Dearne Valley Ramblers group walking onto success

The Dearne Valley Ramblers group is striding out with confidence after bucking the trend and increasing its membership.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11 January, 2018, 08:22
Dearne Valley ramblers have have bucked the trend and have recorded an increase in annual membership in recent years

Based in the Dearne, but with a widespread membership base, Dearne Valley Group are the only one of the nine Ramblers groups in the South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire area to see an increase in membership.

Chairman of the group and Wombwell resident, Nigel Hebden, said: “ Our success hasn’t happened overnight. A few years ago we were struggling with a shortage of walk leaders and committee members, as age and infirmity had taken its toll. We took the decision (quite rare amongst rambler’s groups at that time) to welcome dog owners, together with their dogs on our walks and we also launched ourselves onto the Internet. This proved to be the turning point, with new faces being attracted to joining the group, all willing to devote their time and effort into ensuring that the group not only survived, but which ultimately formed the cornerstone of where we find ourselves today.”