For the first time the Nidderdale Walk will be held at Ripley, with a course devised to show off the best bits Lower Nidderdale has to offer.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate and Ripley Castle, the 22nd Nidderdale Walk will set off from Ripley’s Hotel de Ville and contestants can take part in 10 or 20 mile walks or a family walk around the castle grounds.
New this time, however, is the social aspect after the walks, which Sir Thomas Ingilby wants to encourage.
“I have taken part in the Nidderdale Walk for a long time and it is a really good opportunity to raise money for causes that are very close to my heart and to shed a few pounds while I’m at it,” he said.
“What we want to do is make more of an occasion of it. In past years when we finished that was it, but you meet so many nice poeple on the course and we thought it would be nice to make it a social event as well as a charity fundraising event.”
With a barbecue and bar at the Hotel de Ville, plus garden games and picnic facilities around the castle, joint coordinator Michael Stott wants to give the walk a new impetus for people to raise money for charities of their choice.
He said: “I wanted to bring a new complex to the walk.
“We have run it from Pateley Bridge for about 15 years and it was tremendously popular in the first days, but we have seen a gradual decline in numbers and we felt it needed a new impetus.”
An entry form with prices is available for the Nidderdale Walk, held on May 10, at www.nidderdalewalk.com