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 the next two walks on the Spring Programme are shown below:  


Sunday 24th March          Leader: Angela Shardlow (Explorer map 120)
Meet       : Victoria 0910 for 0933 train to Chichester (arr 1121)
Lunch     : The Spotted Cow, Hunston
Tea          : Chichester - Marina or City
Distance : 8 level miles returning from Chichester.
                  Shorter walk options if preferred, please ask Angela on the day.
Fare         : £20.80 CDR with railcards
Angela will meet the ramblers at Chichester


Sunday 31st March            Leader: David Crundall (Landranger map 177)
Meet       : Fenchurch Street 0955 for 1019 train to Purfleet (arr 1047). Train                    calls West Ham 1028 (Tube and DLR) and Barking 1034 (Tube                      and Overground)

Lunch     : Rainham - cafes plus a large Tesco’s
Tea          : Upminster
Distance : 9 level miles on mostly firm dry surfaces returning from                                    Upminster.
                  Four mainline trains per hour plus District line back to London.
Fare         : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options plus £2.70 single                             Rainham to Purfleet with railcard discounts. PAYG Oyster is                           valid to Purfleet but other pass holders will need to buy the ticket

                   from Rainham. David will join the train at West Ham. There are                           no Mainline ticket facilities there.


Full details of the Spring programme can be seen by clicking HERE or on the Spring Programme tab or the Current Programme at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. Look out in particular for the walk on 4 May which will be led by a new leader in an area never before visited by the club in 89 years of its existence. You will also note that none of the walks in May this year will be on Sunday. Two walks will be on Monday Bank Holidays and the others in May will be on Saturdays. There is however a special announcement about a day of recollection on Sunday 5 May 2019



Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive which now extends back to Autumn 1983, most recent programmes first. I am still missing the introductory pages of the Summer 1985 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.


On 6 March we were saddened to receive the following message by e mail from our Secretary, Maurice Hickman:


     "HI  All.
     I have more sad news to relate.  Sadly Ron Scott passed  

     away on Monday 18th of February. I do not yet know the

     date and place of his funeral but will let everyone know when

     it is.

     Ron was a fairly active member at one time and led several

     rambles for the Club. He was a fan of real ale but liked it

     very strong.  When he went into a pub he would always ask

     what the strongest ale on pull up 
     pump was.

     Best Wishes



We now know that Ron's funeral will be held on Friday  29th March at 1.30pm at St Clements (C of E) Church, Leigh Hill, Leigh on Sea Essex SS9 

There is to be a Requiem Service on Thursday 28th March at 9.30am at St Nicholas (C of E) Parish Church, Long Road Canvey Island SS8. 

Ron has requested for no flowers. He has asked for donations to 1) Essex Air Ambulance or 2) Cancer Research or 3) Royal National Lifeboats Institute. 


 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.