Walks in Harrogate and Nidderdale AONB

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We’ve updated the North Yorkshire database with walks in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, and the Borough of Harrogate. These include a range of walks through woodland, countryside and parkland across a stunning area. We’ve also got walks to help you explore the local towns and villages and find out more about the heritage and history of the region.

We’re now just short of 600 walks, and we’re not even half way through Yorkshire! Keep your eyes peeled for more, coming soon!

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Happy New Year! Happy New Hambleton Walks!

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Here are Casual Ramblers we would like to wish you a Happy New Year for 2014. And what better way to celebrate than to enjoy a range of new walks in the Hambleton area of North Yorkshire. These include a number of short walks for health in the towns and villages of the area, as well as options for exploring the beautiful countryside.

North Yorkshire has a lot to offer walkers, and we’ll update further in the coming week with walks in Nidderdale, the Howardian Hills, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorks Moors, Yorkshire Coast, York, Harrogate and more! It’ll get you twitching to put your boots on and g...

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500! Walks in West Yorkshire Achieved.

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The interactive walking map is now fully uploaded with walks in West Yorkshire, covering the cities of Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield plus the boroughs of Calderdale and Kirklees. Introducing the new categories of pub walks, ghost walks (wooooo!), film walks, literature walks and there’s even a fine selection of countryside walks for the cricket lover.

The latest additions bring our total up to well over 500 walks, and that’s walks in West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire alone!

Next stop North Yorkshire, including the Yorkshire Dales and the lovely city of York.

Enjoy!

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Useless Stile no. 3 – Stainborough, Barnsley

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We have noticed more and more useless stiles on our walks around Yorkshire and beyond and we just have one question. Why?!

As it turns out, someone, somewhere in Stainborough must know the answer… So far, from our investigations it appears to be the useless stiles capital of at least Yorkshire, if not the world!

In its second entry to this category, whoever owns this field has left it wide open to blatant disregard for the stile. There is no fence, or gate, and a lesser person would be tempted to walk right round rather than climbing over.

You, too, can climb this useless stile on the Stainbor...

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Useless Stile no. 2 – Stainborough, Barnsley

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Our continuing mission to seek out useless stiles continues. We have noticed more and more on our walks around Yorkshire and beyond and we just have one question. Why?!

In this fine example of a useless stile, there is no connecting fence whatsoever. In fact, the stile only took up half the path so even if there was a fence it wouldn’t join up to the stile!

From the picture, my glamorous assistant is showing how it is easy to see that one can simply walk straight round. Of course, in true Casual Ramblers style (stile?!), if it’s there you have to climb over it!

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Useless Stile no. 1 – Laughton en le Morthen, Rotherham

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This is the first in our series of truly useless stiles. We have noticed more and more on our walks around Yorkshire and beyond and we just have one question. Why?!

I think you’ll agree that this is an example of a classic useless stile.

A wide open field, with no gate or any other sort of impedement to walking straight through the gate. What made it even better was the clump of nettles growing at both sides of the stile making it almost impossible not to get stung even if you actually had to climb over it!

You, too, can climb this useless stile (don’t blame us if you get stung) on the Spire w...

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Useless Stiles

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On our rambles around Yorkshire and beyond, we’ve found one thing that makes absolutely no sense. It delights and baffles at the same time. It’s the phenomenon of useless stiles (and we don’t mean Harry, although he is sporting a rather delightful woolly hat in true Casual Ramblers style).

A stile where there is absolutely no need for it – there is no fence; there is a massive gate which is wide open; there is nothing on the other side.

This section of silliness is designed to honour these walking wonders...

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Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Castle Gardens

“A Tale of Two Castles”

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We found Wentworth Castle gardens on our Stainborough Walk. As we often do, we followed a rather tempting detour and found ourselves in the middle of a lovely estate with not one, but two castles! The buildings now belong to the Northern College and it must be a pretty spectacular place to study.

Disclaimer: There is a charge to enter the estate, but I think it was well worth it.

The gardens and parkland are the only Grade 1 listed landscape in South Yorkshire and are full of surprises which have been added by the various inhabitants of the estate through the years...

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Stainborough Walk

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We set off on a blustery overcast day for a walk round Stainborough, expecting a longish 4.75 miles. What we didn’t expect was a massively hilly route (thankfully downhill!) and a detour round Wentworth Castle gardens getting us right up to just over 6 miles. We followed this route and it wasn’t always the easiest to follow. We, of course, made loads of little mistakes, which you’ll be able to see from the map below! Don’t worry if you do, it’s one of the rules of being a casual rambler!

I’ve put the instructions below with a few little amendments and additions to help you on your way...

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Rotherham Town Centre Heritage Trail

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Why not have a walk around Rotherham town centre? Rotherham isn’t necessarily a town you might consider in the same sentence as words like heritage, unless you’re thinking of 80s heritage with such famous exports as the Chuckle Brothers and Jive Bunny!

However, you may be astonished to discover that Rotherham town centre is home to a number of landmarks dating back as far as medieval times. Rotherham’s council has put together a number of heritage trails which guide you on a walk around Rotherham town centre and its important historical buildings. You can see them here (Town Centre Heritage Tr...

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