Welcome to the website of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club . 


 The club has a walk every weekend, mainly on Sunday but occasionally on Saturday or Monday Bank Holidays.  All walks begin from a railway station and take place whatever the weather. So you need to always carry some rain gear with you and make sure to wear strong walking boots which provide a grip in muddy conditions. 


When going on a walk there is no need to book, just turn up at the station notified on the programme and make sure to allow time to queue at the ticket office. 


Details of events up to the end of December 2018 on the Winter Programme are shown below:   


Saturday 15th December Leader: David Crundall (Landranger 168)

Meet:         Liverpool Street 0840 for 0902 train to Kelvedon (arr 0951)                        Train also calls Stratford 0909 - Overground, DLR, and Tube                      connections

Lunch:     The White Hart Hotel, Coggeshall

Tea:          Sun Inn, Feering or Railway Tavern. Both near Kelvedon                           station

Distance: 9 mostly level miles returning from Kelvedon

Fare:        £15.60 Super Off-Peak Day Return with Network Railcard


Saturday 15th December Christmas Dinner and Dance


It's that time of year again to let your hair down and enjoy yourself in a nightclub atmosphere at Lowiczanka Restaurant, POSK. 1st Floor,238-246 King Street, London W6 ORF (close to Ravenscourt Tube).The vibrant band with an international flavour will soon get you going.


MENU: The menu is in the Winter Programme. Click HERE to view it. The total cost of the three course meal plus tea/coffee, Christmas crackers and 10% service charge is £32.45. Wine and other beverages are not included. These can be bought on an individual basis from the easily accessible bar. We shall assemble in the foyer at 6.45pm for 7pm. There is a stipulated minimum number of ten people so do come.

Please send your menu order and cheque for £32.45 payable to R G Slater by Monday 10th December. . We do not give postal addresses in tis internet version of the programme but you can e mail Robert at rgs166@Hotmail.com 


Please note important changes to the walk scheduled for Sunday 23 December 2018:


Sunday 23rd December Leader: Maurice Hickman (Explorer map 146)

NB There have been important announcements about this walk since the printed Programme was circulated. Please see below


Meet:         Due to the engineering works at Victoria the outbound                              journey will be the 1019 from London Bridge, arriving                                Merstham 1048 and NOT Victoria at 1040 for 1105 train to Merstham                                     (arrives 1137) as in the printed programme 

                  The train from London Bridge also calls Norwood                                       Junction 1032 and East Croydon 1035. 

Lunch:       Harrow, Whitehill

Tea:            Sun (Wetherspoon), Redhill

Distance:   9 miles, returning from Redhill

Fare:          £7.85 with Network Card

As at 4 December the leader has yet to walk this ramble out again and may have more information to convey to us after he has walked it out. So please visit the website again before setting out for this walk

As the walk involves a steep ascent to the North Downs Way before lunch and a steep descent  afterwards, it would be advisable to bring walking poles if you have them, particularly as the weather has been so wet recently.


Saturday 29th December Leader: John Burbage (Explorer map 161)

Meet:           Blackfriars 0920 for 09.46 train to Denmark Hill (arr. 0957)

Lunch:        The Bridge House, Penge. Local independent pub with                                    reasonable priced food

Tea:             Possibly at Herne Hill

Distance:    9.5 miles along the Green Chain Walk with some hills mainly

                    on good paths and tracks There may be some muddy                                      sections. Ending at North Dulwich and Herne Hill stations                                (10 mins apart)

Fare:            Oyster/Freedom pass/travelcard options.


Full details of the Winter programme can be seen by clicking on the "Current Programme" or "Winter Programme" tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. There also you will find links to photographs taken on walks or at events included on the programme.  


Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive which now extends back to Spring Autumn 1985, most recent programmes first. I am pleased to report that the Programme for Winter 1992 - 93, which had gone missing, recently turned up and can now be viewed in the programme archive on a standard web page instead of on a PDF. The standard web pages are generally quicker to load than the PDF and the hit counter also records how many times they are visited. I am still missing the introductory pages of the Autumn 1987 programme. So if any long standing member of the club finds copies  of those pages lurking in their attic or cellar I would be most grateful to be able to borrow them and copy them to the website. As always I can be e mailed on tony@tfinnegan.me.uk and promise to return the masters very quickly.



 Special Announcement


The Committee has approved the Club signing up to The Walking Partnership, a subsidiary of  Ramblers Worldwide Holidays which in turn is part of the Ramblers Association. They will pay the club between £10 and £30 for each member who travels with Ramblers Holidays, Chapters, Adagio etc.

The only condition is that we put a hyperlink on our website to The Walking Partnership/RWH Travel Limited. So click on the following link to see what it's all about.