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Windmill Walkers

A friendly walking club based in the
East Riding of Yorkshire

Welcome to the Windmill Walkers' web site

Skidby Mill. The last working windmill in Yorkshire.
New name badges issued May 2016.

Twenty years old and still thriving!  The Windmill Walkers Rambling group was established in 1999.  It was formed in Skidby, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where you will find the only working windmill in East Yorkshire - hence the club name.


With over 80 adult members, the club is managed by a committee of annually elected volunteers.


We concentrate on a programme of member led, weekly Wednesday walks of some 5 to 7 miles which attract around 30 walkers, and longer weekend walks once each month on the 3rd Sunday involving 10 or 12 regular walkers.


Wednesday walks usually start at 10:00am ending at about 1:00pm.  Sometimes we arrange an optional lunch at a suitable pub or cafe - (this has been halted during the current health crisis).  We take a break at about 11am for a drink and snack.  Most walks take place in the East Riding of Yorkshire with occasional ventures to North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and beyond.


If you would like to try a walk with us as a guest you will be made very welcome.  Please contact us by e-mail.  We hope that you enjoy our company so much that after two walks you will want to become a member.  Please wear adequate footwear and clothing.  Whilst we take care when planning walks, when you do walk with the club, you are responsible for your own safety and ensuring that you are fit enough to take part.


Annual membership is £10.00, renewable in January.  You may try a couple of walks with us as a guest before you join.  Our constitution, data protection policy and membership application form are available in the Document Store.


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Our group is affiliated to the Ramblers and we support their aims and objectives.  We hold civil liability insurance to help protect our members and leaders on organised club walks.


Have a look at our 'Useful Links' page with details of other local and national organisations and suggested walks.


For further information or to request membership please contact the secretary using the 'Contact us' menu button above.


When planning your walk you may check the local weather at the BBC website.

We are an East Riding of Yorkshire walking club serving towns and villages including - Market Weighton, Withernsea, Preston, Hedon, Walkington, Cottingham, Beverley, Skidby, Hessle, Hull, Westella, Kirkella, North and South Cave.  Wednesday  and weekend walks.

Walks


For planned walks and meeting points, please see the Walks menu above.

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Latest Information


This section will be used to show walk changes due to, for example, bad weather.


  • 16 Aug 20 - Restarting of Walks - Covid 19
    Follo
    wing the easing of UK Goverment restrictions and Ramblers advice, we are restarting our group walks in September.  This will be subject to members booking in advance with restricted numbers on each walk. 
    Sadly, we regret that currently, we cannot allow guests to walk with us.  To obtain further information go to the following link
    https://www.ramblers.org.uk/volunteer-zone/coronavirus.aspx 

  • Wed 19 Mar - Suspension of walks.

    The Corona virus situation is changing rapidly. The current advice from the Ramblers is to cancel all walks with immediate effect.
    (See www.ramblers.org.uk)  Our walking group will comply with the Ramblers advice and immediately suspend our current walks programme.  We will review the situation on 31 May 2020.
    Best wishes to everyone - stay safe.


(Updated 16/08/2020)

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Events & Notes


  • This year, up to March 2020, we have walked 2450 miles!  Looking forward to meeting up again.  Whilst we are not walking together, we are still showing occasional photos of individual's local exercise walks - including guess the mystery walker!

  • Together, in 2019, we walked 8900 miles with the club.  Well done!  (28/12/19).

  • A Newsletters page has been added to the Document Store menu  (01/12/2019)

  • We are building an index of our walking routes with maps.  Have a look at the Routes menu above.

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Recent events


  • 08 Jan 2020 - At the club's 21st Annual General Meeting we decided to donate £100 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. We hope never to need them but it is reassuring to know that they are there in case we do.
  • 18 Dec 2019 - Another excellent and well attended Christmas Lunch was held at the Millhouse Resaurant, Skidby.

  • 17 Jul 2019 - The annual coach ramble to Ripley and Ripon.  Another very successful event.  Photographs are on the Photo Gallery.

  • 09 Jan 2019 - The  Annual General Meeting of the Windmill Walkers was held in ‘The Back Room’, 175A Hallgate, Cottingham.  Following reports of a another successful year of walking, the committee was re-elected.  It was decided to donate £200 each to the Oncology Unit at Castle Hill Hospital and to Ward 4, Neurology at Hull Royal Infirmary in memory of our members who died in 2018.      (25/01/19)

  • Together, in 2018 we walked over 9300 miles with the club (27/12/18).

  • 12 Dec 2018 - Christmas Lunch - .  This was again held at the Millhouse at Skidby.

  • The Windmill Walkers has recently joined The Walking Partnership. This partnership, supported by RWH Travel Limited, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups.  When booking a holiday with them you may nominate our group for a donation.  Please read our Walking Partnership page.

  • 10 Jan 2018  The club Annual General Meeting was held at the Duke of Cumberland Public House, Market Green, Cottingham. After reports of a successful 2017, the club committee was re-elected and a £100 donation made to the REMAP  disability charity.

  • 13 Dec 2017  The club annual Christmas lunch at the Millhouse, Skidby.  Thanks again, to EP and CP for their excellent organisation.   Photos - 2017 Christmas lunch.

  • 05 July 2017  Coach ramble to Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire.  Photographs are on the Photo Gallery.

  • Apr-May 2017 long walk - The Priory 900.  As well as our normal weekly Wednesday and monthly Sunday walks,the club tackled the 68 miles of the Priory 900, from York to Bridlington, on six Spring Mondays.  Click the link for more details: 2017 Priory 900


  • 18 Jan 2017 Annual General Meeting was held at the Duke of Cumberland Public House, Cottingham.

  • 14 Dec 2016  The annual Windmill Walkers' Christmas Lunch was held at The Millhouse, Skidby. - Click for photos. Thanks, once again, to EP and CP for their excellent organisation.

  • 06 July 2016  Coach ramble to the Chatsworth House area of Derbyshire.    View the detailed itinary.  Photographs are on the Photo Gallery.

  • Apr-May 2016  The 2016 Wilberforce Way The walk has been completed!  Twelve members took part - three walked the whole route.  View the photographs on the 'Photo Gallery' (01/06/16)

  • 15 Apr 2016
    A First Aid Course instructed by the British Red Cross was attended by 10 club members.

  • Feb 2016
    Letters of thanks for our charity donations were received from Make a Wish and C.H.I.E.F.

  • 09 Jan 2016 Annual General Meeting was held at the King William Public House, Cottingham.

  • 16 Dec 2015
    An excellent club Christmas Lunch was enjoyed at The Triton in Brantingham.  A big thank you to EP and CP for organising it.

  • 4 Dec 2015
    Meeting to complete the walks plan for 2016 - King William Public House, Hallgate, CottinghamIf you have a suggestion for a walk which you would like to lead then please contact Ian or the secretary. We will provide help with the organisation.

  • 1 Jul 2015
    A very enjoyable Coach ramble to the Pickering area was held with a choice of 7 or 11 mile routes.  This was followed by an excellent meal at Harper's Staxton restaurant on the way home. Special thanks to to C and E P for the excellent organisation.

  • 21 Jan 2015
    Letter of thanks received from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for our £100 donation.

Page updated 25/03/2020