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. 

 

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 - this appplies especially now in summer time and most especially at Victoria and Waterloo where there can be long queues of people heading to the south coast resorts.

 

Details of imminently forthcoming walks are as follows:  

 

Sunday 24th September    Leader: Paul Brunning  (OS Landranger 188)

Meet:           Charing Cross 0930 for 0955 train to Sevenoaks arrives 1032

Lunch:  Bricklayers Arms Chipstead

Tea:             Sevenoaks

Distance:  9 miles returning from Sevenoaks

Fare:            £7.50 CDR Sevenoaks with Network card

 

Sunday 1st October           Leader: Robert Slater  (OS Landranger 166)

Meet: Moorgate 0900 for 0919 train to Hertford North (arr 1009). Also calls Old Street (Northern line) 0921, Highbury and Islington 0927 (Victoria line and Overground), and   Finsbury Park (Mainline trains plus Victoria & Piccadilly lines)

Lunch:  Plume & Feathers, Tewin.

Tea:   The Six Templars (Wetherspoons), Hertford.

Distance:      12 miles returning from Hertford North.

Fare:  £5.70 with Network Rail Card.

Robert will meet ramblers at Hertford North.

   

The full Autumn 2017 Programme covering the period September to November 2017 can be seen by clicking on the "Current Programme" tab or the "Autumn Programme 2017" tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. We are delighted to see Paul Connolly and David Crundall's names on the leader list again and we hope they are both recovered from the troubles that prevented them from leading recently.

 

Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive. which now reaches back as far as the 1991 Summer programme.

 

A special item on the Autumn Programme is a Barn Dance on Saturday 30 September. Tickets are limited in number but there will still be some available on the night for members and friends. It would however be useful to know in advance if you are coming so that we can plan for refreshments. This can be done by sending John Burbage an email (turbo.johnb@gmail.com) or leaving a telephone message or text for him on 07847 28 26 26.

 

Advance tickets ( price £7) are beeing offered on some walks and can also be procured by sending a cheque and stamped, addressed envelope to John Burbage (address on the printed programmme). 

 

Gillian McLauchlan, who for many years served  on the committee as our club treasurer, asks for your prayers: she is undergoing treatment for bowel cancer. A few weeks back she reported "My 4th and 5th sessions were both delayed by a week due to low white blood cell count so they have reduced the chemo format. 5 sessions down and 7 to go. Still feeling well and looking good too, a bit breathless at times so I have to walk slowly!!"

If you want to get in touch, Gillian says she's still at the same address as when she was on the committee. 

 

Future Events

 

For more information about the club click on one of the tabs across the top or down the right hand side of your screen (you can see 12 page names down the right but at the top of your screen you need to scroll across to the right  to see the full list). Many pages on the main menu will have links to other pages so you can access over 200 pages of information in total.

 

If you feel like going on a ramble you can just turn up at the station indicated, look up the club members near the ticket office at least ten minutes before the departure time and be sure of a warm welcome. If by chance you do not spot the ramblers then board the advertised train and they will be easier to recognise at the destination from where the ramble will begin. 

Occasional Mid-Week Walks

 

Those members who would like to do walks which involve less mileage than

any of the programme walks should contact Dorothy Hickman who sometimes does country walks, particularly around the Redhill/Reigate area. She can be contacted by e mail at:  mhickman@waitrose.com 

If you would like to sample the flavour of past walks you might have a look at the members' photos page.  There you can browse through over 11,500 photographs including some taken on Many walks in 2016 and so far in 2017.