Photos: All members are expected to have a recognisable photo on their profile. It would really help us if your profile picture clearly shows what you look like, that way we'll be able to recognise you when you show up for events. So please, no long distance shots of snowy mountains, your car, your dog, glasses of wine, old school photos, etc.
The aim of the North York Moors Walking Group is to bring like minded people of all ages together who want to enjoy a range of walks. Our walks are typically on hills and range from 6/7 miles to strenuous mountain days or weekends. Our aim is to help people wanting to improve their fitness, meet new friends and experience the full range of the beautiful countryside and weather the north of England has to offer throughout the year. It is important however that members have a decent level of fitness in the first place. There is nothing more soul destroying than turning up for a walk for the first time with low levels of fitness, brand new boots having never walked any reasonable distances before. TIP! get out walking and build up to a reasonable level first!
We have some of the best walking areas in the UK within easy reach. They not only feature some unbeatable scenery and dramatic views but through walking they also offer a great way of improving your health, fitness and general well-being. Relatively close by we have the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Coast all providing fantastic places to walk. The Coast to Coast path and the Cleveland Way both cross the North York Moors as do a number of other long distance routes. These areas form the basis for most of our events.
If you are looking to find a few friends to enjoy the outdoors then look no further. Age is not an issue to us, a sociable nature is more important. There are many sub-groups which have developed from the core and includes a book group, dancing lessons, coast 2 coast, winter skills course etc.
While our walks are aimed at everyone, a moderate amount of fitness is usually required as most walks are 8 miles or more, often with significant uphill sections. For many, walking is ideal for those looking to improve or maintain their fitness, take in the scenery and enjoy each others company. Some, more strenuous walks, will be for experienced hill walkers only.
Please note that we are primarily a walking group! As far as allowing dogs on walks are concerned this is very much down to each Walk Host who decides if dogs are allowed or not. Sometimes it is a matter of safety or practicality where livestock may me present on route or access may be difficult. Sometimes Walk Leaders would prefer to walk as a group without dogs present. Some Leaders have their own dogs and will often organise walks to accommodate this fact.
There are usually two, three or more day walks per week and we will occasionally organise weekends away based in bunkhouses, campsites, hostels or B&B's to enable two or more days walking in other areas. Recently we have had a great enthusiasm for Munro bagging in Scotland and several trips have taken place over this past year.
We place a high importance on our members being active within NYMWG, that is we actually expect that you will be taking part on our walks. To that end, we do monitor and manage memberships with those falling outside our criteria being removed. At present, members will be removed if:
• they haven't visited the NYMWG website at all in the previous 3 months
• they haven't walked with NYMWG for 3 months, regardless of how often they visit our website
If your membership has been removed, you are free to rejoin at any time providing you intend to walk regularly with the group.
We are by no means the largest walking group in the area, some groups have membership into the '000,s, but we probably have the greatest participation of members regularly walking. This means that members get to know each other, see familiar faces and develop good friendships.
So, whether you are an experienced mountain walker or just enjoy walking on the moors, wanting to keep fit & socialising at the same time, or you want to find new walking buddies then please consider joining the group. It will be good to meet you - we are a very friendly bunch.
When you do join please note that the RSVP protocol is you RSVP if you are wanting to go on an event, and there is space available. Should the event be full then please still RSVP and you will go onto the wait list. Even when it looks unlikely that space will become available it invariably does. If for whatever reason you subsequently cannot attend then please change your RSVP to NO as soon as possible. If you have not RSVP'd and have no intention of doing so then please do not state Not Going on the walk event - this only distorts information and has absolutely no bearing on your own attendance on events.
Personal safety is paramount in any activity the group partakes in. Please remember that walk leaders are there for the sole purpose of groups coming together and walking. Event Hosts have no personal responsibility for anyone walking on an event, although naturally they will always look out for all members.
Please come on walks prepared for whatever the day might bring. It is imperative that all carry with them appropriate equipment which reflects the terrain, time of year, weather and temperature. The following is an idea of what should be carried, although this list is not exhaustive:-
> Suitable backpack for comfort and size > waterproofs for body and legs > NO jeans! wear trousers that dry quickly! > water and a hot drink if appropriate > hat & gloves > head torch > emergency blanket > safety shelter > appropriate footwear > whistle > first aid kit > walking poles if helpful > additional layers > food inc snacks > map and compass in case separated!
Remember if you have the right equipment you are far more likely to be comfortable and have a great time!