to tell, what you want to tell them, and how.

    Think about the use of social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. Keep people interested in what you’re doing. What you are planning. How training is going. Let them see that you’re working hard and towards a goal, and keep it fun and friendly.


    AND FINALLY ----- Good luck