Exercise & The Great Outdoors
Places to Visit
North Yorkshire and Ryedale are home to some of the most beautiful scenery the UK has to offer. Check out the websites below for locations you need to see:
Whilst walking is a great form of cardiovascular exercise, perhaps its greatest benefit is the positive impact it can have on your mental health. Below are some links for walking routes, challenges, and even groups:
If you crave something more challenging than walking, running may be the activity for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never run before… there are programmes out there for people of all abilities.
Cycling is often viewed as a happy medium between walking and running, allowing participants to slowly increase their level of activity without it being too intensifying. As most people can cycle further than they can walk or run, it is a great way of taking in a lot of the scenery Ryedale has to offer. The following websites have some excellent cycling routes:
Exercise at Home/ light exercise
If you’d prefer to exercise in the comfort of your home, don’t worry… we’ve got you covered! Check out the website below on how to get started:
We all know the endless benefits of reading, such as improved cognitive ability, reduced stress, and sleep readiness. However, reading is also fun! In and around Ryedale there are several libraries with a vast array of books. They also provide an online service so you don’t even have to leave the house! Check them out below:
Learn something knew
NYCC Adult Learning and Skills Service have a range of courses (some free) that can be completed online. Click here to find a course.
Below are some other useful websites:
North Yorkshire Youth have put together an excellent guide that lists clubs and activities that young people can access in Ryedale. You can access it here.
Musical Memories is a social enterprise providing fun social singing sessions for older people in rural communities in North Yorkshire. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00 am they will be singing a couple of songs and having a chat with you and if you have access to a computer, laptop, and smartphone or tablet you’ll be able to join.
Tel: 07527 006402
North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre run music and music therapy sessions, events and workshops across North Yorkshire to promote well-being. At the moment they are running several group sessions in Ryedale:
Jiggly Bells - music sessions for 0-5 at Pickering Memorial Hall on Wednesdays at 11.00
Beats ‘n’ Bobs - inclusive music sessions for families at Pickering Memorial Hall on Thursdays at 4.30
Thula Mama - choir for mums and babies at Easingwold Scout Centre, on Tuesdays at 10
Sing and Sign Maestros - inclusive choir at Dunnington Reading Room on Fridays at 7.00pm
Musical Meetings - music sessions for elderly and carers at Norton Trinity Church rooms on Fridays at 11.00am
NYMTC are happy to take referrals from doctors, other health professionals, teachers and self-referrals. To make a referral for music therapy, please complete one of their online forms. Once they've received your referral form they will get in touch to discuss your needs in more detail and arrange an introductory session.
Tel: 01653 628725
Ryedale Voices is a choir run by Alison Davis of Harmonia and conducted by Richard Kay, Musical Director of the Sound Fellows from York. Their sessions are a great way of meeting new people and avoiding isolation. For more info please contact Alison:
Tel: 07789 695165
Next Steps host a range of therapeutic activities around Ryedale, although primarily from their resource centre and community café in Norton on Derwent, Malton. The centre provides a hub of information, advice and guidance, opportunities to socialise or just to relax in a safe, supportive environment. Below are some of the groups and activities:
Evening Social Groups
Men in Sheds
Healthy Eating and Cookery Skills