We were all saddened to hear of the death of David Leyshon in June 2019. He had been a stalwart member of the Cleveland Group committee for over 30 years and held most of the Footpath Secretary posts. He was also active in North Yorks & South Durham Area, where he served at various times as Vice-Chair, Chair, Footpath Secretary and Treasurer. His knowledge of Footpath matters was legendary, as was his enthusiasm for any project where his help and experience were needed.


Our AGM is held in early December each year and for the last few years has been held on a Monday afternoon. If any members would prefer an evening or a Saturday afternoon please let us know. We would love to see you at the AGM or at any of our group meetings, which in future will be held just 3 times a year in April, August and December.


Following the introduction of stricter laws on data protection (GDPR) we are having to send out many more hard copies of walks programmes and newsletters. This of course results in higher costs for photocopying and postage, not to mention the effort of stuffing envelopes! We can only send these by email if your consent is recorded on your membership record. If you currently receive a hard copy please go to


and click on “Update Profile”. Alternatively you can phone Member Services on 0203 961 3232.


A section of the former Rosedale Railway, north of Reeking Gill, has now reopened following extensive improvement work funded by the Land of Iron project.


We received a request from the owner of Head House Farm, Hartoft, to discuss a proposed footpath diversion. It seems that North Yorkshire County Council now suggest that landowners contact us before submitting a proposal. This is a welcome step forward.


Two of our Footpath Officers, Bill Dell and Colin Monson, were invited to attend a Cleveland Way 50th anniversary celebration attended by Princess Anne. The invitation was in recognition of the support provided by the Ramblers to the North York Moors National Park. Bill Dell also attended the opening of the England Coast Path from North Gare to Newport Bridge, at RSPB Saltholme.


For some time now members travelling with Ramblers Holidays have been able to nominate our group to receive a financial contribution from the Walking Partnership. In order to qualify, the person travelling must nominate our group before the holiday. Please email RWH Travel quoting your booking reference or phone 01707 331133.


Since the scheme started we have received a total of £460 and in December 2017 we made a contribution of £260 towards a new gate on a footpath at Hinderwell in the North York Moors National Park. We hope with your help to be able to pay for more improvements to paths and bridleways in the future.


Sunday walks continue to be well supported with an average attendance of 16. The Christmas meal at the Jet Miners on 1 December was enjoyed by 23 people.


Hazel Merigold