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NEW LYKE WAKE CLUB

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THE LYKE WAKE WALK is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire moors along their main east-west watershed between the Stone at grid reference 470994 and the Trig point at 971012, a distance of approximately 40 miles. Every person who completes a crossing of the Lyke Wake Walk on foot within a period of 24 hours, and who reports it to the Club, is eligible for membership. There is no membership fee. Female members are titled Witch and males are titled Dirger.

LATEST NEWS

John Griffin 1934 – 2016

The Club is sorry to report the death of John Griffin, on 19th June 2016. It would be fair to say that without his drive and infectious enthusiasm, the New Lyke Wake Club would never have been “born” in 2004. He was a truly multi-talented individual who could genuinely communicate with people of all ages and levels bringing his infectious enthusiasm to any group. You can read his obituary here.

Club part funds path improvements

Following the recent successful fundraising event to improve the path near Lilla Cross, the Club has ben able to offer a substantial donation towards the work.

April 2016 Wake

This was held on Saturday 16th April, at Swan House Bed & Breakfast, Trenholme Bar, Northallerton. Here is a gallery of photographs taken that evening.

Sixtieth anniversary Lyke Wake crossing

2nd October marked 60 years since the first crossing of the Lyke Wake Walk was completed by a group of thirteen including the late Chief Dirger, Bill Cowley. A sixtieth anniversary crossing, followed by an informal celebratory meal, took place on the anniversary. A report, with photographs, is on the sixtieth anniversary page.


Colin Walker is interviewed by Clare Balding

The date of the April 2017 Wake has now been fixed at Saturday 1st April, returning to the Swan House Bed & Breakfast. Final details on meal and price to be confirmed.……………… no, it is not a joke and hopefully, people will be there!

Friday 22nd May 2015 saw a recording on the Lyke Wake walk by Clare Balding for the Radio 4 Ramblings series. A number of Dirgers and Witches gathered for the event and we were even blessed by the presence of an Olympic torch! The programme was transmitted on Thursday June 4th. More details here on the BBC website, or download the podcast (12MB – right click & "save target as / link as").

Our picture shows Colin Walker being interviewed by Clare Balding. There’s a gallery of photos on the BBC website.

As usual, please respect the moors (Countryside Code) taking particular care during periods of adverse weather. During hot weather there can be a severe fire risk and the route may be closed at short notice – more about this on the Preparations page. Winter can be equally challenging: the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge was cut off for eight days in December 2010.

Please avoid any disturbance to people who live on or near the route. Please refrain from bringing vehicles into Osmotherley and Ravenscar during ‘antisocial’ hours and likewise avoid making noise near residential areas such as Scugdale.

Equally, please take care not to disturb wildlife on this fragile environment that is home to a number of rare and important species. This is particularly true on Fylingdales Moor, which is now managed for conservation by the Hawk and Owl Trust.

Here you will find all the information you need to:

The New Lyke Wake Club does itself not organise crossings of the Lyke Wake Walk. On occasions we become aware of forthcoming crossings: this page has details of these. Naturally, since the New Lyke Wake Club does not organise these crossings it can be in no way held responsible or accountable for any aspect of them.

In addition you can:

The new club, a members' club, is a non-profit-making body whose stated objects are: -

With the new Club on a sound financial footing, we intend to use the Club’s income from merchandise sales etc to the advantage of the community. So far the Club has helped with the upkeep of part of the route, made a substantial donation to Search and Rescue and sponsored a children’s essay competition in conjunction with the National Park. We also offer modest grants to young Dirgers and Witches who are unemployed or in full time education, in order to help them participate in an adventurous activity, project or training. More information is on our grants page.

THE NEW LYKE WAKE CLUB is dedicated to the memory of the late BILL COWLEY, who, with others, made the first crossing of the LYKE WAKE WALK on 1st—2nd October 1955.

Bill died on 14th August 1994. The ‘Old’ Lyke Wake Club closed down on its 50th anniversary on 1st October 2005. We regret the closure of the ‘Old’ club, but look forward to the future. We believe the ‘New’ Lyke Wake Club has a valuable function in recording crossings, arranging meetings in the form of Wakes for like-minded individuals and in campaigning for responsible access to the Cleveland moors under the CROW Act 2000.

THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS

The club is managed by a Council, which consists of the elected officers plus every Past Master and Past Mistress. The council of Elders meets formally at least once a year, but discusses issues informally on an ongoing basis.

POLICIES

The club supports


ALL EXISTING DIRGERS AND WITCHES are entitled to membership of the new club. Please fill out this contact slip and send it or email it to the hon. secretary.

You might also be able to help us to find other dirgers. Bill Cowley's filing system consisted of a tea-chest into which he threw letters after he had replied to them. When the tea-chest was full Bill made a bonfire of the contents and started again. Not much has changed since. Consequently our mailing list started out somewhat scanty. We shall be most grateful for any names and addresses you can let us have.

If you have a website please link to us! This will also help lost dirgers and witches to find us. The address to link to is http://www.lykewake.org

Contacting us

To be kept informed of Club events, please either:

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE CLUB AND ITS MEMBERS

The club maintains this website www.lykewake.org which is regularly updated. The secretary, Gerry Orchard, is happy to reply to E-mails sent to We know that not all members have an E-mail address. For members with a postal address the club prints off the website information as a Newsletter and this is always available. Please write to Gerry Orchard, enclosing an A5 stamped, self-addressed envelope. We are sorry but because of the high cost of postage, it is impractical to send out a postal Newsletter to everyone each time we update the website


Last update: 20th July 2016

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