The club was formed in 1936, has over 350 members and organises over 400 walks a year.
We are affiliated to The Ramblers’ Association and we are an Associate Member of HF Holidays.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Club activities including walks have been cancelled until further notice.
Continuing Government restrictions in England have meant we have not produced the August – November walks’ programme. We are concerned that many HRC members are over 70 and therefore classified as vulnerable by the Government. Some of these (plus others under 70) may be clinically vulnerable. With this in mind we do not feel able to restart the HRC walks’ programme.
The Add Walks section of the website has been left open so that leaders, if they wish, can add or modify walks they have already entered. However, as we do not know when Club walking will begin again, and the list will not be published on the website, leaders need not do so at present.
If Government restrictions are lifted before the end of November, walks collectors will contact leaders who have offered walks to ask if they are happy to go ahead. Any details can be filled in then and vacancies filled so we can set up an informal programme of walks. If a leader no longer wishes to lead a walk, they will be free to withdraw it.
If restrictions continue beyond November, we will advise members accordingly. In view of the time it takes to set up a walks programme, walks collectors would need to contact leaders to ask them to volunteer walks so that we can set up a provisional programme.
We understand that small groups of up to six members are meeting to walk together. We would not want to discourage this provided that they comply with Government guidance for England issued by the Cabinet Office and take the appropriate precautions. Members should be aware that these are not official HRC walks and the Club cannot take responsibility for them.
The Harrogate Advertiser (27 August) has quoted Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director for Public Health for North Yorkshire, as follows:
Although lockdown restrictions have been eased, individuals should still avoid large gatherings and maintain two metre social distancing from people outside their household.
For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/