Here is our current programme of events.

Please note that for privacy, we do not show contact details on this webpage. If you are interested in attending an event, please contact us.

May – August 2024

To celebrate the group reaching its 40th anniversary, we are having an afternoon tea party – on a canal boat. The cruise along the Leeds-Liverpool canal will last three hours, starting and ending at Skipton. We have sole use of the boat, which is fully crewed by Skipton Boat Trips, with afternoon tea included. Booking for this social event is now closed. However, if you have booked a place and want more information about the cruise or directions to the meeting place, check out or contact Pete. Meet at 2.30pm for a 2.45pm start.

Sunday 19th May — TASK — Nostell Priory
Last year’s spring task at this property was a success and they have asked us for a May-time task again this year. We usually work in the extensive parkland. It’s too early for ragwort-pulling, so join us to see what this year’s task is. Contacts are James & Lesley.

Sunday 2nd June — TASK — Hardcastle Crags
The first of our two summer visits to this woodland property, glorious in full leaf. Summer tasks here often involve bracken or balsam-bashing in the clearings or by the becks – hard work but rhythmic and mentally relaxing. To join us, contact Steve.

Sunday 9th June, ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by GARDEN PARTY — Stephen and Anne’s house, Copt Hewick, nr Ripon.
A brief business event starting at 2pm which all members are welcome to attend. An opportunity to reflect on the previous year(s), plan the next year and have your say on how we run the group.

After the business is finished, approximately 3pm, Stephen and Anne have kindly offered to let us have the run of their garden for a traditional English garden party. Please bring something for the communal tea – cold savouries and cakes are the order of the day here. Contact Stephen and Anne if you intend to come to the AGM, Garden Party or both and to get directions to their house.

Sunday 16th June — TASK — East Riddlesden Hall
A smaller property, but there is always plenty to be done at this property – balsam bashing is often the order of the day in June. Please contact Pete if you’d like to join us.

Sunday 30th June — TASK — Brimham Rocks
There are many, varied jobs to be tackled on the extensive moorland of this property. The famous rocks will be there, and the views of Nidderdale are always inspirational. Hope for fine summer weather as well for the perfect day. To join us, contact Martin.

Sunday 21st July — TASK — Hardcastle Crags
Our second visit this summer to our only true woodland property. It is quite likely – although by no means guaranteed – that we will be continuing with bracken or balsam bashing started in June. To come along, contact Sylvia.

Sunday 4th August — DAY OUT AT THE SEASIDE — Filey
Join us for a fun-filled day of sun, sea, sand and fresh air (plus fish and chips and ice cream anyone?). Claimed to be one of the finest in the UK, Filey Beach offers six miles of sand stretching from Filey Brigg in the north to Bempton Cliffs in the south, both of which are great for bracing cliff-top walks. Hopefully, the weather will provide the sun – Filey has the rest. Contact Pete if you want to come along, and to find out where to meet.

Sunday 11th August — TASK — Malham Tarn Estate
High summer in the Yorkshire Dales is glorious. Stretching from the high moorland to the Tarn itself and on towards the village below, the property encompasses farmland, woodland, wetland nature reserve, dry valley and even a walled garden. The work is equally varied. To join us at this popular property, contact Jude.

Advance Notice: 9th & 10th November —WEEKEND TASK— Cragside, nr Rothbury, Northumberland.
We shall be making our regular late-autumn weekend trip to Cragside in Northumberland as usual this year. Please arrange your own accommodation in the Rothbury area. More details will be in the Autumn/Winter programme; to book a place in advance contact Pete.

Future tasks

  • September 1st – Beningbrough Hall
  • September 15th – East Riddlesden Hall
  • September 29th – Brimham Rocks
  • October 13th – Upper Wharfedale
  • October 27th – Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
  • November 9th&10th – Cragside Estate, Rothbury, Northumberland
  • November 24th – Rievaulx Terrace
  • December 15th – Brimham Rocks

Full details of future tasks will be provided in the next programme.