Further Reading

The objectives of the NEW LYKE WAKE CLUB are: –

  • To promote interest in the North Yorkshire Moors, their history and folklore and to assist in safeguarding the moorland environment.
  • To encourage the sports of long-distance walking and running and to provide advice and fellowship for those who take part.

Both of these principles are of on-going, perpetual and permanent interest and concern within England, and possibly the whole UK; the more so, perhaps as people have increased leisure in which to enjoy the moorlands. Some, perhaps also wish (need!) to retain or enhance their fitness while facing a personal challenge.

Please click to learn about the Rules of the New Lyke Wake Club


With the new Club on a sound financial footing, we are using the Club’s income from merchandise sales and other sources to the advantage of the Lyke Wake community. This page summarises these grants.

The 60th Anniversary

On 2nd October 1955, the first crossing of the Lyke Wake Walk was completed by a group of 13 people in under 24 hours. The New Lyke Wake Club presented a challenge to mark the 60th anniversary with a crossing 60 years later.

Remembering Bill Cowley

Without Bill Cowley there would be no Lyke Wake Walk as he made the first crossing on the 1st October 1955. This document shines some light on the man that started it all.


In this section we remember dirgers who are no longer with us. We invite you to learn more about these inspiring individuals who each carried the Lyke Wake spirit in their hearts. Click the links to read on.
Brian Smailes (1951-2020)
John Griffin (1931-2016)
Arthur Puckrin 1938–2018