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


SAD NEWS for club members is that Gillian McLauchlan, who gave many years of service as our former club Treasurer, passed away early this morning Sunday 10 November 2019. Details of her funeral arrangements will appear here when available. May she rest in peace.


The photographic opposite shows Gillian at the height of her pilgrimage activities in 2003

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 particularly at Victoria and Waterloo in summer time when there could be long queues of people heading to the south coast. 


Following is a brief feedback from the AGM and details of  the next two walks on Sunday 17 November and Saturday 23 November 2019 (the last walk shown on the Autumn Programme). Between these two ramble entries there is a note about a performance of Handel's Messiah at St Mary Moorfields on Thursday 21 November.


Saturday 19 October 2019


The Club AGM  and Mass for deceased members took place on Saturday 19th October at St Mary Moorfields Church Hall 4 - 5 Eldon Street EC2M 7LS. Unfortunately I did not receive the agenda in time to put it on the website before the meeting but those who attended the AGM had copies of the minutes  of the previous AGM in 2018  and they can be seen by clicking HERE. I hope to receive copies of this year's minutes and will make them available on the website also.


At the Mass which followed the AGM a full list of the deceased members was available for all present and a pdf copy of it can be seen by clicking  HERE. Fr Chris made special reference to those whose names are on the list for the first time this year. This included the late Fr Leo Coshan who died as long ago as 2005 but I did not get to know until recently. Leo joined the Divine Word Missionaries after a short period of membership of the club in the 1970s. During his priestly studies he wrote a series of 20 articles for the club magazine which in the 1970s used to be produced separately from the ramble programme. In time I hope to publish all 20 of his articles on the website. 


Sunday 17th November Leader: John Burbage Explorer map 162

Meet       : Charing Cross Station 0900 for the 0922 train to Bexley (arr                            0959).

                 Train also calls Waterloo East 0925 and London Bridge 0931

Lunch    : The Ship Inn, Puddledock Lane near Hextable. A remote, basic                     pub with home                 cooked food

Tea         : Maybe in Bexley

Distance: 9.5 miles returning from Bexley. The morning walk is mainly                           through farmland and           forest with some overgrown or                             slippery paths in places. The afternoon covers                                                 farmland and heathland with some road walking

Fare       : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options

                 John will join train at London Bridge. Please check for

                 engineering work changes before travelling


Thursday 21 November: Fr Chris announced at the Mass on 19 October that on Thursday 21 November there will be a special performance of Handel's Messiah at St Mary Moorfields. Full details available at http://www.stmarymoorfields.net/index.php/events/


Saturday 23rd November Leader: Kevin MacNamara Landranger map 176


Meet       : 1015 for 1030 prompt start Putney Bridge Tube Station (District


Lunch    : The Coach and Horses, Barnes

Tea         : Various options in Putney

Distance: 9 level miles following Thames Path. Could be muddy in parts.                       The morning walk to Barnes will be north of the river. The

                    shorter afternoon walk will be south of the river

Fare       : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options


Full details of the Autumn programme can be seen by clicking  HERE or on the "Current Programme" or "Autumn Programme" tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. 


Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive which now extends back to Spring 1983 84, most recent programmes first.


If you missed any of the walks on the Autumn Programme so far you can see some great photographs taken on seven of them by clicking on the date below or on the appropriate link on the programme page. 


Pauline Lobo's Boston Manor Walk on Sunday 10 November 2019


Derek Clark's St Neots Walk on Saturday 2 November 2019


David Crundell's Kelvedon Ramble on Saturday 26 October 2019


Margaret Brady's Walk from Tonbridge to Sevenoaks via Knole Park on Sunday 20 October 2019


Maria Vas' Walk  from Folkestone to Dover on Sunday 22 September 2019


Lizzie and Antoinette's Walk from Hastings to Rye on Sunday 15 September 2019


Seven Sisters Walk on Saturday 7 September 2019 led by Roger and Virginia and Ann Brooks

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.