No decisions have yet been made about the Walk & Run for 2021.


    However, we are determined that the event will go ahead, whether it is a virtual event where you walk where and whenever you wish and record your distances walked, or a real life event like 2019!


    In 2020 we held a virtual event and some money was raised for good causes.


    Below I have left the 2020 website as it was so you can see the details. If we have a real event in 2021, then the details will be much the same.

  • The 2020 Virtual Event

    The 2020 event is now a 'Do-It-Yourself' event!!


    Walk wherever you can and record your distances.


    When you have reached your target, email us at


    stating your First Name, Surname, Distance Walked and Charity Supported

    and we will email you your certificate!


    See our Facebook page for any further details and news.

    (The FaceBook link is at the top of this page.)


    Your charity needs your support!


    News will be published on our FaceBook page when it is available.


    The detail pages are still available below, but the payment pages have been removed.


    If you have any questions, please use the contact page below.

  • Nidderdale Charity Walk & Run

    Sunday 10th May 2020

    2020 will be the 27th anniversary of the highly successful and popular Nidderdale charity event organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate. Again, Pateley Bridge is our starting point with the routes taking participants into upper Nidderdale.


    The sole purpose of this Rotary event is to provide you with well organised, way marked walks with checkpoints along the way to enable you to raise money for your own charities. We do preparation….you raise sponsorship and walk (or run)!


    To date, over £880,000 has been raised by participants, which is an amazing achievement. The entry fees paid will be used to cover our costs and the excess will go to local charities supported by the Rotary Club of Harrogate.


    There will be five routes - of approximately four, eight, fifteen, twenty two and twenty six miles. The routes all start from Pateley Bridge Scout Hall and 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. All online entrants will automatically be entered into the draw for the 'Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two' generously donated by Rudding Park Hotel and Spa.


    The event will be open to runners and walkers who may complete whichever length route they wish. Numbers are not limited. Further information and a registration form can be found below.


    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.)

  • We are supporting these local Charities ......... and these local charities are supporting this event ...... and encouraging their supporters to enter.

    These charities will help with the on-the-day organisation and will receive a donation from the Rotary club.


    Click on their logo to visit their website.

    Harrogate Hospital & Communities 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.

    Kidney Research Yorkshire

    Kidney Research Yorkshire was founded in 1970 to support research to improve the lives adults and children who suffer from a variety of kidney disorders.

    We fund projects all over Yorkshire, the Humber and beyond, supporting research which aims to improve diverse areas of kidney disease and it’s treatment.

    We rely on voluntary donations, our fundraisers and the legacies that we receive, without which, we would not be able to do what we do to make a positive difference to kidney patients and their families.

  • We are supporting these Charities

    as well as the ones above

    Click on their logo to visit their website.

    Giggle Doctors

    The Theodora Children’s Charity was founded in Switzerland by the Poulie brothers almost 30 years ago and has been operating in the UK for 25 years. The "Giggle Doctors" that they provide are all professional children’s entertainers that have received training in working in a medical setting and visit children in 20 hospitals and 3 hospices around the UK.

    Polio Plus

    Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years, and we’ve made incredible progress in the fight to rid the world of it forever.

    As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've helped to reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent.

    It’s crucial to eliminate polio from the last two countries where it remains endemic and to keep other countries polio-free.

    If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

    New 'wild' cases of polio are now only found in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  • These local charities will be encouraging their supporters to enter the event.

    Click on their pic to visit their website.

    Yorkshire Air Ambulance

    The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) serves 5 million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,500 missions every year.


    The charity operates two state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day (£4.4m a year) to keep saving lives.


    Visit our website yorkshireairambulance.org.uk for more information.

    Saint Michael's Hospice

    Saint Michael’s has been providing quality care, comfort and support to local people living with terminal illness and bereavement for more than 30 years.

    We provide care for people living with any terminal illness – including heart failure, respiratory illnesses, neurological conditions, and cancer. This care takes place in people’s own homes, care homes and at the Harrogate-based hospice and is free for patients and families.

    Services include; inpatient care, day therapy, at-home care, a volunteer visiting service, and bereavement support.

    As an independent charity, we rely on the generosity of our local community to raise the majority of funds needed to provide these services. We are very grateful to all those who support us – without you, we simply couldn’t carry out our vital work.

    Visit our website saintmichaelshospice.org for more information

    Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP)

    We assist vulnerable people across the Harrogate district to stay safe and well supported at home by providing a number of services aimed at promoting independence and tackling loneliness. With the support of over 100 dedicated volunteers we offer:

    • Voluntary car driving services based in Harrogate and Ripon to help people make journeys they may otherwise struggle with due to mobility and/or location
    • 'Help at Home' practical  gardening, decorating and odd job service for people unable to do the work themselves and who could not afford a private tradesperson
    • Volunteer befriending services in the Ripon area for people who may be experiencing loneliness
    • ‘Here to HELP’ drop in sessions offering company and the chance to find out where to turn for community activities or to access additional support
    • Craft groups offering the chance to participate, share skills and meet new people.

    As a small charity, all donations will directly support our work assisting people across the Harrogate district to continue living independently.

    For more information about our work, please visit www.helpharrogate.org.uk or contact us help@harcvs.org.uk

  • The Routes for 2020

    There are 5 Routes - choose which is best for you. All routes will be fully signposted.

    4 Mile Route


    This route is ideal for family walkers (but not for pushchairs). The route goes up the Nidderdale valley and around the hamlet of Wath.

    From the Pateley Bridge Scout Hall, the route follows the Nidderdale Way and in two miles the hamlet of Wath is passed. Shortly after passing the dam, you walk up a slope to join a bridleway. Turn right onto this bridleway (east) which leads slightly uphill and back down through Wath to the bridge, passing the hotel on the way. Immediately before the bridge, turn left on to the Nidderdale way and follow it back into Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Route.

    8 Mile Route


    This route follows the 4 mile route but continues along the valley as far as Bouthwaite & Ramsgill. There will be a checkpoint with drinks and biscuits at Bouthwaite.

    Please note that dogs are not allowed on this walk.

    15 Mile Route

    Ramsgill and Lofthouse

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

    From Pateley Bridge, the route takes the same path as the 4 and 8 mile routes 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 at the Village Hall. There will be drinks and biscuits here. Return on the east side of the river through Wath as per the 4 mile route to the finish at Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Route.

    22 and 26 Mile Routes

    Scar House Reservoir

    If you want a long distance, challenging route then these are the routes 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 at the Village Hall. There will be drinks and biscuits here. From the checkpoint, walk up the hill out of the village and turn left following the clearly marked path and walk on the right side of the valley up past Thwaite House and Summerstone Lodge. Continue to the Scar House reservoir dam (checkpoint and water) where the 22 milers 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 valley to Bouthwaite and Wath as per the 4 mile route to the finish at Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Route.

  • Essential Information for Walkers and Runners

    All those taking part in the event must download the following documents.

    • Terms & Conditions - Please read so that you fully understand the terms & conditions in relation to the event.
    • Information - Provides essential information.
    • The Registration / Contact Form - Please complete and sign this form and bring it with you on the day of the Event.

  • Maps

    If you would like a copy of the Maps and a more detailed description of the routes,

    please click on the appropriate button.

    Then click on 'Open Source Maps' to see the route in more detail.

    These maps will open under a new tab.

  • 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)

    Lloyd Land Rover of Ripon

    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 'Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two' experience for one lucky entrant in the Nidderdale Walk & Run 2020. 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.

    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.

    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 £880,000 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