York HF Rambling Club


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  • York HF Rambling Club (formerly York CHA & HF Rambling Club) is a friendly independent club, which is dedicated to the purpose of providing enjoyable walking in the countryside. 
  • Founded in 1908 we believe the club to be the oldest walking group in the York area.
  • Since its earliest formation the club has continued to allow its members to take part in healthy exercise, appreciate and learn about the countryside while enjoying the companionship of others.
  • The walks take place on Sunday's every three weeks and can be combined with regular social events and short holiday breaks.

  • To date the club is thriving and at present has a membership of around one hundred.

  • Club members Mollie Tillott on the left of the photograph (born 1883) and Emily Tillott shown 2nd left (born 1886) during a ramble in the clubs early day. Please see the 'History Page' for extracts from the club archives

The above photographs were taken at  an evening at York Mansion House in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.

If you have a message for members please use the 'Message Board' (you can post your own entries)
September 2015 to April 2016 walk dates can be seen on the website please see the 'Rambles Dates' page for further details.

We also have a number of Social events coming up, please see the 'Calendar' page or the latest programme for further details.

Following the presentation that Douglas G Hope (Researcher University of Cumbria) gave to the club we are very pleased to announce that Douglas has kindly produced an article which now appears on the website.

Thomas Arthur Leonard, who founded the Co-operative Holidays Association (CHA) in 1893 and the Holiday Fellowship (HF) in 1913, was described on his death in 1948 as the Father of the open-air holiday movement.  The article shows that this epitaph is no under-statement. (To read more please visit the ‘About the founder of CHA & HF’ page).

Also see our links page which can direct you to the new Douglas Hope website.

(If after reading the article you would like to get in touch Douglas or request any additional information please click here).


Hole of Horcum walk with hikers from Calgary, Canada September 2015                     Ladybower (Peak District) 'B' Walk July 2015


If you are new to the club and would like to know more then please see the 'Interested in joining' page

York HF Rambling Club
(Formerly York CHA & HF Rambling Club)

Affiliated to HF Holidays   and the Rambler Association

  The club wishes to thank the National Lottery for support received through the Big Lottery Fund

York HF Rambling Club                                   Founded in 1908                                  Over 100 years of Rambling!
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