Rowel walk marks 100 years of WI in county

The Women's Institute walkers taking part in the 100 feet event set off from Ripon Cathedral on the Ripon Rowell walk. (GL1005/86f)  Picture - Gary Longbottom
The Women's Institute walkers taking part in the 100 feet event set off from Ripon Cathedral on the Ripon Rowell walk. (GL1005/86f) Picture - Gary Longbottom

More than 100 members of the Women’s Institute in North Yorkshire have begun walking the Ripon Rowel route to mark the organisation’s centenary.

The event – entitled 100 Pairs of Feet – will also raise funds to help reduce nutritional anaemia among young tribal women in the Tiruvannamalai district of the Tamil Nadu state in south India, as part of a project organised by the WI’s partner organisation, the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).

The walk began on Wednesday at 10am when the first group of women set off from Ripon Cathedral.

The walk has been divided into six sections and will be completed over the next few days, concluding next week with a celebration at the headquarters of the North Yorkshire West Federation of WIs in Ripon on Tuesday.

Speaking before the start of the walk, federation chairman Julie Clarke said: “There are many centenary celebrations taking place around the country this year, and this will be one of the biggest events for us. We are expecting more than 150 WI members to walk with us over the six days, and our institutes have created almost 50 flags which will be turned into bunting to commemorate the event.”