These boots were made for walking

Fell and Dale members at Berwick in May
Fell and Dale members at Berwick in May

A Harrogate walking club is putting its best foot forward at a ceilidh to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

The 85-strong Harrogate Fell and Dale club was formed in World War Two, and is urging members past and present to strap on their old boots and join the party.

Harrogate’s Cairn Hotel is the venue for the November 10 ceilidh, which will celebrate how far the club has come since 1942.

Member Peter Young explained the club’s history: “The dangers of life in London during the war caused civil servants to relocate. Many came to live and work in Harrogate and created a local group of the Youth Hostel Association.

“A report of the first walk describes the members setting off from outside Bettys Café and walking through the Valley Gardens. At Almscliffe Crag a diversion had to be taken because the Home Guard were practising throwing hand grenades!

“Later the group became an organisation mainly for walkers, though several of today’s members are cyclists too.”

Chairman Peter Shearman said: “The club is very active, always very friendly and always welcoming new people of all abilities. We go out every Sunday in all weather. We go out in Yorkshire, to the Dales, Peak District, Snowdonia, sometimes Scotland or a trip abroad.”

The celebrations began in May, when the club booked the newly-built youth hostel in Berwick. Details on the ceilidh are available at