At our recent committee meeting several changes were confirmed. Bill Dell has volunteered to be Footpath Officer for Easington and Hartlepool districts in addition to looking after Scarborough. Brian Smith will assume responsibility for the website and membership. In October Pauline Leyshon will become Walks Co-ordinator, taking over from Dennis Barr. Thanks were expressed to Dennis, who has held the post for 13 years.

Some of you will have seen the ramp and gate near Airyholme Farm, Great Ayton, which was donated in memory of the late David Leyshon. I am pleased to report that further up the path towards Cliff Ridge quarry two more stiles have been removed, with one being replaced by a gate. We are grateful to the staff from the North York Moors National Park Authority for this and all the work they do to maintain and improve paths.

In Redcar & Cleveland Carl Cockerill has been appointed PROW Officer following the retirement of Tony Gordon. Carl was previously Countryside Access Ranger in charge of a team looking after Public Rights of Way. A new Ranger will be appointed to replace Carl but the latter assures us he intends to still be out and about as much as possible.

At Rose Cottage work is finally complete, with a path above the east side of Flatts Lane and an off-road waiting area from which walkers can safely reach the path on the west side. The problems caused by an unauthorised footpath extinguishment here were first identified in 2008.

Recently a member contacted the group to suggest that the path from the eastern end of Guisborough Branch Walkway over Waterfall Viaduct towards Slapewath be claimed as a Public Right of Way. This is not possible however as a “Private” sign has been in place for many years, indicating that the landowner does not intend the route to become public. I don’t recall seeing the sign recently but it may well be lying in the undergrowth.

We continue to object to four proposed PROW diversions, all of which have been supported by North Yorkshire County Council and referred by them to the Planning Inspectorate. At High Kingthorpe we wish the diverted PROW to go round the side of a field rather than across it. At Scugdale Cottage, Hartoft, Oak House, Hawnby and Head House Farm, Hartoft we consider the diversions to be unnecessary and inconvenient.

The group walks programme continues to be well supported and the Christmas lunch has been reinstated for the first time since 2019. Details are available on the website:

Alternatively you can contact one of the walks co-ordinators; for the Summer programme Dennis Barr on 01642 892215 and for the Winter programme Pauline Leyshon on 07894 958001.