Bradford CHA Rambling and Social Club

Councillor Simon Cooke scoffs at Ramblers who request that dangerous stiles be repaired!

Simon Cooke Councillor for Bingley believes that Ramblers in the Bradford district should be made to pay for the upkeep of stiles and footpaths.
Recently the Bradford Telegraph and Argus contacted me in my capacity as the President of the largest rambling club in the Bradford district, and invited me to pass an opinion on the state of footpaths and access stiles in the Bradford area.
In the article which was subsequently published in the T&A,  I spoke about the 5% of stiles in the area that had not been maintained, which at the very least prevented the elderly and infirm from completing a  walk, and at worst presented a serious danger to anyone attempting to pass through.
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Club Holiday to Connemara 2017


The Clifden Station House Hotel

Welcome to Connemara, Eire.  You will have a great time in this very famous national park.  You will be staying at the famous Clifden Station House Hotel.  The town has so much to offer as well as all the fabulous walks we will do.

The Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara is a modern hotel set around the old Clifden Railway Station.
70 years ago the last Steam Train departed from Clifden to Galway. Today the Railway Station, its Station House Platform and Engine House have been magnificently restored and transformed into The Clifden Station House Hotel and Courtyard.
Clifden Station House Hotel offers well-appointed bedrooms. Rooms at the Clifden Hotel all feature a 21-inch TV with a full interactive multimedia entertainment system including movies, music and internet access. Rooms also include a private shower room. Free Wi-Fi available in all areas of the hotel.
The recently refurbished White Flag award winning leisure centre located adjacent to The Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara with direct access from all bedroom floors offers the very best of leisure facilities to all guests. Download Information Pack

CHA Members working with Calderdale Public Rights of Way

Mick Melvin and Jan GibsonAnyone walking in the Coley area of Shelf in the last three months will have noticed that some of the rights of way have been temporarily closed. The reason for the closures is the result of a decision by the National Grid to upgrade the high voltage cables that pass over the footpaths.
Because of the network of paths and the number of different landowners involved, it proved particularly difficult to set up satisfactory diversions to the rights of way.
On a recent walk in the area Bradford CHA member Mick Melvin found himself wandering into a restricted area.
Mick decided to contact the contractor who was carrying out the bulk of the upgrade work and offer some advice.
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The Ronald Brown Pathway Croatia

I hope this short article about my ascent of Stražišće peak via the Ronald Brown Footpath will be helpful to walkers who visit the area.
I had difficulty finding any good walking maps or walk routes.
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The History of the Balaclava

Walking in the hills in winter brings with it The Balaclavathe necessity to carry additional equipment over and above what we require during the summer months. One item of winter gear that I have carried with me since boyhood is a Balaclava.
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Snaefell and North Barrule Ridge

In 2012 the Club visited the Isle of Man for the first time.
The Group stayed in Douglas and five exciting walking days were included.
One of the highlights of the week was the walk from Laxey over Snaefell and North Barrule finishing in the town of Ramsey.
Snaefell & North Barrule walk