Halifax Rambling & Social Club

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HRSC Christmas events & restarting of walks (1/9/20)

Dear members

After careful consideration and consultation with both venues we have decided for the time being not to cancel the Saturday (5.12.2020) Christmas ramble and meal at the Stubbing Wharf and the Thursday (17.12.2020) Christmas lunch at the Stump Cross.

We have been assured by both venues that social distancing and Covid 19 related hygiene measures can be complied with for our group sizes. Of course no one can guess how country wide or local restrictions will develop over the coming months.

Therefore please note that you can, from the published booking dates, contact the organisers to put your name down. You must leave your personal details with preferably email address and/or mobile phone number for future contact. Menus will not be available for quite some time and no advance payments are to be made. You will be contacted nearer the dates.

We are very much hoping that it will be possible to hold the events and allow members to meet up after what has been and still is a very difficult year.

Best wishes to all



                           OPERATION RESTART

The Halifax Rambling and Social Club is hoping to resume its walk programme in the near future.

To assess the feasibility we hope to offer a number of walks outside the published syllabus. You can only join these walks by booking in advance

Details of these walks will be posted on the club’s website and provided by text or phone or email  to members together with how to secure a place.

Numbers will be restricted to comply with government advice. Therefore participation is only available to paid up members.

Assuming these trials are successful, it may still be necessary to amend walks from the published syllabus.



Update Holiday Message from our new President

Dear all

It has come to our attention that quite a few of our members appear to be unaware of the collapse of the holding company incorporating Shearings and National Holidays a few months back.

Initially due to Corona, the effect for the club had been the cancellation by National Holidays of the March weekend with an offer from National to transfer the full amount of monies paid onto the October weekend. The weeks holiday in June also got cancelled due to Corona, members only having paid the deposit for that one. Our organisers had made all the participants aware of changes.

Then later, the news came that the holding company with all its trading subsidiaries had gone into administration.The companies are ABTA bonded and 2 claims on behalf of the club have been submitted to the Administrators by our organisers. We await to hear but have been made aware that it could be a lengthy process.

There has been a recent announcement that Ledger Holidays have taken on the Shearing name/ holidays and the latest news is that, per attached link, National Holidays appear to have found a new home as well. Of course none of the new owners will take on any previous liabilities as regards monies or future bookings. For the club that means, whatever the Corona situation there will not be an October 2020 weekend nor a March 2021 weekend as published in the current syllabus.

As you know it's difficult getting news around everyone at the moment without incurring additional postage costs. Could I please ask you to check with any club members you may come across that they are aware of the situation.

Any questions, please give me a call. Many thanks.





UPDATE – 8 July 2020


The Halifax Rambling and Social Club cannot promote any activities which do not comply with government advice.

As always, club members are responsible for their own safety particularly if they are considered clinically vulnerable (this includes everyone aged 70 or over) or extremely  vulnerable (previously described as shielding). A nominated carer will assume this role if the member is incapable of accepting this responsibility.

At present, no more than 6 people can meet together outdoors.

If the club organised walks, there would therefore be no more than the leader plus 5.

It is impossible to organise any booking system that would be fair and open to all our members.

The club therefore recommends that members either walk alone or organise their own ad hoc walks in groups of no more than 6. These will be at member’s own risk, not covered by the club’s insurance and unlikely to require emergency services.

Public transport is recommended only to be used for essential travel. Therefore, as far as possible, these walks should be in areas local to the walkers (or accessible by  members travelling individually by car). Drivers should not offer lifts to those outside their own household.

Walkers should try to keep 2 metre distancing between them  and if that is impossible at any point  on the walk then mitigations should be encouraged e.g. face coverings.

Consider the extent to which you should help others  e.g. stiles.

Respect the wider community e.g.

  1. Try to avoid gardens and farmyards
  2. Do not use  closed footpaths even if you don’t agree with the closure.
  3. Try to minimise contact with stiles and gates.

As indoor activities are restricted to even smaller groups, all indoor activities are still cancelled.


CANCELLED - Club night Tues 6th October 2020

Please check this web site for future club night information.





Day/Date                                                  17 September

Time                                                                10.45 am

Start Point                       Shibden Park lower car park

Distance/Difficulty                                   8/9 miles M/C

Leader                                               John Radcliffe

Maximum number of participants                 30


Booking  starts

Date                                            Monday 7 September

Time                                                                7pm

Phone Number   text or call                 07747546099

Your details will be retained for test and trace purposes.



Phone number

Syllabus number

You will be expected to follow instructions throughout the walk Please provide face covering and sanitiser for your own use


The 2020/21 syllabus is now available. To avoid unnecessary contact, until activities resume, these are only available by post, from the Club Treasurer, (£5.70 including postage) (£11.00 for 2 members living at the same address). Cheques payable to Halifax Rambling & Social Club.

Thank you to those who have renewed their membership.

Below are two sites which give updated information.

Click on links below  --  To stay on club site after you have finished select TAB at top of screen.


We're a friendly and sociable group of people from all walks of life, who all have one thing in common - a love of walking.

We walk every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday all year round and hold a club night each month October to March.

We always welcome newcomers to come and try our walks and there is no reason to be put off if you are on you own. Walking in a group is a good way to meet other people.

The club is made up of around 250 members, and our base is Calderdale and surrounding area.

Join us for a Walk

You don't have to be a member to join a walk to see if it's for you.

You can try up to two walks before deciding to join the club

We have a full years syllabus Thursday, Saturday and Sunday all leader lead.

Membership per annum Adults  £5.00

Children under 16   £2.50

How fit do I need to be

We offer a range of walks from 4 to 14 miles.

A general level of fitness is required, however, all walks are graded to help you decide which would be OK for you. Start easy and work up the scale.


A suitable pair of walking boots/shoes, warm and waterproof clothing, a rucksack and a packed lunch/drink is all you need to get you started.

What characteristics do I need?

Just a sense of adventure and some humour and don't mind getting wet or muddy at times.

We walk in sun, wind, rain and snow and say there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes.


Will all walkers please be considerate to other members of the public, when waiting at bus stops or geting on/off the bus.

It's the club's good name that will be tarnished.

Contact phone numbers.

Thursday Walks - 01422 833022  &  01274 815223

Saturday Walks - 01484 719814

Sunday Walks - 01484  387881

Contact information - 01422 205418

How do I call Mountain Rescue

1- Dial 999 or 112

2 - Ask for Police (there is no specific Mountain Rescue option)

3 -Be ready to give a CHALET report.

C -   Casualties  How many, ages, type of injuries etc.

H -   Hazards  For example, strong winds, potential rock fall.

A -   Access   The name of area or mountain, specific paths and landscape features.

L -   Location   How to find you - a grid reference or co-ordinates plus a description of area.

E -   Equipment  What do you have at the scene?  Torches, Shelter, First aid kit.

T -   Type  Give a description of the cause and if possible time of incident.