Northallerton Striders
Frequently Asked Questions

Are Northallerton Striders registered with Walking for Health?
No.  At present we are not planning on being 'accredited' by WfH because accreditation requires that we do ‘starter’ walks for people who are entirely sedentary.  
In Hambleton, the Strollers provide these 'starter' walks so there is no need for us to do these, but the accreditation criteria may change in future. 

How much does it cost to be a member of Northallerton Striders?
There is no cost to go on the first walk as a guest, so that you can try a walk and see if it is suitable for you.
Following this there is a £10 yearly charge to cover our insurance and other costs

What does the insurance cover?
The insurance cover for Northallerton Striders is third party only.     This does not cover injuries to yourself

What is the difference between a led walk and a guided walk?
Led walks are for people who do not know the area and cannot read a map, so we have a leader who has walked the route previously and can point out any steep slopes or give a way round the muddy parts.  The leader is responsible to ensure everybody gets back safely, so the group will be expected to keep together more and will be controlled by the leader.  Guided walks are more exploratory in nature - we identify a route on the map but do not know if it is passable until we get there.  This sometimes means we have to turn back if a route is totally blocked, or find alternative ways round missing stiles and flooded paths, but don't worry - we never leave anybody behind!

What happens if I cannot get along to your organised walks?
In the Striders, we want to support everybody who can benefit from a healthy walk round Northallerton, and we have accumulated a store of routes which we can use for led and guided walks.  Some of these are already published on the web, so you can go out and walk them on your own.  Equally important, we want you to join in the community by reporting back on your walks and by identifying new walks which we can add to our repertoire.

I already walk with the U3A / Ramblers / Strollers / on my own, why should I join you?
We all know how enjoyable walking is and we all know that you need to do it regularly to get any health benefits.  Many of our members walk with other groups, with friends, or just on their own, and they nearly all say that we are the friendliest group going.  We walk alternative Fridays and Saturdays and we sometimes  organise Sunday walks, but we also encourage you to get out and walk every day of the week if possible. See our scheduled walks to look for extra walks.

How do you keep in touch?
Our preferred method of keeping in touch is by e-mail, so fill in our contact form and ask to be kept up to date, and we will add you to the distribution list. This web site has a lot more information, including our planned schedule of walks, extra walks, maps and general advice for walkers.  We will also hold regular meetings and we talk while we walk.

How do I obtain a leaflet?

Just complete the enquiry form and ask for a leaflet. The leaflet may also be available in tourist information centres, pubs and cafe's in the Northallerton and Bedale area.  Our leaflet provides information about Striders and our walk programme.

What’s difference between the Striders and other walking groups in the area?

The Striders support Walking for Health, which targets people who do not walk enough and gives them the opportunity to walk as part of a friendly, supportive group, with the idea that they will actually enjoy walking and want to carry on doing it regularly.  In Northallerton, Bedale and other local towns we have the Strollers who run 30 minute and one hour ‘starter’ walks, and we have the U3A and the Ramblers who do full day walks, but there is nothing for the people in the middle. 

That’s where the Striders fit in, taking people who want more than the Strollers are able to provide but who do not feel they can manage a full day up hill and down dale.  Our typical walk will be around 4 miles in two hours – although we are quite prepared to find longer versions if people want more challenge.  We do not see ourselves in competition with the other groups, in fact we encourage people to walk as often as they can, with other groups, with their family and with friends.

Where can I find out more?

Contact us or check out the rest of this site – or just turn up for a walk!

Northallerton Striders support the 'Walking for Health Initiative'.

Northallerton Striders organise walks in and around Northallerton, aimed at encouraging people to start walking and keep walking - whatever their age or physical condition.

If you want more information on the Striders, our organised walks or about this web site, please contact us using the contact form  or just come along and join our walks.
Northallerton Striders


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